Culture Corner

City Overview
Points of Interest
Cultural Highlights
Transportation
Money Matters

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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.

Weather

Current Conditions for MeknesForecast for Meknes
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:00 am WEST
weather
Fair
93 F
Thu 28 Aug 2014
weather
Partly Cloudy
Low: 72 F
High: 100 F
Fri 29 Aug 2014
weather
Partly Cloudy
Low: 68 F
High: 98 F
Sat 30 Aug 2014
weather
Mostly Sunny
Low: 68 F
High: 93 F
Sun 31 Aug 2014
weather
Sunny
Low: 69 F
High: 95 F
Mon 1 Sep 2014
weather
Sunny
Low: 69 F
High: 97 F

Climate

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.
TypeJanFebMarAprMayJuneJulAugSeptOctNovDec
Highs596165687482909085766660
Lows414345475258636461554842
Avg. Rainfall3.53.33.12.91.70.50.10.10.61.93.13.2

Helpful Links

  • Moroccan Tourist Office
  • UNESCO World Heritage Centre