March 10, 2019
The capital of Morocco – Rabat
On the third day of our trip, we were very excited because the capital city of Morocco was waiting for us. All credit for the trip goes to the tourist agency ANAAM TOURS. The tourist agency was more than friendly and happy to offer us collaboration in sense of organising the visit of Rabat.
In the morning we woke up, had a typical Moroccan breakfast and the driver was already waiting for us in our riad. He helped us with our luggage and escorted us to the vehicle. The ride to Rabat takes about 2 hours and I must say that the ride is more pleasant than the one in Chefchaouen, because we took the highway.
Rabat is located south from Fes and is the capital city of Moroccan Kingdom from the time when Morocco was taken over by the French. Rabat has about 620.000 inhabitants and is one of the most modern cities in North Africa, which is clearly visible when you step into the city. Also, Rabat is an important political centre, while many world-known politicians and famous people live there. Jacques Chirac (the former French president and politician), Mohammed VI (the king of Morocco) are just two of the famous people living in Rabat, while many other world-known personalities took the opportunity to use Rabat as the location of vacation or celebration (Zinedine Zidane, Diego Armando Maradona etc.), this is why Rabat is also known as the playground of the rich and famous.
During the visit, the driver stopped at some important historical sights that we wanted to visit. First we visited a medieval fortified Muslim necropolis located in the metro area, Chellah. At the entrance we ran into a typical African drummer, which was extremely interesting especially for my daughter in terms of getting to know another culture. This fortress is interesting because the Phoenicians established a trading emporium at that site and was later the site of an ancient Roman colony. You can take a guide at the entrance and he will take you through the fortress and tell you something more about the site, on the other side we decided to take a walk around by ourselves.
Then the way took us to the Hassan Tower and the Maousoleum of Mohammad V, which are one of the most visited sights in Rabat. Hassan Tower is the minaret of an incomplete mosque and in 1195 was intended to be the largest minaret in the world, but the construction of the tower stopped at 44m because of the commissioners death. The exterior of the tower is beautiful because of engaged columns and capitals carved from sandstones. At the entrance you can still see the guards on the horses. The Mausoleum of Mohammad V is located on the opposite side of Hassan Tower and is considered as a masterpiece of modern Alaouite dynasty architecture. The mausoleum is white in color with typical green tiled roof, which is because of green being the colour of Islam.
At the end of our trip we also visited the small medina of Rabat, which is smaller than the one in Fes, but still beautiful with it's white and blue colored streets and many handcrafted goods that are sold by Moroccans.
On the way back, the driver dropped us of at one of the biggest shopping centres, Borj Fes. We had lunch there, we visited some clothing stores and on the way to the vehicle, a street artist drew a henna tattoo on my daughter's hand.
We absolutely recommend the visit of Rabat to every tourist in Morocco and would like to thank Anaam tourist agency for making this trip happen.