There’s no better time to visit Morocco than during the internationally-acclaimed Mawazine music festival, because this is when the city comes alive with a diverse array of music and excitement. Several stages play host to 90 from both Morocco and abroad as they deliver incredible performances over the course of several days, bringing together over two million people from all parts of the world to join in on the fun.
During Mawazine, Rabat transforms into a cultural melting pot, uniting people through the power of music. From your favorite pop superstars to traditional North African sound, lively Colombian music, cultural Indian songs, and the hypnotizing music of the East among many others, this event will be a treat not just for your ears but for all your senses too. The festival was conceptualized as a cultural initiative and it has since grown exponentially to what is now one of the world’s biggest music festivals. Artists will be performing in a curated array of stunning locations throughout Rabat, including public streets and ancient monuments.
Mawazine is a cultural journey unlike any other, one that celebrates music in a truly breathtaking destination that will seduce you with its exoticism.
This is an excellent opportunity to explore the beauty and cultures of Rabat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its numerous majestic 12th century structures. Past editions have featured Wiz Khalifa, Jamiroquai, Enrique Iglesias, The Chainsmokers, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue, The Weeknd, and many more plus breathtaking local acts.
Mawazine will be held in various venues throughout Rabat in Morocco. Some acts will also be held in Sale, a nearby town that’s accessible by a short tram ride. Check out the program of events to find your favorite acts.
Rabat’s city centre is compact enough to get around on foot, but the local tram known as the Rabat-Sale tramway is an affordable and efficient way of getting around. The tram system is fairly easy to navigate given that it only has two lines, with a service departing every 20 minutes.
The best way to experience Rabat is to stay in a traditional riad or Kasbah. Most of the accommodations around the city centre are affordable, and for a small price you get luxurious amenities.
If you need help booking a hotel for Mawazine, check out the map below for some great deals on riads.
Tourists often forget about Rabat, the lesser-known capital of Morocco. Most flock to Fez and Marrakech for its popular attractions. However, Rabat has its own enchanting gems. It has an idyllic seaside location, while its magical beaches and fairytale buildings will leave you spellbound. Some of the iconic attractions in Rabat include the Hassan Tower, The Chellah, the Medina, Kasbah of the Udayas, and the Complexe des Oulja.
Moroccans don’t really indulge in alcohol, but the nightlife in Rabat caters to tourists. Cocktails, beer, and wine is generally inexpensive. The watering holes are much more laid-back save for the few clubs around town, but they do ensure one hell of a good time!
Don’t forget to check out Rabat’s sister city, Sale. It was once an independent republic, home to pirates until it eventually became part of Morocco during the 17th century. Getting to Sale is easy by taking a short ride on a dhow boat.
Mawazine takes place next from June 21-29, 2019.
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