Rabat Travel Attractions Guide

From: Morocco Travel Guide

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Rabat Travel Guide, Morocco, Africa
Rabat which in arabic means 'fortified palace' is the capital city of Morocco and one which has plenty of culture and history which can be seen through its historic landmark buildings, colourful Medina and museums. Rabat also has a modern side known as Ville Nouvelle which contains several examples of French architecture, wide boulevards and well presented parks and gardens.

History of Rabat
Rabat as it is known today was once called Chellah back in the 3rd century BC and was a small settlement built at the mouth of the Bou Regreg River. Several centuries later it would become a Roman settlement before being returned to local rulers. Due to the cities position along the Atlantic Ocean it played a major part in the many wars with Spain and took on the name Ribatu-l-Fath which means 'stronghold of victory' from where it takes its current name from. Today Rabat is an interesting blend of historic structures and modern building.

Temperatures during the winter tend to average around 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, before rising into the mild spring months to around 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer months usually average between 70 and 80 although much higher than this has been recorded in the past, before dropping again between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit for the autumn.

As a popular and well connected city Rabat has a fairly wide range of cuisine on offer from traditional Moroccan restaurants to those with a slightly more European theme. Within the Old Medina there are plenty of food stalls available where you can pick up light snacks such as pastilles and tagines and plenty of tea sellers are around as well.

Travel Attractions Guide
Rabats rich and colourful history can be found within its main archaeological attractions.

Rabat offers a good selection of souks containing several traditional items such as fabrics, clothing and ornate plates. There is plenty going on in the souks but without quite as much atmosphere as well known Fes and Marrakech.

Travel Attraction Location Guide
Rabat is located on Morocco's western coast, around 55 miles north east of Casablanca.