Medina

Rabat

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Medina

You will be surprised by the straight layout of the historical heart in sharp contrast to the usual maze of streets. A walk through Rabat medina could look like this: Start your visit at the Bab El Had gate and take Souika Street, the largest and probably busiest street in the medina. You will arrive in the Es Sabat souk, the shoe market, covered with reed mats and overflowing with babouches (leather slippers) as well as silver and gold jewellery. You then come to the partially glass-roofed 'rue des Consuls' where craftsmen make woollen carpets, fabrics and copperware. The medina also offers low-priced and local food - so do not hesitate to try mint tea, pastillas or tagine.

Dining

Moroccan food is – in many ways, like the country itself – rich in flavors, aromas, and colours. Its scents and sweet-and-sour combinations are famous around the world. A meal requires all senses and is complemented by the scents of saffron, cumin, and coriander. You can taste the international star everywhere: couscous, or rather a whole range of couscous. Try a pastilla: a delicate pie that wonderfully combines finely chopped pigeon, parsley, hard-boiled egg, almonds, and honey. To top it off, it is sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. The famous tajine (meat, chicken or fish stew) accompanied by vegetables and fruits, is traditionally cooked in a covered terracotta dish.