What to Explore in Rabat?

Rabat is a treasure trove of captivating sites. Among its gems is the Hassan Tower, paired with the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. This iconic 44-meter tower, the remains of a 12th-century unfinished mosque, stands proudly surrounded by an esplanade dotted with 200 columns. Opposite it is the arabo-andalusian styled mausoleum of Mohammed V - Hassan II. Venture to the Kasbah des Oudayas, a fortified former military camp from the 12th century, and find yourself spellbound. Through its grand gates, a maze of lanes painted in soothing blue and whitewashed walls unfolds - an oasis of calm juxtaposed against the city's hustle. The Chellah necropolis, built atop the ruins of the ancient Roman city Sala Colonia, dates back to the 13th century. Here, remnants of Roman times intertwine with the Merinid necropolis, the mosque ruins, the zaouia, and a fountain. Nature's reclaim over the site lends it an almost dreamlike ambiance. Close to the ocean, Rabat's Medina offers tranquility. Encircled by 17th-century walls with six gates, visitors meander, seeking unique crafts and delighting in its labyrinthine streets. The renowned Rue des Consuls, sheltered by an artistic canopy, is a highlight. The Saint-Pierre Cathedral, built in 1930 within the Hassan district, radiates pure Art Deco elegance. It symbolizes Morocco's religious diversity. Another chapter of Rabat's tale lies in the "new city", erected during the French Protectorate from 1912 to the 1930s, which boasts numerous iconic structures. And for those with an insatiable thirst for culture, Rabat offers various museums. From the Museum of History and Civilizations to the National Museum of Photography, each tells a unique story. Yet, the crown jewel remains the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, which in recent years has played host to grand exhibits. Dive in, and let Rabat's stories envelop you.

Where To Stay In Rabat?

As the beating heart of the nation and an economic center, Rabat offers a myriad of accommodations. The View Rabat, an urban hotel boasting panoramic 360° city views, extends modern yet cozy rooms and suites. It's poised perfectly for city exploration and is a haven for business travelers, equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. Fancy a coastal touch? Venture about thirty minutes from Rabat to the Vichy Célestins Bouznika, right along the Atlantic coast.

How Many days do I need to visit Rabat?

Rabat, the kingdom's capital, is a treasure trove of architectural, historical, cultural, and natural wonders. While one could spend days getting lost in its beauty, even a weekend or a day can offer a condensed yet immersive experience. For those on a tight schedule, focus on 3 or 4 major attractions and let the city entice you back for a more in-depth exploration on your next sojourn. Your journey through Rabat awaits!

Rabat's best restaurants: Where to Dine?

The city overflows with dining establishments, bars, and lounges, ranging from simple delights to intricate gourmet experiences. Within The View Rabat alone, you'll find four unique culinary worlds. The Legend Club, bathed in contemporary elegance, serves up seasonal gastronomic adventures set against a breathtaking city backdrop on the 15th floor. Sensya offers chic fusion dishes in a heartwarming bistro setting. Cedar Lounge is your cozy haven for round-the-clock relaxation, with innovative cocktails and Peruvian tapas on the 14th floor, presenting an unparalleled view of the capital. At Sahar, indulge in a buffet spread of enticing starters, mains, and desserts for lunch and dinner – Perfect for indulging whims and diversifying culinary delights! 

How To Get Around In Rabat ?

In Rabat, mobility is easy. Rent a car, hail a traditional “petit  taxi”, or use ride-hailing apps like Carrem. Modern tramway lines, continually expanding, weave through the metropolis, offering another means of traversing the city. 

What To See In Bouznika ?

Bouznika is especially renowned for its beaches. But en route to the beach, you can also discover one of Morocco's five national stud farms. The National Stud Farm of Bouznika will soon celebrate its thirtieth anniversary. Established in 1994 within a kasbah, it spans 8 hectares. Refurbished in 2014, the facility added 100 new stables to host horses during the breeding season and breeding competitions. During their frequent open-house events, you can admire purebred Arabian racehorses, English thoroughbreds, and the Barb and Arabian-Barb breeds.

 

What To Do In Bouznika ?

Bouznika's beach stands as one of the most beautiful and cleanest along the Atlantic coast. In 2022, it was awarded the "Clean Beaches" eco-label for the 16th consecutive year, making it an ideal spot for swimming and water sports. Popular activities include surfing, jet-skiing, paddleboarding, and kayaking. Golf enthusiasts can indulge at the 18-hole Bahia Golf Beach, accommodating both novices and experienced players. They can also practice on the putting greens and approach greens. 

Where To Stay In Bouznika ?

Bouznika offers various vacation rentals, from apartments to villas. Vichy Célestins Bouznika stands as the city's sole beachfront hotel. Its rooms and suites, some featuring private terraces or ground-level gardens, present serene views of the Atlantic Ocean, the golf course, or the pool. The hotel seamlessly combines wellness with business, thanks to its conference center. 

How Far Is Bouznika From Casablanca?

Bouznika is precisely 47 km from Casablanca in a straight line and 52 km via the highway. Travel time ranges between 30 to 50 minutes, depending on traffic. Alternatively, a train journey takes about 33 minutes. 

What Are The Best Restaurants In Bouznika?

Numerous beachside restaurants with diverse styles are scattered throughout Bouznika. As you'd expect from an Atlantic location, seafood prominently features on menus, but that's not all. Several establishments let you savor grilled lamb, a local specialty. Choices are ample, including options at Vichy Célestins Bouznika. Chiringuito offers a fusion of Iberian, Mediterranean, and Asian specialties in a trendy ambiance, enhanced by ocean views and DJ tunes. Dielli, poolside, offers chef-reimagined snacking classics—perfect for unwinding. The View presents a broad array of starters, main courses, and desserts in a buffet format, set against a chic and elegant backdrop. 

How Many days do I need to visit Agadir ?

You can explore the city in two days if you stay in Agadir itself, but it would be a shame not to discover the beauties of the region. How can you come to the capital of Souss without exploring the Paradise Valley, located just an hour away, to spend a day or at least half a day there? The same goes for Souss Massa National Park and other must-visit attractions. Plus, Agadir offers kilometers of beach, fine sand, and ocean waiting for you to relax and enjoy water sports. Therefore, a duration of five days seems ideal to have time to fully appreciate the beauty and pleasures of the city.

How to get around in Agadir?

The city center is easily accessible on foot, as the topography is relatively flat. You can rent a car, with or without a driver, for your explorations of the hinterland. The hotel can assist you and/or guide you in the process. There is also an abundance of taxis available. For those who prefer two wheels, there are several bike and scooter rental options.

Where to eat in Agadir ?

The capital of Souss is full of restaurants and cafes, both by the sea and in the city. The View Agadir offers you six unique culinary experiences to meet your desires:


Le V, To start your day right, Le V offers a varied range of fresh and authentic breakfast stations, catering to various preferences. We present freshly prepared bakery products, a selection of pure honeys and homemade jams, a variety of meats, cheeses, cereals, fresh juices, and healthy options. In addition, we serve hot dishes made to order and a range of innovative food choices, while staying local, guaranteeing a delicious breakfast experience.


Mima Kitchen unveils a contemporary Moroccan cuisine. The chef honors the culinary combinations of Morocco and the treasures of its terroir, thus creating fusion plates with world cuisines.


Le Sensya offers reimagined Italian dishes with flavors, textures, and colors that awaken your senses. Its creative menu takes you on a journey through a new Italy.


Le Chay Lounge invites you for a timeless moment, to experience the Moroccan tea ritual, in a delicate and refined setting. Here, you will discover a rich selection of teas, to be enjoyed with some sweets.


LeDielli welcomes you by the pool in a chill-out ambiance. On the menu: salad bar, premium burgers, cocktails, and relaxation.
The Cedar lounge, open from 9:00 am to midnight, transitions from a co-working space during the day to a lively place in the evening where the atmosphere is relaxed and festive.


The city center is easily walkable, particularly as the terrain is quite flat. You can rent a car, with or without a driver, for your excursions into the hinterland. The hotel can assist and/or guide you in the process. Taxis are also abundantly available. For those who prefer two wheels, there are a few bicycle and scooter rental services available.
 

Where to stay in Agadir ?

The hotel offer in Agadir is very diverse. Ideally, choose an establishment located by the sea to fully enjoy the long fine sandy beach, but which is also close to the city. Like The View Agadir. Located on the seafront, this hotel is bordered by the beach and is only 500 meters from the city center. It offers elegant rooms and suites with ocean views, restaurants, swimming pools, a spa, and numerous indoor and outdoor activities.

 

How Many Days to Visit Agadir? You can visit the city in two days if you stay in Agadir itself, but it would be a shame not to discover the beauties of the region. How can you come to the capital of Souss without discovering the Paradise Valley, located just an hour away, to spend a day or at least half a day? The same goes for the Souss Massa National Park as well as the other must-sees to visit. And then, Agadir has kilometers of beach, fine sand, and ocean waiting for you to relax and practice water sports. A duration of five days seems ideal to have time to enjoy the beauty and pleasures of the city.

What to do in Agadir ?

The Cable Car Take advantage of the breathtaking views over Agadir Bay and its 5 km of golden sandy beaches flanked by mountains revealing the expanse of the argan tree groves. Its first line was inaugurated in the summer of 2022, and its departure station heads towards the Kasbah of Agadir Oufella. You can thus admire, over a distance of 1,700 linear meters, aerial views of the city, mountains, argan groves, the bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. Impressive!


Crocoparc 
This park will delight both young and old. You can observe over 300 Nile crocodiles in an environment carefully created to mimic their natural habitat, as well as giant tortoises, iguanas, and white-tufted marmosets. All within a botanical garden, or rather several richly appointed theme gardens with hundreds of species and varieties of exotic plants from all over the world.


Agadir Marina
Enjoy a pleasant seaside stroll in this must-visit spot. You'll find cafes, shops, restaurants, and of course boats and yachts moored at the marina. You can also rent a boat for a day or just a few hours.


Paradise Valley
Just thirty kilometers from the city of Agadir, Paradise Valley takes you to discover the beauty of the Gadiri hinterland. You will find natural pools in the form of rocky basins, numerous small waterfalls, and breathtaking landscapes. The waters of this magnificent valley are said to have therapeutic properties.


Souss Massa National Park
Located along the Moroccan Atlantic coast about sixty kilometers south of Agadir, the park covers 33,000 hectares of wetlands, unique in combining dunes, greenery, and water. At the mouth of the Massa River, numerous migratory birds can be observed since it is their breeding area. There are gulls, cormorants, herons, and even falcons. Saharan mammals also inhabit the park, such as gazelles, jackals, and wild boars.
 

 

 

 


 

What to see in Agadir ?

The famous Agadir Oufella kasbah This is one of the most emblematic historical sites of the city, dating back to the 16th century and situated at the top of a mountain more than 236 meters above the sea. This fortress was built in 1540 under the reign of Mohamed Ech-Cheikh of the Saadian dynasty to counter the attacks of the Portuguese colonists. The earthquake of 1960 left only ruins, but restoration and rehabilitation works are underway to restore its former glory. The enclosure walls and the defense borj are already completed. The kasbah is once again open to the public who can enjoy the exceptional panoramic view of the bay, the city, and the hinterland.


Anza Beach and dinosaur footprints Anza Beach, just a few kilometers north of Agadir, is worth the detour and its name has gone around the world. It was in 2017 that the footprints, already noticed for years by the inhabitants, were officially identified by scientists as dinosaur footprints dating back 85 million years. Go hunt for traces of these prehistoric reptiles at low tide. For history, for culture, or just to relive the "Jurassic Park" spirit of our childhood!


Souk El Had This authentic traditional market is one of the largest souks in Morocco. You will find more than 6000 shops of spices, clothing, fruits, vegetables, fine leather goods, and much more. Its many treasures attract crowds of national and international visitors. You can purchase argan oil, buy souvenirs for your family and friends, or enjoy a delicious mint tea.

 

The Amazigh Heritage Municipal Museum This museum dedicated to the memory of the Berber heritage allows you to discover Amazigh culture in immersion. You will find more than 200 handcrafted masterpieces, including jewelry, clothing, and traditional rugs. You will also discover many traditional tools, typical works of regional architecture, and contemporary art exhibitions.

 

Coco Polizzi's Medina This is a somewhat special medina since it is located outside of Agadir, about fifteen minutes away, and is not the historic medina of the city. It is located a few kilometers from the city center and is more like a museum or an artistic creation. Indeed, it is the work of the Italian artist Coco Polizzi, who set out in the early 1990s to reconstruct the medina of Agadir that had been destroyed during the earthquake of 1960. He did so by respecting traditional construction techniques and architectural codes of the Souss Massa region. Result: the new medina immerses you in the magical atmosphere of an ancient medina. Perfect for finding handicraft products. Shuttles regularly travel there from Agadir. The hotel can provide information.