But we have departed from the city's noise, cars and crowds to find peace within the walls of the Oudayas Kasbah, brightly colored thanks to the sunlight. However, this color uniquely identifies the gate of this fortress, called Bab Oudaia, that has little to do with what lurks inside.
Walking through the small town that forms the Kasbah within its walls is one of those experiences that travelers should not miss in the country, although Rabat is not among its most tourist cities. Moroccan lifestyle can be felt in the calm of these streets like in anywhere else thanks to the relaxed walks of its inhabitants, with their chilabas in many different colors, the distant sound of the waves and the adhan or call to pray from the oldest mosque in the city, Jemaa Al Atiq.
Before coming here, it was difficult for Jade to choose his favorite spot in town for a coffee, but he finally opted for the Maure because of its typically Moroccan atmosphere, thanks to the loving family that has run it for decades. However and after our experience in Marrakech, we know that coffee is not going to be the main beverage today. After a few minutes of greetings and looks to the magnificent views, we realize once again about the importance of the Moroccan tea in the country's society when Jade begins to talk about it at the first opportunity.
What is this drink? It’s dried tea leafs with mint and a lot of sugar, prepared together with some kind of ritual and spirit. Yes, spirit. Actually, mint tea in morocco is more than an ordinary drink. It’s THE drink that every Moroccan drinks almost every day. We serve it in every occasion.
And after drinking a bit of the glass of tea that he has already on the table, he continues:
Take tea! It has to be sweet and hot. Don’t drink in two or three sips. A glass should last the entire time of a conversation. We don’t drink tea just to drink it… we drink tea to accompany our talking. It’s part of the whole. I see a lot of foreigners drink tea like a juice or glass of Coke and it makes me want to scream for this sacrilege. Take your time, it’s hot. Take a little sip just to get your mouth wet.
Along with the market, the other two places are the Necropolis of Chellah and the Mausoleum of Mohamed V, in different parts of the city. The first of these, the Chellah, is an ancient Roman, medieval and necropolis complex located about two kilometers from the city center and inhabited centuries ago by Phoenicians and Carthaginians. While today it is in ruins, it is still possible to walk through the forum, Zawiya (Muslim temple), oratorio or the beautiful minaret decorated with tiles.
Pictures: Alejandro Rojas & Luis Lopez Galan