"The Medina in Rabat is nice..." Rabat Things to Do Tip by lichinga

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<p>The <b><font color='#008000'>Medina</font></b> in Rabat is nice and relatively calm: good to make the first experience if yiou never visited an Arab city before. Nobody will bother you offering as a guide or similar, the streets are wide and clean (on a medina standard). Entering from the new city side, on the right hand side there's the tourist market area, with carpets, pottery and all the similar stuff. The food market is almost in the same area, and it's interesting, though not exceptional.</p>
<p>Crossing all the way through the medina, you will find the wool market and then, on the rioght the ancient walls of the Kasbah des Oudaias: the most ancient area within the fortress. This is the only place you will meet guides in Rabat, but it's not strictly necessary to hire one an d, after all, there's not s many important places to be visited. Two of them I found most impressive: the <font color='#008000'><b>sightseeing terrace on the corner of the Kasbah</b></font>,
and the <font color='#008000'><b>Andalusian gardens</b></font>. The terrace is a great place to look at the Atlantic ocean shores... letting yout thoughts sailing over the waves and beyond... The typical muddy river runs a couple of hundred metres below you and separates Rabat from the ancient Salé, which has been founded before Rabat itself, possibly in the Roman Empire time. The Andalusian gardens (<i>in the picture</i>)are an oasis of peace and relax, one of those wonderful places Arabs were so good to create within apparently muddy walls: it's very good to enter, sit and have some rest amid the students who use to come here with their books. Beside the gardens there's a <font color='#008000'><b>café (Café Maure)</b></font>, whose tables allow you an outstanding panorama over the ocean shores, the river mouth and Salé.</p>
<p>In the new city, close to the main mosque and just in face of Hotel Chellah, there's an <font color='#008000'><b>Archeological Museum </b></font>with important findings which date back since the Roman time (<b><font color='#008000'>Volubilis</font></b> is an important archeological site, close to Meknés). The museum is worth visiting, it will take you no more than 1 hour, for 20 DRH.</p>

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  • Written Sep 12, 2002
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