Rabat is the capital of Morocco and home of the Moroccan parliament but only the country's seventh-largest city. It is an enchanting mix of ancient and modern. Rabat is a very old city, dating back to the time of the Phoenicians and the Carthaginians. From the 12th century Kasbah of the Udayas, to the iconic Hassan Tower, Rabat is a city steeped in history. But the city also offers plenty of modern attractions, from its chic beachfront to its bustling markets. Take a leisurely stroll through the city’s winding streets and alleyways to discover hidden gems like the Andalusian Gardens, the Chellah Necropolis, and the stunning views of the Bouregreg River. Sample the city’s famous cuisine, visit the bustling souks and boutiques of the Medina, and explore the bustling nightlife scene of the Ville Nouvelle.
Rabat is situated on the Atlantic coast and its history has been strongly influenced by its proximity to Spain and by the presence of the French military base at nearby Casablanca.