Excursions in Rabat

Everyone can find something to enjoy in Rabat, whether you are interested in its history and culture, architecture, great art, or delectable cuisine.

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Located on the Atlantic coast of Africa, Rabat is Morocco's capital city. It is known for its Islamic heritage, as well as French colonial history. Despite its cosmopolitan atmosphere, Rabat still manages to retain some of its old-world charm, particularly in its Kasbah district.

Great Mosque of Sale

Located across the river from Rabat, Sale is an historical city with cultural assets aplenty. This small town is a good spot to visit if you are looking for a more traditional Morocco experience.

Originally a Berber settlement, Sale was occupied by the Christian Kingdom of Castile in 1260. Sale's medina is enclosed by fortified walls, bastions and ramparts. There are a number of shrines and mosques throughout the town.

The Al Qarawiyin mosque is the second largest in Morocco. It has three courtyards, an ablution room for men and a library. There is a 700 year old religious school next to the mosque.

The mosque is open to visitors who are Muslims. Non-Muslims are not permitted to enter. A law has been in place for decades.


Located on the south side of the Bou Regreg estuary, Chellah in Rabat is an ancient archeological site. It is the site of the ancient Roman town of Sala Colonia. The site's ruins include a road leading to a temple and a forum.

In the medieval period, the site served as a royal burial ground. In the 13th century, the Marinids built a mosque on the site. They added additional structures, including a small medersa and a zawiya. The minaret, still standing, is a tall stone and zellij structure.

In the late 13th and early 14th centuries, the Merenids extended the site into a holy necropolis. They also built a minaret. A small medersa was located beneath the minaret.

In the mid-14th century, Abou el Hassan, the Black Sultan, ruled the Maghreb, Algeria and Tunisia. He was buried in Chellah Gardens.


Royal Palace

Located in the heart of Rabat, the Royal Palace of Rabat is the official residence of King Hassan II. This palace was designed by Louis-Paul Pertuzio and Felix-Joseph Pertuzio, and was commissioned by Sultan Muhammad IV in 1865. Despite its modest size, it boasts a number of impressive features.

The Royal Palace of Rabat is built on a parade ground called the Mechouar. This large park is used for large public events such as the annual National Day celebrations. The palace is a worthy contender in the list of notable landmarks in Morocco.

The palace is also home to the College Royal, a state-of-the-art education center for the creme de la creme of the Moroccan royal family. The ground floor of the building is also a library and contains a collection of manuscripts from the late King Hassan II.


Founded in 2007, the National Zoo in Rabat is home to some of the most common sub-Saharan African species. It is open seven days a week.

The zoological garden has a total of 2000 animals and is modeled after natural environments. It is also dedicated to conservation and scientific research. It was recently awarded a prize of excellence by Trip Advisor.

The new zoo is on 50 hectares. It is located halfway between Rabat and Temara. It is built on an open concept and features a day and night zoo. It will also include a children's museum, a scientific research center, a "village home" and an exhibition pavilion of paint.

The new zoo will be based on an open concept and is meant to immerse visitors in nature reconstituted. The site will be bordered by a green belt. It is expected to attract a lot of visitors.


Kasbah district

Located in Rabat, the Kasbah district offers the visitor the chance to explore the country's oldest and most important sights. This area is surrounded by walls constructed in the 11th century, and is characterized by whitewashed houses and a peaceful atmosphere.

One of the best things to see in Rabat is the Hassan Tower, which was once part of a massive mosque. The minaret was considered to be the largest in the world, but it is still incomplete.

Another thing to visit in the Kasbah is the Andalusian Gardens, which are a popular meeting point for locals. The gardens were designed by Horticulturist Marcel Francois, who brought plants from Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

You can also take a stroll through the quaint blue and white streets of the Kasbah. This area has a number of souks, which are typical Moroccan markets.

Day trips from Rabat

Whether you're planning a Rabat Morocco travel, or you're just looking for some day trips in the area, there are plenty of interesting places to visit. There are ancient medinas, ruins, and a number of popular historical sites within easy driving distance of the capital city. To get the most out of your trip, choose a tour that includes a few of the best attractions in the region.

One of the most popular Rabat Morocco travels is to the Chellah Necropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features medieval ruins. You can also explore the nearby Kasbah of the Udayas. It was built by the Almohads during the 11th and 12th centuries. The Kasbah is filled with blue walls and narrow alleys. It is home to a museum and Andalusian Gardens.

The Mausoleum of Mohammed V is another great place to see. The tomb of the king, Mohammed V, is situated near the Hassan Tower, a relic of the 12th century. It's an impressive building, with a green tiled roof and a white silhouette. It's a great example of Almohad architecture. You can walk up a stairway to a spectacular dome, decorated with stained glass windows.

The Kasbah of the Udayas is a UNESCO World Heritage site that was constructed by the Almohads between the 12th and 13th centuries. It's the departure point for armies that conquered Spain. It's also home to some of the most famous Rabati rugs. The Kasbah was once a gathering place for pirates.

The Oulja craft complex is a nearby location that makes rugs, ceramics, and metalwork. It's a great place to shop for authentic Moroccan pieces. There are many different workshops here, so you can find what you're looking for.

The Temera National Zoological Park is another good option for a day trip. It is filled with hundreds of species of birds and mammals. There are also plenty of sandy beaches. It's a perfect place to watch a sunset or take a swim.

The Grand Mosque in Temera is one of the most popular attractions in the area. This mosque was built on the site of a Portuguese cathedral. The building is decorated with mosaics. It's a great way to see how Moroccan culture has been affected by the influence of Western Europe.

You can also make a day trip to the quaint blue-washed village of Chefchaouen. It's a great place to stop and have lunch, or just relax for a while. It's a vital tourism hub in Morocco, with immigrants from other areas of the country coming here. You can also find a great variety of Moroccan art at the Kulte Gallery. You don't need much time to see the exhibits, which are mostly about contemporary Moroccan art.

For a full day of touring, you can choose a private tour that includes a visit to the Royal Palace of Casablanca, a visit to the Hassan II Mosque, and a tour of the medieval ruins of Chellah. It's a great way to experience the cultural diversity of the area, and you'll also have a chance to explore the countryside at your own pace.

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