Marrakech to Rabat with E.T.G Tours

Marrakech and Rabat, two of Morocco's most captivating cities, offer visitors a rich tapestry of history, culture, and vibrant experiences. Each city boasts its own unique charm, from Marrakech's bustling souks and lively atmosphere to Rabat's elegant architecture and cultural heritage. 

At E.T.G we enjoyed taking a small group of Spanish expats to this beautiful region of Africa. 

Marrakech to Rabat.

The starting point was the city of Marrakech, staying at the Hotel Ibn Batouta in the French Quarter. Marrakech is a Kkaleidoscope of colours. Often referred to as the "Red City" due to its distinctive red walls and buildings, is a sensory feast for all who visits. The tour included a walk through the heart of Marrakech is its historic medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where narrow alleys lead to bustling souks (markets) brimming with spices, textiles, ceramics, and handicrafts. The iconic Djemaa el-Fna square is the pulse of the city, where snake charmers, storytellers, and street performers captivate audiences against the backdrop of the Koutoubia Mosque. Beyond the medina, Marrakech offers tranquil oases such as the Majorelle Garden, a botanical paradise featuring exotic plants and vibrant blue architecture, once owned by fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. Visitors can also explore the opulent Bahia Palace, with its intricate tilework and serene courtyards, and wander through the historic Jewish Quarter, known as the Mellah. For a taste of local cuisine, Marrakech's food scene is a gastronomic adventure. From savoring traditional tagines and couscous dishes to indulging in freshly squeezed orange juice and mint tea at street-side cafes, the city's culinary delights are sure to tantalize the taste buds.

After 3 days exploring Marrakech, the group jumped on a 3 hour (1st Class) train to Rabat. The group stayed at the Hotel Des Oudias close to the Kasbah.

Where history meets modernity as the capital city of Morocco, Rabat offers a more laid-back ambiance compared to Marrakech, with a focus on history, architecture, and cultural heritage. The city's UNESCO-listed medina is a treasure trove of ancient sites, including the Kasbah of the Udayas, a 12th-century fortress overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and the Hassan Tower, an unfinished minaret dating back to the 12th century. Rabat's modern side coexists harmoniously with its historical past. The Ville Nouvelle (New Town) boasts wide boulevards, elegant cafes, and government buildings, reflecting the city's status as the political and administrative center of Morocco. The group explored the Andalusian Gardens, a tranquil oasis within the city, and a stroll along the picturesque waterfront promenade overlooking the Bou Regreg River.

(photos by E.T.G. Tours)

After 3 nights in Rabat it was back to Marrakech for 1 night before flying back to Alicante. 

It was a successful tour, and we look forward to our tour in Spain in June. 

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