I finally visited my 6th continent, Africa, with my trip to Morocco. My tour included 4 cities: Fes, Rabat, Marrakesh, and Casablanca. I had my eye on Morocco for a long time, and was drawn to the exotic architecture, delicious cuisine, and layers of history from Roman to Arab to Berber to Andalucían to French. When I spotted an inexpensive all-inclusive tour with Gate 1, I was there. The first stop was Rabat, the capital city of Morocco. If you think Rabat is only the political and administrative center, you are in for a pleasant surprise.
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Rabat is the city where you can get photos with the traditional Moroccan guards, walk the Kasbah, and photograph the ruins of Chellah all in the same day. While it is not as touristy as Marrakesh, it is filled with impressive historic sights. It is one of four Imperial cities of Morocco, and the medina of Rabat is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Here are the top 3 places to photograph in Rabat:
1. Chellah - Walk through the scenic gardens filled with palms, pomegranate trees and friendly cats and discover Roman Ruins and 13th C Mosque.
2. Mausoleum of Mohammed V
A richly ornate mausoleum where we photograph the Moroccan Architecture and guards (one of the only places where you can take photos with the guards). The mausoleum looks like a palace, with a traditional Moroccan green roof, marble floors, Islamic calligraphy etched into the facade, and extravagant mosaic tiles. In fact, it was nicknamed the Taj Mahal of Morocco.
3. Kasbah of the Udayas
Also known as Kasbah les Oudaias, this is the most picturesque part of Rabat. The Kasbah has beautiful alleyways with whitewashed and blue walls, lines with picturesque shops. With each turn down the alleys, we saw something new: cats, Moroccan doors, pastry shops. It is best to visit with a guide so you don't get lost. There are also scenic views of the Bouregreg River and the Andalusian Gardens.
What are your favorite places to photograph in Rabat?
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