Between Rabat and Casablanca lies a number of sandy beaches, popular with locals from both cities, especially during the summer holiday months. Apartment complexes are steadily taking over large tracts of the coastline here, supplying an increasing demand for city workers willing to commute.

Thirteen kilometres south of Rabat, the town of Temara is notable primarily for its small kasbah, which dates from Moulay Ismail’s reign during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. However, most visitors come here for it’s beach, Temara Plage, 4km west of town. Packed in summer and deserted for the rest of the year, it’s a pleasant if slightly wild stretch of golden sand; the sea here offers the odd wave for surfers but only confident swimmers should venture out past the breakers.

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