Rabat Travel Guide

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Rabat Highlights

  • Pro
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     Fascinating Islamic architecture and historical places, peace and quiet of Chellah 

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     Feels too Western to be a real Moroccan city, expensive 

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     Morocco's French city 

Rabat Things to Do

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  • Chellah

    At a short distance from town, in a facing hill, this necropolis is one of the oldest constructions in Morocco. Abandoned for centuries, and heavily damaged by an earthquake in the 18th century, it has been recuperated and gardened, acting today as one of the main touristy attractions of Rabat

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  • Kasbah des Oudaias

    Located by the mouth of the river, facing Salé, a fortified quarter is called the Kasbah of Oudaias. It has a different traditional look, with white houses, and a calm life from tea to tea.

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  • Mohamed V Mausoleum

    All visitors of Rabat go to this place, and some of them limit themselves to it. A large terrace, with the remains of a never finished mosque is dominated by Hassan Tower from the 12th century. But when you enter, you'll be captivated by the harmony of the modern and very beautiful tomb of the king's grandfather, Mohamed V. With permanent prayers...

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  • Cemetery

    It is not a pleasant view, but the badly organized space by the sea is a very interesting example of the differences between the ways how Christians and Muslims deal with death.

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  • Hassan Tower

    In the 12th century sultan Yacoub al-Mansour decided to build the biggest mosque in the world, with the biggest tower. He died a few years later and the works were stopped, with the tower reaching 44 of its planned 86 meters high. Lisbon's earthquake damaged the started columns and walls, but the tower resisted and stands beside king Mohammed V...

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  • Views from Oudaia Kasbah

    While visiting the Oudaia Kasbah you must visit the lookout. From this part of the fortress there are spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean, Bouregreg River, the city of Rabat and its twin city of Sale.Please refer to the page for the Oudaia Kasbah for the history and directions.

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Rabat Restaurants

  • Pizza, Pasta and Salad

    -One reason I keep going back Comedie Cafe is because of their food choices-This page shows the pasta, pizza and salad I had in one single day visit at this restaurant

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  • Iced coffee and shakes

    -Had a coffee and one iced mocha shake in this restaurant-Very near Comedie cafe-Lots of locals go to this place in the afternoon for coffee-Nothing special for a customer to keep coming back

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  • Nice cheap wine

    At night a bottle of wine costs 95 Dirhams.is open till 2 am.a bottle of local beer (especial) cost 15 during the day and 24 during the night.

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Rabat Nightlife

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  • Not Impressed!!!

    This long awaited Grand Opening of a premier private restaurant and lounge was very disappointing. My expectation of this high end establishment was to see something new hit the Rabat nightlife scene, this was not delivered. The club is clean, dim lit and the sound system is balanced and nice. The jazz music and DJ selections are agreeable as well....

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  • Bar

    Located at Avenue patrice lumumba,the drinks are cheap.15 Dirhams for bottle of stork locals beer.and 15 Dirham for Spcial beer as well.is open till 10:30 pm every day.

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  • cafe bar

    Serves tea and cofee and soft drinks,opens till 3 AMThe place is special couse It has many male and female prostiture,rent boys...and of cours other people who go there to watch and have a drink.we paid for 1 tea and coffee 18 Dirhams for both.This is the adress on Google. Jour & Nuit

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Rabat Transportation

  • From Rabat to Casablanca airport

    There are frequent trains from Rabat to Casablanca airport, 75 Dirham, you might have to change train in Casablanca Voyageurs station, every 30 minutes a train to Casablanca Voyageurs, from there every hour a train to the airport.There is also every second hour a train to Marakesh, 120 Dirham.

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  • Rowboats from Rabat to Sale

    A very exciting way to get to Sale (Rabat's sister town) is by rowboat. The rowboats depart from near the Mausoleum of King Hassan as seen from the picture. The crossing takes a couple of minutes as the guy skilfully guides the boat across the river that divides the two towns. On the other side of the river one has to walk for about 1km to reach...

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  • CTM bus to Tiznit

    CTM have 2 buses departing for Tiznit from there own CTM Bus Station.Journey time is 10 hours 30minsTickets are around 190 dirhams plus 5 dirhams for luggage.Please use prices as a rough guide only.

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Rabat Shopping

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  • Shopping

    Rabat can be very modern with its shops but of course the best places to see local crafts and clothing are the street markets or the Medina (old city or Souk). Most open around 9.00am and can be open until around 7.00am. Some will close during the day for about two or three hours during the middle of the day. You will find anything like jewellery,...

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  • The Markets

    There are several markets to visit. Just off Hassan II avenue is the Municipal Market, has vegetables, fruit and herbs/spices. The medina of course which are best on Sundays. Near the University is the Agdal Market (off Av des Dades. There are also several local markets at Sale (on Av de 11 Janvier) on a Thursday, Bouznika on Friday, Temara on...

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  • Shoes

    Everywhere throughout the markets you will see the Moroccan slipper shoe. They are made up of leather and called babouches. They are soft and come in all colours and styles, some with sequins.

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Rabat Local Customs

  • Tipping

    There is not really a tipping policey in Morocco,its up to you to tip.but tip is always appreciated and thanked for.I was tipping when the service was good.

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  • Morrocan whisky

    During my stay in Morroco,I met some locals and one of them had a wicked sense of humour and invited me to have some Moroccan whisky.at a cafe.So we went after he ordered it was nothing but mint tea.and he started to laugh I was wondering whats going know he told the Moroccan whisky is the mint tea hahaha was fun.So they call the mint tea Moroccan...

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  • Men kissing each others cheecks and hold...

    Its normal to see men kiss each other when they meen is nothing sexual.Just traditonal and culture.even hold hands when in publicin the begening I was surprised but I got use to it.

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Rabat Warnings and Dangers

  • Local people at Kasbah

    Kasbah is a tourist trap I think There is no need to enter is not alot to see inside BE CAREFUL at Bab Oudaia, the entrance to the Kasbah.There are Henna woman do not trust them and avoid them They can steal and rip you off also guides who will try to take money from you and be friendly..

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  • People at Chellah entrance gate

    WHen you arrive at chelleah castle you wil see some men waiting for you and try to guide you and be friendly DO NOT trust them.They want money and they try to be your tour guide etc.also when you get in on your own they wil some people in who try to guide you out if you are lost do not trust them,when I was there one boy told me to follow him to...

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  • Local Stranger

    It is very common for a tourist to approach a local stranger in case he needs to ask for some directions, etc. This is a tourist approaching a local stranger. But when a local stranger approaches you first in Morocco, especially in Rabat, be vary cautious.One local guy, around 35-40 years old approached me while I was in Medina looking for a...

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Rabat Tourist Traps

  • Henna hand painting

    We were in the Café Maure in Oudaia Kasbah (that area with houses lime-washed in white and striking blue) and were enjoying the views of the river when a young woman who had just finished with a customer, came over and said that she would like to paint my hand. I said no thanks, but she said there's no obligation to pay, just a small gift will do,...

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  • Zoo

    Let me start by saying this place is a tourist trap but not an animal trap. As you can see from my pictures the animals seem to have all the space they need (except for the poor Hyena). The animals seem to be will fed and happy, The elephants and Hippo have all the water they want.The other bright spot are the Barberry lions that this zoo did a...

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  • kasbah des ouadayas and chellah

    avoid the so called guide especially if you're travelling alone ; in the kasbah the guy was very insistent don't bother to listen to the "guide"; he willtell you that the kasbah is closing and you have to rush; it isn't true. keep walking and don't pay attention to him

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Rabat What to Pack

  • Against heat and to take pics...

    Small city backpack with bottle(s) of cold mineral water inside (take a special, light container to keep water cold). For heat and against sun: shorts above knee or too large summer trousers (many pockets :-), T-shirt(s), sandals or good and comfortable walking shoes, sun-glasses, a hat/cap. Sun-block - use it before you go outside. I needed...

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  • Packing List

    Hiking i feel silly mentioning sunblock, but unless you want a bad farmer's tan... slab it on! And, also, i thought it was really really reaaaally helpful to have my lip balm handy; your lips can become very dry in the heat... i noticed very few clouds in the sky while i was there, so if you like hats, i advise to bring one too...

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  • Packing List

    Play it real safe here in Morocco. Keep your clothes looser and longer especially when you're out shopping in the souks or even, walking along the streets etc. Believe me, in cities like Fez and Marrakech, the men will not hesitate to gawk at you... It's like they could literally undress you with their stare! Eeks!! Over here in Rabat, the folks...

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Rabat Off The Beaten Path

  • Exotic Gardens

    A few kilometers out of Rabat, and close to Kenitra, someone decided to build a tropical garden. Surprisingly luxurious in such an arid country, the gardens are a good solution for a brake in your trip and to rest from urban agitation

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  • Farm stands

    There were farm stands along the road outside town, selling all sorts of things. The one we stopped at is run by a nice woman who brings her child with her. She had juju nuts, eggs, honey, snails, and live chickens, turkeys and guinea hens. The birds were all staked out with ties on their legs. Her donkey carries all the goods back and forth, but...

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  • The Cork forest

    There is a government-owned cork forest outside Rabat. Cork matures in 7 years, but the tree has layers at different stages. Every few years another layer will be ready to harvest. The “acorns” from the cork tree are edible, I was told, but I didn't try one.

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Rabat Favorites

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  • Photography

    In most places you will be able to take photos fairly freely however you are not allowed to take photos of official or military buildings in details – this will raise suspicion. Always best to ask if you are not sure.

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  • Safety

    There is no need to take extra precautions than you would normally in any other city. There is an apparent police force around as well as those not in an identifying uniform. Pickpockets will always be around, wherever you are so take care with your belongings.

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  • Hand of Fatima

    In many of the craft shops you will see the Hand of Fatima. This is a lucky charm and comes in many forms such as brass, silver, ceramic wall hangings, door knockers and jewellery. It is believed that the hamsa will protect you from the evil eye. The open palm with the five fingers represent the five pillars of Islam.

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