Top 11 Best Things to Do in Rabat, Morocco

What are the top attractions to visit in Rabat?

Dar-al-Makhzen or The Royal Palace of Rabat by Bernard Gagnon via Wikipedia cc

Bucket List: Top 11 Best Things to See and Do in Rabat (Morocco)

Rabat is the capital of Morroco, known for its grand and historical structures like museums and mausoleums. Also, there are many best things to do in Rabat, Morocco, from exploring ancient Roman ruins to attending festive events.

So to know more about the beautiful City of Flowers, here are the 11 best things to do in Rabat, Morocco.

Oudaias Kasbah

Kasbah of the Udayas by Davide Cesare Veniani via Wikipedia cc
Kasbah of the Udayas By Davide Cesare Veniani – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, cc

One of the top best things to do in Rabat, Oudaias Kasbah, or Kasbah of the Udayas, is an ancient citadel built during the 12th century. The historical site is uphill of the Bou Regreg river and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring narrow streets leading to the beautiful beach.

Chellah

Part of the interior of the walled Chellah complex by Davide Cesare Veniani via Wikipedia cc
Part of the interior of the walled Chellah complex By Davide Cesare Veniani – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, cc

Travel back in time as you visit the historical landmark Chellah, featuring Roman ruins and a scenic backdrop. It is a medieval guarded necropolis for Muslims that was previously used by Phoenicians as a trading emporium and later became a Roman city. Today, it hosts several foreign events like the Festival of Jazz.

Hassan Tower

Hassan Tower in Rabat by Eskariotey via Wikipedia cc
Hassan Tower in Rabat By Eskariotey, CC BY-SA 2.0, cc

Another important structure to visit in town, the Hassan Tower, features one of the most impressive monuments of Moroccan architectural heritages during the time of Almohad. It was built back in 1191 to 1199 CE, now known for its iconic minaret, built using sandstone and the mosque measuring 183 x 139 meters.

Mausoleum of Mohammed V

Mausoleum of Mohammed V by Jorge Lascar via Wikipedia cc
Mausoleum of Mohammed V By Jorge Lascar – I took the picture, CC BY-SA 3.0, cc

While mausoleum may not pique your interest, the Mausoleum of Mohamed V is surely a must-visit. The structure is an architectural piece consisting of traditional design and ornaments, built with modern and lavish materials. Also, it is a historical landmark where the tombs of Mohammed V, the Morrocan king, Prince Abdallah, and the former King Hassan II lies.

Rabat Medina

Rabat Old Medina by MarwanAndrew via Wikipedia cc
Rabat Old Medina By MarwanAndrew – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

The ideal place to shop local goods and souvenirs, Rabat Medina, is an old town Arab marketplace historic for its towering stone walls. The site consists of vendors selling local goods from ceramics to jewelry. So before leaving town, make sure to drop by at Medina.

Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMVI)

Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art by J N'Demenye via Wikimedia cc
Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art By J. N’Demenye – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

For art enthusiast tourists, head to the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art featuring paintings and other artworks. It was founded in 2014 by Morroco’s King, Mohammed VI, exhibiting contemporary and modern art both from local and foreign artists and houses over 200 Morrocan artworks.

Rabat National Zoo

Rhinoceros in the zoo of Rabat, Morocco by MarwanAndrew via Wikimedia cc
Rhinoceros in the zoo of Rabat, Morocco By MarwanAndrew – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

And to keep things interesting for your little ones, visit the Rabat National Zoo. The zoological park was founded in 1973, housing diverse species. It includes rhinos, hippopotamus, African gazelles, and Atlas lions already extinct in the wild. In addition, the enormous zoo has big enclosures and houses well-cared animals.

Andalusian Gardens

Andalusian Gardens Rabat by Chago.ka via Wikimedia cc
Andalusian Gardens Rabat By Chago.ka – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

If you’re looking for a quiet place away from the crowds, the Andalusian Gardens located at Kasbah of the Udayas was built by the French back in colonial times. The public garden is ideal to disconnect or rest after strolling around town, consisting of exotic plants, fruit trees, and flowers.

Dar al-Makhzen

Dar-al-Makhzen or The Royal Palace of Rabat by Bernard Gagnon via Wikipedia cc
Dar-al-Makhzen or The Royal Palace of Rabat By Bernard Gagnon – Own work, Public Domain, cc

The Dar al-Makhzen or El Mechouar Essaid Palace is at the nation’s capital, in Touarga commune, which translates to The Venue of Happiness Palace. It was built by Mohammed IV in 1864, replacing the former palace and serving as the King of Morocco’s official residence.

Jardins Exotiques

Located in north Rabat, around 13 kilometers, the Jardins Exotiques features lush greeneries and a tranquil landscape. This place is for relaxation and to escape the busy city, built by Marcel François, a French horticulturist. The lovely garden has pathways connected by bridges, ornamental structures, and water features.

Mawazine Festival

Mawazine Festival by Magharebia via Wikimedia cc
Mawazine Festival By Magharebia, CC BY 2.0, cc

The Mawazine Festival is a recommended thing to do while in Rabat, which is an annually held Morrocan International music festival. The said event features local to foreign musical artists, like Mariah Carey, Bruno Mars, Jennifer Lopez, and the Chainsmoker, aiming to promote Rabat as an open city.

References

  • Planet Ware – 14 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Rabat
  • The Crazy Tourists – 15 Best Things to Do in Rabat (Morocco)

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