Located at the mouth of the Bou Regreg River opposite Salé, in Rabat is one of the city's top sightseeing draws and the oldest part of the city; Kasbah of the Udayas. This Kasbah or fortress was built during the reign of the Almohads in the 11th century, and the ancient site’s significance was recognized by UNESCO. The walls protecting the Kasbah are 2.50 metres in width and about 10 metres in height, making it an intimidating sight. Inside the fortress walls visitors will come across a tiny Andalusian-style neighborhood of narrow, twisting lanes and residences painted white and blue. They will also see ancient cannons on the esplanade, the Kasbah Mosque; built in 1150 and the oldest mosque in Rabat, as well as the Museum of Traditional Arts, housed in the palace. Visitors must also make it a point to enjoy a cup of tea while overlooking the point where the Bouregreg River meets the Atlantic Ocean while here. They will also be able to relax in and take a stroll through the palace gardens.
Around 1 hour or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The stunning views, the blue and white walls, the museum and the Kasbah walls
It is unclear if Muslims visiting Kasbah of the Udayas will be able to offer their prayers at Kasbah Mosque. If unable to, tourists will find plenty of secluded areas outdoors where they can pray. Finding mosques in the city of Rabat will also not be a problem. Bader Mosque, Grande Mosque, Mosquée Moulay Mekki, Ahl Fas Mosque and Mosque El Qoubba are just a few mosques in the city.
When visiting Kasbah of the Udayas, tourists have to include a stop to Café Maure in their itinerary. This open-air café is extremely popular as it offers a variety of delicious teas and a pastries and incredible views of the bay and Salé. Since Rabat is a Muslim city, visitors will be able to find plenty of Halal restaurants and cafés throughout the city.