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Rabat Old Town

Rabat Center, Rabat, Morocco
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Ranked #10 of 18 attractions in Rabat
Type: Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: Morocco's capital city was founded in the 12th century. Its modern downtown area has many historic sights, shops and nightlife attractions.
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Newcastle, Australia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We weren't sure what Rabat had to offer before our visit so on our first day we just wandered towards the ocean and then walked towards the old town(or kasbah). Young men were waiting by the gate to offer their services as guides and although sometimes reluctant to be guided this way we took up the offer from one very... More

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New Jersey
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90 reviews 90 reviews
27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Unlike the touristy old towns of Fes and Marrakech, Rabat's old town is more "local" with restaurants and stores more targeted to the people who actually live there. It's slower pace is certainly welcome after the intensity of the other cities.

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

The old town in Rabat is no different than any other Medina around Morroco.The only good thing is that the shop keeprs do not put pressure on tourists to buy their produce.

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We have now visited the 4 principle cities. The old city of Rabat has charm, history and a good feel near the sea. Approach through the gardens and enjoy tea by the sea with almond cookies Moroccan style. It closes at sunset so leave yourself time to enjoy the ambience and the blue and white houses nearby.

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Drouin, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

If you want to fill our senses then go to the Medina in Rabat! Smell, taste, touch and see! Amazing! Yes you do need a guide, very easy to get lost in the alley ways. Never felt threatened, all though like any crowded place, you do need to keep a tight hold on your bag etc. I loved the amicable... More

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San Diego, California
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10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Well, i think most of the places i did visit in Rabat were worth the visit. You can use the train. But I think you will need somebody to direct you. Otherwise , you will need a taxi. Taxi's are not expensive, so this might help. We found a nice restaurant and I had a prety nice meal there, but... More

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Los Angeles, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Rabat is too spread out to see it all by walking. However they do have a brand new European style above ground train that circles within the city, you might be able to use that to get around. But I don't believe it goes to alot of the main sites of Rabat, so you might want to hire a guide... More

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Rabat, Morocco
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44 reviews 44 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

I have been living here awhile and found the best walk through the old city down to the beach and back through Oudayas. This is a nice stroll of about 3 km (+ whatever you care to go in the medina) with sidewalks in a pleasant part of the city and offers, shopping- cafes- a beach walk and the beautiful... More

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Rabat, Morocco
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50 reviews 50 reviews
29 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

A small downtown area with 2 mainboulevards. There is not much to do, but if younqre q fan of art deco, (1930's), younwill,really enjoy the visit. Younwill,therefore hqve tonvisit the city looking up at the buildings. Eqch one is different from,the other but are all typical of the art deco. There are quite alot of buildings: the parlement, the postoffice,... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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127 reviews 127 reviews
57 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Rabat used to be a sleepy showcase city for diplomats and government workers. Now it is a much more vibrant capital with regular political and social protests and more choices for visitors, including attractions and restaurants, etc.

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