Morocco Journals

Rabat Sights

A January 2007 trip to Morocco by Heather F

Tour Hassan Photo, Rabat, Morocco More Photos
Quote: Tour Hassan, the Chellah, Kasbah, Oudayas and the medina are just some of Rabat's attractions.

81/2

Restaurant

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Although 81/2 (eight and a half) has Italian dishes such as pizza and pasta, it also has a range of meat and fish dishes such as duck with apple and potato and steak with vegetables. Main course cost between 180 and 240 Dh. Desserts include tiramasu and panna cotta. There are specials available on Friday and Saturday evenings and displayed desserts such as lemon meringue pie and apple tart. Both wines and beer (local and international) are available. Wines are from 150 Dh per bottle. I have eaten at this restaurant many times and continue to go back on a regular basis.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 11, 2007

Kasbah des Oudaias

Attraction | "Kasbah Oudayas"

Kasbah des Oudaias Photo, Rabat, Morocco
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This is the old, vehicle-less part of town where the stone steps in the alleys are curved in the centre because of the thousands of footsteps trod on them over time. These alleys wend their way among the whitewashed houses with blue trim, with red geraniums, and crimson bougainvillea providing a colour contrast. What out for the Galerie d'Art Nouiga and its regularly changing exhibition while close by is a look out over the Bouregreg River and Sale on the other side. For a respite from the mad traffic, visit the Andulusian Gardens, a real oasis where plants thrive while surrounded by four thick earthen walls.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 10, 2007

Kasbah des Oudaias
north of Medina area
Rabat, Morocco

Tour Hassan

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Attraction

Tour Hassan Photo, Rabat, Morocco
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Tour Hassan, or Tower of Hassan, is the 44-metre high uncompleted mosque minaret which begun in the late 1100s. Even though it is nearly 20 metres short of the desired height, the details of its intricate carving can still be clearly seen today, 800 years later. Good views over the Rabat medina and kasbah, the BouRegreg river, and the more traditional town of Sale, can be seen from the nearby viewpoints. The large courtyard in front of the minaret is dotted by the remains of the pillars from the unfinished mosque that was destroyed in 1755 by the earthquake that also destroyed Lisbon. Although home to pigeons today, the earthen walls still circle the complex, but are starting to show signs of wear and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 10, 2007

Tour Hassan

Rabat, Morocco

Chellah

Attraction

Chellah Photo, Rabat, Morocco
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In the madhouse that is sometimes Rabat, the Chellah provides a peaceful oasis, a quiet escape. Once an ancient Roman city, today it is a series of crumbling ruins, although the surrounding earthen walls are relatively intact. In between the rambling gardens and blocks of stone from Roman columns and buildings, are the remains of an Islamic complex - minaret from the mosque, tombs and some zellij (tiled mosaics). See students who come to study, couples who visit for a quiet chat, or families who come to see the eels, or women who come to feed them. The complex is also home to many storks who clacking beaks sometimes disturb the quiet as they sit atop nest on any high point. Watch out for the many cats...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 11, 2007

Chellah
Ave Yacoub al-Mansour
Rabat, Morocco

Rabat Medina

Attraction

Rue de Consul Photo, Rabat, Morocco
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If bargaining is new to you, or the thought of persistent touts is off-putting, then shopping in the Rabat medina is for you. It is a gentle introduction to the Moroccan shopping experience, where often you have to chase the shopkeepers to get a price rather than the reverse.The tourist shops are centred along rue de Consul, once home to consulates of many countries. Today it is home to carpet shops, leather shops, shops with Berber jewellery, fossils, pottery, fabric, spices, dried fruit, paintings and lots of shoes. Some rough prices:Babouches (leather slippers) 40 Dh per pairPouffe (Leather stools) 200 DhSilver jewellery is sold by weightCarpets cost fro...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 12, 2007

Terres des Femmes Pottery Shop Photo, Rabat, Morocco
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Yesterday I visited the pottery shop, Terres des femmes (Women of the Earth) at Sale, just across the river from Rabat.This pottery shop sells traditional pottery, hand-made by village women in northern Morocco who have been encouraged to produce traditional pottery by a volunteer group behind the project. These same volunteers not only run the shop, but also drive to these often remote villages to collect the pottery.Using the available soil, the pottery has a natural feel and is usually decorated in brown and black geometric designs. Completely natural, these dyes come from ground up leaves and rocks and are painted onto the pots with a donkey hair that acts as a paint brush....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 23, 2007

Terres des Femmes Pottery Shop

Rabat, Morocco