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24 Hours In Rabat

We think Rabat is a bit underrated in all honesty, especially considering it’s Morocco’s capital city. It’s incredibly peaceful and so clean and after days in Fez’s medina, we felt so free strolling around Rabat. It’s certainly not as popular as Marrakech and Fez but there’s plenty of things to do in Rabat, involving both and history.

With our list of top things to do in Rabat, you can experience the best spots without spending a penny (on attractions at least).

Top Things To Do In Rabat

Mausoleum of Mohammed V

The beautiful mausoleum is both a mosque and a tomb with both historical and religious importance. It holds the tombs of the current King’s grandfather and father. The architecture is gorgeous with intricate marble carvings and zellige tiles.

The Mausoleum of Mohammed V is guarded by Moroccan Royal Guards dressed in the traditional style of red, full dress uniforms. They look absolutely brilliant with all the traditional style weapons.

[Side story: Outside the grounds of the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, guards are sat on huge, gorgeous horses. When we were leaving we took a moment to marvel at the beautiful creatures. Rather abruptly, the horses began getting restless and moving a little too much for our liking so we backed away, thinking these horses were about to gallop off down the street. However, behind us were the guards and horses that were due to take over. The horses on guard obviously spotted them and knew it was their time to leave so they just got a little too excited. Quite sweet we thought, kind of like children. Huge, dangerous children.]

A must-see, even if you’re there for half a day, make sure you visit.

Free of charge.

Hassan Tower

Hassan Tower is next to the Mausoleum of Mohammed V so you get a nice 2 for 1.

At the beginning of the 12th century, the Hassan Tower intended to be the world’s tallest minaret. The project intended to celebrate Sultan Yacoub al Mansour’s victory over the Spanish Christians but when the sultan died, construction came to a swift halt. Well, it’s certainly not the largest but it is rather pretty.

The tower is also surrounded by unfinished pillars that would’ve held up the roof and they actually add to the attractiveness of Rabat’s popular attraction.

Free of charge. 

Kasbah des Oudaïas

Kasbah des Oudaïas is a maze of narrow residential streets with buildings painted only in blue and white. It’s extremely picturesque so Instagrammers will definitely be in their element here.

Like most places in Morocco that you’ll visit, Rabat is hectic especially seeing as it’s the capital but this small area is a pretty, little haven away from the hustle and bustle. So have a little stroll, stroke the many cats and snap away.

Next door to Kasbah des Oudaïas is the Andalucian Gardens. We didn’t know about this spot while we were there unfortunately but it sounds lovely so be sure to check it out.

Free of charge. 

The Medina

There are tons of streets, tons of things to buy and tons of people. So pretty much you’re typical Moroccan medina. But that doesn’t make it any less special. We liked being able to see the contrast between the different medinas we visited in Morocco. Although in theory, they are all the same, in reality, they each have a little summin-summin about them that you’ll love or hate. For example, Rabat’s medina has wide alleys which is quite nice in contrast to Fez’s narrow alleys.

Walk around, get lost, marvel at the colourful goods and pick up some Moroccan sweets.

Free of charge. 

The Beach

Right by the Kasbah, you’ll find Rabat’s shore, full of tourists and locals alike. We were there in February and we spotted a few brave souls in the water. The sea was quite rough with great waves so if you like surfing, this could be a winner 👍. If you’re not up for swimming, the beach makes for a pleasant walk filled with happy beach dogs and freshly squeezed orange juice carts.

Free of charge.

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things to do in rabat

things to do in rabat

things to do in rabat

things to do in rabat

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things to do in rabat

things to do in rabat

things to do in rabat

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