Today, our new travel section deals with the capital of Morocco – Rabat. Here’s what you’ll learn:
- How to really immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of the city and the country
- Tips and tricks for a successful and unforgettable journey in Maghreb
- A lot of inspirational photos and information about the most famous sights, so that your enthusiasm will be strengthened
- And much more … Dive with us into the exotic world of North Africa!
The capital of Morocco – view from above
Enjoy this video with views over Rabat
First, let’s explain that our choices are not random. “The Land of the Sunset” with its innumerable facets has a magical effect on all its visitors and inhabitants. There is hardly a person who does not wish to come here again. In addition, tourists can enjoy a special kindness and warm treatment. One of the many evidences is that in the “Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Repost 2013” competition, which was attended by 140 countries, Morocco took third place after Iceland and New Zealand.
A dream world to immerse yourself in
There is a question that is always of concern to the traveler, namely when it is best to fly to the destination. Of course, the answer depends partly on the country, the region, etc. – whether it’s a holiday or an excursion, whether you are traveling alone, with a partner, friends or with your family … The questions are innumerable, but we try to get the most important ones answer. The best time to explore Morocco is in the months between October and May. Avoid visits between September and October as this is the holy Ramadan period. Nevertheless, the trips to Morocco are possible with the weather all year round. Thanks to its specific geographical location between 3 continents, the climate conditions are pretty nice and it never gets too cold or unbearably warm.
The land of the sunset
The capital of Morocco is the second largest city after Casablanca and the second most popular. Definitely worth visiting Rabat if you are in Morocco. The country is not so big and this provides the opportunity to explore several famous places there at once. But what would be more important than the capital, to say the heart of a country! It is actually a very modern city with a historic core – the old town of Medina.
So hectic, so alive – there is an authentic charm in this chaos
Main attractions in Rabat:
- The northern walls of the picturesque Oudaïa Kasbah – a wonderful place for walks. The Kasbah is formed at the time of the government of the Almohads between the years 1121 – 1269 AD, to protect the city from attacks. The impressive architecture is not only a pleasure for the eyes, but also a great background for your photos.
- Bab Oudaïa – an example of the military architecture of the Almohads
- Musee de Oudaïa , Moulay Ismaïl
- Andalusian gardens
- The Medina – below in the text we dedicate an entire paragraph to this part of Rabat, because this is a place with special charm and unique flair. The old town of Rabat is just great!
- Hassan Tower – this is the unfinished minaret of the unfinished gigantic mosque in Morocco. It points to the heyday of the Almohads and was supposed to be the largest such building of the Maghreb. Today, this place is a popular destination for excursions and walks by Moroccans and guests of Rabat. He serves as a landmark of the city. The tower is located on a hill where the amazing view over Wadi Bou Regreg is revealed.
- The mausoleum of Mohammed V – if you visit the Hassan Tower, then turn east and see this mausoleum. It is also quite attractive and beautiful with its glass windows, white marble, wrought-iron entrance with stairs that lead to the imposing dome.
- Ville Nouvelle – the new town of Rabat has wide boulevards, public green spaces and streets with new blocks of flats. Here you will find the Central Bank of Morocco, the Historical Museum and the Cathedral of Saint Pierre
- Archaeological Museum – it is actually outside the city of Rabat, but close to it. In this museum is the most extensive collection of archaeological items and the incredibly beautiful necropolis of Chellah, where you can see remnants of the former Roman city of Sala.
Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca is also worth a visit
Why should one visit the old town (medina)?
The capital of Morocco is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, in the mouth of the river Bou Regreg. As mentioned above, Rabat is the second most important city in terms of industry, tourism, commerce, etc. While you are here, you will enjoy its unique architecture, where the mixtures are typical. Old and modern, tradition, culture and authenticity, combined with the new technologies. Every alley, every park, dome or minaret brings with it a special feeling that characterizes these places as bearers of local culture, Mediterranean atmosphere and history.
Look at the details – someone has devoted countless hours to creating that beauty
Although the modern part of the city is pretty well organized and beautiful. There you will find several hotels where business meetings and team buildings take place. Nevertheless, our team advises: whether you are traveling as a tourist or on a private or business trip – if you really want to feel and touch the flair of the city, then book your accommodation in the old town of Rabat. Inventing the typical streets and confusing oneself in this labyrinth is an important part of the experience. The photo enthusiasts can also make incredibly cool pictures there.
The paradise for bloggers
In these streets you will find a variety of traditional shops such as Moroccan clothes, shoes and jewelry, herbs or decorations – all things that would like to decorate your home later and would remind you of the unforgettable trip. Visit the Suk el-Ghezel (the market street where wool is sold) – formerly the Christian prisoners were sold there as slaves. On Thursday there is a carpet auction . It is worth watching them if you have the opportunity. Pay attention to the decorative motifs on the buildings and especially on the doors of the living area – the Moroccan architecture, decor and decoration is strongly influenced by the local art.
Which is your favorite model?
Public transport: By and large, the standard of living in Morocco is not high. This also applies to the means of transport. You do not need much money to get from point A to point B. For this you only need one thing in the first place: your patience! Buses are often overcrowded and if you decide to take a taxi, you will be in a traffic jam. The price of a ticket on the bus is 3.5DH and the well developed transport network allows you to reach almost every location in the city. The train is the newest means of transport in Rabat – it costs 7DH and a ticket is valid within one hour. The taxis are 2 types: blue (“petit taxi”) and white (“grand taxi”). The blue ones are the cheapest – your bill will be difficult to exceed the sum of 20DH (ie less than 2 Euro). In a white taxi 7 people can come and you can take a taxi for about 30DH if you are to drive far away. Rent a car would also be a good option if you want to visit other cities in Morocco. We even recommend that! A coupe car for 4 or 5 people for a week will cost about 150 euros. Of course, the price can vary, depending on what kind of car you want. The price of gasoline in Morocco at the moment is about 1 euro per liter.
Boats and ferries are also part of the city’s transport …
… but also the camels
Shopping: If you are in Rabat, then you should definitely visit the so-called Suk (English souk). This is the name of the traditional marketplaces in the Arab countries. Moreover, the prices in the capital of Morocco are quite low compared to other cities in the country. Nevertheless, do not forget to negotiate with the businessmen and sellers about the prices otherwise you would insult them.
Immerse yourself in the magical world of Maghreb
Souvenirs: Authentic souvenirs can be Moroccan lamps as well as traditional colorful rugs or water pipes. Smaller things that you could give yourself or friends or relatives are:
Give cinnamon from Morocco – every mom, grandma and aunt will be very happy
- various herbs and spices such as cinnamon, Ras el hanout or chilli;
- Oils like cold-pressed olive oil or argan oil
- Moroccan handicrafts – here you can buy real handicrafts and also learn how to make and decorate them
- noble porcelain – discover the typical white-blue motifs of the Mediterranean region
- Leather goods – only of the highest quality
- Nomad jewelry – the choice of models and designs knows no bounds
- Carpets – a piece of the Orient in your home will look quite exotic and the Moroccans are professionals in carpet making
- Lamps – the fascinating Moroccan lamps we have discussed in several articles, because they are really unique
- Copper and silver jewelery with barbarian motifs and possibly semi-precious stones usually come from southern Morocco, but can be found in every market
Nomad jewelry is also suitable for business outfits – it combines very elegant with discreet clothing
Food: Of course, in the capital of Morocco there is a wide selection of restaurants, bars and cafes, both for the most exquisite, as well as for the simple taste. Here you will find fine food from all over the world, but you have not come to Morocco to taste Italian or Japanese food, but Moroccan! We recommend to visit the restaurant Dar Zaki in the Medina. It offers authentic interiors and comfortable ambience, where you can enjoy the food in peace, even if it seems like a “mission impossible” in the hectic Medina. Another nice eatery nearby is Dar El Medina. You can also try the street kitchen – there is something special and special for enthusiasts who prefer to visit sights or take pictures for an hour instead of sitting in the restaurant.
Kitchen: “If you only have a taste, you have no taste,” said Lessing. If you are curious about tasting new dishes, we have the following list of typical Moroccan treats for you:
- Harira soup – very traditional for the Maghreb cuisine, the soup usually consists of chickpeas or lentils, beef, tomatoes, onions and of course many fresh herbs
- Pastilla – meat pie
- Couscous – something special for Maghreb
- Tajine – a dish made of meat or fish and vegetables, which is slowly prepared in a Schmorkfäß. In addition to the main ingredients can be added nuts, herbs, dried fruit
- Brochette – grilled food, especially meat. This is the Moroccan variant for “Schisch Kebab”
- Bread types – the Arabic word for bread is “Khobz” – you can use it in Morocco. Otherwise, there are several possible preparations and types of bread such as Batbout, Hartscha, Msemen, etc. – do not hesitate to give up your diet, to taste some “forbidden” food
- Desserts – the Arab sweets are a dream – we all like them! Kadaif, Qurabiya, Basbousa, Mahalabia and Baklava spoil all the senses. Just be careful – do not exaggerate, because these desserts contain too much sugar. The pleasure can lead very quickly to the hospital or at least harm the good figure.
Attention! This photo can be addictive!
At the end we have prepared a list that you should check before your trip:
- Is my passport with you? (the EU citizens do not need visas but the passport is a must – then at the airport check if you have got a stamp imprinted on it, otherwise the return would be quite difficult)
- Do I have my Visa / Mastercard with me? – It is best to buy Moroccan Dirhams as a precaution before traveling
- flight tickets
- Check booking at the hotel
- Is my clothing in the suitcase appropriate for a Muslim country?
- Camera / mobile phone
- Book / newspaper / music for distraction during the flight
- A smile, please and the most positive possible mood, because it comes to a new adventure!
As you travel, you’ll meet soulmates and adventurers like yourself
We hope to have delivered a really useful info. Do not hesitate to ask us any questions – we are available via Facebook and Instagram or by email and look forward to your comments and ideas. For more cool tips on a Morocco trip that goes far beyond Rabat, visit the Morocco blog . Enjoy unforgettable experiences and never stop broadening your horizons!
Inspiration from Morocco
“Gnawa” – There are several music and film festivals taking place in the capital of Morocco – check if you can attend such an event at the time of your trip
The most famous attractions in the capital of Morocco – Hassan tower
The Koutoubia garden and minaret
The necropolis of Chellah
The royal residence
Stunning views – Pure luxury is a must in any Arab country
Rabat – the capital of Morocco
Guess what this futuristic building could be for …
… No, it’s not a luxury hotel, but a super modern hospital in Rabat
Landmarks of Morocco – do a quick research to discover what is shown in the picture
Explore the fascinating architecture of Morocco – the royal residence in Rabat
The details (in every aspect of life) play a particularly important role in Moroccan life
The ancient ruins suggest that today’s cosmopolitan city has a long history
Become one of the tourists who visited these fairytale beaches
Nature, architecture, history and incredible views – the capital of Morocco is a delight for eyes and soul
In any case, we recommend the safari in the desert of Morocco – an adventure that everyone should have experienced once
The alleys of the capital of Morocco
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