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Rabat Travel Guide

by our Morocco expert Terry Emery
 
Terry EmerySituated ‘round the corner’ from the Straits on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, Rabat is the country’s capital (and third largest city, after Casablanca and Marrakech). A port, whose importance has now diminished, it was a major base for the 17th and 18th C. Barbary corsair pirates who preyed on merchant ships both in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. When Morocco became part of France’s North African territories, they adopted Rabat as the capital and there are still many French influences (not least in a splendid hybrid cuisine with Arab elements). Around an ‘old town’ medina or kasbah, Rabat is a thoroughly modern city with many fine buildings and monuments - the Mausoleum of King Mohammed V and the Hassan Tower (an imposing remaining element of an uncompleted mosque) are notable examples. Not really for the ‘beach’ tourist, Rabat is a good starting point for expeditions into the High Atlas mountains and the vast Sahara.
 

Morocco Facts

National Flag: Moroccan Flag
Language(s): Arabic
Currency: Moroccan dirham
Dialling Code: +212
Time Zone: GMT + 1

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