Rabat is one of Morocco’s four imperial cities, along with Fes, Meknes, and Marrakesh.

Located an hour away by train from Casablanca, Rabat is a prestigious stop with a more laid back atmosphere than other cities in Morocco. As the country’s administrative capital, it is also the home of the King, as well as various embassies and ministries.

With its wide sidewalks and efficient tram system, Rabat is an easy city for commuters looking to visit sights such as the Andalusian Gardens or the Udayas Kasbah, a 12th century fortress overlooking Rabat, the Bouregreg River, and even the Atlantic Ocean. Inside, its blue-painted walls bring to mind Morocco’s other famously blue city, Chefchaouen.