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"The Capital of Morocco"

Rabat Tourism

Rabat is the capital city of Morocco nestled along the Atlantic Ocean coast and the Bouregreg River. It is one of Morocco's four imperial towns, known for its beautiful architecture, influenced by French colonial, Islamic and Berber history. Rabat is regarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is often referred to as the Fortified Place.

It is an ideal starting point for any trip to Morocco owing to its influence on the country and accessibility to international flights. Divided into the old town and new town, the old town area of Rabat, is fortified and often referred to as the Medina. This part of the town has historical ruins from the Islamic era of Rabat. On the other hand, the new town or Ville Nouvelle is particularly influenced by the French and European styles of architecture. Home to adorable Persian cafes and magnificent street art, the Ville Nouvelle is a wonderful place for couples to explore.

Rabat is a calm and relaxing town which is a great pitstop for a weekend trip from surrounding cities and an excellent break from the crowded streets of Marrakech. Half-day walking and food tours are a great way to spend time in this gorgeous town!

Must Know Before You Visit Rabat

  • For budget stays, stick to the Old Town and Medina region. For luxury stays, the city center is a great area surrounded by major attractions like the Hassan Tower and the mausoleum of the late King Mohamed V.
  • Rabat is a safe city for female solo travelers.
  • Most attractions are within walking distance of each other.
  • Two tram lines run between Rabat and Sale; they function between 6:00 AM and 11:00 PM. It is the easiest and most affordable way to get around Rabat.
  • Blue-coloured Petit Taxis are inexpensive and good for short distances. However, avoid grand taxis for intra-city travel, as they are high priced.

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Shopping in Rabat

Rabat is a paradise for those who love shopping. The most popular items to look out for in the streets of Rabat are carpets, rugs, clothes, shoes, jewelry and handcrafted pottery. In addition, shopping walking tour is popular in Rabat. From the rue des Consuls, the oldest market in Rabat,purchase authentic souvenirs, spices and dry fruits. A little further to the street of Consuls is the Souk e-Sabat, a great place to buy jewelry, leather products, musical instruments and traditional babouches. Next, move forward to the vibrant Souika Street, the largest Rabat market where you can stroll and buy gifts for your loved ones. Finally, walk towards the Marche Central or the Central Market of Rabat for a delightful street food experience!

Nightlife in Rabat

Rabat does not enjoy an exceptionally vibrant nightlife. Some bars and restaurants are open in the new town region till late. However, liquor shops in Rabat close around 8 PM as a rule. Even so, you can go club hopping or enjoy live music sessions around the new town!

Suggested Itinerary for Rabat

Day 1: Start today by walking through the streets of Chella, a recognised UNESCO World Heritage site. Next, head towards the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, the final resting place of Dora king and his two sons. Then, head to watch the Hassan tower, located a three-minute walk from the mausoleum. Finally, head towards the Medina of Rabat and explore the Old Town, the fortified city center, another World Heritage site protecting the city's cultural monuments. The Medina is a gateway to narrow streets accessed only on foot. 

Day 2: Start your day by exploring the Royal Palace of RabatLocated 13 minutes from the palace is the Plage de Rabat, a magnificent snorkelling site with crystal clear waters of the Bay. You can take a long walk on the beach and enjoy the sunset. Next, head towards the Kasbah des Oudaias, Rabat's most historic and renowned UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk towards the Kasbah ramparts to watch a stunning sunset overlooking the beach. Finally, end your day by visiting Cathedrale Saint Pierre, a white art-deco monument from the 1920s. If you are in luck, you might get a chance to experience the African choir performance.

Day 3: You can have a relaxing morning and start your day around noon by visiting the Les Jardins Exotiques de Bouknadel, a collection of gardens and atmospheres ideal for bird-watching and walking. You will also be able to spot reptiles, amphibians and scorpions here. Next, head to the Russian Orthodox Church and spend a spiritual hour before walking towards the nearest beach for sunset. 

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Rabat Photos

A picture of Hassan tower
A picture of the Mausoleum of Mohammed V
A picture of Chellah Necropolis

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