2/24.- Meknes, Bab Mansour El Alj Gate


The city of Meknes, as almost all other towns in the North of Africa, is divided in two parts: the Old Town (Medina) and the New Town (Ville Nouvelle, in French).

In the Villle Nouvelle is where the train and bus stations are. Most of the hotels in town are also in Ville Nouvelle. To get to the Medina from there, you can walk -- 20-30 minutes-- or take a taxi -- for a few dirhams.

In the Medina is where most of the monuments are. In Meknes you have three points of interest: the Moulay Ismail landmarks, South East; the souqs (shops) and narrow streets of the Medina, North; and the jewish quarter, (the Mellah), South West. Most of the monuments in the medina can be visited on foot, but distances are quite big.

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