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Exploring Morocco's Capital City of Rabat

David Cicconi Avenue Mohammed V, one of the Rabat's main throughfares, in the medina.

Photo: David Cicconi

Rabat may well be Morocco's most civilized city, yet most travelers pass it by. Once a fearsome pirates' den, Rabat looks at first suspiciously clean, yet it proved on exploring to be authentically mazelike, with crowded bazaars, eerily empty alleyways, a cliff-top castle by the ocean, and a postcard-perfect cove down below in the estuary of the Bouregreg River, where fishermen spread their twitching, glistening prizes on a crescent-shaped beach. Like all Moroccan cities, Rabat also has an adjacent ville nouvelle, laid out when the country was a French protectorate.

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Destinations: Rabat

Inspired by: Rabat: Morocco's Forgotten Gem — by Max Rodenbeck, Published Feb. 2006

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