Salé and excursions from Rabat

Historic Salé, on the north bank of the Bou Regreg Estuary, was once a rival to Rabat in the days of piracy and Andalucían Muslims fleeing the expanding power of Catholic Spain. Today it takes second place to Rabat, with a population of nearly 600,000. The médina of Salé has a fine medersa and a striking early Merinid gate, the Bab Mrisa. For those with enough time, Salé is worth a visit.

Outside the city, cork and eucalyptus forest, gardens and beaches stretch north along the Atlantic coast. Kénitra is an industrial and military port, while further north, Mehdiya attracts surfers to its sandy beach, and other visitors to its overgrown kasbah overlooking the sea. This stretch of coast is rich in birdlife, particularly on the Lac de Sidi Bourhaba and the lagoon of Merdja Zerga. There are isolated Roman remains at Thamusida and Banasa. To the south of Rabat, spring flowers carpet the valleys of the Zaër Forest, an area of gorges and rolling hills.

This is edited copy from Footprint Handbooks. For comprehensive details (incl address, tel no, directions, opening times and prices) please refer to book or individual chapter PDF
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