A mound of whitewashed buildings framed by lush mountains and olive groves, the hilltop town of Moulay Idriss, also known as Moulay Idriss Zerhoun, is a striking proposition, and it’s a suitably picturesque setting for one of Morocco’s most important pilgrimage sites. The town takes its name from one of Morocco’s most revered saints, Moulay Idriss I, famous for bringing Islam to Morocco and founding the country’s first dynasty. Today, the grand Mausoleum of Idriss I is the focal point of pilgrim’s visits and plays an important role in celebrating the annual Festival of Moulay Idriss.
Although traditionally non-Muslims were unwelcome at the holy site, attitudes have relaxed considerably in recent years (although non-Muslims are not permitted access to the mausoleum) and Moulay Idriss has become a popular addition to tourist itineraries, often combined with a visit to near Meknès and Volubilis.
Ways to experience Moulay Idriss
What's the best way to experience Moulay Idriss?
- Small-Group Full-Day Meknes and Volubilis Tour from Fez
- Private Day Tour from FES to Meknes, Volubilis and Moulay Idriss - AUTHENTIC
- Cultural excursion: Volubilis Moulay Idriss Meknes
- Private One day trip from Fes to Volubilis, Meknes and Moulay Idriss.
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