Spend a few days in Rabat
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Explore Rabat's districts
Visit the Medina
Rabat's Medina is the city's historic centre, which was built in the 17th century to accommodate Andalusian refugees. The peace and quiet here contrast sharply with the hustle and bustle of Moroccan cities. Tourists love to visit its traditional and authentic Jewish Quarter or mellah.
Don't miss the chance to visit Rue des Consuls, the best-known shopping district in the Moroccan capital. It's a must-see for tourists holidaying in Rabat. Its name reflects its history: until 1912, the ambassadors and consuls had their residences there. Today, it includes the Es-Sebat souk, which is partly covered by a glass roof and is the city's main market. Around it many small businesses sell unusual holiday souvenirs and gifts to bring back from your time in Rabat.
Visit the Kasbah of the Udayas
The Kasbah of the Udayas is a former fortified military camp. Now a real city within the city, it overlooks the Bou Regreg, the mouth of the river running through Rabat, which gives it unmissable panoramic views. The Spaniards who lived here over the years have made their mark: the houses are painted white and blue in the typical Mediterranean style. The Kasbah of the Udayas is now occupied by the Moroccans and tourists go there to relax, play cards with friends or just to admire the architecture and scenery.
After strolling through the Medina and the Kasbah of the Udayas, head for the Hassan district. One of the symbols of the city is found here: the Hassan Tower and its marble pillars, the last remains of a mosque that may have been the largest place of worship of its time. Museums to visit in Rabat
Rabat Archaeological Museum presents the history of Morocco since ancient times, with exhibits found on the site of the ancient city of Volubilis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It provides an interesting way to find out more about Moroccans' everyday life over the years.
The Mausoleum of Mohammed V near the Hassan Tower. Here lie King Mohammed V, who gave his name to the museum, his son King Hassan II and Prince Moulay Abdallah. It took ten years to build this majestic building in the traditional Moroccan style.
The Museum of the Udayas or National Jewellery Museum: this ancient fort was also a royal residence. Its majestic architecture now houses, as its name suggests, a large collection of jewellery that demonstrates the considerable expertise of local artisans. Collections of the clothing worn in the different regions of Morocco are also on display.
The 2,000-sq. m Currency Museum of the Bank Al-Maghrib retraces the history of Morocco's banking and finance sectors over three floors.
Try Moroccan cuisine
Moroccan food is world renowned. Some dishes demand several hours of preparation. During your stay in Rabat, don't miss your chance to order tajines, soups, méchoui (whole sheep or a lamb spit-roasted), koftas and the many other dishes in this rich and varied cuisine. After a good dinner, you'll loving spend a night in an affordable and comfortable hotel room.
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History and urbanism
The city was founded by Abd al Mu'min ibn Alī al Kūmī, also known as Abd al-Mu, a prominent sultan, alongside the ancient Roman city of Sala Colonia in 1150. Initially it was a military and religious camp with a citadel surrounded by huge ramparts. Over the years, the various sultans added their own touch. Towards the 17th century, the city became a major centre for trade and crafts.
Rabat is Morocco's first green city. It offers a wide range of attractive walks during your stay in Morocco. Our favourite is Ibn-Sina Park, the city's green lung, with its flora and fauna dividing Rabat and Temara. Rabat's green belt is popular with joggers and the Bouknadel Exotic Gardens are also worth seeing. You can cover a few miles in the shade of the greenery.
The National Zoological Gardens are another pleasant walk: nearly 1,500 animals are housed in this recently built zoo in the Temara district. It's a great trip out for families. Kids will love seeing the 130 different species.
The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, demonstrating its cultural influence. Added to its very clement climate, that makes Rabat an ideal holiday destination to combine relaxation and exploration.
Throughout the year, Rabat celebrates civil and religious holidays. Major local festivals are also held here. Music fans will know the Mawazine ("World Rhythms") festival, which runs from May to June.