The city of Rabat is the modern capital city of Morocco, but the oldest and most historic part of the city is the Kasbah des Oudaias and surrounding area. The Kasbah des Oudaias was built by the Almohads in the 12th century on the site of the original 10th-century Ribat (Muslim) fortress. The fort dominates the high ground and has stunning views over the ocean on one side, and the Boufekrane River on the other, both of which enhanced the forts defences.
The Kasbah has been continuously populated throughout its history, but has a real Andalusian (southern Spanish) influence and heritage, which gives it a different feel and vibe to the rest of Morocco. When not being used for military purposes the Kasbah has been a base for pirates due to its protective qualities and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.
Today the Kasbah has a very laid back residential feel, and being only 150 meters from one end to the other, is easy to discover on foot in only a few hours. The main entrance to the Kasbah is a large decorated gate (Bab Oudaïas gate) and the attached buildings used to accommodate the city’s courthouse and staterooms, but these rooms can now be hired and used by local residents.
The main street which runs through the Kasbah is called rue Jemaa, and is home to a number of shops, art galleries and the Kasbah mosque. These streets are famous for their blue and white walls, as almost every building inside the Kasbah des Oudaias is whitewashed with blue walls and doors. When the sun is shining on the buildings it’s a photographers dream.
During your visit to the Kasbah des Oudaias, we strongly recommend you make a little time to visit the Andalusian gardens. Just find the crossroads of rue Bazo and rue Jemaa and walk down the hill. The gardens are a hidden gem, and better still is the café serving Moroccan style mint tea and pastries. The café has a great view of the sea and river and gardens are a lovely place just to relax and watch the world go by.
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