One of the places we visited in Meknes in Morocco was the very beautiful Royal Golf Course. This was created in 1969 inside an ancient imperial palace in the heart of the city. With the beautifully maintained greens and fairways set in the midst of a range of fruit trees such as olives and oranges, this is a very peaceful and relaxing place in the middle of a hectic, bustling city. It is a nine-hole course.
Updated August 2015.
Despite our short visit to Meknes in Morocco, we managed to cover quite a range of highlights. While the day was full-on, and we covered many of the main features of te city, I didn’t feel rushed at any time.
One of the intriguing tourist attractions in Morocco I’ve shown in the photo above. In many places we saw horse-drawn carriages. Hiring one of these for a tour is an excellent way of experiencing the city, but is seemed to me to be quite incongruous; not the sort of thing I expected there. On the other hand, we also saw many in the various Spanish cities we visited later on our tour. They appeared to be quite appropriate given the nature of Spanish culture, despite the fact that the two countries are neighbours with just a narrow strip of water between them.
The photo below shows a wool market in the heart of the city.
On most days of our tour of Morocco we saw interesting and fascinating places. The scenery was often quite different to what we are used to here in Australia. I also found fascination in the small things, the ordinary and everyday common things to local eyes are often what is interesting to the visitor. In wandering the streets and laneways, the medinas and bazaars, the sights were just as arresting as the beautiful countryside.
During our time in Meknes, Morocco, we were given a guided tour of the Bou Inania Madrasa, an Islamic religious school. (There is another in Fes by the same name.)
This school was established in the 1350s and is a wonderful example of the architecture of the time. The guide who accompanied us on the whole tour of Morocco introduced us to a local guide who took us through the school pointing out all the features of this beautiful building. I – and most of the others in the tour group – enjoyed the beautiful building, but didn’t appreciate the heavy emphasis on the virtues of the Islamic faith.
Certainly, it was interesting to hear some of their beliefs but I felt he went far beyond good taste in his enthusiasm, and in the length of his explanations. It was almost fanaticism.
Despite my criticisms I must admit to the sheer beauty of this ancient building., as shown in today’s set of photos.
Like many Moroccan cities and towns, the visitor could easily become disoriented and even lost when meandering the streets and lanes of the ancient medinas. I was so pleased that we had local guides to help us through the confusing maze twisting and turning in all directions.