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Culture Corner

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Bustling street scene in central Meknes

What's Meknes Like?

Meknes provides visitors and residents intimate views of the unique blend of Islamic and European influences. While Meknes' population is 713,609, the city has a rather small feel to it and still remains easy to navigate by foot. Unlike other Moroccan cities such as Marrakech, Casablanca, Fes, and Rabat, Meknes sees relatively few tourists, providing study abroad students a better opportunity to interact with locals and experience an authentic Moroccan lifestyle. Located in the rich plains below the Middle Atlas Mountains, any culinary experience in Meknes will be crafted from the freshest ingredients. As a result of this agricultural abundance, the grains, olives, wines, and citrus fruit native to this region remain the economic stronghold of Meknes.

Region and Population

At the base of the Middle Atlas Mountains, the city of Meknes (pop. 713,609) is situated in a major Moroccan agricultural region atop hills offering breathtaking views of rolling hills and green plains. As a whole, the country has the most diverse geography in North Africa. Beautiful beaches, snow-capped mountains, and seemingly endless desert offer a wide variety of scenic landscapes and exciting opportunities for outdoor adventure.


Current Conditions for MeknesForecast for Meknes
Tue, 09 Feb 2016 2:58 pm WET
Partly Cloudy
64 F
Tue 9 Feb 2016
Mostly Sunny
Low: 42 F
High: 64 F
Wed 10 Feb 2016
Low: 45 F
High: 70 F
Thu 11 Feb 2016
PM Showers
Low: 52 F
High: 67 F
Fri 12 Feb 2016
Partly Cloudy
Low: 49 F
High: 68 F
Sat 13 Feb 2016
Partly Cloudy
Low: 52 F
High: 70 F


The climate of Morocco mirrors the geographic diversity spanning the country. At 1,890 feet above sea level in the north-central region Morocco, the towering Middle Atlas Mountains resting in the distance greatly influence the climate of Meknes. Rainfall is highest in this region, but summers are dry and warm.
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