About a million people live in the capital Rabat and its sister city Sale, but wandering around the Medina, the Kasbah or the Modern Town this is not the impression you get, as it doesn’t have a busy capital city feel to it. Because the city has not established itself as a traveller hotspot, it has maintained a strong cultural identity and is speckled with stunning ancient and colonial architecture. With galleries, restaurants and nightlife in abundance, Rabat is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered.Read More
Being the capital, it has the actual royal palace and the Kings' mausoleum. Inaugurated in 1967, the mausoleum first housed independent Morocco's first king, Muhammad V (who died in 1961). Later, the second king, Hassan II and his brother, Moulay Abdallah were buried here too. The mausoleum is built using the finest materials and best craftsmen of the time. Yet, oddly enough, it was designed by a Vietnamese architect.
The main attraction, however, is the weird Hassan tower. Begun in the late 12th century, the Hassan tower was designed to be the minaret of what became the world's second largest mosque (second to the one in Samarra, Iraq). The Almohad ruler, Yaqub al-Mansur, designed the minaret to be 80m tall, with a unique design for each of its facades. When he died in 1199, however, the whole building process came to a dramatic halt. The minaret was then 50m high, the same size as it is today. The gigantic earthquake of 1755, which also destroyed central Lisbon, damaged the structure, which can be seen in its current condition.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Rabat
If you are planning a Rabat holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
The Bouregreg is a modern hotel, with comfortable and spacious rooms that feature free WiFi and soundproof walls. Facilities within the accommodation complex include dry cleaning and laundry servies as well as a bar and conference centre. There is also a gourmet restaurant on site and guests are provided with a complimentary breakfast each morning. The Bouregreg hotel is located at the center of Rabat, opposite the rampart which encloses old Médina.
Rabat Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Rabat.