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Salé was probably founded around the 11th century. In medieval times it was the most important trading harbor on the Atlantic coast, and at the beginning of the 17th century it joined Rabat in welcoming Muslims expelled from Spain. Rabat and Salé were rival towns for more than 100 years after that, but Rabat eventually gained the upper hand, and today Salé is very much in its shadow. The medina, however, is worth a trip even apart from its monuments, as it's particularly authentic; you're more likely to see people in traditional dress or practicing traditional crafts than you are in most other Moroccan large-city medinas.
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