The Kasbah of the Oudayas was created with a great mission: to be the protector of the necropolis of Chellah and of the mouth of the well-known river Bou Regreg. What you see now, is nothing compared to what it was in its best times.
Origin of the Kasbah of the Udayas
The Kasbah of the Udayas is an ancient fortress, which was designed as a family fort in the 13th century. This Kasbah in Morocco has changed its use over the years, so it has gone through several stages of rehabilitation in recent decades, which have led to what we see now.
In 2012 the Kasbah was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Right in this place, we can find one of the most significant palaces of the Alaouite dynasty, which still reigns in the country; we can also see the monumental and famous Bab el Kébir door. The name of the Kasbah of the Udayas originates from the Oudayas tribe, characteristic of the Sahara Desert of Morocco.
Getting to the Kasbah of the Udayas
To get to the Kasbah of the Udayas easily and quickly, all we have to do is cross Rabat through the Medina; in case you don’t know how to get there, don’t worry, the little taxis can be found at any of the corners and will always be ready to take you.
More recently, there is a tram line that crosses the capital; this has a stop near the Kasbah of the Udayas, from where you only have to walk for 10 minutes to reach the Kasbah.
To enter the Kasbah you only have to pass through the great door of the Almohads and you will already be inside.
Our recommendation is, that you do not go visiting the Kasbah in a hurry, but that you can dedicate at least about two hours to see it fully.
To make the entrance even more attractive (if that is possible), they have placed a red carpet that goes by the stairs that give the access to the Kasbah of the Oudayas, in addition, it has beautiful gardens on both sides, until arriving at the door of Bad Oudaia.
Once you are inside, not only should you walk through the streets of the Kasbah of the Oudayas, but you can not fail to go to the viewpoint of the Kasbah because it has incredible views.
Most people who go sightseeing in Morocco leave through the main gate – and why not – but the truth is that to cross the wall of the Kasbah of the Udayas we must enter through the gate that is to the right of the main one, which is smaller.
When you are inside the Kasbah of the Oudayas the sensation that embarks you is almost indescribable, it is as if you were entering another world from one moment to the next: each of its narrow streets and blue and white corners will hypnotize you.
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You can see a big difference between the most modern and urbanized Rabat in Morocco and the Kasbah of the Udayas which has been protected from the passing of time by the surrounding wall.
The Andalusian gardens of the Oudayas
If you have been to Granada, it is normal that you notice the similarity between both places; the gardens of the Kasbah have an Andalusian architectural style in all its extension.
Walking the streets of the Kasbah
There is nothing like a walk through the steep streets of the Kasbah of the Udayas, to get to know it in all its splendour. In each street we can see the houses painted in the so distinguished blue and white colours; an Andalusian heritage that is still present in the place.
This labyrinth of streets leads us to a direct access to the sea, right at the mouth of the Bou Regreg river; if you want to have one of the best visuals of the coast of Rabat, this is the right place.
The Oudayas medina
It is incredible how many tourists go to the Kasbah of the Udayas with the desire to feel that atmosphere full of history and mystery at the same time.
In every part of the medina we see wrought iron gates and corners full of cultural richness that attract travelers from all over the world.
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From the outside
There is a wall that was built in the mid-sixteenth century in one of its sections, and the other in the seventeenth century. This last one borders the Kasbah of the Oudayas. From the outside what impresses most is the view of the main gate, with its decoration with alveoli that make it a real jewel in Rabat.
Panoramic views with a sip of coffee
Just a few metres from the Kasbah of the Udayas, we find an open-air café, a landmark par excellence in Rabat.
Here, it is almost a must to stop and go to the terrace to enjoy the great views it offers. From there, you can see the city of Salé, the Hassan Tower, the Mausoleum of Mohamed V and the mouth of the Bouregreg River.
All this accompanied by the best mint tea in town and a taste of Moroccan cuisine, such as almond cakes.
We cannot finish a trip to Morocco without visiting the Kasbah of the Oudayas; an area able to surprise and to attract everyone that visits, wrapping them in its streets and its different atmosphere.
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