Join us for a 10-hour day trip from Casablanca to the nearby city of Rabat, where a charming old medina and an array of historical sites, monuments and museums await you. Accompanied by a licensed guide, you’ll visit sites such as the Royal palace, the Chellah, the Mohamed V Mausoleum, and more as you learn about Rabat’s rich history. Founded in the 12th century as a fortified town, today Rabat is Morocco’s political capital and diplomatic administrative center.
Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel, cruise ship dock, or other location specified by you.
Approximately 1 hour 5 minutes via A1
Occupied by the royal family, its large ornamental gate is guarded by ceremonial guards dressed in white and red. The palace is a complex of houses and offices of the cabinet, the prime minister and other administrative officials. Only the Mechouar can be visited by tourists; it’s a large, open space where each year Moroccans representatives from all Morocco come to pay their allegiance to the king.
The Chellah is located about two kilometers from the central station. It is one of the mystical and enchanting places of Rabat. It is a mixture of architecture, nature, cats and marabouts. The Chellah sums up the complicated history of the region. Excavations have revealed a series of strata dating back to the early 5th century BCE. Mauritanian, Phoenicians, Romans and Merinides all left their mark before the Chellah became ruins and a necropolis visited by tourists.
This site is famous for its 300 columns and incomplete mosque tower, a building project begun by Sultan Yacoub el Mansour but left unfinished upon his death.
This famous site, built by the Vietnamese architect Eric van Taan, was inaugurated in 1971 on the opposite side of the minaret behind the columns of the unfinished mosque. A masterpiece of traditional Moroccan architecture, it features a wall in zellige and a precious wood dome with gold leaves, all made by Moroccan artisans.
To reinforce the strategic place formed by the mouth of the river Bouregreg, the Almoravid Emir Tachfin ibn Ali erected the Kasbah between 1136 and 1145. It turned out that this Kasbah was built on another one. The Kasbah then became a military gathering camp to prepare for the holy war in Spain. Then, in 1150, Abdelmoumen built the El Atiq Mosque, a palace and buildings for the kasbah’s armies. The Kasbah is protected by a powerful wall. Today we can stroll in the Andalusia garden against the bottom away from the outside tumult. This is an area for cat lovers.