Rabat has taken care to expand and develop harmoniously. Architectural rigour is apparent everywhere – wide tree- and flower-lined boulevards, building rarely more than five storeys high, and administrative and residential districts where tranquillity reigns supreme. The “city of flowers”, as Marshal Lyautey liked to call it, is also an authentic Moroccan city, the very opposite of a capital without a soul. If you need convincing, just make your way through the little streets of its medina, the major roads through the new town and its wonderful monuments like The Chellah, The Hassan Tower or The Mohammed V Mausoleum
Since its creation in 2001, the prestigious “Mawazine Rhythms of the World” Festival, which is held in May, has taken its place among the world’s greatest music festivals. Every year, artists from over 40 countries in all four corners of the world perform in a programme of concerts lasting over a week and presented in a variety of venues in the city. Every evening, over 80,000 people come to applaud such great names as Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Alicia Keys, Shakira and Aldi Méola, well and truly making the city the capital of world music!
A star player in the Kingdom’s artistic and cultural life, Rabat is home to a dozen or so international cultural institutes, a wide variety of museums (including the archaeological museum, ceramics museum, Oudaya museum, Barid Almaghrib museum, numismatics museum and the Belghazi ethnographic museum) and the legendary Mohammed V National Theatre, which lends effective support to the pursuance of the dramatic arts in Morocco. The National Library meets the needs of scientific research and is active in the conservation of the Kingdom’s documentary heritage, an essential part of its collective memory.
Rbati craftwork is renowned for its finesse, with expertise inherited from Andalusian tradition. Rabat is a national centre for a range of traditional skills. In the medina, the old districts in which craftsmen’s corporations once flourished remain places of exchange and meeting points for people and civilisations. You must go and find the craftsman in his workshop – you won’t just be taking an artefact home with you, but also the memory of its creation
When visiting Rabat, make sure that you don’t miss its wonderful and various region landscapes: The Bouknadel Exotic Gardens, A marvellously colourful journey around the world – natural gardens drawing inspiration from Brazil, Polynesia, Mexico, Andalusia and Peru.The Sidi Boughaba Reserve :one of Morocco’s most beautiful wild life sanctuaries or The Mamora Forest : a nature destination ideal for discovery on foot and picnicking in the shade of its trees.
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