Rabat, the capital of Morocco, shows two distinct faces existing side-by-side.
There is the modern, French-inspired town, with wide tree-lined boulevards, cafés and bistros, peopled by hard-working government officials. And there is historic Rabat, centred on the 12th century walled medina of the Almohad sultans.
Here, Sultan Yacoub el Mansour began work on a mosque that was designed to rival that of Samarra in Iraq, at the time the largest in the world. All that remains today is a forest of columns and the lower section of a huge Moroccan-style minaret, each massive side covered in delicate carvings.
Nearby is the mausoleum of King Mohammed V, who led the country to independence from the French.
Slightly further from the centre of town is the Chellah, tombs of the Merenid dynasty, now a wonderfully atmospheric, crumbling set of ruins where storks nest atop truncated minarets, and odd patches of dramatic tile-work appear through overflowing vegetation.
Suggested itineraries featuring Rabat
Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Rabat, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
Map of Rabat
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Places near Rabat
- Casablanca 54 miles away
- Meknes & Volubilis 74 miles away
- Fez 108 miles away
- Asilah 110 miles away
- Chefchaouen 120 miles away
- Tangier 135 miles away
- Marrakesh 179 miles away
- The Dades Valley 190 miles away
- Oued Mellah 200 miles away
- Ourika Valley 200 miles away
- Skoura 206 miles away
- The Atlas Mountains 210 miles away
- Ouarzazate 215 miles away
- The Southern Oases Valleys 219 miles away
- Essaouira 244 miles away
- The Erg Chebbi 260 miles away
- Zagora 262 miles away
- Taroudant 274 miles away
Photos of Rabat
Accommodation choices for Rabat
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Rabat. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
The colourful, comfortable rooms at Villa Mandarine have been individually decorated and display pieces of artwork, which have been carefully chosen to compliment the character of each room.
Hôtel la Tour Hassan Palace enjoys a central location in Rabat. Ornate horseshoe arches span marble floors, and delicate inlaid fountains burble in an excellent reproduction of Andalusian pleasure gardens.
Ideas for experiencing Rabat
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Rabat, and which use the best local guides.
Rabat City Tour
Rabat City Tour
Rabat City Tour
The guided tour of Rabat will include the medina, where the Hassan tower and mausoleum of Mohammed V can be found, as described in the Rabat introduction. In addition to this you will also visit the Chellah.View details