Just over 1¾ hours drive from Ain Diab, Casablanca we reached Rabat the capital of Morocco. First in the itinerary is a visit to the King’s palace. We noted that in every major city in Morocco, the king has a palace. Upon arrival, it was drizzling with strong winds which literally made us shiver due to the low temperature in November. Fortunately it lasted for a while and we were than able to stroll the outer perimeter of the palace.
After the King’s palace, we will be visiting the mausoleum of Mohammed V and Kasbah of Udayas before retiring for the day to our hotel.
50km more to Rabat. It rained on-and-off during the journey.
Travelling route from Ain Diab, Casablanca to Rabat.
Approaching the palace from the parking lot some distance away. Notice the strong winds blowing the palm leaves.
The flag blowing in the wind. The flag indicates the presence of the King in the palace.
The main entrance with barrier guarded by security personnel.
Another view of the palace with the fountain switched off.
Another entrance nearby.
Also with it’s security detail.
Back entrance with closed doors.
The back entrance from afar.
Mosque nearby the palace where our bus parked.
Rabat itinerary – King’s palace, Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Kasbah of the Udayas.
Before continuing our tour to Rabat just a little more than 100 kms from Casablanca, we had lunch at Ain Diab. It is a seaside suburb of Casablanca and known as the corniche of Morocco or to its extreme, the riviera of Africa. Passing the neighbourhood getting to the beachfront you’ll get to see posh residences.
A walk along the boulevard exposes you to the mighty Atlantic ocean with its rough waves, the beach is nothing out of the extra-ordinary. It’s a popular spot among the locals and tourists and during the summer expect ½ million visitors here. Properties fronting the beach are commercial buildings like hotels and restaurants making up the numbers. In 1958, Ain Diab hosted one round of the F1 races here but unfortunately never again.
One of the posh residence on your way to the beachfront of Ain Diab. This belongs to an Arab prince which has a mosque in the compound and open to public for Friday prayers. Gosh, a mosque in his house!
Street into the beachfront. You can deduce from this type of advertising campaign, what type of crowd Ain Diab draws.
The street just besides the beachfront.
McD and other fast food by the beach. So an inexpensive lunch can be had here.
Where we had our seafood lunch on the 2nd floor terrace, just across the Atlantic ocean.
Atlantic ocean from our lunch terrace.
Those rough waves are intimidating.
Black heavy clouds just before the rain starts. Notice the rainbow?
The Hassan II Mosque is one majestic and gigantic building. Not to mention a beautiful building too. It’s foundations lie partly on reclaimed land and partly in the Atlantic Ocean. At 210 metres the minaret is the tallest religious structure in the world. Depending how you define largest, biggest, size or capacity, Hassan II mosque is the top 5 largest mosque in the world, the first being the Haramain Mosque in Mecca.
Not withstanding that the afternoon prayer is a couple of hours away, the doors to the mosque were shut when we reached it. We were told there are escorted tour of the mosque held at specific times and cost €12. So I guess, for Muslims to enter the mosque for free, is just before or during any of the five prayer times. (Correct me if I’m wrong).
Even at a distance, the Hassan II mosque is majestic.
At the entrance, the complex houses a museum.
A ‘small’ garden in the huge courtyard.
The seemingly fierce Atlantic ocean.
At close distance, you can only partially frame the mosque.
The other part of the mosque. Corridor with arches.
Doors leading into the mosque prayer hall.
Huge doors with inscribed design. Notice the size of the door hinge.
Yes brothers, you ARE small. No point arguing with the door.
The unmistakable Moroccan tile design on the walls.