Morocco's 'blue and white' capital city, Rabat, offers an excellent introduction into Morocco. Quieter than many of the other large cities or resorts, Rabat offers a pleasant blend of European and North African cultures. Rabat is situated on the North Atlantic coast, 80 kilometres north of Casablanca.
Despite being Morocco’s second largest city and capital of a Modern State, Rabat is less busy than other cities in Morocco. Famous for traditional cuisine, historical monuments and rich embroidery, its architecture blends a mix of European and traditional style. Being a metropolitan city, French, English and Spanish are widely spoken.
For sporting activity, Rabat offers a number of good golf courses in and around the city, including the Royal course in Dar Es Salam boasting 45 holes.
The best of its excellent beaches is said to be the Plage de Nations, 15 kilometres north of the city, offering excellent surfing conditions.
Average daytime temperatures in summer rise to 24ºC (75ºF) with winter temperatures rarely dropping below 7ºC (45ºF).
HOW TO GET THERE
Direct scheduled flights are available from London, Paris and major US cities to Casablanca, where domestic connections can be made.
The travel time from Casablanca airport is circa 90 minutes.