Moulay Idriss / One Day
Travel to Moulay Idriss, the holiest town in Morocco
- Morning pick up from your riad or hotel in Fes. Take the road to Moulay Idriss. Just one hour away from Fes and scenically nestled in a fold of the Rif Mountains, Moulay Idriss is considered the holiest town in Morocco.
- Moulay Idriss was forbidden to non-Muslims until 1916, however today, it welcomes visitors from all over the world. Most travelers who visit Moulay Idriss come to see the green tiled tomb of Moulay Idriss I. Moulay Idriss I was the great-grandson of the prophet Mohamed and the founder of the first Arab Muslim Dynasty in Morocco and Fes.
- One of the five pillars of Islam is the hajj – the pilgrimage to Mecca. It is an obligation for every Muslim man to make the pilgrimage at least once in his life. For those Moroccans who cannot afford to travel to Mecca, it is considered of equal merit to make a pilgrimage to Moulay Idriss five times in one’s life. Every August, thousands go on a pilgrimage to Moulay Idriss and pitch tents throughout the town as a more affordable alternative to going to the Mecca.
- Explore the holy town of Moulay Idriss with its high defensive walls, monumental gate, koranic schools, fountains, and domed mausoleum. The Tomb of Moulay Idriss is closed to non-Muslims, but from the terrace near the Mosque of Sidi Abdallah el Hajjam, you can see breathtaking views of the town and the mausoleum.
- Enjoy a terrace luncheon overlooking the rocky Middle Atlas Mountains. After lunch, walk through the lively souk and labyrinthine streets filled with small cafes selling chicken brochettes, sweets, fruits, vegetables, and all sorts of trinkets.
- Shop the markets and explore the walking trails of Moulay Idriss. Pass by vineyards as you walk along rows of giant cypress trees and enjoy the smell of ripening olives and dates. Before returning to Fes, we will stop on one of the twin hills of Moulay Idriss for a view of the ancient Roman city of Volubilis.
- Return to your hotel or riad in Fes.
wind: 8mph S
H 63 • L 54
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