Rabat Travel Guide

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Bazaar, Rabat

Bazaar, Rabat

Jonathan Harrison UK

This Rabat travel guide will make your trip to this city more easy and exciting.

Rabat ("fortified palace" in Arabic) is the capital of Kingdom of Morocco. Located at the mouth of the Bou Regreg River on the Atlantic Ocean, Rabat is the second largest city and is a popular tourist center in the country.

Things to Do

Rabat can be best explored on foot. You can wander around the Moroccan streets and get an understanding of the local culture. Ensure that you wear comfortable footwear while exploring Rabat. Do not forget to taste the mint tea at Kasbah, a popular Rabat café. Kasbah is also known for its hospitable staff and you can get a glimpse of the sea side from the café. Visit to the Tranquil Park is highly recommended. The park is situated next to Hotel Hilton. You can also use the swimming pool for a fee.

Taste the Local Delicacies

A trip to Rabat is incomplete without tasting the local delicacies. Patisserie La Comedie, Cafe 7eme Art and El Rancho are some of the popular restaurants in Rabat.

The Cafe 7eme Art is more popular among the business folk and is more suitable for the upper-class consumers while the Le Petit Beur is known for its intimate ambience. Do not forget to taste the local olive bread at Paul’s Traditional French Bakery. Budget conscious travelers can opt for the Old Medina restaurant which serves fish and salad sandwiches. Try the rotisserie chicken cooked in tagines at Old Medina. Do try the hot pancakes served at the food stalls in the morning.

Accommodations

Rabat has hotels that can suit all class of travelers. Hotel Splendide is one of the popular tourist hotels situated in the Ville Nouvelle. The hotel has large convenient rooms with big windows and a courtyard. Hotel de la Paix in the Ville Nouvelle is another popular hotel situated in Ville Nouvelle. Do not take a room which does not have an in suite shower. Some of the other hotels include Hotel Central and Golden Tulip Farah Rabat. The Golden Tulip Farah Rabat is situated near the historical monuments Hassan Tower and Mausoleum of the Late King Mohammed V.

Places to Visit

The Mausoleum of Mohammed V is one of the most renowned historical sites in Morocco. It houses the tombs of Mohammed V and his sons Hassan II and Prince Abdallah. Do carry your camera to capture the enticing beauty of the Alaouite dynasty's architecture. Hassan Tower is one of the important historical landmarks in Rabat. This minaret of an incomplete mosque contains a tower made up of red sandstone and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can make your trip more exciting by visiting the Kasbah of the Udayas. This is a popular tourist spot and will give you an understanding of the ancient Rabat history.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: T79863798637

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