RABATRabat is the capital of Morocco and also its royal seat of power. The main residence of King Mohammed the Sixth is a fascinating...... more
RABATRabat is the capital of Morocco and also its royal seat of power. The main residence of King Mohammed the Sixth is a fascinating modern metropolis. Along with its monumental works of art the fourth oldest of the Makhzen cities is also one of Morocco's most important. Cafés and workshops reflect daily life and most of the city's souks are divided into specialised areas with items such as leather goods, blankets and carpets for sale: and with a little haggling it's possible to purchase quality handicrafts at a very modest price! The Kasbah Des Oudaias was built by Yacoub El Mansour in the 12th century. It is located at Rabat's most elevated point and is like a village within the city. The eight metre high wall once protected the Kasbah and its inhabitants and the fortress is inhabited to the present day. Barred windows create an Andalusian ambience. The Kasbah is one of the most popular though most expensive addresses in Rabat. Throughout the centuries the Moroccan coast was dominated by pirates but the might of European colonialists put an end to their dubious activities. The mausoleum of Mohammed the 5th was built in 1967 and the tomb complex contains a mosque, a mausoleum and a small memorial that contains images of the king. At the end of the 12th century Yacoub El Mansour constructed the largest mosque in the Maghreb. At a height of sixty metres its minaret was taller than any other in North Africa. Four hundred columns support the prayer room and it has fourteen gates. Rabat is a fascinating capital city and royal residence. An exotic world that lies between both occident and orient.
Advantages: Easy to get to, can be tacked on to trip to Mdina, cheaper places to eat Disadvantages: Not that exciting
...Rabat is a word you?ll hear a lot in Malta and its smaller sister island of Gozo. The word is of Semitic derivation and roughly means suburb but is more commonly used to mean a principal town or city; the capital of Morocco is called Rabat, and on Gozo, the main town of Victoria is less formally known as ?rabat?. In the centre of the island of Malta, though, is the Rabat that is better known to...
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Review of Rabat, Malta
Advantages: Great for a relax for a night or two Disadvantages: Not too much to see - a full day and you've done it.
...Getting to Essaouira
Many UK travellers arrive in Marrakech for their journey to Essaouira.
Unfortunately there are no trains between the two cities although the train company runs a rather handy "Western Style" coach/bus between the two which takes about 4 hours with a stop in the middle. This costs approximately £6 ($10) a person each way, and so is a very reasonable way to go. Or, it...
Advantages: Great places to visit, very scenic and picturesque Disadvantages: Prices for taxi fares are expensive, guides just want to take advantage by charging over the top prices for giving useless information
...It all started late one night...
Because Kathy and I were the last two people to order our tickets from www.travelocity.com, we ended up on a 7:30 AM flight from Heathrow to Madrid. This necessitated catching a 4 am bus from Oxford. So, not having slept a wink, Katherine and I met at the Oxford bus station at 3:45 am on the morning of November 30. Although these travel arrangements were less...