As a melting pot of history, culture, and cuisine, Morocco continues to captivate travellers worldwide.
Despite being the nation’s capital, Rabat remains an undiscovered gem, offering visitors an unforgettable experience steeped in Moroccan traditions and modern elegance.
Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012, Rabat is the ideal destination for your 2023 travel bucket list. Discover five compelling reasons to make Rabat your next adventure, with the luxurious Fairmont La Marina Rabat Salé as your lavish retreat.
1. Indulge in Rabat’s Premier Luxury Hotel
The Fairmont La Marina Rabat-Salé sets the gold standard for luxurious accommodations in Rabat. Situated at the confluence of the Bouregreg River and the Atlantic Ocean, this majestic property offers stunning views of the ancient Kasbah, particularly at sunset while enjoying a glass of exclusive, locally-sourced wine.
Featuring 186 exquisitely-designed rooms, including 27 suites, this hotel is a testament to Morocco’s rich heritage and contemporary flair.
Unwind at the Fairmont Spa, where you can indulge in ancestral treatments and rituals rooted in Moroccan traditions. Rates at Fairmont La Marina Rabat Salé begin at 3200 MAD.
2. Explore Rabat’s Storied Past and Vibrant Present
Rabat’s distinctive blend of historic charm and modernity is evident in its architectural landmarks.
UNESCO recognized Rabat’s outstanding universal value in 2012, noting its unique juxtaposition of the French-built new town from the early 20th century and historic sites dating back to the 12th century.
Marvel at the 12th-century Hassan Tower and the medieval necropolis of Chellah, which showcase Rabat’s prestigious past. In contrast, the magnificent Mohammed VI Tower in nearby Salé and the soon-to-be-largest Grand Theatre of Rabat exemplify the city’s bright future.
3. Traverse the Ancient Medina and Kasbah of the Udayas
A visit to Rabat is incomplete without exploring Medina, one of the city’s oldest districts. Stroll through its narrow streets, discovering an array of artisanal treasures, such as handwoven carpets and embroidered fabrics, in a serene shopping atmosphere unique to Rabat.
The 12th-century Kasbah of the Udayas, located in the city’s heart, offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Bouregreg River. Unwind in the tranquil Andalusian Gardens or savour authentic Moroccan tea and pastries at the renowned Café Maure.
4. Embark on a Culinary Adventure
Guests of Fairmont La Marina Rabat-Salé can relish a variety of exquisite dining experiences that celebrate Moroccan hospitality. At “Le Dahlia,” experience a modern twist on traditional Moroccan and Oriental cuisine amid a sophisticated yet lively atmosphere.
For a unique dining experience, head to “Le Deck,” a rooftop oasis offering 360° panoramic views and a Nikkei-inspired sharing menu. “L’Ecume,” a French brasserie, showcases farm-to-table cooking using the finest local ingredients.
Venture into Rabat’s Medina to find enchanting Riads serving authentic Moroccan dishes, perfect for sharing. The hotel’s partnership with Riad Kalaa offers guests an exclusive Moroccan tasting menu.
5. Delve into Morocco’s Rich History and Culture
Immerse yourself in Morocco’s captivating history and culture at Rabat’s world-class museums. Recently refurbished, the National Museum of Finery displays an impressive collection of jewellery and clothing from various Moroccan regions, including the world’s oldest known piece of jewellery – the 150,000-year-old Bizmoun necklace – and 350 items gifted by King Mohammed VI himself.
The Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art opened in 2014 and houses an extensive collection of artwork and sculptures from both Moroccan and international artists. As the first large-scale museum built in Morocco since its independence from France in 1956, it frequently hosts international exhibitions.
Additional must-see attractions include the National Photography Museum, the Archaeological Museum, and the Currency Museum of the Bank Al-Maghrib.
These institutions provide a comprehensive look at Morocco’s fascinating history, culture, and artistic achievements, making Rabat an unforgettable destination for your 2023 travel bucket list.
In conclusion, Rabat offers a captivating blend of historical charm, modern sophistication, and delectable cuisine, making it the perfect addition to your 2023 travel plans.
With the luxurious Fairmont La Marina Rabat Salé as your base, you’ll be well-equipped to experience the best that Morocco’s capital has to offer. From ancient landmarks and tranquil gardens to world-class museums and culinary adventures, Rabat promises an unforgettable journey for all who visit.