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Rabat

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3 / 5 - 3 reviews
How to get there
A 2 1/2 hour flight from London
When to go
In May or June
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Rabat

Emilie Couillard Seasoned Traveller
117 written opinions

Morocco's capital is undergoing intense urban growth. A visit to a city where millions live, which, apart from the horns and the pollution, has several tourist attractions.

My suggestion:
Because it is not a favourite for most tourists, you can explore Rabat quite peacefully. It was just so nice to walk down the streets without being hassled by hordes of salesmen!
My review

When I arrived in Rabat, I have to admit that I detested it on first sight! At the time I was travelling by car and stopping in town was always a bit of a challenge. On that day the traffic was madness! I think we were bumper to bumper for 2 hours. Once we escaped the hell, only to manage the incredible feat of losing ourselves and ending up back in the traffic! At that moment I would have given anything for the powers of teleportation! So I have to admit that my first impression of Rabat wasn't great. I also have to say that the capital was the first big town that I visited during my stay in Morocco.

Anyway, once I had got out of the car and found the hotel I was already more inclined to discover the capital's beauties. And in the end I found lots! There were its architecture, the flowers, its clean centre, the old medina, and the kasbah, but above all, the incredible boulevard that runs along the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. These are my favourite souvenirs of Rabat.

If you can visit the town without driving there you will definitely love it!

Nina Montagné Seasoned Traveller
153 written opinions

The capital of Morocco, situated on the Atlantic coast in the north of the country.

My suggestion:
Go to drink mint tea and savour a pastry on the terrace facing the ocean at the Oudaias café.
My review

I really like Rabat. For the majority of travellers during a stay in Morocco, it's a large hostile town from which you must leave quickly to get to the more authentic places. Yet compared to its neighbour Casablanca, I found that Rabat is a city full of charm.

Laid out along the Atlantic Ocean, it's a very pleasant capital and relatively windy so you can never be too cold nor too hot. Its battlements which overlook the ocean are absolutely wonderful.

I keep an extraordinary memory of my visit in the Oudaias kasbah in Rabat, of striding across the superb gardens and admiring the breathtaking view from the terrace. Don't miss, during your stay in Rabat, also visiting the Chellah necropolis.

Rachel Feeser Seasoned Traveller
3 written opinions

Rabat is the capital of Morocco. It is a city that borders the Atlantic Ocean and it is peaceful and authentic. Ideal for families or culture lovers.

My suggestion:
Rabat is perfect for individuals who need a time of peace and calm.
My review

Unlike some of its neighbouring cities, such as Casablanca, you can look around Rabat very quickly. Nevertheless, this city offers calm and serenity. Personally, I spent my stay inside a riad that immersed us more in the Moroccan world than a stay in a hotel would have done.

During your stay in Morocco, I advise you to go to Chellah, which contains the country's most beautiful Roman ruins. You can also go to the medina of Rabat (old quarter); it gave me the impression of not being too overrun with tourists, which made it more authentic. You can find the best Moroccan rugs there, especially in the covered path on the street with the consuls, just beside the Es Sebat souk, which is also full of other shops.

And not far from the kasbah, you can find the museum for Moroccan art and superb Andalusian-style gardens, which are worth the trouble of the walk. In order to discover the many seafood specialities, I went to "La péniche": a small restaurant moored to the port of Rabat that offers a most pleasant view of the ocean.

As I said, Rabat is pleasant, but I think that it is more a city to pass through and not a place where you can stay for a long time because you can see it all quite quickly. However, if rest and relaxation are what you are looking for, Rabat is a destination I recommend. Like a large number of Moroccan cities, there are several well-being centres that provide hammams, argan oil treatments, and other traditional Moroccan treatments.

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