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“excellent starting point for a Rabat tour” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Kasbah des Oudaias

Kasbah des Oudaias
off Rue des Consuls, Rabat, Morocco
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Ranked #3 of 19 Attractions in Rabat
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Rabat, Morocco
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“excellent starting point for a Rabat tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

A lovely walk for a first day in Rabat. Right opposite the entrance to the medina at the Place des Consuls. Duck the guides trying to show you the place...it isn't that big that you'll get lost. Just walk down the main street to the end to see the sea view (a little muddy on the overlook). Then back track and take a left at the sign for the artisanal women's pottery. Follow the path down to a nice little terrace for a mint tea and pastries. Watch out for overzealous Henna ladies!

Visited October 2012
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“Kool Kasbah”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

We entered the Kasbah through a marvellous stone archway and walked down a cobbled street lined with white painted houses and the ubiquitous blue painted doors. Most doors are single solid slab doors, iron bound and studded but there are a few doubles.One painted brown and another cream and the bulk that fabulous blue.Iron padbolts secure most doors with modern padlocks.There are decorative arches and intricate iron laced window grills contrasting with the white paint. Electric wires hang from walls, looping across narrow alleyways and gathered in untidy bunches.Small one door shops are numerous, most with a small display of local bread rounds piled on their glass counters. A side display of soft drink cans and numerous plastic strips of sweets and food stuffs hang festooned from the ceiling.The old metal style street signs are in French and below this the Arabic script.
A sharp bend in the street and we open out into a mini square and confront a local robed musician who begins his act of music and movement to entice the photographers. A photo yes! one Dirham please.His eyes are everywhere and locks in his fee with a slight nod.Towards the end of our walk we get a great view of the pounding Atlantic Ocean from a vantage point on top of an old fort.
A very enjoyable walk through the Kasbah finishes with a few local pastries bought from a street vendor who just happens to be in the right place at the right time.

Visited February 2013
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“A nice way to spend an hour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The Kasbah is a very interesting little section of town. It is worth going through the little streets. There is a shop at the end that sells mint tea and cookies with a beautiful view of the ocean.

Visited February 2013
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“The Kasbah Rocks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

This was more or less my first stop in Morocco. I wondered a little through the narrow blue and white streets of the Kasbah, which are beautiful in the sunlight, then into the cafe at the end. Amazing outdoor cafe, tiled and overlooking the river, the fortress and the sea. Incredible and relaxing view, made even better with mint tea and fresh made sweets. Only one the way out did I realise that there was even more - beautiful gardens with orange trees, fountains and many other plants. All round beautiful place here, a definite must see, whether for an hour of most of the day.

Visited February 2013
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“Beautiful place, but beware of faux guides!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

You need to learn 3 words before you go anywhere in Morocco: "La, la, shokhran" -- no, no thank you. Because people will seem to be just offering nice, helpful advice ("the entrance is over there", "you can take a nice photo from here") but if you don't wave them off immediately, they will keep following you and offering more information until they shake you down for a "tip" at the end -- and if you give what you think is a normal amount, they will act offended and demand a huge payment, like the equivalent of $20 for 5 minutes worth of showing you around. You have to learn to say no right away before they take a single step with you!! Best to hire a guide and avoid the problem. That said -- the Kasbah is enchanting. Don't forget to drink mint tea in the cafe next to the garden at the south end!

Visited January 2013
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