Rabat, the political capital, main administrative center of Morocco and fourth imperial city. This city is a curious mixture of the historical tradition of the past and modernity established in the present.
Rabat is located on the Atlantic coast of the country at the mouth of the river Bu Regreg, whose river separates the city into two parts, two parts so different from the same city that is often spoken of two different cities, Rabat and Salé. The first of them is much more open and dynamic and the old town of Salé.
What to see in Rabat
La tour Hassan – this is the 44 meter high minaret standing tall amongst the remains of the Sultan Yacoub Al Mansour mosque that was destroyed in the 18th century by an earthquake. The construction of this minaret commenced in 1195. However, it was never completed. Apart from this, the medina is famous for its great inexpensive food and one can take pleasure to taste the wide range of delicious cuisines.
In Rabat you can find one of the most famous monuments of Morocco “The Hassan Tower”. Next to it stands the mausoleum of Mohammed V (Visit every day from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.), where the Moorish monarchs Mohamed V and Hassan II grandfather and father of the current King Mohammed VI rest.
The Kasbah des Oudaias (or La kasbah medieval of the Udayas) place we recommend as a must see, as it is one of the most beautiful areas of the city is formed by walls sheltering a walled neighborhood composed of narrow and manicured alleys full of painted houses the color blue. In the interior of the Kasbah is the garden of the Andalusians, created at the beginning of the 20th century in the Arab-Andalusian style, and the museum of decorative arts. It is interesting to visit both to see the building and its collection of jewelry and textiles.
Near the Kasbah, the walled old medina houses the souk, which is buzzing at dusk, especially in the streets of Souïqa and the of the Consuls, full of shops of all kinds. A little further from the center, it is worth visiting Chellah’s necropolis. Awesome marinese forataleza. Gigantic castle built on the ruins of the ancient city of Sala. The Black Sultan Abu al Hassan was the one who built the ensemble on which his remains now rest. Inside the necropolis are Roman remains and Arab monuments. Here you can see ruins of a Roman forum, remains of houses and shops, a mausoleum, a hammam (bath), a madrasa (school), a mosque and an exotic garden. In addition, the place is a haven of storks, so you can see dozens of them.
After the Parliament and the Great Mosque we find a walled neighborhood called Mechouar that inhabit the members of the Government and the Royal House. Within this neighborhood is also the Royal Palace.
Medina – this is most attractive street in Rabat. Medinas are typical Moroccan markets and this area is a complete shopper’s paradise. One can find pottery, craft shops, leather goods, wooden furniture, exquisite lamps and many more interesting items.
Chellah – this is a necropolis of the medieval and ancient ruins that’s situated on the outskirts of Rabat. This location is known as the place of the oldest human settlement on the mouth of the Bou Regreg River. The Chellah is considered a great place to take a stroll and enjoy nature.