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RABAT, WHERE HISTORY MEETS MODERNITY

  

Along the Atlantic coast in northwest Morocco, the capital city of Rabat reflects a millennia-old history and modern architectural values. Today, Rabat is a mix of old and new with landmarks including the 12th-century Hassan Tower, 17th-century Almohad ramparts, 20th-century botanical gardens and the contemporary art museum. Hispano-Moorish and European influences are woven throughout, offering a forward-moving story that remains rich in history. Since 2012, the city has been listed as a World UNESCO Heritage Site and is recognized as Morocco’s city of lights and cultural capital.

GOLF IN RABAT

The three courses and 45 holes of the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam are spread across a 440-acre oak forest filled with trees, flowers and water features, inviting players to challenge their skills and admire nature’s beauty. Designed by Robert Trent Jones, the courses have gained the appreciation of top players with the Red Course hosting the annual Hassan II Trophy,,a PGA european tour tournament 

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WATERSPORTS

Explore Rabat's breathtaking coastline. Rabat’s Bouregreg River and 37 miles of Atlantic coastline beckon watersports enthusiasts year-round with promises of sailing, windsurfing, jet-skiing, waterskiing, surfing, body-boarding, paddleboarding and canoeing. Activities are available to visitors of all ages but best suited for those seven and older. 

DISCOVER RABAT’S PAST & PRESENT

Morocco’s capital offers an intriguing blend of cultures and influences. Historical landmarks, modern museums, architectural wonders, the medina and luxury shopping malls are all set against the city’s beautiful landscape. 

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ARTS & CULTURE

MOHAMMED VI MUSEUM OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART
This contemporary and modern art museum was established to preserve the heritage of Moroccan art and encourage the creativity of local artists. It houses the works of 200 Moroccan artists including Hassan Hajjaj and Ahmed Yacoubi. It also hosts temporary international art exhibitions and participated in the first Rabat Biennale.

Distance: 7.5 miles l Website


NATIONAL LIBRARY OF THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO

Built as an extension of the Jardin d’Essais, this large library is also a work of architectural art. Its overlapping cubes and tower feature more than 340,000 books, 60,000 manuscripts, an exhibition gallery, meeting spaces, an auditorium and coffee shop.

Distance: 8 miles 


RABAT ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

Explore an ever-expanding collection of Moroccan archaeological discoveries. The most fascinating pieces, “Volubilis Dog” and “Young Man Crowned with Ivy,” belong to the Roman civilization.

Distance: 7.5 miles


KASBAH OF THE UDAYAS

Overlooking the Atlantic ocean and the Bouregreg river, this royal blue, 12th-century fort rose during the reign of the Almohad Caliphate, who built it after he destroyed the Almoravid kasbah that stood in its place. The Almohads added a palace and a mosque.

Distance: 9 miles


CHELLAH

This historical site has changed hands over the centuries: It was a trading emporium for the Phoenicians, the site of a Roman colony, a royal burial ground for the Berber Almohads and a holy site for the Marinids, who built a mosque, minaret and royal tombs.

Distance: 7 miles 


THE HASSAN TOWER

This minaret was intended to be the tallest in the world when it was commissioned by the caliph of the Almohads in 1195, but construction stopped when he died four years later. What stands today (140 ft.) is only half of the planned height (260 ft.), but its red sandstone and the incomplete mosque are impressive nonetheless.

Distance: 8 miles


THE MAUSOLEUM OF MOHAMED V

This mausoleum houses the tombs of King Mohamed V and his two sons King Hassan II and Prince Moulay Abdallah. The white building, topped with a green-tiled roof and adorned with pink and blue zellij tilework, is considered a masterpiece of Alaouite dynasty architecture.

Distance: 8 miles


RUE DES CONSULS

In the heart of the medina, this alley was named for the ambassadors and consuls who once resided there. Today, it is lined with stalls selling traditional Rabati carpets and other pieces showcasing Moroccan craftsmanship.

 

Distance: 7 miles


MEGA MALL

This shopping mall features a large selection of local and international fashion brands, restaurants, a bowling alley and an ice-skating rink.

 

Distance: 4 miles


RYAD SQUARE

Spread over 160,000 sq. ft., this shopping center houses nearly 40 stores including the Rabat debut of several international brands, 20 restaurants, an optical corner, a bookstore and a kid’s playground.

 

Distance: 4 miles

ARRIBAT CENTER


The latest addition to Rabat’s shopping scene is in the heart of the Agdal district and is a community center for socializing and entertainment. It features local and international brands, Rabat’s largest movie theater and a Marriott hotel.

 

Distance: 7.5 miles


THE ROYAL GOLF DAR ES SALAM

Set amid 440 acres of trees, lakes and ponds, this PGA golf club features three courses designed by Robert Trent Jones. The courses are complemented with a bar, restaurant, VIP cigar lounge, Japanese gardens, pool, tennis court and fitness center.

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THE ROYAL EQUESTRIAN CLUB

This is among Rabat’s legendary places, attracting equestrian aficionados with its unique setting and quality facilities. Classes and rides are offered for riders of all skill levels, and ponies are available for kids.

 

Distance: 1 mile

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