The beautiful city of Rabat, which was at various times in its turbulent 700-year history a pirate stronghold, breakaway republic and imperial city, is now a bustling tourist hub which combines its ancient charms with modern comforts.
Indicative of the modern Rabat is the Hotel Le Diwan MGallery by Sofitel, an elegant, glass-fronted luxury hotel in the heart of the city. Its central location makes it the ideal place from which to explore Rabat, while comforts such as oriental treatments in the spa ensure it is a perfect place to relax as well.
Close by to the Sofitel Le Diwan is the Royal Dar Es-Salam complex, the jewel in Morocco’s golfing crown and host of the Moroccan Open. Royal Dar Es-Salam houses 45 quality holes designed by Robert Trent Jones amidst a 1000-acre forest of cork trees. The main Red Course is a monster of a layout and a true test of golfing skill, while the blue and green offer a different but no less enjoyable challenge.
Visitors to Rabat can enjoy its wealth of historic monuments such as the Kasbah des Oudaia, with its picturesque blue and white-painted streets, or the Hassan Tower, the world’s tallest Minaret (entrance tower to a mosque). There are also excellent beaches of long golden sands to take in.