Overview

Rabat is a tale of two cities as the Old Town coexists with the city’s modern quarter, known as Ville Nouvelle or New City. Ville Nouvelle is where you'll find expansive streets and whitewashed contemporary buildings. The area's home to many museums and art galleries like the excellent Rabat Archaeological Museum or the fascinating Postal Museum. There's also the grand royal residence of Dar al-Makhzen and Sunnah Mosque to admire. Head northeast to Rabat Medina or Old town, where you'll be greeted by fortified walls and Kasbah of the Udayas with its beautiful gated entrance known as Bab Oudaia. Here, narrow streets twist and turn past traditional souks selling all kinds of goods like exotic spices and souvenirs. Take time to stroll through the stunning Andalusian Gardens, visit local museums and relax on the golden sands of Rabat Beach. Directly opposite the beach, across Bou Regreg river, is the neighbouring city of Sale. Sale also has crescent-shaped golden sand beaches, an ancient medina and several lively souks. There are also many historical mosques and museums to explore. For long walks, take a trip to the nearby Mamora Forest, a green oasis of cork oak trees on the outskirts of Sale.

When To Visit

Rabat is a year-round destination. You'll find great weather for relaxing on the beach or poolside from June to September with temperatures around 28 degrees Celsius. If you prefer a colder climate, travel from April to May or October to November as temperatures remain in the low 20s. From December to March, daytime temperatures linger around 18 degrees Celsius which is ideal for sightseeing. In the evening, remember to take a light jacket as it can get chilly with temperatures dropping to 7 degrees Celsius.

Food & Drink

At your luxury hotel in Rabat, you'll get to try traditional Moroccan cuisine. Each dish is served with visual flair and prepared to perfection. Sample dishes such as lamb tagine served with fluffy couscous, fish chermoula, and zaalouk a smoked aubergine dip. With its seaside location, Morocco also boasts excellent seafood from marinated king prawns to coal grilled sea bass. Lamb and beef also feature in many dishes. In the evening, unwind with Moroccan wine or a refreshing cup of mint tea in the plush surroundings of your hotel's bar.

Passport & Visas

As with any holiday, it's good to carry some identification with you. British nationals don't need a visa to enter Morocco. Visit GOV.UK for more travel advice.

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