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  • kris-goes-places
    295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do Not Miss Volubilis Roman Ruins!
    I’ve visited Roman ruins in a few different countries and this is one of the best restorations I’ve seen. They have done an excellent job of excavating, preserving, and laying out the ruins so that you can get a real sense of what the city might have looked like. The main road is well preserved as are several gates. There are existing courtyard gardens with fountains intact giving you a great sense of the architecture. But the stars of the show are the mosaic floors, which are the best I’ve ever seen. They are so well-preserved! You can see clearly the details and colours of many and some are completely intact. If you are interested in Roman history this is a must-do. It has been one of the highlights of our trip so far.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 April 2023
  • LondonWelshboyo
    Edgware, United Kingdom272 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Edge of the Roman empire
    This is a must see location. It once was the edge of the Roman empire with a population estimated at 30000 and a major trading centre until it was destroyed in the Lisbon earthquake. Now a UNESCO world heritage centre it should get a bit more funding to allow more excavation. What is here is amazing especially the well preserved mosaics. You can just wander around once you have paid for the entrance but a guide gives a lot of value and makes sure you don't miss key things. In time there will be a visitor centre which is now under construction but so worth the trip.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Simbet
    Minneapolis, Minnesota989 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must-see site in Morocco, and yes, hire a guide!
    This was one of our “must see” places to visit during our 11-day tour of Morocco. The area is enormous, and we would *strongly* suggest a tour guide so you’re not wandering around aimlessly and cluelessly in the sun. Our guide Rachid was terrific: he grew up and still lives in the area, was extremely knowledgeable, pointed out a lot of little archaeological details we certainly would have missed on our own, and his dry sense of humor in excellent English was hilarious. We spent maybe an hour and a half exploring and felt we got a fascinating education into the lives of the citizens of Volubilis. Most striking for us were the gorgeous mosaics. Highly recommended.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 30 June 2023
  • CAM1202
    Toronto, Canada528 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Learned a great deal here
    Well, we certainly were not expecting ancient Roman ruins to rise out of the farmland as we drove through Morocco! This was a unique and very interesting site to visit. This was the southern most point of the Roman Empire so a very significant place in history. Our guide here was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and walked us through the historical details of the entire site. We could really visualize what it must have looked like when people lived here all those years ago. Very worthwhile learning experience. Highly recommend.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 September 2023
  • suntan47
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom947 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting visit
    Visited as part of a tour group . It was around 30c , our local guide kept us in the shade as much as he could . He made the trip interesting, giving us historical facts but bringing the site to life so you had to use just a little imagination to how it all would have been . Be sure to take water & a hat .
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 October 2023
  • Alan B
    Tickhill, United Kingdom399 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit
    Really impressed with the amount of archeological remains that can be seen here. You really get a good idea of how big the settlement must have been and how wealthy some of the locals were. The mosaic floors are really special. Although many tours stop here the site didn’t feel crowded.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 November 2023
  • LaJarrie
    Southampton, United Kingdom507 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a detour
    Worth a detour. We decided not to opt for a guide, as we knew we had loads of time to explore, and for us this was the right decision, as our visit took us some two and a half hours. We were able to wander round at our leisure, looking out for the ropes which indicated where the superb mosaics were lurking. However if you only have an hour, a guide might be your best option, so you get to see the main sights getting an explanation also. Make sure you take some water as there is none as you walk round - we were there in November, and it was still pretty hot. There’s an advantage with having some water with you, as we noticed one guide sprinkling a little on one of the mosaics which brought out the incredible colours. Some lovely views of Moulay Idriss in the distance.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 November 2023
  • Frances B
    Yorkshire, United Kingdom918 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderfully preserved Roman ruins
    We drove from Meknes to Volubilis, which took around 45 minutes. Its setting is beautiful and was purposefully chosen when initially constructed due to its proximity to water, fertile land, its own micro climate, elevated view etc. For the visitor it is also located very close to the beautiful city of Moulay-Idriss. There is a large car park where vehicle wardens operate and who charge a nominal fee for parking there. There is also a souvenir shop/ cafe and ice cream shop located at the bottom of the road near to the car park. The entrance fee for a foreigner is 70DHS and 10DHS for a Moroccan, which personally I do not have a problem with. Once inside the grounds of Volubilis you follow the pathway that leads to the ruins. It is a very extensive site and exposed to the elements, particularly the hot Moroccan sun. Even when we were there the sun felt really warm. It is worth taking water with you. There are toilet facilities near to the main entrance. They are old and tired but they were staffed and presentable. We didn’t get a guide, choosing instead to meander around the site ourselves. There is a map located before you arrive at the ruins which we chose to photograph, this gives you an idea of what some of the buildings are. There are also information signs, both in Arabic, French and English that provide information on each of the buildings. We took our time visiting each of the ruins. We were lucky, it wasn’t busy at all and the few of us who were visitors that day were soon spread out across the entire site. There are some wonderful mosaic examples and the sophisticated lifestyle for a civilisation that existed so many years ago, was so impressive. It was also fascinating to discover that the city dates back to the 1st Century AD and is a fine demonstration as to just how far the Roman Empire stretched. I wholeheartedly recommend a visit to Volubilis for us it didn’t disappoint.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 January 2024
  • markinmiami
    238 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive roman outpost in North Africa
    Had a great visit to those evocative ruins..sure they may not rival Pompeii (but which do?), but their location , their fascinating mosaics and their interesting history (used by Berbers, Christians & then the Islamic founders of Morocco, who built their first capital nearby) make a trip well worth it. We had a guide and it made it easier to see all the important sites within the city (and ask questions). Great experience!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 March 2024
  • Bob H
    Watsonville, California818 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting
    This was one nice Roman ruin. If you need to use the bathrooms, the facilities were there; you need to pay up. The walk was uneven but doable for most people. The mosaics were the highlights of the visit. They were well preserved. We had a local guide who walked and talked throughout the area. You really need a guide to gain full appreciation of this place.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 March 2024
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Soudamini Mohapatra
Bengaluru, India90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Volubilis is an archeological site in Morocco, can be visited on the way to Meknes-Fes. It was established in 3rd century BC, grew under the Roman rule from 1st century AD onwards. It was further taken over by the locals who occupied it for about 700 years, ultimately abandoned in 11th century AD. It was destroyed in the earthquake in the 18th century and the stones were taken away by the Moroccan rulers to construct building in Meknes. It was excavated by subsequent rulers and currently it's an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Compared to the other tourist places in Morocco, this one is very unique. Can be visited with a guide to get more information about the place.
Written 30 March 2024
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Bob H
Watsonville, CA818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This was one nice Roman ruin. If you need to use the bathrooms, the facilities were there; you need to pay up. The walk was uneven but doable for most people. The mosaics were the highlights of the visit. They were well preserved. We had a local guide who walked and talked throughout the area. You really need a guide to gain full appreciation of this place.
Written 28 March 2024
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markinmiami
miami beach238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Had a great visit to those evocative ruins..sure they may not rival Pompeii (but which do?), but their location , their fascinating mosaics and their interesting history (used by Berbers, Christians & then the Islamic founders of Morocco, who built their first capital nearby) make a trip well worth it. We had a guide and it made it easier to see all the important sites within the city (and ask questions). Great experience!
Written 1 March 2024
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comicman
penna34,522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Just a taste of Volubilis.
I find new things to see every time I visit.
Do not miss the new Museum at the top as you enter the site. Including nice clean restrooms.
Written 29 February 2024
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Musicians Mum
609 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Visitor Centre/Museum appears to be closed for a while which means that the super new, modern toilets are unavailable!!!!!!!
Toilets up by the old car park entrance are sub standard.
This is my third visit as part of a group tour and is worth the visit to see the large Roman site which is the farthest south the Romans achieved in stretching their Empire.
Written 26 January 2024
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Frances B
Yorkshire, UK918 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We drove from Meknes to Volubilis, which took around 45 minutes. Its setting is beautiful and was purposefully chosen when initially constructed due to its proximity to water, fertile land, its own micro climate, elevated view etc.
For the visitor it is also located very close to the beautiful city of Moulay-Idriss.
There is a large car park where vehicle wardens operate and who charge a nominal fee for parking there. There is also a souvenir shop/ cafe and ice cream shop located at the bottom of the road near to the car park.
The entrance fee for a foreigner is 70DHS and 10DHS for a Moroccan, which personally I do not have a problem with.
Once inside the grounds of Volubilis you follow the pathway that leads to the ruins.
It is a very extensive site and exposed to the elements, particularly the hot Moroccan sun. Even when we were there the sun felt really warm. It is worth taking water with you.
There are toilet facilities near to the main entrance. They are old and tired but they were staffed and presentable.
We didn’t get a guide, choosing instead to meander around the site ourselves.
There is a map located before you arrive at the ruins which we chose to photograph, this gives you an idea of what some of the buildings are. There are also information signs, both in Arabic, French and English that provide information on each of the buildings.
We took our time visiting each of the ruins. We were lucky, it wasn’t busy at all and the few of us who were visitors that day were soon spread out across the entire site.
There are some wonderful mosaic examples and the sophisticated lifestyle for a civilisation that existed so many years ago, was so impressive. It was also fascinating to discover that the city dates back to the 1st Century AD and is a fine demonstration as to just how far the Roman Empire stretched.
I wholeheartedly recommend a visit to Volubilis for us it didn’t disappoint.
Written 23 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Portpad Traveller
Melbourne, Australia168 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
If you have not seen Roman ruins before, it is worth the trip from Meknes; especially if you combine it with a wine tasting at the winery about 30 minutes drive away.

We have been spoilt with Roan ruins around the world, so it was a bit ordinary for us, and doesn’t compare with many better and bigger sites around the world.
Written 3 January 2024
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Cindy E
Martinez, CA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
We had a great tour guide. Really amazing Roman ruins with some of the mosaic floors still intact. A must visit place on a tour of Northern Morocco. Great history and archeology education.
Written 25 December 2023
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scrappying
Ontario, Canada440 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
It reminds me of a mini Pompeii
It was interesting.
There are some pretty floor tile work.
It is good for an hour visit at most
There are washrooms on site.
Written 3 December 2023
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LaJarrie
Southampton, UK507 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Worth a detour. We decided not to opt for a guide, as we knew we had loads of time to explore, and for us this
was the right decision, as our visit took us some two and a half hours. We were able to wander round at our leisure, looking out for the ropes which indicated where the superb mosaics were lurking. However if you only have an hour, a guide might be your best option, so you get to see the main sights getting an explanation also. Make sure you take some water as there is none as you walk round - we were there in November, and it was still pretty hot. There’s an advantage with having some water with you, as we noticed one guide sprinkling a little on one of the mosaics which brought out the incredible colours. Some lovely views of Moulay Idriss in the distance.
Written 21 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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