Rabat Day Trip from Casablanca

Rabat is the capital of Morocco and people often say, Marrakech is the cultural center, Casablanca is the business center, and Rabat is the political center of the country. Actually, Rabat has many cultural heritages and its old medina is as busy as other cities. Also, you’ll see the sophisticated new town with river, bridge, and white buildings.

It’s just one hour drive away from Casablanca, and one of the popular destinations for cruise ship passengers staying overnight in Casablanca. Here we’ll show you an example of Rabat Day trip, you’ll be able to see the best parts of this UNESCO World Heritage designated town.

1) Departure from Casablanca

We’ll pick you up from a hotel or sea port in the morning.

2) Visit Mausoleum of Mohammed V

Mausoleum of Mohammed V

Mausoleum of Mohammed V

Mohammed V is the former Moroccan King, ruled the country from 1927 to 1961. When he took the throne,  he was called “Sultan”, the Islamic leader of the country, and during his reign, Morocco gained independence from France and Mohammed V took the title of “King”. Morocco’s modernization started in his age and not only “Mohammed V Airport” in Casablanca, you’ll see “Mohammed V Street” and “Mohammed V Square” almost everywhere in the country.

A huge mausoleum was constructed for him in Rabat, which is still worshiped by people in the country. It has white walls, green roof  of a color of Islam, and at the entrance, guards in red uniform are always standing to protect the mausoleum.

Inside the Mausoleum of Mohammed V

Inside the Mausoleum of Mohammed V

When you get inside, you’ll look down a huge coffin of Mohammed V. This is a rare opportunity for non Muslims to get inside a mausoleum. (Another example is Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail in Meknes.)
Mohammed V’s son is Hassan II, who built the Hassan II Mosque, the biggest mosque in the country. And the current king Mohammed VI is the grandson of Mohammed V.

3) Visit Hassan Tower

Hassan Tower

Hassan Tower

Hassan Tower stands just opposite of Mohammed V’s Mausoleum. It was constructed by a sultan in the 12th century, supposed to be the biggest mosque in the country, and it was never completed. You’ll see a lot of columns around the tower, which shows how big the mosque could have been.

4) Lunch at seaside restaurant

Rabat River

River runs from the Atlantic Sea

Rabat locates along the Atlantic Sea and good place to enjoy seafood in a restaurant on the river side. This is one of the most developed cities in the country, new shops, restaurants, cafes are here. You’ll have a chance both for shopping and finding a good meal.

5) Visit Kasbah Oudaya

Kasbah Oudaya

Kasbah Oudaya

Kasbah Oudaya is one of the major highlights in Rabat. “Kasbah” usually means a big mansion or house, but here it’s a huge fortress town with its own palace and mosque, surrounded by stone walls. It was built in the 12th century, and still is the symbol of the old part of Rabat.

 6) Stroll around Old Medina

Medina in Rabat

Medina in Rabat

Just like other medinas in Morocco, old medina in Rabat is the center of people’s life and visiting here is a great chance to see the local life. Stop by a pharmacy to see traditional perfumes and medicine, a food market with fresh vegetables and fruits, even clothes shops are fun to come, to enjoy talking with local show owners. You can be a part of typical Morocco here.

7) Tranfser back to Casablanca

Thanks to the highway between Rabat and Casablanca, driving back to Casablanca is not difficult at all. If you’re interested in imperial Morocco, Rabat is definitely a must-visit city!

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Rabat Day Trip from Casablanca

 

 

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