Medina and Kasbah Walk (Self Guided), Rabat

Rabat is a very popular tourist destination in Morocco. It has two main parts, the Old Walled City with the marvelous Kasbah des Oudayas, Medina and others. There is also the Ville Nouvelle or the New City with the Royal Palace and fascinating buildings of modern architecture. Take the walk below to see the most amazing attractions in Old Rabat.
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Medina and Kasbah Walk Map

Guide Name: Medina and Kasbah Walk
Guide Location: Morocco » Rabat (See other walking tours in Rabat)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: alice
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Bab El Had
  • Moulay Silmane Mosque
  • Grand Mosque
  • Rabat Medina
  • Bab Oudaia
  • Oudayas Museum and Andalusian Gardens
  • Kasbah Mosque
  • Plateforme du Sémaphore
  • Rabat Lighthouse
Bab El Had

1) Bab El Had

Bab El Had is one of the five gates built within the walls of the Old Rabat. The gate is well preserved and looks very beautiful with fascinating ornaments on it. It has several entries and is also called the “Sunday Gate”. The name comes from the Sunday Market that was near this gate for a long time. Near this gate is the Marche Central, the best and biggest food and flowers market in Rabat. Within one of the gate’s rooms is a photo exhibition.
Moulay Silmane Mosque

2) Moulay Silmane Mosque

Moulay Silmane Mosque is located within Rabat’s Medina and was built by Moulay Slimane Sultan in 1812. The mosque is very beautiful and well known in the city. The Moulay Slimane Sultan was mostly famous for halting diplomatic relations with Europe during his reign.
Grand Mosque

3) Grand Mosque

The Grand Mosque is also located within Rabat’s Medina and it was built by Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah in the 18th century. Since then, the mosque was renovated several times. It is very beautiful in its decorations and its Minaret dominates the city.
Rabat Medina

4) Rabat Medina (must see)

Medina is the oldest part of the city of Rabat and also the most visited and popular part amongst tourists. The neighbourhood is really colourful, with many examples of traditional architecture, life style, markets and shopping streets, mosques and other beautiful and interesting attractions.
Bab Oudaia

5) Bab Oudaia (must see)

Bab Oudaia is believed to be the most beautiful gate in Rabat. It marks the entrance to the Kasbah des Oudaias and it is immense with outstanding ornaments on it. The purpose of the gate while it was being built was mainly ceremonial. The gate was built by Almohad Sultan, Yacoub al Mansour, in 1195. It is located next to the Andalusian Gardens. Kasbah des Oudaias was built during the 12th century by Almohad Caliphate and it was their fortress. They also built a royal palace and a mosque, the oldest one in Rabat. The architecture within is traditional, and there are some other attractions like a small market and some galleries.
Oudayas Museum and Andalusian Gardens

6) Oudayas Museum and Andalusian Gardens (must see)

Oudayas Museum and Andalusian Gardens is the most visited place in Rabat. It is an outstanding piece of old Rabat architecture, culture and view. The museum shows the history of Rabat and its art works. The Gardens are located just next to the Kasbah des Oudayas. It is a very pleasant and beautiful park with a lot of flowers, roses, fruit trees and wide alleys and it is also very popular among locals, especially women. The garden was built by Tranchant De Lunel architect, under French rule, back in the 1920s. Next to the garden there is a very pleasant café. The museum works Wednesday- Monday from 9 am to 4:30 pm.
Kasbah Mosque

7) Kasbah Mosque (must see)

Kasbah Mosque is the oldest mosque in Rabat; it was built in 1050 by the Almohad Caliphate. Back in the 18th century the mosque was renovated. It is still working and is a well preserved, beautiful architectural structure. It is open only to Muslims.
Plateforme du Sémaphore

8) Plateforme du Sémaphore

Plateforme du Sémaphore is located in Kasbah des Oudaïas right at the end of Rue Jamaa. It is an open place above the river and there is an impressive view over it and over Sale across the river. It is very popular with couples and it is a great place to visit on a sunny day. Back in the day, it was a great place to defend the fortress.
Rabat Lighthouse

9) Rabat Lighthouse

Rabat has a lighthouse. It is located on Boulevard Mokhtar Gazoulit and is still active. The lighthouse is impressive; it is a white round structure with a gallery and a working light. The Rabat lighthouse was built in 1920 and is 31 meters high.

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