Discover The Legend of the Two Shores

The shores and valley of the Bouregreg river are the cradle that nurtured the cities of Salé andRabat, twins and competitors throughout the ages.

The river is as much a source of fear as hope, a path of conquest for invaders and a channel to sea trade.

Fortifications and bastions protected the growing cities from potential invasion. The river is the border between the pious “Old Salé” and the amoral “New Salé”, once a pirate’s den and known asRabat today.

Up until not so long ago, though not as warlike, the cities were still at odds. However, history has rewritten the roles and Rabat has now left the shadow of its rival. Elected capital of the kingdom, dynamic and elegant, it towers over Salé, the Belle of the North Shore. A legend was born between the two banks.

Today, the opposing hillsides have reconciled and the legend has regained force. No longer famous for empire-building sultans or intrepid pirates, but for restoration and development projects that aim to preserve and perpetuate a remarkable common history.

Historical Legacies




The Oudaïas Tribe

Originally from the Sahara desert, this tribe was recruited by Moulay Ismaïl in 1677 to form his army. The Sultan then stations the troops in Fez and Meknes.

In the 1830s, their lack of discipline is such that they are mostly known for pillaging. Their chief is arrested by the Sultan Moulay Abderrahman and the Oudayas tribe is thrown out of the army.

As they revolt and menace to overtake Fez, the Sultan spreads the tribe out over the kingdom. Part of the nomad soldiers settle in the almost abandoned Kasbah in Rabat, between 1833 and 1844.

First urban center in Rabat, the Oudaïas Kasbah extends over 4 hectares.