Definitely! It doesn’t evoke that exotic image of Marrakesh nor our somewhat delusional romantic notion of Casablanca but Rabat is a pleasant surprise and worthy of a visit if you are planning trip to northern Morocco .
Although not its largest city, Rabat is Morocco’s capital and ‘Royal City’. Known nowadays as the ‘Washington’ of North Africa, because of its parks, boulevards, monuments, embassies and government buildings, Rabat is also the seat of the Royal Family.
In truth, Morocco is a safe place to visit. There’s only really small crime there (scams and pickpockets) and you’re unlikely to be assaulted or seriously hurt as a tourist in the country. Morocco is super safe for tourists now.
Tram. The smart and efficient Rabat -Salé tramway (www.tram-way.ma) system is an excellent way to get around Rabat . Line 1 runs along Ave Hassan II next to the medina, detouring past the Hassan Tower to Bab Lamrissa next to the Salé medina and then on to Hassan II.
The best time to visit Morocco is during spring (mid- March to May ) or fall ( September to October ). The weather is warm but pleasant, unlike the cold temperatures and snow of winter, or the scorching heat of summer.
But the key differences between Marrakech and Fes can be distilled this way: where Fes is traditional, Marrakech is more cosmopolitan. Where Marrakech is loud, warm, and friendly, Fes is more shy, reserved, and less accustomed to tourists.
Despite its economic progress, 4 million Moroccans remain in poverty and live on less than $4 a day. Poverty in Morocco remains an issue. Recognizing the poverty crisis in Morocco is essential to alleviating it; such a feat is possible through providing facts about poverty in Morocco to the public.
Although Muslims are forbidden to drink alcohol , Morocco is a moderate Islamic country and you are likely to feel free to drink in moderation in private or where alcohol is being served. In medinas alcohol cannot be purchased in shops, although many riads and hotels offer it.
Cultural Guidelines: Moroccan men don’t usually wear shorts . However, as tourists, it will be fine for you to wear shorts . If you want to fit in a little better, then you could consider packing long pants. Weather Guidelines: For most of the year, pants won’t be too hot.
It’s very uncommon and frowned on to show a lot of affection in public. Holding hands in Morocco is fine. A hug here or there, a stolen kiss all fine in most situations. The more rural you are the more frowned on public displays of affection are.
11 Things Tourists Should Never Eat or Drink in Morocco Snails. If you aren’t a fan of going out of your comfort zone when it comes to food, you better steer clear of the snails. Cookies from carts. Often when walking down the street in Morocco you’ll spot a nice cart full of traditional cookies. Street food vendors. Fruit and vegetables. Buffets.
Unmarried couples are allowed to share hotel rooms providing they both are non-morrocan, as evidenced by your passport. It is no problems, if you are not Moroccan , to be in the same room .
Casablanca is a much bigger and more ebullient city with more nightlife and places to go out. Culture-wise, it has the renowned Hassan II mosque and the colonial “art-deco” city center. Rabat is smaller, cleaner, quieter, and more traditional.
Family of four estimated monthly costs are 1,658.55$ (14,826.23MAD) without rent. A single person estimated monthly costs are 463.09$ (4,139.69MAD) without rent. Rabat is 62.05% less expensive than New York (without rent).
The most prosperous areas to live in the city are Agdal, Hay Riad and Souissi; the latter is a residential neighborhood located a little outside of Rabat itself.