Volubilis and Meknes: Historical Morocco

We move quickly when we travel so after having breakfast in lovely Chefchaouen, it was time to get moving again. On our second full day in Morocco, we headed for the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis and an old capital of Morocco, Meknes.

Chefchaouen to Volubilis to Meknes to Fes

Chefchaouen to Volubilis to Meknes to Fes

Volubilis lays in ruins today but from the 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD, it thrived under Roman rule. Today, it’s a major attraction along the tourist trail. We saw more big buses parked in the parking lot at Volubilis than anywhere else on our Morocco trip.

The ruins and me

The ruins and me

Remaining columns

Remaining columns

Volubilis's grandeur

Volubilis’s grandeur

Majestic ruins

Majestic ruins

After exploring Volubilis, we headed to Moulay Idriss, a holy town just a few miles away, for a lunch of delicious ground beef and Moroccan salad. I must have been too focused on eating that I forgot to take photos. My apologies.

With a full stomach, we drove to our next destination, Meknes. It felt like everyone was following us because the same tourists we had seen that morning in Volubilis were right next to us again in Meknes. I guess our itinerary wasn’t exactly creative.

Meknes is known for its beautiful gates and historical relics. My favorite stop in Meknes was the beautiful and serene Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail (a 17th century ruler of Morocco)

Beautiful details on ceiling

Beautiful details on ceiling

Fountain in the mausoleum

Fountain in the mausoleum

Interesting shape gate

Interesting shaped gate

Exterior of mausoleum

Exterior of mausoleum

Ancient stables

Ancient stables

We were on the road for many hours that day and we ended the evening in Fes, where we spent the next two nights.

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