RABAT CITY

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Although not its largest city, Rabat is Morocco's capital and 'Royal City'. Known nowadays as the 'Washington' of North Africa, because of its parks, boulevards, monuments, embassies and government buildings, Rabat is also the seat of the Royal Family. Not surprisingly, therefore, it is home to a great many bewitching palaces, mosques and parks-all in the sensual North African style that evokes visions of a thousand and one nights.

Situated on the estuary of a river, this white city faces the Atlantic Ocean. This part of Morocco's coastline is marked by endless stretches of white sandy beaches, where the cold water and powerful tides make swimming hazardous, but make its waters abound with sardines, mackerel, anchovy, tuna and shellfish. In fact, the fishing town of Safi has the largest sardine port in the world. Sardine vendors can be seen all over Morocco, whilst every corner shop stocks canned sardines in a mildly spiced tomato sauce, a delicious Moroccan speciality.

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Introduction

Rabat Around a million people reside in the capital city of Morocco, Rabat. Rabat is one of the imperial cities of Morocco and boasts many enticing historical monuments and extraordinary places of interest.

PLACES TO VISIT

The Royal Palace, official residence of King Hassan II of Morocco, is a sumptuous building constructed upon the ruins of an 18th century palace.

Construction on this royal mausoleum, dedicated to Sultan Mohammed V-the man who led Morocco to independence-started in 1962. The imposing structure of white marble was completed in 1967, providing a tangible icon of post-independence Morocco.

Situated on the expansive square opposite the Mausoleum of Sultan Mohammed V, the 44-metre tall Hassan Tower, which stretches out above Rabat, is one of the country's national symbols.

Still the old heart of Rabat, this ancient Kasbah is named after the tribe who were sent here by Sultan Moulay Ishmail to defend the city against Andalusian attacks.

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