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20 Unmissable Attractions in Rabat

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Web Content Writer
Updated: 29 January 2018
Rabat is a city rich in history, and full of hidden treasures. A large and cosmopolitan city, there are numerous attractions that date back to the 1800s, and are very well preserved, which makes the experience extra authentic. Here are 20 unmissable attractions in Rabat!

Kasbah des Oudayas

This Kasbah is an old military camp and was built in the 12th century. Here you can find some of the first palaces ever built by the Alaouite Dynasty still reigning.

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Kasbad des Oudaias | © Jorge Láscar/Flickr

Tour Hassan

This is a mosque built in the 12th century that hasn’t been finished. This was meant to be the second-biggest mosque in the Arab world after the Samarra in Iraq.

Chellah

Chellah is a marinade necropolis located in an ancient city in the current city of Rabat, that was inhabited by the Phoenicians and the Carthaginian.

Mausoleum Mohammed-V

This mausoleum is located on the opposite side of the Hassan Tower, and contains the tombs of a Moroccan king and his two sons.

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Mausoleum of Mohamed V | © Jorge Lascar/WikiCommons

Palais Royal

This is the main royal palace in Rabat, where the actual king and his family live the majority of the year.

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Royal Palace in Rabat | © Bernard Gagnon/WikiCommons

National Zoo of Rabat

This zoo has many animals and is one of the most well-maintained zoos in Morocco.

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A lion at the Zoo | © Gloria / Flickr

Andalusian Gardens

These gardens were put in place by the French during the colonial period and are ideal for a scenic stroll on a nice day.

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Andalusian Gardens | © Dennis Jarvis/WikiCommons

Musée de l’Histoire et des Civilisations de Rabat

This museum was created in 1920 to exhibit the history of Morocco from Prehistory up until the Islamic era.

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Statue | © Pxhere

Medina

The Medina of Rabat is one of the most central spots in the city, due to the fact that it was built around the 10th century, and is the oldest location in the capital.

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Entrance of the Medina of Rabat | © RyansWorld/WikiCommons

Jardin d’Essais Botaniques de Rabat

This garden was created during the French protectorate in 1914 and has over 17 acres (6.8 hectares) of botanical gardens.

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Botanical Garden of the University of Innsbruck | © Machno/Wikimedi Commons

Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Rabat

This Catholic cathedral was also built during the French protectorate in 1919, and was finished in 1921. It’s still in use and open to the public.

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Rabat Cathedrale Saint-Pierre | © Pitchoon76 / WikiCommons

Forêt Urbaine Ibn Sina “Hilton”

Located in the heart of Rabat, this forest is also called “The Central Park” of Rabat, and is full of Eucalyptus trees.

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Pathway in the Jozani Forest | © lecucurbitacee/WikiCommons

Palais Tazi

This spot is popular among more affluent locals; a palace where weddings are often organized in the most beautiful environment.

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Wedding at Palais Tazi | © Palais Tazi/Facebook

Plage de Rabat

The beach at Rabat is very enjoyable in the summer and it doesn’t get too crowded, thanks to people going to larger nearby beaches.

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Rabat beach | © YoTuT/Flickr

Rabat Lighthouse

The Rabat Lighthouse is an unmissable attraction in the capital city. It is absolutely mesmerizing, especially at sunset when the tide is high.

Bou Regreg River

This large river is 240 kilometers (150 miles) long and is located in between Rabat and Salé, discharging into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Bou Regreg River | © MarwanAndrew/WikiCommons

Café Maure

This café has been around for quite a long time ( since the early 20th century to be exact) and is a local and tourist favorite. It’s located right on the Bou Regreg River, looking right out onto the Kasbah.

Rabat Archaeological Museum

This museum opened in 1932 and contains the most extensive collection of artifacts ever to be found in the whole Kingdom.

Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria, Santander | ©Valdavia / Wikimedia Commons
Archaeology piece | ©Valdavia / WikiCommons

New City

As soon as you get to Rabat, you will find yourself in the New City, built by the French in 1914, that incorporates Europe into the North African country.

Abul Hassan Medersa

This impressive building was built between 1333 and 1341 under the Marinade Dynasty and it was created to teach young boys about religion and science.

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Inside Medersa el-Attarine | © Singa Hitam / Flickr</a>