the twin city of Rabat but at some point in the
development this sibling somehow seems to have gotten stuck, while Rabat
on the other hand went on to become the capital of Morocco, Salé is
a traditional, old fashioned town.
Getting to Salé from Rabat: The two cities are
divided by a bay that can be crossed either by boat or by car or foot over
by foot: The distance between Rabat and Salé is not long but
the bridge is rather heavily trafficked which makes walking, at leat
at peak hours, rather an unpleasant overdosis of fumes.
by taxi: Petit taxi's don't go between the cities, each city has
it's own color for the petit taxies (Rabat petit taxis are blue, the
ones of Sale are beige) and the drivers are not interested in breaking
the rules. The grand taxies do cross the bridge but don't forget to negotiate
about the price first since they don't use the meter (and you always
have to bargain over the price).
by boat: The nicest and also cheapert alternative
are the little rowing boats leaving at the Rabat side from the beach
next to the medina. The trip costs 1,5 dirham per person and takes
about 10 minutes, including nice views over the river and Kasbah. Once
on the Salé side
of the river, you will find about 20 snack tents which prepare
fresh fish dishes. To get to the walls of Salé, just walk about
10 minutes along the Ave
de la plage.
Salé medina: the medina of Sale is a lot nicer
than the rather boring one of Rabat (except for the Kasbah part). There are
very nice corners and alleys with yellow-white houses.