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7 Take a day trip to Fez Heralded as the most bea

first_img7. Take a day trip to FezHeralded as the most beautifully preserved city in the Arab world, Fez looks like a work of art, from the striking blue tiles of the Bab Boujloud to the textiles on the giant weaver’s looms in the old medina. Peep through the doors of the city’s highly decorated and most famous holy sites, Kairouine Mosque and Zaouia Moulay Idriss II, shrine to the founder of Fez (non-Muslims are not allowed to enter) or try a slice of camel hump, a local delicacy, at the food souks – Fez is considered one of the best street food destinations in Morocco. Only a two-hour drive along the coast from Rabat (a little longer by train), the city is definitely worth a day out of your itinerary. Best things to do in Rabat1. Visit the Hassan TowerThough all that remains of Sultan Yacoub al Mansour’s ambitious twelfth century mosque is the minaret (the sultan died before it could be completed), it’s an iconic 50-metre tower that is hard to miss as you explore the city, guarded by the pillars that would have held up the roof of the mosque. The incredible, intricate designs are not repeated, so it’s worth a full 360° look around all four sides before you pose for that essential photo. 6. Go back in time at ChellahExplore the extent of Rabat’s long history at Chellah, a Medieval Merenid fortress built onto an ancient Roman site, the ruins of which are still visible today. There’s also the remains of a mosque, a minaret and the royal tombs of Abu al-Hasan and his wife within the still-sturdy red walls. Chellah’s abandoned feel, complete with overgrown fig trees and nesting storks in the spring, only adds to the atmosphere. Located in Rabat’s metro area, you can reach it on foot from the medina. 4. Walk through Bab Oudaïa into the KasbahA dramatic entrance into the old citadel, Bab Oudaïa is one of the finest examples of a Moroccan gateway you’ll see, though if it’s closed you may have to enter from the somewhat smaller entrance beside it. Once inside the Kasbah des Oudaïas, it’s a quiet idyll of residential streets built onto the clifftops, warren-like in their size and number and picked out in bright shades and patterned tiles. It’s free to visit the peaceful Andalusian Gardens at the southern corner of the citadel, and gaze out over lofty views of the mouth of the river and the bright turquoise sea beyond. 2. Haggle in Rabat MedinaEssentially what was the old town of Rabat, today the medina provides a snapshot of bustling Arabic bazaars, traditional cafes and the alleyways and shopfronts of daily life here in the capital. Located just south of the Bou Regreg river, this is the place to buy leather goods, lamps, Moroccan crafts and curiosities and Berber carpets. And since it’s not nearly as tourist-focused as Fez or Marrakech, you might find it a more leisurely – and even potentially cheaper – experience. 5. Enjoy a day on the beachMake the most of the those long hours of sunshine and head to one of the city’s nearby beaches. Skhirat Beach is a popular choice, a half hour’s drive south of Rabat and home to the luxurious L’Amphitrite Palace Resort & Spa if you want to make a weekend of it. Alternatively, walk down to Rabat’s small but attractive shore, following the path to the left of the Kasbah. Watch out for rough waves if you’re swimming or surfing (sea temperature averages of 23°C make August the best month for this), or simply stroll up to the town of Salé on the opposite banks of the river and catch the magnificent sunset. 3. Indulge in some fine diningRabat’s food has been noticeably influenced by its history, with traditional tea rooms sat alongside 5-star French restaurants, Andalusian-inspired cuisine and all kinds of delicious European-Middle Eastern fusions. If you’re looking to sample the best Moroccan fare, stand out restaurants to try include Dinarjat in the medina, where you can pick your own dish using fresh local ingredients from the nearby markets and Le Ziryab on Rue des Consuls, home to a beautiful Moroccan courtyard. For a novel experience, Le Dhow is a seventeenth century wooden boat located near the Kasbah docks which also does excellent French food (the ‘discovery’ menu starts from 160dh for two courses*) plus live music most nights. RelatedTop 15 attractions and things to do in MarrakechPlunge into the friendly chaos of Marrakech and you won’t be disappointed. Here are the best things to do in Morocco’s most popular city break destination.Autumn city breaks with sunshine and culture? Ask SkyscannerAutumn city breaks with sunshine and culture? Ask SkyscannerTop 15 attractions and things to do in ThessalonikiVenerable in age and young at heart, Greece’s second city rewards those who follow their noses into bakeries and hidden backstreets, or wander through secret doorways and down into crypts. Uncover the best of Thessaloniki on a weekend away, with our guide to the top things to see, do and… How to get to RabatFlights to Rabat from the UK go direct from London Stansted with Ryanair or with Royal Air Morocco from London Gatwick, with a journey time of around 3 hours 15 minutes. You can also get there with a stop at Paris Charles de Gaulle if you fly from Birmingham, Manchester or Heathrow. Rabat-Salé International Airport is a five mile drive from the city outskirts, located in the town of Salé, north of the river Bou Regreg. You can get a direct train every hour from the airport to Rabat Ville, which is a good option since the main city railway station is found near the Ville Nouvelle and many of the main Rabat hotels.Once you’ve arrived, it’s easy to get from Rabat to other tourist attractions in Morocco. There’s a network of national trains going on to destinations like Casablanca (just over one hour), Fez (2 hours 30 minutes) and Tangier (3 hours 35 minutes), while buses leave from Place Zerktouni, just out of the city, with connections to most cities in Morocco. Local taxis are divided into two types – ‘Petite’ taxis are only for short journeys around the city; if you want to hire a taxi to go outside Rabat, you’ll need a ‘Grande’ taxi.Book flights to Rabat now*Published April 2017. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.Want more of Morocco and the Middle East? 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