Moulay Idriss, located in the land of Zerhoun, 3 Km from Volubilis and 30 Km from Meknes is considered a site of saintliness and spirituality. It has a rich history that is shared amongst many peoples, civilizations and reigions. It is also a city that takes its name from its founding saint The First Idriss, the son of the founder of Fes from the first Muslim dynasty of Idriss in Morocco.
Moulay Idriss, clinging to its rocky surface seems detached from the landscape. In the morning it appears in silhouette, accentuating the clean lines of its architecture and focused on the medina and its mosque. In daytime, it bathes in the warm Moroccan light, displaying its monochrome color until sunset.
Only twenty five minutes from Meknes and one hour from Fes, Moulay Idriss welcomes the visitor to its rural countryside setting which is, nevertheless, dominated by the presence the famous historic Roman site of Volubilis. It is perched on a mountainside, covered by woodlands and surrounded by a vast agricultural plain covered in olive trees and other crops. The history of the various civilizations is clearly evident.
It is a city that has been at the centre of Moroccan history and continues to be a major attraction for both travellers and pilgrims. It still maintains it role as a significat spiritual site for Muslim Pilgrims. On the last Thursday in August, the city is home to the largest Moussem in Morocco. The festivities, in honor of the Saint, last for weeks and include fantasias, shows, processions and prayers.
The Zerhoun massive is a land where you will be glad to be alive
The Zerhoun massive is typical of countries with ancient peasant civilization, where the highlanders were engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry. They are known for their olive oil and regional products (grapes, plums, figs, dried fruit, honey, etc..). It is also a centre of craft skills and exchange between different civilizations Amazigh, Roman, Arab, Iberian, Portuguese ....