Rabat. Kasbah des Oudaïas
The Kasbah des Oudaïa is a beautiful and quiet spot in the every increasingly busy Rabat. The standard of the streets and the houses is far above what you would expect to find in most other old cities in Morocco.
Everything evolves around white houses with blue painted parapets. It definitely has the air of just having been painted. There are very few people walking through the streets, so chances are that you will have it all more or less to yourself.
HOTELS AND ALTERNATIVES
Being the capital, Rabat is well-equipped with hotels of most standards. However, if you come here in conjunction with one of the religious festivals, or even worse, during the summer holidays, note that hotel rooms can fill up quickly. Call ahead in advance.
RESTAURANTS AND ALTERNATIVES
Rabat has one of the more international cuisines of Morocco, and Chinese or European food is far from uncommon. Prices are OK most over town, even if the same food should be had for less in most of Morocco.
Note that Rabat still closes a bit earlier at night than Casablanca.
Rabat has a couple of places where both Moroccans and foreigners come. These places come both in the shape of bars as well as discos. While there are plenty of the typical nightclub/bar/brothel places in Rabat, a handful of places are visited by young Moroccans of both sexes, and on equal terms.
Prices are more European than most other things you get across in Rabat.
Rabat has numerous banks and change bureaus, giving you every kind of possible service with changing money. A good handful of ATMs are found around town, too.
The railways are found in town centre and there are connections on two directions: Casablanca in the southwest, and Meknes in the northeast. If you have the chance, you should well consider using the train — with its location, it is the most convenient way of arriving in Rabat.
Both bus and taxis have their stations a bit out of town, and getting a taxi to connect to the town centre will be vital. Despite its unfortunate location, buses and taxis prove their value by serving every possible destination.
The airport of Rabat is really the airport of Casablanca. The ride takes a good 1,5 hours, and is a bit expensive if you do it by taxi. Once again, the moment you're there, you can choose from the best air connections in the country.
A calf feet tajine is delicious, but don't buy one of these feet to make one, you would have to cook it for hours. It will be much easier to have such a tajine in a restaurant. You should try ! Have a look at my restaurants tips.
The royal sarcophagus is in white onyx from Pakistan. It is lying in the middle of the mausoleum, surrounded by water and under a coupola (upper part of picture) made of cedar wood from Liban and decorated with genuine golden leaves. Inside, one finds themselves on a balcony that allows a view of the tomb bellow (lower part of picture). Discretely in one corner, an old man continually reads aloud passages form the Koran.
It is open to everyone including non-Muslims.
At different places in the souk are nicely decorated fountains. These one, in Rue des Consuls is one of the best. They are designed for drinking needs but lost are not working. Instead, you will see people with a large hat garnished with bells that sell a cup of water to those thirsty. They ask for payment for every photo. I did not take any.