Rabat Travel Guide
King's mausoleum, Rabat ©
*While Morocco has experienced a number of anti-government rallies in recent months, the government's response has been progressive and there has been no widespread violence. It is wise to consult your travel agent or tour operator before travelling to Rabat, but for now, there is no immediate danger. Tourists are always advised to avoid any political gathering when travelling in Rabat.
Rabat, Morocco's capital, is a modern city with wide boulevards and gardens and light, white buildings, and is for the most part a far cry from the hectic warrens of the other Imperial cities of Marrakech and Fez. It is, however, no less steeped in history with its origins dating back to the 7th century. The King of Morocco lives here in his palace amid trees and flowers. Being an administrative capital the city is somewhat conservative and serious, but there is some local colour to be found in the old part of the city, the Medina, and the Kasbah, where there is a more relaxed atmosphere. Recreational opportunities abound too, with a world-renowned golf course (the Dar Es Salaam Course) and a few lovely beaches at hand. Rabat sits on the Atlantic coastal plain at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg, opposite its twin city of Sale.
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