If you’re spending time in Rabat, it’s worth taking the tram across the river Bouregreg to visit the quite different city of Salé. Here, time has stood still and medina life is much more traditional and slow-paced than that of its slick sister city. Do visit the Grand Mosque and Medersa, as well as the three Zawiyas (saints’ shrines). It’s interesting to wander through the Souk el Ghezel (wool market) and the Souk el Merzouk (textiles, basketware and jewellery). Here you’ll see the grass mats for sale that are used in mosques to line the walls and floors. Salé is famous for production of these.
Now you can stay in Salé, too, at this delightful guesthouse:
Set in a sensitively-restored medina home, the aptly-named Repose offers four individually decorated suites with an accent on colour and comfort. The house is located in the middle of Salé’s old medina which is just across the River Bouregreg from Morocco’s capital, Rabat, on the Atlantic coast.
The medina is calm, traditional and hassle-free, and the house is close to the big mosque, ancient medersa (Islamic school), traditional souks, local markets and the famous gold street. Just outside the medina, the beach and stylish new marina offer an array of cafés and eateries perfect for people-watching, while you enjoy a drink, snack or meal. In addition, Oulja craft centre/pottery is within easy reach and Rabat is 10 minutes away by tram or, more romantically, by rowing boat.
- four suites, three with a fireplace
- salon, and courtyard with fountain
- close to parking
- dinner available on request; all meals are vegetarian
- very private, comfortably-furnished roof terrace
- guides available, as well as advice on what to see in the area
COST: from Dh650 (around 59 Euros) per double room per night, including breakfast and local taxes