5 Wonderful Things to Do and See in Rabat, Royal Capital of Morocco

Rabat, the Royal Capital of Morocco is often overlooked in most itineraries. Here’s 5 wonderful things to do and see in Rabat. Enjoy everybody!!!

Rabat, the imperial capital of Morocco is often overlooked in most itineraries since visitors prefer to spend their time in either Marrakech or Fez. Granted, Rabat is not exactly a very touristy place since it serves as the economic and political hub of the country and you’ll hardly find any foreign travelers here.

Me? I spent a couple of days in this beautiful calm city right next to the ocean. And you know what? I totally loved it.

Here’s a Rabat travel guide to its most beautiful attractions as well as 5 awesome reasons to visit it now!

Things to Do and See in Rabat

Rabat, the Royal Capital of Morocco

Things to Do and See in Rabat #01: The Imperial Guard of the Royal Mausoleum

Rabat is the only place in all of Morocco were you can admire Moroccan Royal Guards dressed in full regalia instead of the standard military uniforms. You can find the Royal Guards at the Tower of Hassan guarding the Mausoleum of King Mohammed V, grandfather of the current King of Morocco.

Unlike the Mosques and religious sites in the country, you can actually enter the Mausoleum to see the amazing Islamic art that adorns the place. Feel free to roam around the area to admire the Tower of Hassan and the columns that surround it.

Entrance to the Mausoleum and to the Tower grounds is free of charge.

Things to Do and See in Rabat

Guards at the Royal Palace of Rabat

Things to Do and See in Rabat #02: The Beach and the Castle

The Kasbah (Castle) of the Udayas is probably the most dramatic landmark of Rabat (and I’m sure that Game of Thrones will eventually film some scenes here). It was built in the year 1150 during the reign of the Almohads. Inside you can find cafes, postcard shops and a beautiful garden.

Also, you can enjoy some time at the calm beach. The waves are not as powerful as the ones of Essaouira so you can just relax at the calmness of this section of the Atlantic Ocean. Kayaks and boats can also be rented for a small free.

Entrance to both the Kasbah and the beach is free of charge.

Things to Do and See in Rabat

The Castle of Rabat, Morocco

Things to Do and See in Rabat #03: The Authenticity of the Medina

The Medina of Rabat is fairly big and hard to navigate. However, inside you will only find warm friendly people who will help to guide you without even asking for money. Prices are the lowest of all the country since only locals shop here, you’ll also find (surprisingly) immigrants from Asian countries selling their traditional food at extremely low prices.

Can you believe I ate a complete Vietnamese meal for only 10DH (1 euro)? You can also buy traditional Moroccan pastries (and pizza!) for about 2DH each. Since I visited during Ramadan, all restaurants were closed so street food was the only way to go.

Trust me, you’ll love it. Entrance to the Medina is free of charge.

Things to Do and See in Rabat

Rabat, a very peaceful city in Morocco

Things to Do and See in Rabat: The Graveyard by the Sea

On the way from the city walls to the ocean, I stumbled across this unique graveyard that is not featured in any Rabat travel guide I’ve read before my trip. As you know, I’m a very big fan of picturesque burial sites and this one certainly did not disappoint. Inside I found some very friendly grave keepers who were very happy for my interest in this site.

“You’re the first one to ever bother coming here” one of them told me in French. After the graveyard you can go towards the ocean side to see the fishermen catching their daily products and the kids playing football.

Entrance to the graveyard by the sea is free of charge.

Things to Do and See in Rabat

The Beach of Rabat, Morocco

Things to Do and See in Rabat #05: Chellah, the ancient Roman city

Chellah, located some minutes away from the center of Rabat by taxi (don’t pay more than 20DH) is an ancient Roman site that was turned into a Medina until an earthquake in the 18th century made people abandon it. Today you can explore its ruins and gaze at the dozens of storks and cats that now inhabit it.

You can either hire a local guide or explore the site at your own pace. Don’t forget to check out the unique gardens so you can delight yourself with the colorful flowers you can find there. Stay tuned for a future in-depth article here at A Journey of Wonders about Chellah and the Roman legacy in Morocco.

Entrance to Chellah is 30DH (3 euros) and yes, it’s totally worth it.

Things to Do and See in Rabat

The ancient Roman Citadel of Rabat, Chelah

Is Rabat Safe to Visit? 

You’ll be surprised to know that unlike most capitals of the world, Rabat is extremely safe by global standards to the point where crime is almost unheard of.

The best part? Lack of mass tourism (unlike Marrakech, Essaouira and Fez) means that scam artists are nowhere to be found here!

In fact, Rabat, along with Chefchaouen and Meknes, were the best cities I’ve ever visited in Morocco since the smiles you’ll get here will always be genuine ones.

If you’re a traveler who loves culture and architecture, then Rabat is definitely the city for you. Also, check out some of the best things to do in Algeria if you plan to visit more North African countries!

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Things to Do and See in Rabat

Things to do and see in Rabat

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Have you ever been to Rabat? Would you like to experience the Wonders of Rabat? What other Rabat’s atractions do you recommend? Share your thoughts and let me know what you think!

Until next time, my friends!

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17 Responses

  1. Rhonda Albom

    I also loved Rabat and agree on your list of top choices. We stayed at a Riad in the Medina. Oddly enough we were there when there were a few protests (we left as the police started running toward the crowd), but there was no trouble.

  2. Suyash Chopra

    Very much liked your posts and the photographs. I was not aware of the attractions of Rabat until I had read this. Only place I knew worth visiting in Morocco was Marrakech. Thanks for the lovely post :)

  3. Ashley @ A Southern Gypsy

    Rabat looks amazing! I’d love to see the Imperial Guard – not gonna lie, the horses sold me on that one! And, I’m a big fan of visiting graveyards and I’ve never seen one by the sea before – that’s pretty cool!

  4. Lauren

    I love that Roman site, the beach, the castle, and no scam artists – plenty of great reasons to visit! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Chris Boothman

    Morocco is such an underrated part of the world and clearly Rabat is one spot that has a plethora of attractions worth exploring. I would really like to visit here and experience inside the ancient walls and by the ocean.

    Plus how great it is that you can visit a city like this and not have to deal with scam artists!! They seem to be everywhere nowadays especially trying to get one-up on the tourists in the region.

  6. John

    Just came from a 3-day service mission in Rabat, so had no time to really visit. However, on Saturday, 4 hours before i decided to spend 2 hours visiting and photographing Muhamad V Mausoleum and Hassan II tower. It was well worth the visit. The evening before was spent shopping at the Medina. Worth a visit, too. I am planning to return there as a tourist and really take time to admire the incredibly beautiful Arab architecture of old buildings in the city…

  7. Paul

    Thanx for your post….which I’m reading more than 3 years after it was posted. I’m actuallly writing this from the train between Marrakech & Rabat…2nd class. I’m looking forward to the beach. I’ll report back after my trip.