Rabat (الرباط in Arabic) is the capital of Morocco, though far from its largest city: In terms of population it for instance ranks behind Marrakesh, Fes and Casablanca. Rabat lies on the country's western Atlantic coast at about an hours drive from Casablanca and at the mouth of the Bou Regreg river. On the other side lies the city of Salé, almost forming Rabat's mirror image in terms of georgraphical proportions.
While Rabat is Morocco's capital, it has typically been overlooked by travelers into the country, preferring places like Marrakesh and Fes instead. That is starting to change, and a catalyst to that has been the 2012 designation of Rabat as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The authentic medina (easier to navigate than the one in Fes!), 12th century Hassan Tower (pictured) and fantastic Kasbah of the Udayas were the main drivers behind that.
Besides having no shortage of sights, what you will above all notice in Rabat is the relatively laid-back atmosphere, especially when you contrast it to the intensity of Casablanca. A city well worth visiting, and perhaps a good place to start your explorations of the country in, as it allows you to ease into the "attack on the senses" that you will inevitably experience here! [Review by travelindicator]
- Rabat is a city in Morocco's region of Rabat-Sale. It has a population of 2,120,192, is situated at an altitude of 135ft and the best airport to fly into is RBA (Sale, Rabat)
- The currency used in Morocco is the Moroccan dirham (MAD)
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