Rabat Morocco : The Complete Guide To Visit the Capital Of Morocco 2021


What is the capital of Morocco? Many people think it is Casablanca, but Rabat is the capital. In 1912, with the start of the French protectorate of Morocco, the capital was moved from Fez to Rabat. In 1956, when independence was restored, it was decided that the capital would remain in place. Rabat is not on the tourist radar but there are many reasons to include it on your list.

When it comes to seeing Morocco, Rabat is a little anonymous heroine. The administrative capital is often left outside the popular tourist circle and people tend to flow to Marrakech in the south and Fez, as well as Tangier and Chefchaouen in the central and northern parts of the country. Even Casablanca may get more traction from Rabat because it is the site of the busiest international airport in Morocco and also the largest mosque in North Africa, Hassan II.

However, Rabat is a great destination and could possibly be called the “coolest city” in Morocco. Read on to discover our favorite spots in Rabat and start planning your trip to this beautiful and cozy historic city. The reward is the small and powerful Salé / Rabat airport, where you can find many flights from all over Europe. Sure advantage because it is silent and fast!
Reader tip – Rabat is the place where you will find beautiful quality craftsmanship without the sellers constantly pushing you to buy in their stores. We share some of the best places to eat delicious Moroccan desserts –
We recently went to explore the best of Rabat to help you plan your visit!

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When I arrived in Morocco, like most people, I had the impression that Rabat would be a big, crowded and boring city. It is the capital of the country after all. Boy, were you wrong!

The residents of Rabat are very welcoming and fun and the city itself is full of wonderful places to visit. Rabat is also a very liberal city where Moroccans in general are very open. We were so enchanted by the city that we made some visits during our trips to Morocco.

When I was planning my trip to Morocco, I was only thinking about familiar cities like Marrakech, Fes and Essaouira. I also imagined that the country’s capital would be very expensive, but it is not.

Rabat is a great place to travel on a budget. Accommodation can be very cheap and there are many food markets where you can buy cheap fruits and vegetables. It is also a very safe Moroccan city.

Most travelers to this country simply tend to reject the idea of ​​visiting the country’s capital, but Rabat should not be missed.

If you are looking for a fun city with great food, beautiful mansions and flower gardens, Rabat is the place for you!

This modern capital is located near Casablanca and is easily accessible from neighboring coastal cities such as Tangier, Casablanca and Essaouira. It is also an ideal base to explore Fes or Meknes, as these cities are just two hours away.

In this guide, I will cover everything that this capital has to offer in terms of what to do, where to stay and where to eat during your stay.

 

Getting to Rabat

The main airport in Morocco is in Casablanca, but there is one in Rabat. Most of the flights coming here are domestic or limited flights from Europe. You may reach Rabat from a ground entrance. Train, bus or car. What you choose may depend on your budget and how you plan to travel to Morocco.

To get from Rabat to Casablanca (or vice versa), the easiest option may be the train. There are three stations in Casablanca that can be your starting point for access to Rabat. Casa Oasis, Casa Voyageur and Casa Port. Casa Oasis is the first point of arrival at the station if you take the train from Casablanca Airport to the city. From there, you can change trains, to reach Casa Voyageur as a second stop and continue towards Rabat. You will want to buy a ticket that will take you to Rabat, the main train station in Rabat. If you are leaving from Casablanca, head to Casa Port station, where there are regular passenger trains to Rabat, departing twice an hour. (Find full time schedules on ONCF website).

You can also reach Rabat from other cities. Simply check the schedules and buy your ticket from the appropriate station.

 

The second option to get to Rabat is to use the bus system. I recommend Supurators Buses because they are reliable, comfortable and have some mechanical problems. Not all cities will have buses to Rabat as they try to reach places where the train service is limited to giving another option. You may need to use the public bus system. These buses leave from the main depot in each city. Tables may be erratic and buses get crowded, but not very expensive.

The third option is to reach Rabat by car. You can buy a seat in a large shared taxi or you can hire a driver to take you privately. If you want to move around in the taxi system, read this article on traveling to Morocco. Private drivers can be organized according to your accommodation. They usually have direct contact with drivers or taxis who can be hired to take you to your destination. Often the fastest way to travel, but also the most expensive.

Rabat is the capital of Morocco, and therefore easily accessible from many other Moroccan cities. Since November 2018, a high-speed train connects Tangier to Rabat and covers the distance between the two cities in two hours.

The fact that Rabat is very close to Casablanca also makes it ideal for visiting the two cities in succession while traveling along the Moroccan coast.

How to get to Rabat from Tangier by train

Travel between Tangier and Rabat is now more convenient than ever since the high-speed train opened in November 2018.

Trains in Morocco are cheap and this high-speed train is no exception. Train riding in this North African country is also a great way to see the beautiful scenery while sitting comfortably.

In Morocco, it is very easy to buy your train tickets directly at the station. All information about schedules and prices can be found on the ONCF website, once you know which train to take, you can go to Tangier Train Station (see map below) to purchase your ticket.

Be sure to bring cash to buy your ticket, as it is not always possible to pay by debit or credit card. Many trains leave daily for Rabat and some stop in different cities along the road while others, like the high-speed train, go directly to the southern city.

In Rabat, you can get off at one of the city’s two main stations. I would suggest purchasing a ticket that will take you to Rabat Ville Train Station, because it is more central and close to the popular attractions and sites in Rabat.

How to get to Rabat from Tangier by bus

Another good option is to travel between Tangier and Rabat by bus. I recommend taking a CTM bus or supermarket between the two cities.

I have traveled to Morocco with different companies and I must say that these two companies, although they are a little more expensive than other companies, provide more comfortable buses.

To take a bus in Tangier, you have two options. You can reach the city’s main bus station, “Gare Routiere”, Place Jamia al Arabia (see map below).

Another option is to take the CTM bus directly to the separate CTM bus station (see map below)

How to get to Rabat from Tangier by car

If you have your own car or if you rent one, the road to Tangier along the coast is definitely a beautiful road. I suggest stopping in Asilah along the way to get some great pictures. The distance between Tangier and Rabat is 249 km. It should take about 2.5 hours to reach the capital.

To get there, just follow the A1 motorway along the coast to Rabat.

How to get to Rabat from Casablanca by train

Casablanca and Rabat are close to each other. The two cities are similar in size and appearance, and people often think that Casablanca is the Moroccan capital.

If you are visiting Morocco and traveling to Casablanca first, your next stop should be Rabat.

You can view the train schedules that run between Casablanca and Rabat online. Once you know which train to take, you can go to Casa Voyageur main station (see map below) and buy your ticket there.

There is a train that departs every 30 minutes and takes about 50 minutes to reach the capital. Ticket price between 35 and 80 dirhams.

How to get to Rabat from Casablanca by bus

It is possible to take a bus to Rabat from the main bus station in Casablanca. This bus station is located on Lyon Street (see map below). You can book your ticket in advance from the bus station or book them online. However, if you book your ticket online, you still need to go to the CTM office to pay for your luggage on the day of departure, so make sure you arrive at least 30 minutes before.

This is where the CTM Bus Station is located in Casablanca:

How to get to Rabat from Casablanca by car

The distance between Casablanca and Rabat is very short, so it is easy to reach if you have your own car or if you rent one. There is a highway between the two cities (Highway A1) and it takes about an hour to travel the distance between Casablanca and Rabat by car.

Getting Around Rabat

Rabat tram (Rabat-Salé tram) makes it easier to move around the city. The system is not only well maintained, used by many people, but also clean and will allow you to access almost all major attractions. There are stalls at most stops with attendees who speak a certain level of English and can help you. The tickets are 6dh.

There are only two lines; Line 1 and Line 2 for easy navigation. The service operates every 20 minutes.

If you are staying in the neighboring Sale, across from the Bou Regreg River or if you just want to visit, you can also take a sailboat. Before bridges, the road was to cross. The journey is very fast and costs 2.5dh in each direction. Even if it’s more adventure than a transport option, you can pretend you’re a pirate for a while!

Rabat and Sala are two different cities, but over time they became one city. The sale is on the right bank of the Bouregreg River, while Rabat is on the left. Salé was an independent republic and included the famous Salé Rovers (pirates) until the seventeenth century when it became part of Morocco. This side of the river is often overlooked, and although it may be two different cities, they are historically and now linked geographically.

 

Even if Rabat is the capital of Morocco, it is still quieter and quieter than other cities such as Marrakesh, Fes or Casablanca. But this is not the case on the roads and traffic in the capital is as messy as it is anywhere else in the country.

I recommend taking small taxis (small taxis that are not shared with others) to get around the city if you have to leave the city center. They all have a taximeter and their prices are very cheap.

If you stay in the city center, you will notice that Rabat has an incredibly good tram system connecting its main areas.

Rabat has a very good tram system …

You can consult this site to see a map of tram routes in Rabat. It is a great way to walk around the city center and reach various locations like the Hassan Tower. You can find schedules for different tram lines online here.

Tram ticket costs 6 MAD and can be bought from ticket machines on platforms (many tickets can also be purchased)

The tram runs every 20 minutes, from 6 in the morning until 10 in the evening.

What to do in Rabat?

If you are planning to visit Rabat, you may be wondering what to see and do. I asked myself the same thing but after our long visit, I realized that we didn’t spend enough time to see everything! I only chose a dozen attractions to watch in Rabat to consider, but there are so many other places that I had to leave to space!

Hassan Tower

Rabat became the capital of Morocco for the first time in the twelfth century. Then King Jacob Al-Mansour undertook a project to build what would be the largest mosque in the world. However, he died before the building was completed and work was abandoned. In 2012, these monuments were awarded to the UNESCO World Heritage Center. Visitors can easily roam around them today. Nearby is the tomb of Mohamed V, the first king of Morocco after independence. Hassan II and his brother, Prince Abdullah, were also buried here. It is possible to visit the interior of the shrine. Visitors are reminded that this is a grave and an official place.

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The Chellah, Rabat

Outside the city center, you’ll find the chellah and here here the first explorers established their base in Morocco. The Phoenicians and Romans were present and these ruins tell this story. Later, the Berbers, the Almohads, used the complex as a royal burial site. Later, a mosque was added with other medieval architectural details. In 1755, the earthquake that rocked Lisbon also had an effect, causing extensive damage. Today it is very easy to visit monuments and walk around. Every year, the Chellah Jazz Festival takes place in ruins, making it a truly unique musical event.

Medina of Rabat

Medina and Kasbah Rabat are two different but interconnected regions. Although much of Rabat is very modern, and is home to embassies and important government affairs, the city reminds us of another kind of life. The city here is not like Marrakesh or Fez, it is much smaller and you will probably see few tourists. A special item to consider is a lace carpet. The most common style is the red carpet, with a rectangular pattern. Red inlaid in the middle of a geometric pattern. There is also a border with another color. These rugs are more like Turkish or Persian rugs than abstract rugs for mountain tribes. My carpet buying guide in Marrakech, in a different city, can be helpful.

No trip to a Moroccan city will be complete without taking the time to roam and get lost in the streets of the old city center of Rabat. It is fun to walk among the thousands of people trapped among the stalls of merchants selling exotic products from all over the country.

rabat medina

 

The streets are full of millions of colors, smells and noise. Rabat is no exception, but fortunately, its city streets are much easier to navigate and less fearful for some of those in Marrakech, Fes or Meknes.

This old town is less messy and easier than others across the country.

This means that visitors who come here will be able to walk around without much stress and enjoy the experience.

Medina has everything you want to buy handmade soap with wood carvings and everything in between. It is a great place to find souvenirs for friends or family before returning home.

The old city is located in the city center:

Kasbah of the Oudays Rabat

You may have heard about the famous blue city of Morocco at this point (if you don’t have it, you can post in this post), but did you know that Rabat has its own little blue city? The Wedayat Kasbah was built in the 11th century and has been inhabited regularly since then. Walk the streets or sit in one of the sidewalk cafes and watch the ocean spread in front of you. You will also find the Kasbah Mosque (internal access is not allowed to non-Muslims), Andalusian gardens and the Udaya Museum in this area are all worth a look.

This ancient Kasbah is the place where the original city of Rabat was built. It is located on top of a cliff overlooking the place where the Bouregreg River and the Atlantic Ocean meet.

The view of the water from this splendid dungeon is a perfect place to enjoy the sunset.

The castle is now mainly a residential area and it is very safe to walk in the narrow narrow streets of this old city.

You will not meet many merchants and craftsmen here as in the Kasbah and other Moroccan cities, but those you will meet have stunning wooden souvenirs for sale.

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We were there in the middle of the week and were surprised by the calm and quietness of the small streets. The silence was broken only by the Gnaoui musicians we met …

Some Gnaoua musicians play the streets of the Kasbah …

Part of the walls and houses are painted blue, which reminds us of Chefchaouen, the famous blue city in Morocco.

To enter the Kasbah of the Udayas, you will have to pass through the large original gates of the old city. I highly recommend taking some pictures of these old doors.

Right on the right of the Kasbah des Oudaias entrance, you will find Andalusian gardens where you can sit and relax while admiring the flowers before continuing to explore the Kasbah.

It’s covered with intricate patterns and designs and it’s super photography!

Rue De Consuls, The Medina

Rabat is smaller and more intimate than most other cities, but it is more comfortable and stress-free. From Avenue de Console, opposite the impressive Casbah built by the Portuguese in the 14th century and the charming Odyssey, you will find everything and everything, from carpets to the Ottomans to porcelain and woody delights. The street was named in honor of the nineteenth-century diplomats who lived above it and is an ideal place for a portrait with colorful doors spreading along the small path.

One of our favorite stores is Iazra Leather, which is somewhat hidden at the top of the dead end of the French consulate – look for the black wrought iron door and ring the bell if the door is closed. Saeed, who speaks English, will be happy to help you. It is also around the corner where there is a beautiful (dry) mosaic fountain; Great opportunity for pictures. It is the ideal location for high-quality leather and suede products, especially luxury handbags and purses in bright colors. And no smell!

Prices are very reasonable for excellent merchandise quality. Or go to the Ayoub family store, the Japanese boutique, in the left corner. Although it bears a strange name (there is nothing in the store in Japan!), It is, for example, an institution in the city that Ayub and his brother Rashid’s father opened years ago. The family still works there today. You can’t miss Job because he’s always wearing a black fedora. He also speaks English.

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At the top of Consul Street next to the police station and opposite the beautiful Kasbah, you will find the artistic cooperative in Rabat. A colorful cooperative that sells blankets, towels, and sheets in various materials. This is definitely worth a visit as the selection quality and prices are excellent.

At the end of Rue de Console, where the main street branches off to the right and the new Babouche Street (Shoe Pass), you’ll find Maison D’Argent, where you can find beautiful Moroccan silver jewelry at affordable prices. The store is fairly easy to find as it has two copper lion statues in front of it. Feel free to take a look in the usually closed room to the right of Dargunet House because it is full of old Moroccan jewelry and looks like a wonderful museum.

Finally, we love Dar Al Fan Ceramic, led by the two friendly brothers Mohammed and Jawad. The store contains a large amount of everything from ceramics (from all over Morocco) to Moroccan teapots, trays and cups of tea. Located off the side street near the old pharmacy’s canopy, their store is a good landmark and meeting place if you want to wander around and your family or friends may want to go somewhere else on Consuls Street.

Complexe des Oulja

Complex Oulja Rabat Maroc may not be available to everyone, but for art lovers or anyone looking for authentic crafts you should visit. Originally it was just potters, but now there are many types of workshops in the complex – which is awesome! You will need a taxi (taxi) to reach this point even if you are not far from Rabat and make sure that the taxi is waiting for you because it is very difficult to find a return.

Beaches of Rabat

Yes, Rabat is located on the Atlantic Ocean and there are beaches! Temara and Skirat is one of the most popular beach sites. If you’re a surfboarder and want a little more challenging wave, Plage des Nations is the place to go. Do not expect pure white sand beaches and be aware that most Moroccans will not consider hitting water until the hot summer months. Also, when the beaches are better maintained and maintained.

Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Mohamed VI

Mohamed VI Museum of Modern Art I have visited this museum on my list since the museum opened and I was a little worried because the other museums in Morocco are a bit disappointing. not here. I would like to say that a visit here is a must because it sheds a completely different light on Morocco and Moroccan art. The building itself is fantastic and the entire exhibition is on par with art museums from the rest of the world. The only drawback is that the marks are all in Arabic or French, so it may be difficult to get the background of the cut. They also have regular mobile exhibitions that recently included Picasso and Goya.

Moroccan National Zoo – Rabat

If you are visiting children, you may want to visit the Rabat Zoo. They are not as sophisticated or well assembled as the larger zoos around the world, but it will give you the opportunity to see the native animals of Morocco and the great African continent.

Great Sales Mosque

This impressive mosque was built in the 12th century and is the third largest mosque in Morocco. It has been destroyed and rebuilt several times since its original construction. One of the most recent periods occurred in 1851, when French forces bombed Salé, causing massive damage to the mosque. Not only that, it was a religious monument, but it was a gathering point for the Moroccan nationalist movement in the 1930s in their plans to remove French protection from power. Non-Muslim visitors are not allowed to enter, but they can see it from outside.

Sale Medina

This city is not as elegant as Marrakech or even Rabat but it is a very original city experience. It is a working-class city, it is not hidden from tourists and most of the people that you will see are those who perform their daily tasks. If you want to shop, you will find the prices in Sale are more reasonable than most cities, even near Rabat.

Sale

Sale is located across from the Bou Regreg River in Rabat. Another interesting and often forgotten place. Sala’s amazing history is closely linked to a past in which pirates feared five centuries since the early seventeenth century, and the city was a paradise for the famous pirates known as the “Sally Rovers” who ruled the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean.

In Salé, you will find your true Moroccan experience, from the city of workers to the small blue boats that transport people across the river from Rabat (near the Kasbah of Rabat and off the Salé Marina) for a few – one dirham per person. Speaking of the marina, this newly built project is a pleasure to stroll along the water and have lunch in one of the many options for restaurants and cafes spread along the attractive berth. We recommend that you call the Rabat-Sale Association on 0530303030 for a walking tour of Salé.

Oulja Poterie, Salé (Oulja Pottery Center) 

This place, also called the Sala Pottery Center, may sound a bit nice off the main road, but trust us, you will love what you find inside the center. Perhaps you will not see tourists there, however, here the locals buy the best of what Morocco has to offer: ceramic, painted silver, brass, bamboo lamps, wooden furniture, carpets, colorful baskets and of course the tagine. And more!

The center is located just off the main road and is divided into two complexes that seem somewhat unattractive from a distance, but again, drive indoors and prepare to enjoy. The first complex contains the best shopping, which is the furthest from the Rabat Center.

Kasbah of the Oudays

 

We love the beautiful and well-known nearby Saiid Pottery Store, which sells unique matte pottery in beautiful pastel colors. The tagine shop next to Saiid is also excellent, and all the tagine in the pottery center is certified and lead-free. They sell decorative tagine and cooking.

Note that the cookware is rust-colored, not glazed. Clay pottery, closer to the big pots on the other side, is also a great station for ceramic gifts and the prices are incredibly reasonable here. And don’t forget the rugs and lamps, the House of Originality, the megastore run by Naguib, has an impressive array of lamps and the top, handcrafted carpets!

Never miss this Mecca for carpets again, the prices are much lower than in the tourist areas of any city in Morocco. Naguib speaks English if your French or Moroccan language is vulgar.

Pirate’s Slave Prison

I did not know its existence until our hosts at Repose Riad mentioned the Sale map. On Sidi Bin Asheer Street, opposite the city walls, are the remains. Rumors say they are currently undergoing renovations and that they look like a needle in a haystack to find. There is a teacher who will show you the place if you hold it near him for 20 dirhams.

Mawazine Festival

Every year, the Moroccan government hosts the Mawazine Festival, a giant music festival that brings together some of the biggest names in national and international music in Rabat. Millions of people attend and is one of the largest music festivals in the world. Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Kanye West and Jennifer Lopez are just a few of the big names that have appeared in the Mawazine stages. There are free and paid parties. The hope to do this is to provide entertainment for all economic circles, especially those who cannot afford expensive regular tickets for such events.

The Kasbah, Oudeyas + botanical gardens

Dating back to the 12th century, the charming Kasbah of Rabat, dating from the mouth of the River Po Reg, is an impressive and unique structure definitely worth a stroll. Originally built to fend off invaders and pirates, the Kasbah is today a symbol of the unique Moroccan Odas region.

Walk around the corner of the Kasbah and you will see the beautiful, ancient valley door. This city is an essential city for true Moroccan taste. Spend winding afternoons around their cobbled alleys, enjoy hundreds of picturesque blue doors, take a look in the charming Oudeyas Garden (garden), or discover artworks in the Oudeyas Museum (Museum). Either way, don’t miss this authentic and trendy jewel.

There is even a popular tea place called Café Maure which has been essentially the same for centuries. Maure Café specializes in delicious Moroccan pastries, mint tea, and coffee. The famous place is adjacent to the gardens and has a beautiful view of the water. And speaking of Belvedere, be sure to go to Belvedere de Odes, as it is a summer sight to see with all the hundreds of colorful parasols on the beach below.

Apia

If you are looking for high-quality essential oils and organic cosmetics, do not look for the enchanting Apia Cooperative. With two locations in Rabat; One in Agdal and a second store recently opened in Sousse, Apia is your one-stop-shop for great gifts. The stores have everything, from jam, olive oil, and honey to everything that is cosmetic.

They even have jars of intoxicating lemon to make tagine at 25 dirhams per jar. We especially like the mud face mask with rose water in particular. The prices are reasonable for the high-quality products offered by Apia. Gift packaging is available. The parking spaces in Apia Agdal are a bit complicated, but Apia Susi has parking lots across the road. Also, an ideal place to take your visitors who want to bring candy back home!

Mohamed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

The jewel of a museum built in 2014, located in downtown Hassan, in a beautifully built, pure white building; Inspired by unique Moroccan architecture. The museum has a relaxed atmosphere and the exhibits are charming. The current temporary exhibition of impressionist art, in cooperation with the famous Musée d’Orsay in Paris, is a must and will run until August 31, 2019.

The Gentle Café Museum is also an enjoyable respite from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant Hassan area. Don’t miss the “Toiles De Rue” murals of the recently painted de la rue de Jidar festival on the exterior walls of the museum, which just ended in April this year.

10 am – 6 pm, closed Tuesday, entry 10-40 am

Unique things to do in Rabat

Visit the tomb of Al-Hassan + Mohammed V

In the twelfth century, the “Hassan Tower” or “Hassan Tower” was completed as the tallest minaret and mosque in the world, commissioned by Sultan Mansour. Unfortunately, the sultan died suddenly in 1199 and all construction work was stopped immediately.

The two structures remain the most popular sites for tourists to visit in Rabat. A stunning minaret on one side, guarded by delicate horse-dressed guards, is a beautiful and peaceful place for a quiet picnic or quiet meditation. The shrine is located across the open space. It was built after the death of Mohamed V in 1961. The building is a wonderful tribute to the architecture of the Alevi dynasty in the seventeenth century.

It is a remedy for Westerners because in general, the holy places are closed to non-Muslims. However, the shrine welcomes all visitors from within and even to the small mosque next door, except for Friday from 12 noon to 2 pm when the mosque is closed for the noon prayer. Free entry to the sites. Bring a sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat, as there is very little shade in the area between the tower and shrine.

Visit the tomb of Al-Hassan + Mohammed V

 

The Hassan Tower and the adjacent shrine are places not to be missed when going to Rabat.

The construction of the Hassan Tower began in the twelfth century. The minaret became the largest mosque in the world. Unfortunately, Moroccan leader Yaqub Al-Mansour, who launched the project, died before it was completed.

In 2012, these monuments have become part of the UNESCO World Heritage and you can now tour the site and enjoy the beauty of the unfinished building.

The impressive and intricate patterns of the tower, as well as the symmetrically arranged pillars on the floor, make this place a must for your visit to Rabat!

In front of the unfinished minaret is the beautiful tomb of King Mohammed V and his two sons. It is possible to visit the inner shrine guarded by members of the Moroccan Royal Guard.

The tomb is also open to non-Muslims and all visitors are reminded to remain silent and discreet within the shrine.

This is where you will find the Hassan Tower and the Mohammed V Mausoleum:

Chellah

Chellah, an incredibly picturesque fortress dating back to the Phoenician era in the 3rd century BC, overlooks the lush Bou Regreg River near Rabat. Then the Romans came about 40 AD and finally the Arabs in the twelfth century.

The site contains impressive marble columns and statues, although some are in ruins, from Roman times as well as from the three empires. It is also the best place to discover the famous storks that nest on top of buildings and trees and migrate to Morocco in the winter. Don’t forget to listen to the famous “clap noise”! Chellah is a great place to stroll on the lawn and walk in history.

Also great for all photo shoots. Including the beautiful Andalusian-inspired garden (shaded). Take an English speaking guide (you must bargain) for 100-150 dirhams; Hang around at the main entrance. Chellah is also the site of many concerts, music and cultural performances throughout the year, including the Chellah International Jazz Festival in September. Bring a sunscreen as the ruins have a little shade. Entrance fee is 70 dirhams.

Chellah

 

Chellah is an old medieval fortified city located on the outskirts of Rabat along the banks of the Bouregreg river. It is a pre-Islamic Roman city that was left to decline in 1154 and then built by Sultan Marini.

It is a very quiet place and is the ideal place to escape the crowds of Rabat. The whole area is covered with abandoned buildings, bloated plants, and pure flowers.

The medieval old town is located on the banks of the Bouregreg river …

There are small paths that allow visitors to tour the deserted minaret and cemetery.

The abandoned city is now home to groups of storks that made their nest above ancient minarets.

Chellah cemetery is located just outside the city. Here is the exact location:

Jidar ‘Toiles De Rue’ Street Art Festival

After the phenomenon of frescoes around the world, this unique festival (whose name means “street cloth”) takes place every year for about 10 days during April. As you drive or walk around Rabat, you will see huge murals from the past few years on display. An eclectic and colorful display of modern and contemporary art.

Artists come from all over the world. Last April, the youngest was a Moroccan artist who was only 23 years old. During the festival itself, the organizers created a circle map of all the murals that are drawn and you can travel around the city by car and meet the artists while drawing. It is a wonderful initiative for children inspired by the art they see daily in buildings and structures. It is also the ideal change from the regular dull concrete buildings often found in major cities around the world, especially in the most disadvantaged areas.

Mega Mall

Dine on MegaMall then fastens your skis because the mall has a suitable skating rink which is popular with families and children. And if your children are not tired after a snow tour, there is a “theme park” in addition to a playground for young and dynamic children. The shopping center also has a bowling alley, dining hall, and of course stores. Although it is not the size of the Morocco Mall in Casablanca, MegaMall definitely has its charm. We recommend booking early in the day for ice skating and bowling as both locations can be very busy in the afternoon and evening.

Agdal Train Station 

It may seem strange to mention that, but the newly opened Rabat Agdal station is really a sight to see. Huge three-level structure on the cutting edge of technology with many dining and shopping options, this beautiful station is also the place to take your new TGV or high-speed train, south of Casablanca or North Tangier. And for those who need to savor America, there are McDonald’s and Starbucks.

Children will love the MiniSo store; A modern Japanese boutique full of original products. There is even a position of Belgian chocolate Leonidas. For information, there are two stations in Rabat: Agdal and Center Ville. So make sure you go to the correct one.

Visit the giant cemetery of Rabat

Visiting the giant tomb in Rabat can seem a bit scary. You might be far from how you could imagine your trip to Rabat, but believe me, you should definitely include it on the sites you visit.

In the modern world, we tend to believe that death and beauty are incompatible. A look at this magnificent flowering cemetery facing the sea on the outskirts of Rabat will persuade you otherwise.

Thousands of tombstones ideally aligned in rows on a hill overlooking the Rabat coast.

In winter, the yellow flowers cover the cemetery, which turns this place into a very calm sight.

Some tombstones are very simple while others are beautifully carved with intricate patterns and patterns.

Rabat cemetery is located on the coast near the lighthouse and Kasbah of the Udayas:

Admire the king’s palace

The Palace of the Kings of Rabat is the official residence of King Hassan II and the royal family. In addition to being the place where the king and his family spend most of their time,. This palace is also a place where many of the country’s most important government offices are located.

The official name of this palace is the Palace of Happy Mashur,. Which means the place of the Palace of Happiness. The spacious grounds also include administrative and government buildings, trees, gardens, and a large viewing plaza.

The palace can be admired only from a distance as entry is prohibited. However, it still looks majestic and bulky, even from a distance.

Go on a boat ride

Just outside the Kasbah of the Udayas,. There is a very large area where the Bouregreg River and the sea meet. One of the great things you can do in Rabat is take a boat trip on this river.

Nothing compares to a boat trip at sunset with the other half …

Boats are rowing boats, so they are very quiet and really perfect for a relaxing evening on the river. It is also a great way to see the old dungeon from a different perspective.

Many families gather on boats to spend family time at sunset.

You will have to negotiate the price with the people providing the service but it is definitely worth it! The journey across the river to Salé will cost about 2 dirhams, but going further will necessarily cost much more.

Go on a boat ride

Enjoy the lighthouse and relax on the coast

Rabat and the neighboring city of Salé have wonderful coastlines. For those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and inhale the fresh sea air.

Rabat also has some beaches, however, the main beaches are generally crowded. I would recommend taking a shared taxi. From the center to the wild beaches about 13 km south of the city.

Not far from Oudaias Kasbah in front of the giant tomb, there is a beacon that we found particularly beautiful.

We went there at sunset and it was wonderful !!

The lighthouse is located on this site:

Enjoy the lighthouse and relax on the coast


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