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Discover the magic of Rabat

Flights to Rabat deliver you into Morocco’s inviting capital city – a realm of music, art and intriguing culture in one of the world’s most beautiful settings.

Embark on tours of the city’s burgeoning street art scene or fly to Rabat in June for Festival Mawazine and immerse yourself in international and Moroccan rhythms.

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The city is Morocco’s political epicentre. Wide boulevards are flanked with palm trees and the architecture glows in the sun.

Foodies will love the opportunity to try out Rabat’s assorted eateries, influenced by French, Italian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Each dish is uniquely delicious.

After exploring the delights of Rabat, take a short journey on foot or by rowing boat to its sister community of Salé. See the historic architecture and medina, before enjoying the delights of the new town.

Book Rabat flight tickets with Etihad Airways to enter a world of Moroccan wonder.

What’s the weather like in Rabat?

What’s the weather like in Rabat?

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Rabat’s warm climate is one of its key selling points, with dry weather and temperatures averaging in the low 20s during July, August and September.

Temperatures in the winter range in the low-to-mid 10s. November and December are Rabat’s wettest months.

Reasons to visit Rabat

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Dar al-Makhzen - the palace of the king

The official residence of the king of Morocco is an absolute must-see when visiting Rabat. In addition to it being the royal residence, Dar al-Makhzen also hosts several government offices. Its alternative name is El Mechouar Essaid Palace, which translates as the ‘happiness palace’.

Although access to the interior is limited, the grounds and facades are well worth a stroll. Built in the same location as the original 18th century palace that stood on the site, this is a monumental piece of architecture any visitor can appreciate regardless of historic interest.

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The Andalusian Gardens

Many travellers fly to Rabat to admire the beauty of the city, but comparatively few know about the hidden gem that is the Andalusian Gardens. The walled gardens boast fragrant orange and lemon trees growing amid lush displays of flowers and leafy foliage that provide excellent shade during the warmer hours of the day.

The site accurately represents the way in which Spanish gardens would have been many years ago with their fruit trees and shrubberies. Situated in the Kasbah Les Oudaias, the gardens were not in fact cultivated by the Spanish but were created in the early 20th century by the French.

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Moroccan cafe culture

When you book Rabat flight tickets, it’s easy to start dreaming of walks among historic buildings and along the picturesque coastline. If so, then look out for spots where you can make a rest stop, relax, unwind and savour tasty snacks. Rabat has a vibrant cafe culture where tourists can sip coffee and socialise among the locals.

Cafe Maure is famous for its quaint atmosphere and amazing views over the estuary. It’s precisely the place to take a break from the day’s activities and is one of the most popular open-air eateries in the region. Locals and visitors alike are tempted in by its melt-in-the-mouth pastries and refreshing mint tea.

Things to know before you fly to Rabat

plane Airport transfers

Regular buses make the five-mile journey from Rabat-Salé Airport to the centre. Services run from early in the morning to the evening, with each journey taking about half an hour. Taxis are also available.

bus Getting around Rabat

Rabat has two train stations – Rabat Ville and Rabat Agdal. There are two types of taxi in Rabat – blue petit taxis and white grand taxis. Petits can only travel within the city limits and, as their name suggests, they are smaller than the grands.

meals Local cuisine

If you’re looking to try the local cuisine in Rabat, the Agdal and Avenue Mohammed V areas are worth investigating. One of the city’s best-known restaurants is Le Petit Beur, which specialises in Moroccan food like tagines and bastillas.

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There are two official languages in Morocco – Modern Standard Arabic and Berber. However, the spoken language is Moroccan Arabic, or Darija, as it is referred to locally. French is a second language for many people in Morocco.

Flying to Rabat: FAQs

How many days should I spend in Rabat?

Rabat is a relatively small city so you should get your bearings within a few hours of arriving. Two to three days is enough time to see all the main sights, but those looking for a more leisurely break may consider staying for a week or longer.

What is Rabat known for?

Rabat is famed for being the capital city of Morocco and the official residence of Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco. It is also renowned for its clean streets, beautiful coastline and a relaxed attitude to life that contrasts with some of Morocco’s busier cities.

How long has Rabat been the capital of Morocco?

Rabat became the administrative centre of Morocco in 1912 after France established a protectorate over the country. Prior to this, Fez had been the capital city. Rabat remained the capital after Morocco gained independence in 1956. Today, it’s home to approximately 580,000 people.

Why we love Rabat

"A flight to Rabat is a real treat – sit by the water in the Cafe Maure to soak up the atmosphere. Visit the market in the medina and pick up a few locally made crafts for family and friends, or your own special souvenir of your time in this memorable place."

Weather in Rabat

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