See the royal palace, relax near storks on the beach and stroll through the magnificent 12th-century citadel in the city whose name means Fortified Place.
As Morocco’s capital, Rabat is a cultural hub of art galleries, museums and theaters. One highlight, the modern Bouregreg Marina, is known for its array of historical architecture and spectacular harbor views. Stroll along the shores of the Bou Regreg River, where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. Head east along the marina to reach the Hassan Tower, an impressive minaret surrounded by lone-standing pillars on a plaza.
Expect to encounter many birds, especially storks, as you wander through the city. Sunbathe on Dahomey Beach or Harhoura Beach and enjoy a typical Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry summer days and mild winters.
At the mouth of the river is the spectacular Kasbah of the Udayas citadel complex, dating back to the 1100s. Enter the fortress through the Almohad gate of Bab Oudaya. Browse impressive works of art in the Galérie d’Art Miloudi Nouiga within this walled complex.
Wander through the Medina old town area for its quaint alleys and souk markets. Purchase traditional souvenirs from the shops near the citadel.
Outside the fortified walls, the Mohammed V National Theatre is among the city’s most renowned arts hubs. Learn about the region’s history in the acclaimed Rabat Archaeological Museum. It is just across the street from the Mohamed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Travel south against the flow of the river to the medieval necropolis of Chellah. Near here is the Royal Palace of Rabat, where Morocco’s royal family resides.
Morocco’s capital city faces the Atlantic Ocean on the country’s northwestern coast. Rabat is about 50 miles (85 kilometers) northeast of Casablanca and 155 miles (250 kilometers) south of Tangier. Marrakech is 4 hours away by train. Fly to the Rabat-Salé Airport on the northeastern side of the river and take the 30-minute airport shuttle to the city center.
Rabat is a picturesque coastal city with fascinating cultural and historical sights. UNESCO recognizes the city as a modern capital successfully incorporating its 12th-century heritage.