Capital of Morocco
Rabat, like most other cities in Morocco is complex and contradictory. The capital of Morocco, Rabat is the official home of the royal family. Rich with historic sites, a medina, and industrial modern buildings, Rabat is also home to one my favorite places in all of Morocco: the Andalusian Gardens. Wander through the lush and peaceful gardens and occasionally catch a fragrant whiff of something almost familiar. Gardenia? Jasmine? As you wander the paths, take time to explore the plantings and the hidden treasures such as urns, doorways, and the traditional archways so characteristic of the architecture here.
After your garden walk, stop at the nearby café. Sit and have a drink. Mint tea is the drink of choice for Moroccans. Although it seems counterintuitive to drink a hot beverage on a hot day, Moroccans swear by it and have it several times a day. I became a convert. It’s hard not to be since it is such a leisurely, lovely custom. And yes. It does cool you off!