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Rabat
Travel Guide

Rabat

See the royal palace, relax near storks on the beach and stroll through the magnificent 12th-century citadel in the city whose name means Fortified Place.

As Morocco’s capital, Rabat is a cultural hub of art galleries, museums and theaters. One highlight, the modern Bouregreg Marina, is known for its array of historical architecture and spectacular harbor views. Stroll along the shores of the Bou Regreg River, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. Head east along the marina to reach the Hassan Tower, an impressive minaret surrounded by lone-standing pillars on a plaza.

Expect to encounter many birds, especially storks, as you wander through the city. Sunbathe on Dahomey Beach or Harhoura Beach and enjoy a typical Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry summer days and mild winters.

At the mouth of the river is the spectacular Kasbah of the Udayas citadel complex, dating back to the 1100s. Enter the fortress through the Almohad gate of Bab Oudaya. Browse impressive works of art in the Galérie d’Art Miloudi Nouiga within this walled complex.

Wander through the Medina old town area for its quaint alleys and souk markets. Purchase traditional souvenirs from the shops near the citadel.

Outside the fortified walls, the Mohammed V National Theatre is among the city’s most renowned arts hubs. Learn about the region’s history in the acclaimed Rabat Archaeological Museum. It is just across the street from the Mohamed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Travel south against the flow of the river to the medieval necropolis of Chellah. Near here is the Royal Palace of Rabat, where Morocco’s royal family resides.

Morocco’s capital city faces the Atlantic Ocean on the country’s northwestern coast. Rabat is about 50 miles (85 kilometers) northeast of Casablanca and 155 miles (250 kilometers) south of Tangier. Marrakech is 4 hours away by train. Fly to the Rabat-Salé Airport on the northeastern side of the river and take the 30-minute airport shuttle to the city center.

Rabat is a picturesque coastal city with fascinating cultural and historical sights. UNESCO recognizes the city as a modern capital successfully incorporating its 12th-century heritage.

Where to stay in Rabat

ibis Rabat Agdal
ibis Rabat Agdal
3 out of 5
Avenue Haj Ahmed Charkaou, Place De La Gare Rabat Agdal, Rabat
The price is £46 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
Situated in the business district, this eco-friendly hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Jardin d'Essais Botaniques, Mohammed V University and Bibliothèque Nationale ...
4.3/5Excellent! (183 reviews)
Ibis is good
"The staff were super friendly- cleanliness of room is good but can accommodate improvements."

Reviewed on 21 Jan 2021

ibis Rabat Agdal
The View Hotel Rabat
The View Hotel Rabat
5 out of 5
Avenue Annakhil, Hay Riad, Rabat
The price is £164 per night from 9 Jul to 9 Jul
Located in Hay Riad, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Stadium Moulay Abdellah, Rabat Zoo and Mohammed V University. Centre Commercial Maga Mall ...
4.1/5Very Good! (68 reviews)
"Very comfortable. wonderful experience. Good hospitality"

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2020

The View Hotel Rabat
Dar El Kébira
Dar El Kébira
5 out of 5
1 Rue des Consuls, Impasse Belghazi, Medina, Rabat
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £90 per night from 14 Jun to 14 Jun
Located in the heart of Rabat, this luxury riad is within a 10-minute walk of Rue des Consuls and Rabat Beach. Hassan Tower and Moroccan Parliament are also ...
4/5Very Good! (139 reviews)
Great location
"I had a great place and top service. Breakfast was amazing. I arrived very late and there someone waiting for me to guide me and show me around. We two ladies traveling and we felt very safe. I enjoyed its location: right in the Medina and walking distance to everything. If you love taking pictures ..."

Reviewed on 2 Jan 2020

Dar El Kébira
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Residence Dayet Ifrah By Rent-Inn
Residence Dayet Ifrah By Rent-Inn
3.5 out of 5
Rue Dayet Ifrah, Agdal Riyad, Rabat, Rabat
The price is £48 per night from 21 Jun to 21 Jun
Located in Agdal, this aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Jardin d'Essais Botaniques and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Hassan Tower. Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume ...
4.2/5Very Good! (26 reviews)
Modern facility but bare minimum service
"Quick overnight stay since we thought it’s near the train station. Even though the place was empty, reception won’t let you check in by 12noon. We left our luggage and returned by 2:45pm to find no one at the reception. We waited for another 15min till someone came to give us the key. When we got ..."

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2021

Residence Dayet Ifrah By Rent-Inn
Villa D'Hôtes Harhoura Front De Mer
Villa D'Hôtes Harhoura Front De Mer
4 out of 5
Corniche de Harhoura, Harhoura, Rabat
Situated near the beach, this villa is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Plage de Temara and within 6 miles (10 km) of Stadium Moulay Abdellah and Rabat Zoo. Mohammed V University ...
3.8/5Good! (5 reviews)
"Location was excellent and the host was extremely gracious!"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2018

Villa D'Hôtes Harhoura Front De Mer
Marina Rabat Suites & Apartments
Marina Rabat Suites & Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Marina Bouregreg, Avenue de Fes, Sale
The price is £77 per night from 17 Jun to 17 Jun
Situated in Sale, this beach aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Grand Mosque and Hassan Tower. Marina Bouregreg Salé and Rue des Consuls are also within 1 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (18 reviews)
Luxury Marina Appartment
"The appartment was very big with plenty of storage. It was clean and modern. Khadija was very helpful and always willing to help if we needed her she was just a phone call away."

Reviewed on 8 Feb 2020

Marina Rabat Suites & Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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