Our first full day in Rabat and we went off exploring. Jo was going to be with us for another couple of days so we decided to spend one day exploring Rabat and the next, travel to Casablanca by train, have a day exploring and stay overnight. Jo would then fly back to England from Casablanca and we would take the train back to Rabat.
As the marina is actually in the town of Sale, we had to cross the river to get to Rabat. Linked by road, bus and tram, there is no shortage of means of transport. Clean and modern, the buses and trams are extremely efficient, running every 20 minutes and are extremely cheap (60p for a one way journey anywhere from Sale to Rabat).
We spent most of our time on the first visit to Rabat exploring and getting our bearings. But, no visit would be complete without wandering through the narrow streets of the souk, absorbing the sounds of people bartering, the sights of all the brightly coloured clothes, materials and jewels and the smell from the food and the spices the street vendors were selling.
Down at the waterfront of Rabat, it was coming to life as locals and tourists strolled along the promenade for their evening walk. What struck Jo and I the most though were the brightly lit children's cars, which came in all types of guises and were available for adults to ride in as well. We resisted!
On our return to Sale we decided to take one of the water taxis. The taxis are very basic wooden boats that are rowed across the river. You can either share a water taxi or have one exclusively for yourselves. We chose to share one, which was a great experience and cost 30p each!
Back in Sale, as the sun was setting, we were able to appreciate the stunning views of Rabat and reflect on how lucky we were to be in such a gorgeous location after passing it by on our way to Mohammadia.
|Hassan II Mosque