Things to Do in Rabat

Things To Do In Rabat

Along with things to do in Rabat, you will have a short history of the city. Therefore, Rabat is one of the imperial cities in Morocco. It is also an administrative and the capital city of Morocco. The Almohad ruler established the city in the 12th century as a ribat or citadel for his army near SalĂ©. However, another Almohad ruler, Yaqub Al-Mansur, moved the capital to Rabat during the 18th century. He constructed the city’ walls and made it base for his conquests of and North Africa.

During the French invasion of Morocco, the French officer decided to move the capital of Morocco from Fes to Rabat. And then Rabat was the administrative capital city and the official home of the king. Morocco achieved independence under the French. On this day, Morocco celebrates the return of the king, Mohamed V, after being in exile. Besides, he kept the city as the capital kingdom of Morocco.

Common Things to Do in Rabat

The history of Rabat is still visible in most monuments. Tourists travel to Morocco, vising these historical cities. They discover the monuments that reflect and present their history. Thus, you will explore many architectural tourist attractions of Rabat. Here are among things to do in Rabat:

Hassan Tower

The Ruler, Yaqub Al-Mansour, planned to build the largest minaret and great mosque during the 12th century. However, as the ruler died, the mosque has been kept unfinished. The construction was left with only several walls and about 348 columns. It was also damaged by Lison Earthquake in 1755.

Udayas Kasbah

Udayas Kasbah

The fortress located on a mountain, and it overlooks the ocean. This Kasbah was built during the Almohad era. It is one of the best tourist places to visit in Rabat. Inside the Kasbah, you can admire beautiful Andalusian gardens full of orange trees, palms and flowers. You will also discover the Kasbah Mosque with wonderful architecture. It is the oldest mosque in the city built by Almohad Caliphate in 1050.

Visit the Old Medina

The old Medina is one of the best places you should not miss in every city. The stone-walled Medinas are the first part before the new part of each city. That is to say, it is a great chance to walk through the narrow streets and admire the traditional life. You will also explore traditional souk that offers a hundred handicrafts. Unlike the new bustling Medinas, the old Medinas present the true Moroccan life and relaxing atmosphere.

Chellah

Chellah

Chellah is a medieval fortified Islamic cemetery. It exists on the outskirts of the city on the banks of the Bou Regred River. Besides, it was left in 1154 and then built by Merenid Sultan. These ruins offer a history of Raman and Islam.

King Palace in Rabat

King's Palace

Many cities in Morocco has a king palace. Thus, the palace in Rabat is the official residence of King Hassan II and the royal family. It is also home to government offices and services of the country. There is no chance to enter it, but you can admire it from a distance.

Rabat Zoo

Rabat Zoo

It is an impressive and big zoo. It comprises more than 130 different animals. The great feature of this zoo is that all animals are in simulated environments, like mountains, desert and rainforest habitats. It is a chance to see African animals and enjoy a friendly and relaxing atmosphere.

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