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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.

Where to stay in Rabat

A golden sunset at the harbor in the beautiful town of Rabat, Morocco. #goldenhour
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Souissi

4.5/5Wonderful!(9 area reviews)

Unique features of Souissi include the gardens and restaurants. Make a stop by Foret Hilton or Centre Commercial Maga Mall while you're exploring the area.

Souissi
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Skhirat Plage

5/5Exceptional!(2 area reviews)

The beaches and restaurants in Skhirat Plage are a few notable things to experience while you're in town.

Skhirat Plage

Top Hotels in Rabat

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses
Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses
5 out of 5
BP 450 Souissi, Rabat
$167
per night
Mar 27 - Mar 28

This family-friendly Rabat hotel is located in Souissi, within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Palace and Foret Hilton. Jardin d'Essais Botaniques and Villa des Arts are ...

4.3/5Excellent! (292 reviews)

"The reception girl was a little unfriendly. The rest of the persons super nice"…"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses
ibis Rabat Agdal
ibis Rabat Agdal
3 out of 5
Avenue Haj Ahmed Charkaou, Place De La Gare Rabat Agdal, Rabat
$62
per night
Mar 27 - Mar 28

Situated in Rabat, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Jardin d'Essais Botaniques, Mohammed V University, and Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc. Goethe ...

4.2/5Excellent! (149 reviews)

"What an improvement over the Ibis Hotel in Meknes which is not well maintained and staff are not very nice. This hotel was very comfortable and very well situated next to the train station. The staff was friendly and helpful. Very nice stay!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 2, 2020

ibis Rabat Agdal
The View Hotel Rabat
The View Hotel Rabat
5 out of 5
Avenue Annakhil, Hay Riad, Rabat
$202
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Hay Riad, this luxury hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Mohammed V University and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Centre Commercial Maga Mall. Foret Hilton and Rabat ...

4/5Very Good! (52 reviews)
One of the best in Rabat

"Everything about the hotel was beautiful and immaculate. The hotel was apparently opened in 2017. The only thing I would say is slightly annoying is that the check-in process took a while. I was ask to sit down while the process was handled. Took about 20 mins."…"

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2019

The View Hotel Rabat

Popular things to do in Rabat

Hassan Tower
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Hassan Tower

4.5/5(47 reviews)

Find out about the history of Quartier Hassan when you spend time at Hassan Tower. Discover the jazz scene and monuments in this trendy area.

Chellah
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Chellah

4.5/5(21 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Rabat with a trip to Chellah. While in this culturally-rich area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Andalusian Garden
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Andalusian Garden

4.5/5(16 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Andalusian Garden, a lovely green space in Kasbah of the Udayas. Experience the jazz scene and museums in this trendy area.

Top activities in Rabat

History & Culture Sightseeing Tour of Rabat
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History & Culture Sightseeing Tour of Rabat

$118
Per adult
Private Full-Day Tour to Royal Rabat with Lunch
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Private Full-Day Tour to Royal Rabat with Lunch

$148
Per adult
Full-Day Casablanca and Rabat Tour from Casablanca
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Full-Day Casablanca and Rabat Tour from Casablanca

98% of travellers recommend
$146
Per adult
Private Half-Day Tour of Rabat: The Royal Capital
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Private Half-Day Tour of Rabat: The Royal Capital

94% of travellers recommend
$126
Per adult
Morocco highlights tour from Casablanca 10 days
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Morocco highlights tour from Casablanca 10 days

$2,540
Per adult
Rabat: Guided Market Tour and Cooking Class
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Rabat: Guided Market Tour and Cooking Class

$83
Per adult

Reviews of Rabat

4.3

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 7, 2020

If Rabat is your starting point in Morocco you'll enjoy it. For us it was our last stop. I would say don't go out of your way to visit but if things just work out that way (for us it was a flight to Spain) it's not a bad place to spend a day.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 15, 2019

Great first stop in Morocco with plenty to do!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Sep 3, 2019

Much nicer than Casablanca. A much cleaner andess smelly city. Was a nice visit overall.

5/5 - Excellent

EC

Aug 7, 2019

Fantastic time in Rabat, people are friendly, walkable city, felt safe,,people out and about well into the late evening, if you like a vibrant city spend a couple days here.

5/5 - Excellent

Mar

Jul 2, 2019

It’s a city

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 1, 2019

A good historical place to visit.

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