I love me some Morocco! One of the reasons this country appeals to me is because I’m a huge eater, and new spices make my brain percolate. Now I could wax poetic about all the foods that made me bust my elastic waistband while I was there, but today I’m going to focus on the eye-gasm known as the Kasbah of the Udayas, located near the medina of Rabat.
In Morocco, a Kasbah typically refers to a fortress or citadel built to protect the city against naughty invaders. Constructed in the 12th century, this particular citadel has been destroyed, re-built, expanded, abandoned, reinhabited and finally occupied by the Udaya Arab tribe in the 17th century; hence its current name, Kasbah of the Udayas. Thus endeth the lesson. Let’s get to the fun stuff!
At first blush, the Kasbah looks very imposing. After all, it’s supposed to instill fear in the hearts of its enemies. Once you get inside, however, the Kasbah is a feast for the eyes. Within these austere walls lies a magical realm of blue and white. These vibrant tones are peppered with arrays of beautiful plants and flowers adorning the sidewalks.
If you like interesting doors and decor, this Kasbah is a “must see”. Everywhere you turn there’s another cool door, another fascinating mosaic, another beautifully adorned window or another alley to wander into. Let your imagination run wild. I had the song “Rock the Kasbah” stuck in my head so I was imagining myself shooting an 80’s video in the Kasbah. I’m so cool in my own head, lol.
But wait, there’s more! Once you navigate through the cobbled streets of the Kasbah, your reward is a mind-blowing view of the sea. It was honestly one of my favorite parts of the entire Kasbah. The breeze can be intense but oh so refreshing. Keep your scarves tied on tight if you wander out toward the sea. I love the sound of waves, so I could have stayed there all day – with a (large) jug of wine, fresh fruit, and some local cheese.
You’ll want to be sure to hit the Andalusian Garden before you leave. It’s a great place to chill for a while before heading back to the hustle and bustle of Rabat. Enjoy the shade, the fountains, the beautiful flora, but mostly enjoy the cats. Yes, yes, the plant thingies in the garden were nice, but it was the feline contingent that made the garden stand out. Kitties!!
I’d definitely go back to the Kasbah of the Udayas for another visit because there were so many streets and alleys that I missed. However, I’ll be better prepared next time. My pockets will be filled with “Friskies”, and I may or may not add a dab of tuna juice behind each ear. I’m determined to get some Kasbah cat selfies!