Top things to do in Salé

Area in Salé


Retaining an almost medieval flavour, this 13th-century walled medina is visited on a regular basis by the city's pious, who come to worship in the Grand Mosque and three important shrines. Local housewives are also…
Historic Building in Salé

Medersa Abou Al Hassan

Attached to the magnificent Grand Mosque, this medersa (school for studying the Quran), next to the mosque's monumental entrance gate, is a showcase of superb Merenid architecture and decorative arts. Both it and th…
Islamic Shrine in Salé

Zawiya of Sidi Abdallah Ben Hassoun

Salé's patron saint, Sidi Abdallah Ibn Hassoun, was a 16th-century Sufi cleric and teacher. He is revered by Moroccan Muslims as a patron of travellers in much the same way as St Christopher is revered among Catholi…
Market in Salé

Souq El Ghezel

Shaded by trees and unchanged for centuries, the atmospheric Souq El Ghezel (wool market) makes an interesting stop on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, when buyers haggle over the price and quality of rough white wool…
Islamic Shrine in Salé

Koubba of Sidi Ben Ashir At Taleb

This white koubba (shrine of a saint) at the edge of the medina was built to honour a 14th-century Spanish adherent and teacher of Sufism. The faithful come here to pray for cures to blindness and other ailments. No…
Notable Building in Salé

Slave Prison

Built by the dastardly Sallee Rovers pirates and recently restored, this slave prison next to the Muslim cemetery hadn't officially opened during our most recent visit, but the caretaker was happy to show visitors a…
Mosque in Salé

Grand Mosqée

Dating from the beginning of the 11th century, this is the third-largest mosque in Morocco. An architectural mix of the Almoravid and Almohad styles, it has been rebuilt many times over the centuries. It is closed t…
Market in Salé

Souq El Merzouk

Textiles, basketwork and jewellery are crafted and sold in this souq. Also on sale are the woven grass mats used in mosques, for which Salé is famous.
Market in Salé

Souq El Kebir

The medina's main souq, selling household goods, leather and wood. The spice souq is nearby.
Islamic Shrine in Salé

Zawiya of Sidi Ahmed Tijani

Shrine of the 18th-century founder of the Tijaniyya Sufi order. Non-Muslims may not enter.