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    • Day33

      Rabat, Rabat-Salé-Kénitra, Morocco

      November 27, 2021 in Morocco ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      Für alle Besserwisser wie mich, die nicht in Wirklichkeit nicht alles besser wissen: Die Hauptstadt von Marokko.
      Krasser Gegensatz zu dem eher armen Media in Fez. Man sieht und fühlt, dass ich dem Bereich in dem ich in Rabat unterwegs war, deutlich mehr Geld vorhanden ist...

      For all know-it-alls like me who don't really know everything better: The capital of Morocco.
      Stark contrast to the rather poor media in Fez. You can see and feel that I have much more money in the area where I was traveling in Rabat...
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    • Day1

      First day in Marokko

      March 11 in Morocco ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Es heißt, der perfekte Start für Marokko-Neulinge ist hier in Rabat. Es gibt noch einige Parallelen zu Europa und man kann sich leichter mit der neue Kultur vertraut machen.
      Zudem ist es noch relativ sauber im Vergleich zu anderen Städten Marokkos, doch ich muss sagen das mich das nicht wirklich stört. Nach Asien und Südamerika bin ich an die anderen Lebensumstände gewöhnt, es hat sogar etwas vertrautes für mich. Zu Beginn einer Reise in ein neues Land bin ich jedoch immer etwas reserviert und mache mir erstmal einen eigenen Eindruck. Ohne all die gut gemeinten Tipps und Ratschläge von Familie und Freunden zu 'befolgen'.
      Nach meiner Anreise aus München über Paris bin ich am frühen Nachmittag nun endlich in Marokko angekommen. Ich war so voller Vorfreude und ganz entspannt unterwegs, das ich erst am Flughafen in Paris darüber nachgedacht habe, ob ich überhaupt ein Visum benötige. Ich entscheide mich es darauf ankommen zu lassen, viel ändern kann ich daran sowieso nicht mehr. Und ich habe 'Glück' als Deutsche darf man sich hier bis zu 90 Tage ohne Visum aufhalten.
      Erschöpft von der Anreise handel ich den Taxifahrer zwar von 300 auf 200 Dirham runter, habe aber trotzdem 50 zuviel bezahlt. Naja, nicht so schlimm es sind ja nur 5 Euro, und mir bleibt ja noch genug Zeit um das 'Verhandeln' zu üben :) Vor der Medina (Altstadt) holt mich ein Hotelmitarbeiter ab, damit ich mich in den kleinen Gassen nicht verlaufe, und nach einem kurzen Stop im Hotel bin ich dann bereit die neue Umgebung zu erkunden. Mein Weg führt mich zuerst zum Supermarkt, um mich mit ein paar Hygieneartikeln einzudecken, und schon entdecke ich dort ganz spontan Streetart an einer der Hauswände. Leider spielt das Wetter nicht so mit, und es beginnt leicht zu Regnen. Ich schnappe mir auf dem Heimweg noch eine Kleinigkeit zum Essen und verbringe den Rest des Tages damit meine Reiserroute durch das Land zu vervollständigen.
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    • Day35

      Racing about Rabat

      September 16 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      It’s only an hour train trip to travel the 90-kilometres from Casablanca to Rabat. Rabat, founded in the 12th century by the Almohads, is the capital city and the administrative hub of the country. When we boarded the train, people were already sitting in our seats, enjoying the first class carriage. But I'm not too sure what made this first class. It looked like any other suburban train. With some pigeon French and pointing, we figured out the seating arrangements.

      We decided to include Rabat as a stopover to see another part of the country and to break up the journey to Fes. This time, there were no dramas with check-in. Immediately, the atmosphere seemed different to Marrakech and Casablanca. The people seemed friendly and the city looked relatively clean.

      We had little time to waste so we set out for the old Medina and Kasbah. On our way, we stumbled upon the Martyrs Cemetery, a sea of graves near the seaside. The cemetery is on prime land near the beach, and it is divided into the elite versus the commoners. The differences between the classes is visibly evident. The gravestones of the elite are neatly arranged, while the commoners section seems to be in disarray and includes unmarked burials.

      Unlike Marrakech, the Medina was subdued, with very little spruiking going on. It may have helped that it was the Sabbath and most people were at mosque until the afternoon (except many of the shopkeepers). This gave us an opportunity to acquire some Morrocan wares at a fraction of the Marrakech prices. We walked away with a beautifully decorated silver teapot, with matching tray and glasses. The hunt is on to find matching accessories.

      The following day, we returned early to the Medina to continue our shopping spree, leaving the markets with new leather jackets. Now, the issue was going to be how we were going to get it all home. Easily solved. Let’s buy new backpacks.

      Laden like a pack-mule, we checked out of our hotel and made our way to the train station for our next leg of our Moroccan misadventures. It would have been handy to actually have a mule to carry some of our stuff.

      We had some time to kill so we rested with our entourage of bags. As usual, a stranger was drawn to me, mumbling something in French. The typical conversation ensued; we spoke about where we were from and how we can’t speak French well. The conversation nearly always ends with a request for money. Apparently I'm not to talk anymore, otherwise a stranger may cut my throat. It seems a bit dramatic, Jason.

      By the way, Jason’s Lost World continues to escalate. This time, he thought he'd lost his Kindle. Fortunately, I’ve rid myself of the dreaded Lost World syndrome.

      Next stop: Fes.
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    • Day8

      Rabar Royal Palace 1

      December 29, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 54 °F

      Since the reign of sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah, the Alaouite sultans and kings have maintained a palace in Rabat.[1] The current building was built in 1864, to replace the older palace, by Mohammed IV. Morocco had been formerly under the control of the French since 1912, and they wanted the sultan to be largely stationed in one place, near their own administrative headquarters, in order to show his acceptance of the new regime.

      Although kings had many residences at their disposal, when independence was declared in 1955, they chose to keep the Dâr-al-Makhzen palace as the main palace of the monarch.

      Some monarchs, particularly Mohammed V, preferred the smaller and relatively secluded palace of Dar es Salaam, further out of centre of the city, maintaining the Dâr-al-Makhzen as their official and administrative residence.
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    • Day8

      Kasbah of the Udayas

      December 29, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 64 °F

      The Kasbah of the Udayas (also spelled "Oudaias" or "Oudayas") is a kasbah (citadel) in Rabat, Morocco. It is located at the mouth of the Bou Regreg river, opposite Salé, and adjacent to the old medina of Rabat. It is listed, along with other sites in Rabat, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Read more

    • Day8

      Dinarjat Restaurant

      December 29, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ 🌙 59 °F

      Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a guide in traditional costume who will lead you by lamp-light to this magnificent Arab-Andalusian-style abode right in the heart of the medina of Rabat. Sample the sublime and authentic flavours of this Moroccan gastronomic cuisine by the light of the flickering candles and the gentle sway of the musicians' melodies.Read more

    • Day8

      Mausoleum of Mohammed V 1

      December 29, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

      King Hassan II commissioned the construction of the Mausoleum of Mohamed V for his late father, Mohamed V, in the year 1962. Construction of the Mohamed V Mausoleum was completed in 1971. Sultan Mohamed V ruled over Morocco for two terms. The first was from the year 1927 to 1953 and again from 1957 to the year 1961. He is remembered and noted for his efforts in the fight for Morocco’s independence. Both his sons, King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah, were buried alongside him. It took the hard work of approximately four hundred men to build and complete the mausoleum that now stands as an architectural and historical masterpiece.Read more

    • Day8

      Mausoleum of Mohammed V

      December 29, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

      The Mohamed V Mausoleum is not only a perfectly preserved example of the Alaouite dynasty’s architectural style, but it is the final resting place of three significant members of the royal family. Here visitors and locals are able to pay their respect to these leaders and marvel at the detailed and beautifully designed mausoleum. It is both a tomb and a mosque and the Mohamed V Mausoleum is one of the few holy places that are open to the public.Read more

    • Day7

      Le Diwan

      December 28, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

      Located in the heart of the imperial city, close to embassies and ministries, this hotel is perfect for exploring the typical quarters and monuments of Rabat, thus ensuring a unique and memorable experience for its guests. With its elegant yet understated facade, the Diwan, which is a member of the MGallery Collection, combines modern features and Moroccan touches to create a refined, chic and urban stay. The Diwan spirit is based on thoughtfulness, style and esthetic appeal.Read more

    • Day8

      Rabat Royal Palace

      December 29, 2019 in Morocco ⋅ ☀️ 54 °F

      Dâr-al-Makhzen is the primary and official residence of the king of Morocco. It is situated in the Touarga commune of Rabat, the national capital. Its official name is the El Mechouar Essaid Palace, which means the venue of happiness palace.Read more

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