Casablanca is the most cosmopolitan city in Morocco and it is defined by high-end boutiques, lively nightlife and chains of luxurious restaurants. Known also by the name of Casa, Morocco’s largest city is situated in the western part of the country on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. The city serves as North Africa’s chief port which is why it became a major commercial center but don’t let that fool you because despite its strong industrial appeal, Casablanca has a unique appeal on its own.
From the Mohammed V International Airport, you will reach the city via train, heading to the Casa Voyageurs station. You could also try and catch a cab but keep your eyes open for scams because many taxi drivers could try and take advantage of you. Buses are probably the best way to roam through Casablanca since you will have access to many places, or you can make arrangements for a car rental service if you budget allows it.
The most famous and popular tourist attraction is unarguably the King Hassan II Mosque. Designed by French architect Michel Pinseau, the mosque can house 25,000 worshipers inside and its minaret is the world’s tallest at 210 meters. The Parc de la Ligua Arabe, formally known as Lyautey is the city’s largest public park and on its edge sits the Casablanca Cathedral which is no longer in use for religious purposes, but it is open to visitors as a spending example of Moorish architecture.
Another popular place in Casablanca is the Old Town, where highly-preserved French colonial buildings are prominent at every turn. The Old Medina as the locals call it is quite similar to that of Fes and Marrakesh. If you are in search of souvenirs, you can head to the New Medina where you will find souvenir shops, as well as spices, food and many other exotic things. The boulevard Mohammed V is the busiest shopping district of Casablanca, but if you are looking for more upscale brands, you might want to head over to the second largest shopping destination in North Africa, the Morocco Mall.
For a fun and relaxing experience you should definitely make time to go to The Corniche, also known as South Beach of Morocco, where you will find an upbeat nightlife and interesting dining scene which make your trip memorable. Casablanca features a large variety of restaurants so eating there is an activity to look forward to. Because the day starts quite late, most restaurants open around 7pm, but the streets are lined-up with cafes serving breakfast, snacks and beverages so you won’t be starving.
This amazing city is an ideal destination for a relaxing holiday since it has a little bit of everything. The accommodations are equally spread in the city so you will be pretty close to important areas of Casablanca.