Moulay Idriss is the birthplace of Islam in Morocco. The town is named after Moulay Idriss I, the great grandson of Prophet Mohammed and who brought Islam to the country. He is, of course, the country’s most-revered Saint.
Moulay Idriss is built on two verdant hills.
As you can see, the town is washed in white houses.
This is Morocco’s holiest city.
The tomb of Moulay Idris at the heart of the town is a pilgrimage site and most Moroccans consider coming here as an option to a pilgrimage to Mecca.
The round minaret here is the only one in the country.
Until 1995, no foreign visitors were allowed to stay here overnight.
Today, the town has a couple of accommodation, restaurants, ATM, banks and shops.
If you decide to stay here for a night, don’t forget to take a hike on these hills for panoramic vistas. Within walking distance from here is an ancient Roman hot springs where you can swim. Five kilometres away are the ancient ruins of the Roman City called Volubilis.
TRAVEL TIP on HOW TO GET THERE:
Moulay Idriss can be reached via public transportation from either Meknes or Fez. If your’e staying in Fez, you can take a day tour to Volubilis, Moulay Idris and Meknes.
Where to stay in Fez
is few meters from the world-renowned medina in Fez. It’s clean and beds are comfortable. Staff are nice and so willing to help your stay memorable.