Rabat Things to Do Tips by barryg23
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Ruth at Chellah
Well worth a visit, though it's a a good 30 minute walk from the centre, is the Chellah, built by the Merenid dynasty in the 13th century. Inside are the remains of the 3rd century Roman settlement, Sala Colonia. There is an entry fee to 10 Dh to the Chellah and it's open from 8.30am to 5.30 daily. You can get a petit taxi from the centre, though there is a nice walk out via the Royal Palace.
Me and Ruth in Andalusian Gardens
These quiet gardens are a nice place to relax, in a great location beside Cafe Maure in the Kasbah. The gardens, which are in the grounds of Musee des Oudaia, are free to enter, though there is a charge for the museum.
Avenue Mohammad V
On first arriving in Rabat's Ville Nouvelle, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in a French town. What was immediately strking about Rabat was how different it was to the Moroccan cities we had seen thus far - Tangier, Fes and Meknes. The building were whiter, the streets cleaner and in general there was an air of affluence which we had not observed before in Morocco. The main street, Avenue Mohammad V, is like a boulevard in Paris, with its trees, wide pavements and constant traffic.
Ruth in the medina
Rabat's medina is nowhere near as old as those in Fes or Marrakech, and probably less interesting to visit, but if you want to go shopping without the hassle from touts, it's an much better choice.
Plateforme du Semaphore
The Plateforme du Semaphore, at the north end of the Kasbah offers great views across the estuary to Sale, Rabat's nearest neighbour.
My favourite part of Rabat was the Kasbah, which lies at the Northern end of Rabat, beyond the Medina and overlooking the sea. The Kasbah contains a mosque, museum, gardens and a lookout platform over the sea with great views of Sale and Rabat, but the nicest thing was the narrow, quiet streets with whitewashed walled and colourful doors.
At Ahl el-Fas mosque
The Ahl al-Fas (people of Fes) mosque is an impressive building oppostie the Royal Palace. Like almost all mosques in Morocco, non muslims cannot visit so we could only observe it from outside.
The Royal Palace is the most impressive building in the palace grounds which lie at the southern end of the Ville Nouvelle. However, the Palace is totally off limits to visitors, so it's only worth stopping by if you're on your way to Chellah or visiting the nearby Archaeology Museum.
Hassan V Mausoleum
On the same site as Tour Hassan is the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Morocco's King from 1961-1999. The mausoleum is one of Morocco's most important sites and is open to non-muslims. The richly decorated room in which the King's body lies can be observed from a gallery above, from where you can also see an Islamic religious leader (for want of a better description) reciting the Koran.
The Tour Hassan is one of Morocco's most famous monuments. Construction began as far back as the 12th Century, under Sultan al-Mansour, who intended the minaret to be the largest in the muslim world.
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