Rabat in Morocco

Rabat, the charming capital of Morocco, was granted its UNESCO Heritage site status in 2012. Standing at the confluence of the Bouregreg River and the Atlantic, this pleasant coastal metropolis is an elegant fusion of medieval Islamic heritage and a French colonial legacy. The old city’s Berber fort (incidentally, ‘Rabat’ comes from the Arabic term for ‘fortified place’), encircled by colonial era landscaped French gardens, is perhaps the perfect representation of this graceful cultural blend. The city’s other iconic landmark is the 12th century Hassan Tower. Caliph Yaqub al Mansour, who had built much of Rabat in the 12 century, had started to build what was then the world’s largest mosque. It remained unfinished upon his death, and the unfinished minaret or the Hassan Tower still bears testimony to his ambitions. The Caliph had also restored the kasbah and created a royal necropolis at the old Roman ruins of Sala Colonia, which has since been converted into an archaeological museum. The modern city is to be found as much in Rabat’s uncluttered beach and tree-lined boulevards, as in its walled medina.


  • Heritage


  • UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Hassan Tower
  • Ancient Roman Ruins

Places to Stay

Inner courtyard at Riad Kalaa Hotel in Rabat, Morocco
Riad Kalaa

Style: Boutique

Riad Kalaa dating back to 1815 and built in the Arabo-Andalusian style of architecture, has been painstakingly restored to its former glory. This traditional hotel offers you a unique stay in Rabat, just a 20-minute drive from the international airport.

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Exterior view of Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses in Rabat, Morocco
Sofitel Jardin Des Roses

Style: International

Sofitel Jardin des Roses, located close to the Royal Palace, offers a charming medley of French design and Moroccan art, done up by famed French designer Didier Gomez.

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Double room at Villa Mandarine in Rabat, Morocco
Villa Mandarine

Style: Boutique

Villa Mandarine, located in the heart of Rabat, is nestled amid an orange grove and beautiful flower gardens. Make yourself at home in simple yet elegant ensuite rooms featuring modern amenities for your comfort.

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