Rabat, Morocco

Rabat is the official capital of Morocco and, together with Meknes, Marrakech and Fez, belongs to the four royal cities of the country. Rabat is almost never at the top of travelers’ to-do lists. Understandable, but the city is much more beautiful than many people think. For anyone looking for something different than the standard city trips in Morocco, Rabat is a perfect option! The city is less known than other cities in Morocco, but Rabat is not your average boring capital… the old Medina, the souks (local markets) and the rich history make it a very interesting city to visit. Are you curious about the sights of Rabat and what there is to do? Read our best tips and tricks below!

Top 12 things to do:

#1 Kasbah of the Udayas

Photographer: Lars Meijer

#2 Hassan Tower

Photographer: Larsonb

#3 Chellah Complex

Photographer: YouSsef NaDram

#4 Mausoleum of Mohammed V

Photographer: Lars Meijer

#5 Medina of Rabat

Photographer: Idriss Meliani

#6 Andalusian Gardens

Photographer: Lars Meijer

#7 Go to Salé (by boat)

Photographer: Hassan Ouajbir

#8 Rabat Beach

Photographer: Fabien Bellanger

#9 El Mechouar Essaid Palace

Photographer: Lars Meijer

#10 Look for the wall paintings

Photographer: Lars Meijer

#11 Enjoy the ocean view

Photographer: Lars Meijer

#12 Abou Hassan Medersa Salé

Photographer: Lars Meijer

Top 3 Restaurants

#1 Dar Naji

The Dar Naji restaurant is considered one of the restaurants with a hundred percent Moroccan character inside and out. From the restaurant you have a beautiful view over the city walls.

#2 Le Dhow, Boat

Le Dhow is a wooden boat that has been converted to offer a floating restaurant. In addition to food, you can also enjoy a DJ in the evening with delicious wine or draft beer. See their instagram for the parties!

#3 Club Surf

Club de Surf, is a wonderful restaurant with a beautiful view over the ocean. You can enjoy Moroccan food here, but also a Spanish pealla. Below the restaurant is the best surf school in Rabat.

Top 2 places to stay

The four hotels are divided into different price ranges. From #1 on a budget $ to #4 on a budget $$$$.

#2 Riad Meftaha

Budget: $$

The Riad Meftaha is a bed and breakfast in the heart of the city of Rabat, close to the medina, souks and the sea. The rooms are nicely decorated but the pick of the bunch is undoubtedly the terrace suite.

#3 Dar Shâan

Budget: $$$

Dar Shâan is set in the Medina district of Rabat. The rooms are complete with a private bathroom fitted with a bath or shower, while certain rooms are fitted with a seating area.

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