Rabat is the capital of the Moroccan Kingdom since the French protectorate ended in 1952. It attracts diplomats, tourists and photographers due to its history, culture and beautiful setting alongside the Atlantic Ocean. CNN even ranked Rabat second on the Top Travel Destination of 2012. That same year, Raba is included into the UNESCO World Heritage site in the cultural category.
What to photographs in Rabat?
The Kasbah Udayas
The Kasbah Udayas was built during the XII century and is the number one touristic place in Rabat.
Going through the streets of the fortress, you will find yourself at the top of the Kasbah with a great view over the Atlantic Ocean, the beach and part of the city.
The construction of the tower began in 1195. Intended to be the tallest minaret and the largest mosque in the world at the time, the construction never finished after the death of the Sultan Yacub Al-Mansour in 1199. To this day, the Tower is still incomplete which can be seen by the 200 columns left untouched.
Mausoleum Mohammed V
Completed in 1971, the mausoleum contains the tomb of the King and his two sons, King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah. Considered today to be one of the most important shrines in the Kingdom, the site is open to non-Islamic people, as long as you dress correctively, covering the shoulders and the knees. Avoid coming between 12-2 pm, due to midday prayers.
Oldest part of the city, you will find in the medina traditional shops and cafes, as well as craft shops selling carpets or leather accessories. The medina of Rabat is a pleasure to walk through, much more relax than the others cities in the Kingdom.