Enjoy your call in Casablanca to discover Rabat, the capital of Morocco, and Salé its sister city across the river, once the stronghold of Barbarian Pirates.
Meet with our English speaking guide in Casablanca port and departure for a full day excursion to Rabat (about 1h30 drive) in chauffeured A/C minivan seating 10.
Morocco’s capital located north of Casablanca on the Atlantic coast and the left bank of the mouth of Bou Regreg river, opposite the town of Salé. Rabat is the great political and administrative centre of the country, where are located the Royal Palace, government agencies and embassies. Surrounded by ramparts, the Kingdom’s capital has an important architectural heritage with its many monuments like the gates in the remparts of the Casbah Oudaïa, the minaret of the Hassan Tower (12th century), which is 55m high, only remain of this mosque destroyed by Lisbon earthquake in the XVIth century, and near the city, the Chellah necropolis.
The city is home to several museums (archeology, crafts). It is the seat of the University Mohammed V (1957) and several cultural and educational institutes.
and in Salé…
The first traces of the city date back to Roman times, where the Romans founded a settlement on behalf of Sala Colonia. The city of Sale as such is founded by the Berber tribe of the Ifrenides (11th century), and was declared the capital. But the real development of the city was in the XVIth century with the influx of Muslims and Jews expelled from Spain.
The Moors established in Salé came in two waves: the first consisted in Hornachos, who were settlers, and thus had certain privileges to leave the Iberian Peninsula with some of their property if they left voluntarily. The second wave, in turn, included other Moriscos expelled without their property nor their honor. So they sought revenge through piracy. Indeed, at that time, Salé was famous mainly for its intense maritime activity, that made it the capital of Andalusian corsairs.
A stop at the mausoleum of Mohammed Vth and Hassan II, the present kings grandfather and father and a pass by the king’s palace and other government buildings. Lunch in a local restaurant (drinks are not included). Drive back to Casablanca port in time for the departure of the ship.