Surrounded by markets and street stalls, this is a great place to get a true feel for the city.

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Bab el Had

The gateway to a more traditional Rabat

The route which runs through Bab el Had – literally “the Sunday Gateway” – in Rabat will give you an opportunity to truly experience what the city must have been like with its camels, travelling merchants, spicy smells and joints of lamb. On Sundays, this very same atmosphere is recreated at the market pitched at the foot of the gate, where you can haggle yourself a bargain with the local vendors. If you take a wander around the nearby vicinity you will also be able to witness the last of Rabat’s scribes who, equipped with their old typewriters, will draft documents as and when commissioned. After passing through the gate you find yourself immersed in the crowd that throngs the busy Rue Souika, which leads firstly to the Grand Mosque and then onto the Souk es Sebbat. If footwear is on your list of souvenirs, what better than a pair of babouches hand-made before your very eyes, not to mention the vast array of other fine leatherworks on offer? The gate of Bab el Had will literally transport you to the picturesque world of these local crafts.

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