Presentation of the destination
Salé, also occasionally written Salli or Sallee, is a city in the Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer region of northwest Morocco. It is located on the right bank of the Bou Regreg River which flows into the nearby Atlantic Ocean. Opposite Salé on the other bank of the river is Rabat, the capital of Morocco. The two cities are closely connected geographically, economically, and culturally, with many citizens of Salé working in nearby Rabat. Salé has a large population of approximately 800,000 people. It is thought to be one of the oldest cities along the Atlantic coast, having been founded as a Phoenician colony. It was later settled by the Romans, Vandals, Arabs, and Berbers. Salé is famous for playing a key role in Morocco’s independence from France due to the first independence demonstrations taking place in the city.Morocco’s official currency is the dirham and its official languages are Arabic and Berber, while French is also a recognized national language.
Points of interests / things to see
The Mausoleum of Mohammed V is a famous historical landmark located in Rabat, which is just a few minutes away from Salé by car. It is located near Hassan Tower in a beautiful area that overlooks the Bou Regreg River. It contains the tomb of Mohammed V, a member of the Alaouite dynasty who was the Sultan of Morocco between 1927 and 1953 as well as the King of Morocco from 1957 to 1961 after a brief period of exile due to the French occupation of Morocco. He is one of the most important figures in Morocco’s history due to having negotiated for the independence of Morocco from France in 1956. His mausoleum is considered to be an architectural masterpiece. It was designed by Vietnamese architect Eric Vo Toan and is a white building with a beautiful green tiled roof with elements typical of the Arab-Andalusian style. Since the completion of its construction in 1971 after ten years of work, two of Mohammed V’s sons have also been entombed in the mausoleum: King Hassan II and Prince Moulay Abdellah. King Hassan II was the King of Morocco from 1961 until his death in 1999. The mausoleum is also part of the Rabat UNESCO World Heritage Site.Location: Rabat (approximately 15 km from Salé)
One of the most fascinating archaeological museums in Morocco is the Rabat Archaeological Museum. It was founded in 1932 and contains an impressive collection of artifacts uncovered in archaeological excavations throughout Morocco. Its collections include items from prehistoric and pre-Islamic civilizations, including early human remains from the paleolithic and neolithic eras, as well as bronze items from Roman civilizations. The ground floor of the museum focuses on stone artifacts such as sarcophagi, stelae that are covered in carved inscriptions, arrows, axes, tools, swords, and pottery, as well as parts of tombs. One of the most interesting items in this exhibit is the oldest example of human remains ever found in Morocco. Other displays teach visitors about the evolution of agricultural technologies throughout history as well as showing examples of impressive works of prehistoric rock art found in Moroccan caves. The museum garden also features a number of interesting statues and beautiful mosaics, as well as wheels and sundials. Another interesting exhibit focuses on items from pre-Islamic civilizations found at sites such as the Roman cities of Volubilis and Banasa. Artifacts include items from everyday life such as cooking utensils, and dishes, as well as artistic pieces like bronze busts.Location: Rabat (approximately 15 km from Salé)
If you’re interested in exploring the extensive natural beauty that Morocco has to offer, then visit the Merja Zerga National Park on the Atlantic coast near the city of Kenitra. Merja Zerga, also known as Lagune de Moulay Bou Selham in French, is a beautiful tidal lagoon that was named a Permanent Biological Reserve of Morocco in 1978. The lagoon covers over 4,500 hectares of land that is home to approximately 100 distinct and fascinating bird species. This is partly due to the lagoon being a perfect wetland habitat for the birds, as well as the fact that it is an important site on the East Atlantic Flyway. This international migration route is used by nearly 90 million birds each year as they fly from their northern breeding zones in countries like the United States and Canada to western Europe and southern Africa where they spend the winter. Bird species that spend the winter at Merja Zerga include approximately 15,000 ducks and 50,000 waders. Birdwatchers who visit the park in the winter can also look for coots, flamingoes, plovers, shelducks, wigeons, teals, avocets, and curlews. The park is also great for hikers to explore due to its immense beauty.Location: Gharb-Chrarda-Beni Hssen (approximately 115 km from Salé)
Kasbah des Ganoua, also known as Kasbah ismaïlienne and Kasbah El-Hrichi, is a kasbah located in Salé on the right bank of the Bou Regreg River. A kasbah is a type of Islamic fortress that was often used as the home of local leaders as well as a means of defense against attack. As a defensive structure, kasbahs are often built atop high hills in order to aid in defense, and generally have high walls without windows. In modern times, the word kasbah is also used to describe the old part of a city. Kasbah des Ganoua in Salé is one of the largest fortresses in the region, and was designed to protect the Atlantic coasts of Salé and nearby Rabat from invasion. It was built during the reign of Moulay Ismaïl Ibn Sharif, the second ruler of the Alaouite dynasty of Morocco who was said to be a descendant of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The fortress buildings included a mosque, baths, and housing for soldiers. It remained unused for several decades but was eventually used by French Resident-General in Morocco Louis Hubert Gonzalve Lyautey throughout World War I. In 1948, the site was classified as a national monument. In recent years, it has been part of the Festival Karacena.
The Hassan Tower, known as Tour Hassan in French, is one of the most famous landmarks in Rabat, the capital of Morocco. It is a 44 m (140 ft) tall minaret, which is the traditional tower built alongside mosques for the call to prayer. At the time of its construction in 1195, it was designed to be the largest minaret in the world at double its current height, 86 m (260 ft). The mosque built alongside it was also meant to be the largest in the world. However, the death of Almohad Caliph Abu Yusuf Ya’qub al-Mansur in 1199 caused the construction of these two impressive buildings to come to a halt. As a result, the minaret only achieved half of its planned height, while the mosque only consisted of several walls and over 200 columns that had been built. Despite not being completed, Hassan Tower and the remains of the mosque are one of the most important historical sites in Morocco. Centuries later, the location was chosen as the site of the Mausoleum of King Mohammed V of Morocco. The tower is built of a beautiful red sandstone. Inside, it consists of ramps that climb to the top instead of stairs. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012.Location: Boulevard Mohamed Lyazidi, Rabat (approximately 15 km from Salé)
Museum Belghazi, known as Musée Belghazi in French, is an ethnographic museum located on the road between the cities of Salé and Kénitra. The museum was founded in 1994. It features the collections of the Belghazi family, a famous family from the Moroccan city of Fès that lived in Belghazi Palace from the early 18th century. The diverse interests of the family, including mathematics, astronomy, horses, embroidery, and textiles are all reflected in the the museum’s collection of over 5,000 artifacts. Some of the most interesting items include Koranic texts, coins, carpets, traditional clothing, weapons, and Berber musical instruments.Location: Km 17, Route de Kénitra, SaléHours: Open daily 9:00 to 17:30Website: http://www.museumbelghazi.com/accueilen.php
Bab el-Mrissa, also known as Bab Lamrissa and Bab Mellah, is a fortified gate in Salé that dates back to the 13th century. It is located near the Atlantic coast, and as such was one of the most important walls of the city’s medina. It is one of two monumental gates that were constructed in the mid-13th century by the Marinid dynasty of Zenata Berber descent that ruled Morocco until the 15th century. It was constructed around the time of the Battle of Salé in which King Alfonso X of Castile invaded the Moroccan port city, which eventually resulted in a victory by the Marinid dynasty.
Borj Adoumoue, also known as Borj Sidi Benacher, is a bastion, a type of military fortifcation, in Salé. It was constructed in 1261 under the orders of Marinid Sultan Abu Yusuf Yaqub ibn Abd al-Haqq. Several centuries later in the late 1700s, Alaouite Sultan Mohammed Ben Abdellah al-Khatib ordered the construction of a new bastion in its place that featured bronze cannons and Turkish weapons. In 1884, Sultan Hassan I of Morocco ordered for it to become an artillery base. In addition to being an important historic site, it is also the present home of a ceramics museum, Le Musée Régional de la Céramique à Salé, which contains a large collection of pottery from across Morocco.
Those interested in the history and culture of Morocco should visit Kasbah of the Udayas in Rabat. It sits alongside the Bou Regreg River and was constructed during the reign of the Almohad dynasty in the 12th century. It consists of several buildings, including an impressive mosque and a palace. In 2012, it received the honor of being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a fascinating area to visit due to its long history. It is located in the heart of Rabat near many interesting shops full of interesting things to buy and restaurants that offer visitors traditional Moroccan dishes.Location: Rabat (approximately 15 km from Salé)
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How to get there ?
By plane: Salé is home to Salé Airport, also known as Rabat-Salé Airport (RBA), an international airport that serves the area of Morocco surrounding its capital city, Rabat. However, it provides only a small number of flights to destinations that include Paris, Amsterdam, Tripoli, Casablanca, Madrid, Marseille, and London. The center of Rabat can be reached from the airport by taxi, airport bus shuttle, or local bus.If you cannot reach Salé from your city of departure, then another option is Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) in Casablanca. It is the busiest airport in Morocco, with large numbers of daily flights to cities throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and North America. It is located 135 km from Salé, which is approximately an hour and a half by car.Website: http://www.onda.ma/By train: Trains in Morocco are operated by ONCF, the Moroccan national railway operator. Salé has a railway station and is connected to a large network of Moroccan cities by train. Detailed information including timetables, routes, and fares can be found at the official ONCF website.Website: http://www.oncf.ma/By bus: It is easy to get around Morocco by bus since most major cities have a bus station. Almost every city has a bus connection to Rabat which is in turn located near Salé.Website: http://www.oncf.ma/
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