"Oudaia Kasbah" Rabat Things to Do Tip by al2401

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  Bab Oudaia - entrance to the kasbah and gardens
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  • Bab Oudaia - entrance to the kasbah and gardens - Rabat
      Bab Oudaia - entrance to the kasbah and gardens
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The Oudaia Kasbah is built on the cliff on the south side of the estuary of the Bouregreg River and has views over Rabat and out over the Atlantic Ocean. It could be called a 'city within a city'.

It was built during the 12th century by the Almohades as part of a fortification - actually a fortified monastery or 'ribat' (which became Rabat) where soldiers left for the holy wars against Spain. An arabic tribe from Fes called the Oudaias settled here in 1833 giving the fort and kasbah their name.

The village in the kasbah has a more modern history dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It has a very Spanish flavour with the whitewashed walls with blue paint and heavy, iron decorated doors. The homes are kept very fresh and the winding streets are very clean. It has become a haven for artists and there are many interesting boutiques to be visited.

Address: Oudaia - Rabat
Directions: Enter in through the gate to the fortress Bab Oudaia - head uphill for the village and downhill for the Oudaia Garden
Website: http://www.morocco.com/attractions/kasbah-de-oudaias/

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  • Written Apr 24, 2011
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