Considered one of the world's top travel places to visit, Rabat is an exciting blend of modern metropolitan city and historic fortress, with Almohad ramparts and gates, that date back to the 12th century. Located on the stunning North Africa's Atlantic coastline at the mouth of the mythical Bou Regreg river, where the magnificent Bouregreg marina has excellent facilities for yachts and boats. Rabat's rich heritage resulting from ten centuries of changing rulers and empires has given the city an extraordinary legacy of historical sites. The picturesque Kasbah of the Oudaias fortifications, the unique minaret Hassan Tower and impressive necropolis at Chellah are witness to the many Mediterranean civilisations of this ancient place. The more historically recent colonial architecture is situated along wide well-kept palm-lined streets that are almost entirely free of traffic. The general atmosphere of Morocco's capital city is pleasant and surprisingly laid back. Take a gentle stroll around the authentic old Medina which has a great selection of specialist shops, art galleries and wonderful restaurants and cafes. Explore the many local markets such as the thriving Souk Es Sebat, a shoe market overflowing with handcrafted barouches, leather goods and exquisite jewellery and the busy Rue des Consuls market where copper, fabric and deep pile carpets are crafted by artisans as you watch.
Best Time to Fly to Rabat
Rabat's weather ranges from cool temperate months during October-March to a typical warm Mediterranean climate from April through to September. Its location by the coast means it benefits from cool ocean breezes during the traditionally hot months. June to August tend to be the most popular times to visit, coinciding with European summer holiday months. There are many great cultural events during these months including the Mawazine music festival which lasts for a week and attracts many world famous artists: Elton John, Rihanna and the Scorpions have all performed at this free festival. For sun-seekers there are some beautiful sandy beaches in Rabat and further north. It is possible to find some good bargain breaks during the milder months, outwith the main tourist season when hotels and tourist accommodation are considerably cheaper.
Getting around Rabat
It is advisable to have a good map when traveling around the city, especially when using the buses to check you get off at the correct stop. There are two tram lines between Rabat and Salé that run every 10-20 minutes. They are a good way of getting around the area and fares are very economical. There are a variety of interesting city tours available that are well worth trying. Exploring the city by foot is a great way to soak up the atmosphere and get to experience the real charm of this vibrant city.
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Interesting information about Rabat
More useful information about Rabat
- Morocco's climate is moderate and subtropical, cooled by breezes off the Mediterranean Sea.
- Marrakech, the “red city”, sits against the High Atlas Mountains.
- Visitors take last minute flights to Morocco for the country’s impressive crafts.
- Book a direct flight to Morocco and go to one of the colorful outdoor markets in Marrakech, Fès or Rabat.
- Rabat, the capital, overlooks the Atlantic. Tourist must-sees include the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and Hassan Tower.
- Shared taxis carrying up to six passengers are very popular and are a cheap way to get around the country.
- On the Atlantic-Mediterranean coastline, June through September are the most pleasant times to visit.
- One way flights to Morocco will allow you to see the Fes el-Bali (Old Fes) medina that dates from the 8th century.