An entire day in Rabat
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Of the imperial cities in Morocco we had not as high expectations of Rabat as we had for Fes and Marrakech. Today this "lower opinion" was to be corrected. Morocco's capital is really worth a trip. Our hotel Riad Dar Al Batoul (see review) was situated near the Kasbah Oudaia, so first goal was walking through the narrow kasbah streets.
The kasbah is entered by the impressive gate Bab Oudaia and contains not only a labyrinth of narrow streets with blue and white lime-washed houses, but also a palace with a relaxing Andalusian garden (orange trees!). The entrance of the garden is behind café Maure, from which terrace you have a beautiful view over Wadi Bou Regreg to the fortified city of Salé.
Yet another labyrinth is formed by the streets of the medina with the typical Rue des Consuls. We spend the hole day walking and sitting in Rabat and had a ball of a time. Passing Hassan tower and the majestic building of the mausoleum of Mohammed V, we saw the modern, white cathedral of Saint Pierre. Behind the church we discovered a lovely french restaurant with garden and life music. Enjoying, food, wine, music and sun, well it could be worse...
Not to be missed is the Chellah necropolis with the remains of a roman city and a mosque. Everywhere around you see and hear the storks. Together with the superb view over the Bou Regreg valley, this is the highlight of Rabat. Watch out for the droppings, it usually won't be rain in these places!