The Hassan Tower is a minaret part of an incomplete mosque built in 1195 AD. The tower was intended to be the largest minaret in the world along with the mosque, also intended to be the world's largest. The tower is made of red and is ascended by ramps. The minaret's ramps would have allowed the muezzin to ride a horse to the top of the tower to issue the call to prayer.
Golf Royal Dar El Salam:
The course of the 45-hole Golf Dar El-Salam was drawn by one of the most prominent architect’s in the world, Robert Trent Jones. Surrounded by a beautiful lake inhabited by wild ducks and flamingos, roses, daffodils, water lilies and cork oaks, the course is a picturesque site open to the public. A quiet haven in the city, golfers can enjoy a tranquil game whilst visitors stroll respectfully along the lawns of the golf course.
Rabat Archeological Museum:
Opened in 1932, the Rabat Archeological Museum became a National Museum in 1957. Containing the most extensive collection of archaeological artifacts found in Morocco, it holds prehistoric and pre-Islamic collections, including human remains from the middle palaeolithic period to the Neolithic. Pre-Roman and Roman civilizations are well represented in the museum.
Ancient Chellah Gardens & Palace:
The beautiful Chellah Gardens was once the site for royal burials. The Almohads who had the door decorated and inscribed with Arabesque calligraphy created the remarkable entrance into Chellah. The Roman ruins of the Chellah Gardens are also open to the public and many travelers are surprised at how freely tourists can roam around the area. The Sanctuary of the Chellah Gardens are the true home of the Islamic artifacts that were uncovered here. A minaret made of stone is a stunning centerpiece. The Abou Youssef Mosque is now in ruins, however, the area is near the royal tombs, where Abou El Hassan and other historical leaders of importance are buried.
The Oudayas Kasbah is located across the street from the central medina, and is as relaxed as any foreign seaside town. Most the houses in this area are bright white with blue trim, and locals and tourists alike take leisurely strolls overlooking the Atlantic Ocean surrounding Bouregreg River and Rabat’s sister city, Sale.
The many souks found in Rabat and mirrored in every Morrocean town, are a must-see. The sights, sounds and smells of these unique markets offer great authentic cuisine, local crafts and a lively atmosphere. Visitors can have their fill of tagines or couscous, buy some wonderful trinkets and enjoy the easy banter of bargaining that is second nature to vendors.