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La Grande Terrasse, Meknes

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Explore the compact narrow streets and souks of La Grande Terrasse, a picturesque hilltop town at the foot of Mount Zerhoun. An important pilgrimage center for Muslims, this early, distinctly Islamic town was founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idris I, who established the Zaydi-Shi'a dynasty. The town houses a mausoleum of the ruler, open to Muslims only and considered highly sacred. Non-Muslim visitors can admire the only round minaret in Morocco, painted green with calligraphy ornaments, and enjoy views of the ancient city of Volubilis and the valley from the town's many viewpoints and terraces. You can plan Meknes trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.
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  • This excursion was delightful. The little town boasts a small but lovely square flanked with pavement cafes. Lower down from the square are pretty street stalls selling hand embroidered table cloths.....  more
    This excursion was delightful. The little town boasts a small but lovely square flanked with pavement cafes. Lower down from the square are pretty street stalls selling hand embroidered table cloths.....  more »
  • We stopped off here halfway through a day trip to Meknes and Volubilis. We enjoyed lunch at a kebab place on the main street – very atmospheric, with a bustling atmosphere. Moulay Idriss is a... 
    We stopped off here halfway through a day trip to Meknes and Volubilis. We enjoyed lunch at a kebab place on the main street – very atmospheric, with a bustling atmosphere. Moulay Idriss is a...  more »
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  • Not sure why everyone rates this so high. The views (once you find it) is fine, but not very special. Streets on the way up are blocked for non-muslims, so you need to spend time with a map/google to find ways around it. This could be great fun! .. except; whenever you stop for a second to get your bearings, or take a wrong turn, friendly "guides" will descend on you and pester you to follow, not leaving you alone, even when politely requested. Even worse than other, more obvious tourist trap cities. We finally caved in and let two young boys show us the way, paid them 30 dirhams each for a
  • A historical must in Morocco. Get lost in the narrow alleys to discover community life, an artisan bakery, home stay places or just admire the views. Beautiful sunsets.

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