We left Casablanca and drove north along the coast to Rabat (approximately 1.5 hours), the capital of Morocco and its first Imperial city. It rests along the shores of the Bouregreg River and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s known for landmarks that speak to its Islamic and French-colonial heritage, including the Kasbah of the Udayas. This Berber-era royal fort is surrounded by formal French-designed gardens and overlooks the ocean. The city’s iconic Hassan Tower, a 12th-century minaret, soars above the ruins of a mosque. (Source: Google).
Our first stop was to visit the palace which was very impressive. They have 2,000 people living in the grounds and 500 working in the palace.
Just a short walk from the town are the ruins of the citadel one of the earliest known settlements and now known as the Chellah.
Then on to the Mauseloum and time to explore the lovely walled quarter known as the Kasbah of the Udayas. The edifice of the Kasbah was built in the 12th century during the reign of the Almohad Caliphatekashbar. It is painted blue and white and our guide told us the blue keeps the mosquitos away!!!
We were very fortunate that our local guide in Rabat lived in the Kasbah and he invited us in for mint tea. He told us his family have lived there for 300 years. It was fascinating to see his home and meet his family. They made us all very welcome. One of the things I love about travel is seeing how other people live.
We walked through the markets in the Medina and had a delicious dinner at a cafe such an amazing atmosphere. Make sure you visit Rabat it is full of history and culture.
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