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.
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 is a marinade necropolis located in an ancient city in the current city of Rabat, that was inhabited by the Phoenicians and the Carthaginian.
This is the main royal palace in Rabat, where the actual king and his family live the majority of the year.
National Zoo of Rabat
This zoo has many animals and is one of the most well-maintained zoos in Morocco.
These gardens were put in place by the French during the colonial period and are ideal for a scenic stroll on a nice day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This spot is popular among more affluent locals; a palace where weddings are often organized in the most beautiful environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.