Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours


RABAT

Rabat is a capital city of Morocco and is situated along the shores of the Bouregreg River and the Atlantic Ocean. It is sometimes overshadow by other popular cities of Morocco, such as Marrakesh or Fez. However, Rabat has its own charm and it is worth spending at least 2 days to discover the Moroccan capital and its local life with less tourists.

Did you know that Rabat and Sale are two different cities, but are so closely linked by transportation and somewhat considered as one. Sale lies on the right bank of the Bou Regreg river whereas Rabat is on the left. Since many tourist attractions are nearby each other, so it is easier to plan your day according to locations.

Things to do and see

1. Hassan Tower
Hassan Tower is an incomplete mosque in Rabat. It was intended to be the largest minaret and the mosque in the world. However, after Abu Yusuf Yaqub al-Mansur who has commissioned this died, the construction was stopped in 1199. At the moment we can just admire the 44m tower, several walls and columns uncompleted. 
Rabat in 48 hours

2. Kasbah of the Udayas

Kasbah is known as a type of media or forstress. In Rabat, Kasbah of the Udayas is located at the mouth of the Bou Regreg river opposite Sale city. It is just outside of old medina of Rabat. The oldest structure of the Kasbah is a mosque, dating back from the 10th century. It is one of the popular place to stroll around for free. You can enjoy the view terrace, endless small blue-white alleys and the Andalusian gardens.
Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours
Rabat in 48 hours
Rabat in 48 hours
Rabat in 48 hours
Rabat in 48 hours

3. Mausoleum of Mohammed V

The mausoleum is located opposite of the Hassan Tower. It contains the tombs of the Moroccan king and his two sons, late King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah. The building itself is a beautiful architectural masterpiece.
Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours
Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours

4. Chellah

The Chellah is a medieval forified Muslim necropolis located on the south of Rabat medina. This complex includes mosques, minarets, royal tombs and other ruins of this emporium at the site. 

5. Dar al-Makhzen
This building is the primary and official residence of the king of Morocco. Its official name is the El Mechouar Essaid Palace, which means the venue of happiness palace.

6. St Peter's cathedral
St Peter's Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church located in downtown Rabat, nearby the main train station. It was built in Art Deco architectural style. This cathedral is dedicated to Saint Peter as the ecclesiastical seat of the Archdiocese of Rabat.

7. Old Medina

The heart of the Rabat city consists of 3 parts: the Medina (old town), the Oudayas and Hassan. Like any other medina's in Morocco, it is a walled old city where streets are narrow and packed by traders and markets. 
Rabat in 48 hours
Rabat in 48 hours
Rabat in 48 hours

8. Andalusian gardens

Andalusian gardens are located next to Kasbah of the Udayas, and it is well taken care of garden, full of fruit trees and flowers. A popular spot for locals and tourists to rest under a shade. 
Rabat in 48 hours

9. Medersa

Just across the river, you will find Sale. A town by itself which is closely linked to Rabat. If you will be strolling around this neigborhood, don't miss a visit to Medersa. The renowated and extraordinary Moroccan-Andalusian style of an interior, designed for Koranic instruction and student lodgings, were built in this country by the Marinids between the 14C and 16C. 

10. Bab El Had

One of the five leading gate to Old Rabat. The gate is well preserved with beautiful ornaments on it. It is also called as "Sunday Gate", which came from a name of the Sunday Market that was located nearby the gate long time ago. Around this gate you will also be able to find food and flower markets.

11. Rabat's beaches

Since it is located just on the coastline of Atlantic ocean, Rabat and its surrounding have its own sandy beaches. Before you will head off to middle part of Morocco, soak up some sun and chill days on the beach. You can either visit Temara, Skirat, Rabat or Sale beach. However, I am sure that elsewhere would be more suitable for beach holidays.


Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours

Food & drink

 Do you know that couscous is the national dish of Morocco? Apart from this, try out various tagine dishes as well. Most commonly eaten with red meat (beef) and wide selection of vegetables. Moroccan cuisine have subtle spices and intriguing flavour combinations. It is influenced by Andalusian Spain, Arabia and France. 

1. Cafe Maure
2. Restaurant Le ziryab
3. Tajine wa Tanjia
4. Dar Zaki
5. Dar Rbatia

Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours

Where to stay?

If you are travelling to Morocco, you have to stay in riads for sure! Riads are traditional Moroccan houses with courtyards that are used now as guest houses. They are predominantly found around medina (the old city). Riads are beautifully decorated with mosaics and traditional decorations. Usually they have up to 10 rooms the most and  you will be served with traditional Moroccan breakfast which you should not missed too. This is definitely one of the Moroccan experiences of accommodation. During our stay in Rabat we have stayed in Riad Zeina, which is part of a riad groups. You can book it via hotels.com or booking.com

Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours

How to get around

Medina streets are small and tight, so the easiest way around the old city is to go by walk. Otherwise, Rabat has also tramway which ease your way travelling around Rabat - Sale. Tickets can be purchased at kiosks at the station at cost 6 DH. 
Alternative ways to get around is by taxi also, which you can get anywhere off the street. Remember to always ask and negotiate rates prior jumping in, as they don't have meters.
Rabat in 48 hours
Rabat in 48 hours

Trips outside of the city

If you are staying in Rabat for longer and looking for some trips outside, Morocco has good train system (ONCF), and you can get around easily and on-time. Tickets can be either purchased online or on the day in the kiosks. Alternatively, you can always seek for some tours which will guide you to some interesting places too if you don't want to plan it yourself. Here are some places worth to visit outside of the Rabat:
1. Fes (2h 15 min from Rabat)
2. Chefchaouen (4h from Rabat)
3. Casablanka (1h from Rabat)
4. Meknes (1h 50 min from Rabat)
5. Tangier (3h from Rabat)

Rabat in 48 hours

Rabat in 48 hours 

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