Things to do in Rabat: 3-Day Itinerary

The capital city of Morocco, Rabat is known for its architectural treasures, picturesque tree-lined streets, world-class museums, and beautiful gardens.

This coastal city with a relaxed vibe perfectly blends historical sites such as the Kasbah of the Oudayas and the spacious Medina with modern architecture. Get lost in the maze of alleys in the Rabat Medina, enjoy spectacular river views from one of the cute waterfront cafes, and pair a cup of Moroccan mint tea with a traditional almond cookie.

Rabat has a strong French influence, which gives it a more European feel when compared to other cities in Morocco such as Tangier and Marrakech.

This 3-day travel itinerary highlights the best things to do in Rabat, including tips on where to eat and where to stay, plus a few day trip suggestions.

Day 1

Morning: Kasbah of the Oudayas

Kick off your Rabat morning travel itinerary with a visit to the Kasbah of the Oudayas, also known as the Kasbah of the Udayas or the Kasbah des Oudaias.  Dating back to the 12th century, this settlement is very enjoyable to explore. Walk down narrow alleyways lined with beautiful white and blue houses and admire the beauty of flower-adorned windows. Kasbah of the Oudayas is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rabat, so it is best to arrive early in the morning.

Andalusian Gardens

If you love cats and flowers, the Andalusian Gardens is the place to go. Located in the Kasbah of the Oudaias, this 12th-century Moorish garden is a little hidden place in the middle of the city. With its mix of Andalusian and Moroccan architecture, the gardens look magical. It is an area full of greenery and trees and flowers. You will come across elegant fountains, many cats, and a bunch of beautiful orange trees. Keep in mind that no food is allowed inside the gardens.

Café Maure

After visiting the Andalusian Garden, stop by Café Maure to grab a cup of coffee or enjoy traditional Moroccan mint tea. It is one of the most popular cafes in Rabat, accessible through the arched entrance from the Andalusian Garden of the Kasbah of the Udayas. It is one of the most popular cafes in Rabat. Most people come here for the magical views over the Bou Regreg River. Guests love the beautiful shaded terrace with mosaic tiles and add that the café has that typical Moroccan charm. Don’t leave Café Maure before trying their signature “ghriba”, a traditional Moroccan almond cookie.

Oudayas, National Museum of Adornment

The next stop on your morning walk is the National Museum of Jewelry in Rabat. Located within the beautiful Andalusian Gardens at Kasbah of the Oudayas, the museum houses an impressive collection of colorful jewelry and caftans. You will find five exhibition rooms here. The first room focuses on the history of jewelry and the manufacturing process. Once you step inside the second room, you will come across the signature Moroccan caftan. The remaining rooms are devoted to jewelry including Mohammed VI’s personal collection of Amazigh jewelry. It will take you around 45 minutes to go through the entire exhibition.

Day 1 - Moorning Rabat Tour Map

Afternoon: Rabat Old Market

In the afternoon, you will have an opportunity to visit the largest outdoor shopping center in the city, aka the Rabat Old Market. Located at the entrance to the medina, this wonderful market was created back in the 12th century by Andalusia Muslim refugees who were escaping from Spain. Nowadays, the market is packed with local vendors offering various types of traditional Moroccan goods. Whether you are looking for handmade tagine pottery, wish to purchase leather foods, or want authentic Moroccan spices, dried foods, fresh fish, and meat, Rabat Old Market offers something for everyone.

Rabat Grand Mosque

Your next stop is the charming Rabat Grand Mosque. Located at the crossing of the streets of Rue Bab Chellah and Souk As Sebbat in the Medina district, the Rabat Grand Mosque was first constructed in the 14th century. See the impressive 33-meter tall minaret and six traditional gates. This mosque also has a beautiful courtyard and a prayer hall. Keep in mind that the inside part of the Rabat Grand mosque is closed to non-Muslims.

Exposition Poupées du Monde (Dolls of the World Exhibition)

The Dolls of the World Museum in Rabat tells the romantic story of Abdeljalil and Marie Michèle Haffar. Michèle was five years old when she got her first doll from her Grandfather. Since then, she became fascinated with dolls and started her own collection. On one of her journeys, Michèle Haffar met Abdeljalil who was also a fan of costumes and dolls. They fell in love and decided to open Exposition Poupées du Monde (Dolls of the World Exhibition) on the ground floor of their house in Rabat. The museum houses a permanent exhibition of more than 2,500 dolls from 90 countries. You will have a chance to see dolls made up of different materials from countries like Morocco, Senegal, Tunis, Austria, France, and Germany.

Rabat Medina

Located just a short walk from Kasbah of the Oudayas, the Medina of Rabat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its narrow streets and whitewashed houses with blue-painted doors, Rabat’s medina is where travelers can experience the real essence of traditional Moroccan culture and get a glimpse of a more authentic life. Here, merchants are selling everything from fresh produce and herbal remedies to pottery, jewelry, and the famous Rabati rugs. When compared to medinas in the towns of Marrakech and Fez, the medina in Rabat is definitely more focused on the local people than on tourists.

Day 1 - Moorning Rabat Tour Map

Day 2

Morning: Mausoleum of Mohammed V

Day 2 of your Rabat travel adventure begins at the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. The stunning marble building serves as the final resting place of King Mohammed V and his son Hassan II. With white marble and a green tiled roof, this lavishly decorated grand tomb is known for its stunning architecture which is a mix of traditional Moroccan and modern styles. The entrance to the museum is free of charge, but you must remember to cover your shoulders and knees before visiting the Mausoleum of Mohammed V.

Hassan Tower

Built in the 12th century, the nearby Hassan Tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most iconic tourist attractions in Rabat. It is actually part of a complex that includes the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. An interesting fact is that the structure was originally planned to be the largest mosque of all Muslim countries. The plan was to build an 86-meter-high tower. However, the project was never completed due to the death of the sultan. Today, you can see a well-preserved 44-meter-high grand mosque with a unique architectural style. When you enter the tower, you can’t help but notice the beautiful Islamic calligraphy. The views of the city from the top of the Hassan Tower are breathtaking.

Nouzhat Hassan Garden

Your next stop is the Nouzhat Hassan Garden. The oldest and largest park in the Moroccan capital, the garden is one of the city’s most iconic green spaces with great ecological diversity. Outdoor enthusiasts will instantly fall in love with this place. The well-maintained garden is adorned with colorful flower beds, ponds, and fountains and contains nice areas for picnics and leisurely walks. Nouzhat Hassan Garden hosts all kinds of events ranging from art exhibitions to festivals. There are nice playgrounds for the little ones and benches, as well as public toilets. A visit to this 4-hectare park is a delightful experience for visitors of all ages.

Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art

Museum lovers visiting Rabat can spend a few hours at the iconic Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. Because of its unusual neo-Moorish style architecture, the building itself is worth checking out. Inside, visitors will find an impressive collection of Moroccan art and temporary exhibits by big-name international artists. The flagship institution for art in Morocco features works from the early 20th century up to contemporary pieces. You will find sculpture, painting, and photography works by prominent local artists such as Farid Belkahia, Hassan Hajjaj, Ahmed Yacoubi, Mohamed Melehi, and Chaïbia Talal. The building is also home to an auditorium, workshops, and gift shops where you can purchase souvenirs from the museum.

Day 2 - Morning Rabat Tour Map

Afternoon: Villa des Arts

In the afternoon, pay a visit to Villa des Arts. Located just a short walk from the modern art museum, this complex is a creative space for literature, cinema, painting, photography, and performing arts. As you walk around the complex, you will notice artworks of local artists such as Gharbaoui , Chaibia Talal, Melehi, Kacimi, Cherkaoui, and many others. In addition to paintings, sculptures, and art installations by Moroccan artists, the gallery houses exhibitions of international artists. It will take you about an hour to explore Villa Des Arts. The typical colonial European villa itself looks spectacular and the beautifully maintained gardens feel secluded from the busy streets.

Museum of History and Civilizations

History lovers and culture vultures will want to spend an hour or two at the Museum of History and Civilization. Reopened after a major renovation, the Museum of History and Civilizations is a world-class archaeological museum in Rabat. It is dedicated exclusively to archaeological collections which are represented chronologically from the prehistoric era to the Islamic era. There is a wonderful collection of ceramics, as well as different artifacts from the Roman settlements at Chellah and Volubilis. Visitors can also look forward to seeing carved stone pillars, skulls, marble plates, and coins. The most famous artifact at the museum is the statue of the Roman Berber King, Juba II. The Archaeological Museum of Rabat is located in the Yacoub Al-Mansour neighborhood in Rabat.

Royal Palace Rabat Morocco (Dar Al Makhzen)

Your next stop on this afternoon walk is the Royal Palace Rabat Morocco. Also known as Dar Al Makhzen, the palace is probably the most prominent landmark in Rabat. The palace was commissioned by Mohammed IV in 1864 and nowadays serves mostly for administrative purposes. With its massive gates and charming gardens, the building looks spectacular from the outside and its breathtaking exterior is definitely worth checking out. The only downside is that the palace still serves as the official office of the king and his family, which means that it is impossible to get inside and check out the cool interiors.

Hassan II Park

End your day in Rabat with a visit to the modern Hassan II Park. With paved trails, designated lanes for walking, a musical water fountain, and lovely basins of flowers, the park is an ideal place to spend an afternoon and enjoy sunset views. Wish to play sports? The park boasts several sports fields for volleyball, basketball, and football. There is even a nice climbing wall.

Day 2 - Afternoon Rabat Tour Map

Day 3

Plage de Salé Ville

Located on the other side of the Bou Regreg River is the small coastal city of Sale. Not overwhelmed by tourists, this authentic Moroccan town is easily reachable from Rabat’s Kasbah of the Oudayas. Cross the river and head out to Plage de Salé Ville, a delightful urban beach that separates the twin cities of Rabat and Salé and offers magnificent views of the Kasbah of the Oudayas.

Sale Medina

Get lost in the labyrinth of alleys in Sale Medina and wander around the small maze of souks. It is much smaller than the famous medinas in Fes and Marrakech, so it won’t take long to explore it. You will find all sorts of goods for sale in the souks ranging from fresh meat and fish to authentic Moroccan trays, plates, coffee pots, and glasses. Thee medina is home to many stalls selling clothing and footwear.

Medersa Merinide

Your last stop in the afternoon is Medersa Merinide, the only medersa still present in the Sale Medina. For those who don’t know, medersa is an educational institution (secular or religious). The entrance to Medersa Merinide is 60 dirhams per person. Step inside to find several floors of rooms that were chambers for the students. There is a nicely decorated lower room with a fountain which was the teaching room. In the back, there is a prayer room. Visitors say there is so much detail in the carvings and tile work and add that the views from the rooftop are amazing.

Day 3 - Rabat Tour Map

Other things to see in Rabat

  • Chellah: Dating back to the sixth century BC, Rabat’s Chellah has finally reopened its doors to the public after years of major renovations. Beloved by many Rabat residents, this cultural and national treasure of Morocco is more than just an archaeological site. History buffs will instantly fall in love with the Chellah and its Roman and Phoenician ruins and serene gardens. Guided tours are available, offering insights into the tales of the Romans, Arabs, and many others who lived here. The Chellah hosts different cultural events and festivals throughout the year including the world-famous Jazz au Chellah festival.

  • Grand Théâtre de Rabat: Morocco is preparing to open the Grand Théâtre de Rabat, a cultural venue of the highest standards. Located between the ancient twin cities of Rabat and Salé, this structure is going to be the largest theater in Africa covering a land area of 47 000 square meters. Shaped like an undulating wave, Grand Théâtre de Rabat will have a 7000-seat theatre, a restaurant that accommodates 350 people, an open-air amphitheater with a capacity of 7,000 visitors, and a smaller 520-seat theatre. When finished, this multicultural venue will host a wide range of events including opera, ballet, philharmonic, and symphony performances.

  • Mohammed VI Tower: Scheduled to open in 2024, the 55-story Mohammed VI Tower is the tallest in Africa. Visitors will find a luxury hotel, high-end apartments, offices, and a beautiful observation terrace inside this 250-meter-high tower. All of these units are accessible via 40 lifts. An interesting fact is that the Mohammed VI Tower can be seen from a distance of over 50 kilometers.

  • Bab Lamrissa (Bab el-Mrissa): Located in the nearby city of Salé, Bab el-Mrissa is a fortified gate and one of the main entrances to the city’s medina. Dating back to the 13th century, it is actually one of the oldest gates in the country. The gate itself looks spectacular with beautiful decorations. Visitors will notice decorative sculptures, as well as writings from the Qu'ran on the gate.

  • Bab El Had: No visit to Rabat is complete without stopping by Bab El Had, one of the most famous historical gates of the city. With its beautiful ornaments, the gate looks amazing and is definitely worth checking out while visiting Rabat. Built in the 12th century in the era of the Almohad state, this well-preserved city gate is located close to the central food market in downtown Rabat. An interesting fact is that in the Arabic language, El Had stands for “the edge of the sword”. The reason why they named it El Had, is because back in the day murderers were executed in front of this gate.

  • Rabat Beach: While you are in the neighborhood, visit the nearby Rabat Beach. It is a nice place to sit and enjoy the views of the lighthouse and the Atlantic Ocean. There are a few local vendors selling everything from peanuts to donuts on the beach.

  • Botanical Garden (Jardins d’Essai Botaniques): Nature lovers visiting Rabat can explore the beautiful Botanical Garden. Jardins d’Essai Botaniques were created at the beginning of the 20th century by the French Protectorate and the sultan Moulay Hafid. After years of neglect, the gardens were finally reopened by King Mohammed VI in 2013. Known for his garden design work in France and Spain, the world-famous garden architect Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier was in charge of the design of the Botanical Garden. Today, the garden is home to an incredible array of plant species with 600 different species of plants and more than 1,000 varieties. It is a perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and experience peace and tranquility. Visitors will also have an opportunity to learn more about different flowers and plants.

  • The As-Sunna Mosque: Visit the As-Sunna Mosque, located in the heart of Rabat's old medina. This historic mosque dates back centuries to the early days of Islam in Morocco. The mosque's facade captivates visitors with its elaborate geometric designs and ornate arches.

  • St. Peter's Cathedral: Make your way to St. Peter's Cathedral in Rabat. The work of architect Adrien Laforgue, this Catholic cathedral was commissioned during the French occupation of Morocco in the early 20th century. Still in service, it is the seat of the Catholic Archdiocese of Rabat. Combining elements of Neo-Gothic design with local Moroccan influences, the building looks modern with two towers that resemble classic minarets.

  • Plage de Témara: Located just a short drive from the center of Rabat, Plage de Témara is a beautiful beach that attracts both surfers and sunbathers in summer. Due to the dangerous rips on this beach, swimmers should be cautious when entering the water. If you are planning to visit in the afternoon, stick around to experience probably the best sunset views in Rabat. The easiest way to reach Plage de Témara is by hopping on bus number 33 from Bab al Had.

  • Bab Rouah Gate: You will find Bab Rouah Gate close to the Royal Palace. Also known as the “Gate of the Winds”, the gate was completed in the 12th century and remains largely intact. Of all of the five entrance gates in Rabat, Bab Rouah Gate is the most majestic one. Today, this square gate building has a small art gallery that you can visit on weekdays.

  • Lighthouse Rabat: No visit to Rabat is complete without stopping by the tall, white Lighthouse Rabat to snap a photo. You will find this 31-meter-high round structure with a gallery and a working light on Boulevard Mokhtar Gazoulit. Built in 1920, the lighthouse is actually still active and serves to warn ships that they are approaching the shore.

Day trips from Rabat

  • Casablanca: Morocco’s biggest city, Casablanca makes for a great day trip from Rabat. It will take you about an hour by car to reach this bustling metropolitan city on the Atlantic coast. Compared to Rabat, Casablanca receives more tourists. The city is definitely worth visiting because of its popular tourist attractions such as the charming Hassan II Mosque and the vibrant Corniche. Explore the small medina, enjoy nature at the Arab League Park, and go on a shopping spree in Morocco Mall. Museum lovers will want to spend a few hours at the Museum of Moroccan Judaism and the Abderrahman Slaoui Foundation Museum. The legendary Rick’s Café in Casablanca is where you want to unwind with a refreshing drink.

  • Meknes: It will take you about 2 hours to reach Meknes from Rabat. One of the country’s imperial cities, this scenic hilltop town is best known for its mix of Islamic and European architectural styles. Don’t miss popular tourist attractions such as Bab Mansour and the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail. The city is made up of the old (medina) and the new ville nouvelle. Visit The Dar Jamai Museum to see historical ceramics, jewelry, and costumes, view the Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, and get lost in Meknes medina, a vibrant place full of local shopping souks and twisty alleys. Visitors can also visit Bou Inania Medersa and climb up to the green-tiled rooftop for spectacular views of the entire Meknes Medina district.

  • Roman Ruins in Volubilis: Located about 30km north of Meknes among lush green rolling hills, Volubilis is the best-preserved archaeological site in the country. The most impressive part of this Unesco World Heritage site are the jaw-dropping mosaics. The best way to visit the archaeological site is by hiring a specialized guide who will walk you around the well-preserved remains. Official guides typically hang out at the entrance to the site and offer one-hour-long tours. You can also stop by the Volubilia-Domaine de la Zouina winery for a 4-hour tour which includes wine tasting and lunch. Call ahead to reserve.

  • Chefchaouen: It will take you about 4 hours to reach Chefchaouen from Rabat, but this picturesque mountain city is definitely worth the long drive. Known as the “Blue Pearl”, Chefchaouen is known for its narrow streets lined with blue-painted houses. It is an ideal place to wander and take photos, as the whole city seems to be painted in azure. For lunch, book a table at Bab Ssour and try some of their signature dishes such as lamb tajine, mrozia, kefta, and beef legs with chickpeas.

  • Kasbah of Mehdia (30 km from Rabat): Pay a visit to the nearby city of Kenitra to see this jaw-dropping fortress. Nestled on a rocky 70-meter-high hill on the left bank of the Sebou River, the Kasbah of Mehdia offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, the harbor, and Lake Sidi Boughaba. In addition to defensive structures, the well-preserved fortress is home to the remains of several monuments including areas for holding prayers and hammams. Kasbah of Mehdia is the most popular tourist attraction in Kenitra. It will take you about an hour by car to reach the fortress from Rabat.

Rabat golf courses

  • Dar Es Salam Royal Golf Club: Located in a beautiful oak forest just 15 minutes from Rabat city center, this luxurious golf club is home to 3 courses with a total of 45 holes. If you are a professional golfer, we recommend the red course which has 18 holes. The green course features 9 holes and is suitable for both beginners and experienced golfers. There is also the entertaining 18-hole blue golf course surrounded by greenery, trees, and shrubs. Dar Es Salam Royal Golf Club features a clubhouse, restaurant, and a pro shop.

  • Plage des Nations Golf City: Designed by world-famous golfer Colin Montgomerie, the visually striking 18-hole golf course is a very interesting technical course with a linear layout. It is spread across 7,401 square meters and surrounded by shimmering lakes, hillsides, and forest-lined fairways. The golf course is actually situated within a luxurious beachfront resort in Sidi Bouqnadel. It will take you about 45 minutes by car to reach Plage des Nations Golf City from Rabat.

Things to do with kids in Rabat

  • National Zoo Rabat Morocco: If you are visiting Rabat with your kids, a visit to the National Zoo Rabat Morocco is simply a must. The Zoological Garden of Rabat is home to over 150 species represented by nearly 2,000 animals. Each species of these animals lives in open spaces that are designed to be similar to their natural habitat. The zoo is divided into different sections. Take your children to the African Savannah where they will have a chance to see zebras, rhinos, and giraffes. The Atlas Mountain showcases species native to Morocco like the Atlas Lion. To see birds and reptiles, make your way to the Tropical Forest. In addition to animals, the zoo offers a range of facilities such as picnic spots, children’s play areas, and restaurants in case you get hungry after enjoying the beauty of the natural world.

  • Mega Mall Rabat: Take the little ones to the Mega Mall, a shopping center located on Zaers Road in Rabat. One of the most popular malls in the capital of Morocco, the Mega Mall provides visitors with shopping, entertainment, and plenty of dining options. It contains several major international brands offering everything from home furnishings and clothing to jewelry, footwear, and accessories. Expect to find world-famous brands such as Chanel, Guerlain, and Darphin. The complex offers many recreational facilities including a bowling alley, cinemas, fitness centers, and ice rinks. On the lower level, you will find a food court that offers delicious Middle Eastern, Italian, European, and Mexican dishes.

  • Ibn Sina forest: Characterized by its green spaces and pine trees, Ibn Sina forest is one of the best nature spots to visit with children in Rabat. You will find in it the district of Haul Agdal, just outside the city gates. The forest has a variety of leisure areas for kids including a mini skate park, table tennis tables, soccer fields, and playgrounds.

Where to eat in Rabat

  • Le Dhow: Located just a stone’s throw from the Kasbah des Oudayas, Le Dhow is a boat restaurant docked on the shores of Rabat. This fine dining establishment focuses on European, Moroccan, and Mediterranean cuisine. In addition to delicious food, the restaurant hosts live music performances, karaoke sets, and DJs. Order the fried calamari with tartar sauce or go for the seafood risotto. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list and enjoy beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors with a sweet tooth should definitely try their apple pie.

  • Al Marsa: If you are in the mood for freshly caught seafood and fish while staying in Rabat, look no further than Al Marsa. The restaurant is located on the new marina between Rabat and Sale right on the water’s edge. The river views are amazing and so is the food. Tuna tartare melts in your mouth and the baby squid is fabulous. Paella is very good and the portion is for 2 people. To try a bit of everything, order the seafood platter. The staff at Al Marsa is extremely kind and speaks French, Spanish, English, and Arabic.

  • Chez Chihab: Searching for a reasonably priced restaurant in Rabat? Located close to the Hassan Tower, Chez Chihab is a hidden gem that offers tasty Moroccan cuisine. For starters, get the lentil stew or order the Moroccan salad which includes onions, olive oil, cucumbers, and finely sliced tomatoes. The chicken tagine is beyond delicious, as well as the mixed grill platter. You should also try their aromatic homemade chili sauce if you're a fan of spicy foods.

  • Dar Naji: For sunset views and authentic Moroccan dishes, make your way to Dar Naji. Located near Ban Al Had just outside the Medina, this traditional Moroccan restaurant is a great place to feast on dishes such as Turkey skewers, tajine, and tride. It is a perfect restaurant for visitors who like grilled meats.

  • Ty Potes: Ty Potes is a French dining establishment that offers a blend of Brittany and Moroccan cuisine. Their adorable garden in the Hassan neighborhood in Rabat provides an ideal setting for a memorable dining experience. On the menu, you will find salads, sandwiches, meats, cheeses, crepes, and sausages imported from Europe. The restaurant also has an alcohol license, offering a fair selection of wines and beers.

Where to stay in Rabat

  • Fairmont La Marina Rabat Sale Hotel And Residences (5 stars): The Fairmont La Marina Rabat Sale Hotel And Residences, located along Rabat and Sale's picturesque coastline, offers luxurious retreats with modern architecture, panoramic views, spacious rooms, dining, and state-of-the-art leisure facilities.

  • Sofitel Rabat Jardin des Roses (5 stars):  Conveniently located in the heart of Rabat, this spacious, modern hotel provides a wide choice of amenities. With a spacious spa, two outdoor pools, and two lively bars, guests have plenty of options for relaxation and entertainment. You can also wander around a lovely garden inspired by Moorish style. Right nearby, you can see the Royal Palace and Sultan Mohammed V's Mausoleum. And if you fancy exploring, you can walk to the ancient Kasbah and Medina in about 10 minutes. The spa offers some special treatments as well as a hammam, sauna, hot tub, yoga, and pilates studio.

  • Euphoriad (4 stars): Book your stay at Euphoriad, a luxurious eight-room boutique hotel located in the heart of Rabat’s Medina. Chic and contemporary, the rooms are beautifully decorated and equipped with everything needed for a comfortable stay. Whether you wish to relax in the hammam, swim in the adorable rooftop pool, or read a book on the sun terrace, there is plenty to look forward to when staying at this traditional-style hotel.

  • Dar Shâan (3 stars):  Located within Rabat's historic medina, Dar Shâan riad offers modern artwork, vivid colour schemes, and attentive service. The riad features a massage room, library, hammam, as well as a small rooftop pool and terrace with breathtaking views of Salé and Rabat. Guests can unwind in the peaceful courtyard while savouring delicious Moroccan cuisine. Each of the 11 guest rooms has a unique design that blends modern art, vibrant colours, and traditional architecture.

  • Riad Zyo (3 starts): Located in a quiet alley just a short walk from the heart of the Medina, Riad Zyo is a traditional riad that has been modernized to a high standard. This typical Moroccan house features a beautiful courtyard, a small garden, and a plunge pool. Guests can also enjoy the riad's rooftop terrace and hammam facilities.

The best time to visit Rabat

Rabat in general makes for an excellent destination to visit year-round. However, spring and autumn offer the best weather with pleasant temperatures and a low chance of rain. Summers in Rabat are known to be hot and humid, while the winter season sees the most rainfall making it difficult to explore the tourist attractions. It is also worth mentioning that summer is the peak season here in Rabat. Therefore, to immerse yourself in the local culture and avoid large crowds of tourists, we recommend visiting Rabat in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).

Rabat Festivals

  • Mawazine: A Moroccan International music festival dedicated to World Music, Mawazine is the biggest music event in the country. In 2018, more than 1 million people came to Rabat to enjoy the Mawazine music festival. World-renowned artists such as Jason Derulo, Maroon 5, and Stevie Wonder regularly perform at the festival.

  • The Rabat-Comedy International Film Festival: The city of Rabat is also known for its annual film festival which is exclusively dedicated to comedy. The festival is all about screenings of short comedy films from around the world. There are also training sessions, comedy master classes, and meet-and-greet events with comedy film directors and actors.

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