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“If you are in-town you should see it.”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Kasbah des Oudaias

Kasbah des Oudaias
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Full-Day Private Tour from Marrakech to Casablanca and Rabat
Ranked #3 of 50 things to do in Rabat
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Port Charlotte, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“If you are in-town you should see it.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

If not for the constant harassment of would-be guides, this place might be enjoyable. And in our case they started 2 blocks away. It’s worth a look, but I wouldn't make a special trip to Rabat to see it! You may just want to give in to one of the guides right away, fix a price, and pay it. They can take you to places that you might miss on your own. We had one young man take us to an overlook that was behind a closed door - we would never have found it without him. We hooked-up with him after telling at least 10 others no! We gave him what amounted to a few dollars - it was worth it to just have the others stop annoying us. Once in and walking it was a great picture taking place. Old doors, narrow walkways, and some nice views.

Visited February 2013
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“Beautiful, must-see place in Rabat!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

The Oudaïas (also spelled Oudayas amongst other ways, and the “Ou” is pronounced like an English “W”) Kasbah occupies the Northwest point of Rabat in the corner of the medina. Its streets are very quiet and peaceful, and its distinctive blue and white buildings are quite pretty and unusual in Morocco. Wandering through the streets you will eventually reach an old semaphore signaling station platform with a great view of the ocean. At the platform there’s a carpetweaving cooperative that is interesting to poke your head into if it’s open, and a stairway leads down to Rabat’s beach. Along the main street through the Kasbah there are some mostly unexceptional shops, Rabat’s oldest mosque (closed to non-Muslims), and an art gallery, which was exhibiting some nice photography the last time I was in the Kasbah. The Bab Oudaia is a huge and beautiful old gateway (my understanding is that it is sometimes used for art exhibits) that puts you onto the Kasbah’s main street, but I prefer to enter through one of the other gateways (ignore anyone who tries to tell you the streets are closed) and stroll through the Kasbah, then go through and admire Bab Oudaia on my way out. The Kasbah also contains the Andalusian Gardens (free) and Oudaïas Museum (10 Dirhams, mostly exhibiting jewelry in an old palace), both of which have their own TA listings, and Café Maure (next to the Gardens, tea is overpriced but you are paying for the views overlooking Salé and the Bou Regreg River). All three are worth visiting along with just walking through the Kasbah’s streets and up to the signaling station, and one could easily do all this in a couple of hours or less.

Visited March 2013
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Rabat, Morocco
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“excellent starting point for a Rabat tour”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Newcastle, Australia
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“Kool Kasbah”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Brunswick, Maine
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“A nice way to spend an hour”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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