If we stick to the old area, the Kasbah of the Udayas alone is worth a visit to Rabat: a citadel that is the starting point of the city and with a style more reminiscent of northern streets, such as those of Asilah.
Next to it we find the medina, which although is not as architecturally interesting as others in Morocco, its almost straight layout makes it a real rarity in the country.
Another reason to explore the city is the Hassan Tower, an unfinished minaret with a forest of columns guarding it, witnesses to what may have become one of the largest religious buildings in the world.
But not everything is history in Rabat and so, right next to the tower, stands the Mausoleum of Mohamed V, which features a traditional Moroccan style and a wise combination of white marble, plaster and wood. Or the Royal Palace, a huge complex that also includes a mosque, a school, several administrative buildings and a residential area, housing more than 2000 workers.
However, what is most surprising is the design of its new city: its wide avenues, its numerous green areas, and the continuous dialogue with its architectural past. Rabat is the only Moroccan city where tradition and modernity are combined in an elegant way.
Its climate is characterized by mild temperatures all year round. Even in the summer, even if they rise, the wind chill is still pleasant thanks to its geographical location.
You can travel to Rabat at any time with light clothing (jacket only for the winter months).
For more information, as well as the temperatures month by month and a forecast for the next days, you can consult the following link: Weather in Rabat.
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How To Get To Rabat
Travelling to Rabat by plane
The airport of Rabat is located in Salé, only 10 kilometres away, offering several public transport services. Furthermore, at the exit there are information signs specifying the prices of taxis (a taxi to the city center will cost approximately 200 dirhams).
Travelling to Rabat by road
There are two options: car or coach. In the first case, you can either rent a car or take a taxi (this is the most common method). As the motorway network has changed a lot, it is very easy to get there from almost anywhere in the country.
If you choose the bus there are also multiple alternatives from different cities in Morocco. It is a surprisingly cheap but very irregular with the schedules, so it can be a good option when you want to travel cheaply and aren’t in a hurry.
The biggest Moroccan bus company is CTM. Tickets can be bought at the bus stations in the city or from their website (it is in French).
Travelling to Rabat by train
Rabat also has a train station (Rabat Ville) located in the middle of Mohammed V Avenue, a little more than 15 minutes walk from the Medina. The trains to the city are all daytime and leave from many points in the country.
The train company is called ONCF, and tickets can be bought either at the stations (there are ticket offices and self-service machines) or through their website, although in the latter case it is only possible if you have a Moroccan credit card.