When you first visit Hassan Tower, you may think to yourself, what are all these columns, is it a ruin? Hassan Tower is in fact, the minaret to an incomplete mosque. Back in the 12th century this was to be the largest mosque in the world. Additionally, Hassan Tower was to be the tallest minaret in the world. Today, it’s one of the top things to do in Rabat Morocco and it also offers panoramic views over Kasbah of the Udayas.
Adjacent to Hassan Tower is the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. You may wonder, who is Mohammed V? He was a 20th century Sultan and King of Morocco. You’re welcome to visit the mausoleum which is protected by royal guards on horses. As a matter of fact, you can photograph the royal guards as well as the interior of the mausoleum.
Kasbah of the Udayas
I have to make a note to photographers that a visit to Kasbah of the Udayas will guarantee brilliant photos! Chefchaouen is the Moroccan city famous for its blue buildings, however, you’ll also find several blue buildings on the narrow streets of the Kasbah of the Udayas. For this reason, Kasbah of the Udayas is a top Instagram spot in Rabat. You’ll also see girls dressed up posing in front of the blue buildings on these narrow streets. Finally, the history of this kasbah dates back to the 12 century.
Rabat is one of the better cities to visit in Morocco because there are not so many people heckling and pushing to sell you things like in other Moroccan cities such as Marrakech or Fes. Consequently, you can enjoy a peaceful trip to the Medina. Some more good news is that the Medina of Rabat is not such a maze so it’s unlikely you’ll get lost either.
Chellah is a Medieval Fortress and Necropolis. A visit to Chellah is essentially a visit to an abandoned city. The ancient city of Chellah was abandoned almost 1000 years ago!
Royal Palace of Rabat
Officially known as Dar al-Makhzen, the Royal Palace of Rabat Morocco is the residence of the King. You could just view the exterior but if you plan in advance it’s possible to explore its gardens. Unfortunately, you cannot enter the actual palace.
How to get from Rabat to Agadir
CTM bus from Rabat to Agadir – 255 Dirhams
To get to Agadir by land you must take a bus from the CTM bus station in Rabat. I bought my ticket online, the only problem with buying online is that you must buy it 3 days in advance. You can buy a ticket from the ticket office in Rabat closer to your travel date though. I took the 9.45pm bus which arrived in Agadir bus station at 6am the following morning. CTM provide a modern bus service similar to that of Europe.
Additionally, you can walk up to the Oufella ruins which might not be a good idea in the heat. For this reason, I recommend taking a taxi which are very cheap. The view of the city from the top is amazing and sunset is the best time to go. Another interesting place away from the promenade is the Souk, if you enjoy shopping then you must visit.
How to get from Agadir to Dakhla
CTM overnight bus from Agadir to Dakhla – 395 Dirham
The bus from Agadir to Dakhla takes 20 hours. It leaves from Agadir CTM bus station and you can buy your ticket there or online in advance. Throughout the journey, the bus stops quite often as the passengers in this part of the world have a strong need to pray as well as clean their feet. This means there are plenty of opportunities to stretch your legs and visit the bathroom. Be prepared though as the toilets in this part of the world are squat toilets.