The medina in Rabat, built in the 17th Century,  is the only part of the old city remaining after that the French arrived (20th Century).

This is one of the my favorite parts of the city: very traditional, very interesting, full of colors and life.

My advice would be to follow Rue des Consuls (until 1912 it was the street were the foreign diplomats would live) and to get lost. Plus this medina is quite calm and no dealer will follow and pressure you!

Behind each corner there is a new part of the souq and new wonders to discover! Here are, more on less, the most important areas:

  • Rue Souika is the main street. Here you can find street food, spices, silver objects and some carpets;
  • Souq as-Sebbat (rue Bab Chellah) is where you can find golden jewelry. It´s pretty kitsch, but nice to see;
  • The mellah (Jewish district) is where you can find a big flea market;
  • Rue des Consuls is my favorite one: there are beautiful craft shops selling leather products, carpets, shoes, ecc. And, if you follow the street until the very end, you´ll be where once they used to sell slaves (urg…)

I would have loved to share more photos with you all, but I didn´t really feel safe taking pictures here and there walking the streets alone…

Rabat, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Rabat, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Rabat, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Rabat, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa


8 thoughts on “Rabat: a quick guide to the medina

    1. Thank you Emma! You are so kind! Yes, taking pictures here is hard: sometimes I feel like I am intruding, and some other times I just don´t feel safe taking out my camera!

      Thank you for reading!


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