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12 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Casablanca

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Casablanca is the main gateway to Morocco , and many visitors' first taste of the country, as it is home to the primary international airport.

This bustling city is Morocco's business powerhouse and industrial center, with a modern swagger that is unseen in other parts of the country.

View over Casablanca

Needless to say, compared to the history and heritage of Marrakesh and Fes , it can't compete, and most visitors only pass through or stay one night. Despite the fact that Casablanca's tourist attractions and things to do may be few, you will find some gems if you delve a little deeper.

The modern Hassan II Mosque is one of the city's best places to visit, and a tour of the building is worth an overnight stay in town.

Architecture fans will also want to spend some time in Casablanca's downtown district, which is home to plenty of preserved Mauresque facades.

Discover the best places to visit in the city with our list of the top attractions and things to do in Casablanca.

1. Take a Tour inside the Hassan II Mosque

2. admire downtown casablanca's architecture, 3. explore casablanca's medina, 4. enjoy some sea air along the corniche, 5. visit casablanca's cathedral du sacre coeur, 6. shop in the central market & souq haboos, 7. hit the beach in mohammedia, 8. visit the museum of moroccan judaism, 9. day trip to azemmour, 10. explore el jadida's unesco-listed citadel, 11. day trip to oualidia, 12. head down the coast to safi, history of casablanca, where to stay in casablanca for sightseeing.

Hassan II Mosque

On the shoreline, just beyond the northern tip of Casablanca's medina (old city), the Hassan II mosque dominates the entire city.

Finished in 1993, it is the second largest mosque in the world, covering two hectares in size with the world's tallest minaret (200 meters high).

The prayer hall can accommodate 25,000 worshippers, while the courtyard (which boasts a retractable roof) can fit another 80,000.

Astonishingly intricate decoration covers every centimeter of surface. The location, right on the tip of the rocky bay above the ocean, is thoroughly dramatic.

Non-Muslims can visit the mosque on free guided tours, which are run by the mosque. The tours begin at the mosque's western entrance several times a day.

If your time in Casablanca is limited, you can take in the major highlights of the city on the private half-day Casablanca City Tour , which includes a tour of the Hassan II Mosque, visits to both Marche Central and Quartier Harbous, and photo stops along the seafront Corniche and in downtown's Place Mohamed V. Pickup and drop-off at central city hotels is included, and transport is in a comfortable air-conditioned car or minibus depending on the size of your group.

Address: Boulevard Sidi Mohammed ben Abdullah, Casablanca

Mauresque facade in downtown Casablanca

Place Mohamed V is the central plaza of Casablanca and is home to many of the city's important official buildings, including the main post office, Palace of Justice, Prefecture, French consulate, and the main Bank of Morocco.

The building facades all sport the neo-Moorish style (known as Mauresque) that French Resident-General Lyautey planned out for the city as he set about modernizing Casablanca in the early 20th century.

The downtown district of Casablanca between Place Mohamed V and Boulevard Mohamed V is brimming with this style of architecture, which blends Art Deco and Art Nouveau with traditional Moroccan design.

In particular, take a stroll down Rue Tahar Sabti and Boulevard Mohamed V to admire some of the best preserved building facades.

Address: Place Mohamed V

Medina

Although Casablanca's medina (old city district) doesn't have the same historic atmosphere as the medinas of Fes and Marrakesh , the maze-like tumble of alleyways is still an interesting area to stroll.

The medina here mostly dates from the early 19th century, with the Sqala (the sea-facing defensive wall) the earliest building works here, dating from the era of Portuguese control over this part of the coast in the 18th century.

As the district is a combination of market streets and residential, it's a great place to experience the pulse of Casablanca life.

There are also some interesting koubbas (shrines) dedicated to local Muslim holy men in the medina's southern section.

Address: Avenue des FAR

Hassan II Mosque at the eastern end of the Corniche

For sea views and fresh sea breezes close to downtown, head to the Hassan II Mosque and stroll the eastern end of Casablanca's Corniche road from here. You can snap dramatic photographs of the mosque jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean from this vantage point as well.

The Corniche road trails west from here, along Casablanca's shore, all the way to the city's beachfront district of Ain Diab.

Much of Ain Diab's shoreline is now home to luxury hotels and restaurants. The public stretch of beach here isn't particularly clean, so the private beach clubs do a roaring trade, with sun worshipers lapping up the rays and splashing in the club swimming pools.

On sunny weekends, Ain Diab's section of the Corniche is a great spot for people watching, with plenty of local families heading here for picnicking and promenading.

You can get a tram all the way to Ain Diab from central Casablanca.

Address: Boulevard de la Corniche

Cathedral du Sacre Coeur

This graceful cathedral was built in the 1930s, and its architecture is a harmonious blend of both European Art Deco architecture and Moroccan style.

The church was left to wither for decades, with its interior falling into serious dilapidation, but it is currently being restored. Unfortunately, this means it can't be visited, but if you are interested in architecture, it's still well worth a walk here to see the grand white facade.

Another church worth visiting in central Casablanca is the modernist-style Notre Dame de Lourdes (on Boulevard Mohamed Zerktouni), built in the 1950s and lit by a vast stained-glass window.

Address: Boulevard Rachid, Casablanca

Casablanca's Central Market

Casablanca's bustling central market (Marche Central), between Rue Allal Ben Abdallah and Boulevard Mohamed V, is a must for tourists who want to throw themselves into the midst of city life.

Right in the city center, the market is where locals come to buy and sell everything from fresh produce to household supplies, but it's mostly known for its seafood and fish stalls.

For visitors, there are stalls selling local spices and spice mixes and other culinary condiments such as argan oil that make great foodie gifts to take back home. A few shops selling local crafts, including baskets and metalware, have also slipped into the mix.

The courtyard is home to plenty of cheap restaurants serving up hearty portions of traditional Moroccan dishes and seafood plates, fresh from the fishmongers next door.

The market itself is built in the distinctive Mauresque architectural style (blending elements of traditional Islamic architecture with European styles).

For a more souvenir-oriented market, head to Souq Haboos in Quartier Haboos, south of central Casablanca. This small district was built during the 1930s and again draws on Mauresque style.

The market here offers plenty of traditional Moroccan handicrafts, from carpets to ceramic tiles.

Mohammedia

This seaside city, about 28 kilometers north of Casablanca, is fronted by some fine beaches and can be used as a more relaxed alternative to staying in Casablanca. Although home to Morocco's second largest port and related industries, Mohammedia has plenty of laid-back charm.

The petite medina district is a delight to wander through, while the New Town area is attractively laid out, with grand, palm-tree-lined boulevards.

Most visitors, though, are here for the beach. During summer weekends, when half of Casablanca seems to have decamped here for the day, the cafés and restaurants bustle and the sand thrums with activity.

Mohammedia has regular train connections with Casablanca.

This villa in Casablanca's tranquil, well-to-do suburb of Oasis, is dedicated to the history of Morocco's Jewish community, which stretches back for 2,000 years. The villa itself has a long connection with the local Jewish community and was used as a Jewish orphanage.

Photographs, traditional costumes, religious objects, and dioramas are exhibited here, tracing the rich heritage of Moroccan Jews, concentrating on Casablanca's Jewish community. The collection is well labeled, with plenty of information explaining the history and cultural significance of the exhibits.

The most interesting exhibit is the synagogue, originally hailing from the town of Larache, which has been transplanted and reconstructed here.

Address: Rue du Chasseur Jules Cros, Oasis

Azemmour

When tourist boards started promoting Morocco's Atlantic coastline, they somehow left little Azemmour off the list.

But this village, 88 kilometers south of Casablanca, has a history stretching back to Punic times, and a wonderful handful of sites showcase that long tenure.

The adobe-built ramparts encircling the small medina area are Azemmour's main historic attractions, and they connect to the kasbah (fortress), which dates from the 16th century. This is a great place for aimless strolling. It's also possible to walk atop the ramparts at some points.

Azemmour's beach (a couple of kilometers out of town itself) is also one of the best along the Atlantic coast, and is a well-kept secret. Indeed, half of Azemmour's charm lies in the fact that nobody else seems to stop off here.

The ramparts of El Jadida's fortress

El Jadida, 102 kilometers south of Casablanca, is home to a sea-facing, UNESCO-listed 16th-century fortress (Cite Portugaise) , which is well worth stopping off to explore on any journey heading south down the coast.

You can scramble up onto the ramparts for excellent sea views and then wander through the lanes where various sections of the fortress have been preserved.

El Jadida

In the northeastern corner is the fortress prison, which was later converted into El Jadida's synagogue.

Make sure to visit the atmospheric cisterns, in the center of the fortress, which were used as a filming location in the famous Orson Welles' movie Othello .

Oualidia

This charming seaside village, about 182 kilometers south of Casablanca, has a chilled-out vibe that's perfect if you're worn out after visiting Morocco's bustling cities. The Saadian-era Kasbah (fortress) is reason enough for a trip here, but for most visitors, Oualidia is all about seafood dining and the sweep of beach that runs along the lagoon.

During summer, Oualidia bustles with day trippers and weekenders from Casablanca taking a break from city life.

Oualidia is a favorite stop for foodie travelers wanting to sample seafood — local restaurants serve it up pulled fresh from the sea that day.

Safi

About 237 kilometers south of Casablanca, Safi has been an important port since Roman times, but it was the Almohade rulers who surrounded the city with grand ramparts and made it an intellectual and spiritual center.

The Portuguese occupied the city in 1508 and added to the architecture by building the stately Dar el Bahar Fortress on the shoreline which is now the town's most recognizable monument.

If you're heading down the coast to Essaouira, this is a worthwhile stop-off to break up the journey and explore the fortress and the town's medina district.

Safi is also Morocco's most famous ceramic center, and you'll find plenty of shops and stalls selling pottery throughout the town.

The origins of Casablanca can be traced to the medieval town of Anfa, which is now one of the city's suburbs.

Anfa became the capital of a Berber principality in the aftermath of the Arab invasions of the 7th and 8th centuries. The Berbers embraced Islam but quickly succumbed to heretical doctrines, setting up their own prophet and a Qur'an in Berber language.

The principality was known as Berghouata, and its tribal inhabitants joined a Kharijite rebellion against the Arab governor of Tangier. In the 11th century, the Almoravids waged holy war against these heretics, who were finally defeated by the Almohad Sultan Abdul Mou'min.

The town came under the influence of the Merenids during the 13th century, but eventually became independent as the dynasty weakened.

The Portuguese destroyed the town in 1468 in reprisal for piracy. Portugal sent a fleet of 50 vessels and 10,000 soldiers to occupy the town, which was sacked and then abandoned. But piracy soon revived, and the Portuguese returned in 1515 and destroyed the town once again.

In 1575, the town was rebuilt, fortified, and renamed Casa Branca by the Portuguese in an attempt to establish control over the area. However, the Portuguese rulers fell under constant attack by surrounding Muslim tribes and were finally forced to abandon the town following a terrible earthquake in 1755.

Under the reign of Sidi Mohamed ben Abdallah (1757-1790), the town was rebuilt with a mosque, madrasa, hammam, and a fort and renamed Dar El Beida (The White House), which the Spanish eventually translated as Casablanca.

To soak up Casablanca's modern vibe and historic sights, the best place to stay is in the city center, near the old medina, which lies about a five-minute taxi ride from the Hassan II Mosque. Another popular place to stay is on the oceanfront, especially in the upscale Anfa neighborhood, near the Corniche. From here, it's less than 10 minutes by taxi to the city center.

Luxury Hotels:

  • About two kilometers from the Hassan II Mosque and within walking distance of the old medina, the Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche , with a spa and heated indoor pool, is popular for its friendly staff and chic, jewel-toned guest rooms. Breakfast is included in the rates.
  • Steps from Place Mohamed V, the boutique Hotel Le Doge Relais & Chateaux resides in a grand Art Deco Villa, with glamorous rooms, great food, and attentive service.
  • If you prefer to stay in an oceanfront resort, the Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca exudes contemporary Moroccan elegance. Facilities include a day spa and an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi with private cabanas.

Mid-Range Hotels:

  • Right next door to the Four Seasons, the oceanfront Pestana Casablanca is a great option for families or extended stays, with its apartment-style accommodation. It's just a hop across the promenade to the beach.
  • In the city center, a short drive from the old medina and less than three kilometers from the Hassan II Mosque, the pet-friendly Kenzi Tower Hotel boasts great city views from its upper-floor rooms, and the hotel has free parking, a swimming pool, and fitness center.
  • Also popular in the mid-range bracket for its good-sized, business-style rooms, the Kenzi Basma is right in the city center within walking distance of the Old Medina.

Budget Hotels:

  • Ibis Casablanca City Center has fresh modern interiors in its rooms, a restaurant, and a convenient location opposite the Casa-Port railway station, which also offers easy access to the old medina.
  • Right across from the Casa Voyageurs railway station and about two kilometers from the central market, Al Walid Hotel is popular for its good facilities with a restaurant, gym, and spa, as well as its simple but good-sized rooms.
  • Nearby Ibis Casa Voyageurs is another affordable option, close to public transport in the city center. It offers a restaurant, free car parking, a nice outdoor terrace, and small but contemporary rooms.

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25 Best Things to Do in Casablanca (Morocco)

Morocco’s main port and the largest city in the Maghreb, Casablanca is a multicultural financial centre known more for its modern construction than its history.

For one, the Hassan II Mosque is the largest mosque on the continent, and a technical achievement with a retractable roof on its prayer room and a high level of artistry in its fittings.

Casablanca’s boulevards were drawn up in the 20th century when forward-thinking French urban planners were given free rein.

This led to a cross-pollination of European and Moroccan design, best seen in the arcades and whitewashed walls of the Quartier Habous, a new Medina for immigrants from around Morocco.

The oceanfront Corniche meanwhile is enriched with Africa’s second-largest mall, beaches, a theme park, a multiplex cinema and sunset views of the Atlantic.

Let’s explore the best things to do in Casablanca:

1. Hassan II Mosque

Hassan II Mosque

On a promontory above the ocean is Africa’s largest mosque and the third-largest mosque in the world.

The Hassan II Mosque was consecrated in 1993 after less than eight years of construction, and has a capacity for 105,000 worshippers, 25,000 inside and another 80,000 on the grounds.

One of many staggering feats is the minaret, the world’s second-tallest, at 210 metres and with a laser beam pointing towards Mecca.

The dimensions of the Hassan II Mosque may be awe-inspiring but there’s also exquisite craftsmanship in its marble columns, horseshoe arches, chandeliers, woodcarving and zellige mouldings, all produced by 6,000 master artisans from around Morocco.

A guided tour of the interior, departing on the hour, is not to be passed on, during which you’ll learn more mind-bending facts about the prayer hall’s retractable roof, the vast hammam in the basement and can stop to wonder at the Atlantic.

Included in : Full-Day Casablanca & Rabat Guided Tour

2. The Corniche

The Corniche

The Boulevard de la Corniche curls along Casablanca’s oceanfront for several kilometres, with a palm-lined boardwalk that has seen a lot of regeneration since the 2000s.

On one side are sandy beaches, mostly with private beach clubs, sloping gently to the water.

On the other are hotels, restaurants, fast food chains, bars, exclusive nightclubs, hookah joints and a great deal more.

At the west end is the mammoth Morocco Mall and Parc Sindibad, and we’ll deal with those later.

Behind the Corniche in the eastern Anfa neighbourhood are many of Casablanca’s most opulent homes, roosted on the hillside.

Come to the Corniche late in the afternoon to amble by the Atlantic and watch the sunset from a cafe terrace.

Suggested tour : Private Half-Day Guided Tour of Casablanca

3. Place des Nations Unies

Place des Nations Unies

Somewhere to take the pulse of the city, the Place des Nations Unies is a transport hub, plotted at the very beginning of the French Protectorate to link the new city with the Old Medina.

Place des Nations Unies is in a constant state of flux, and the most recent overhaul came in the 2010s with the construction of the Casa Tramway station.

The square is enveloped in mostly modern architecture, although there are a couple of hints from the early days of the square at the famous Hotel Excelsior (1916), and the clock tower, erected in 1908, pulled down in 1948 and reconstructed closer to the Medina in 1993. A modern reference point is the Kora Adia (1975) by architect and sculptor Jean-François Zevaco.

This openwork half-globe symbolises Casablanca’s openness to the world.

4. Mahkama du Pacha

Mahkama du Pacha

Like stepping into an Andalusian palace, the Mahkama du Pacha is a parliamentary building holding Casablanca’s court of justice, but also serving as a space for state receptions.

True to its name, this was also previously a residence for the Pasha (governor). The complex was built in 1941-42, and the design came from Frenchman Auguste Cadet (1881-1956), who played a key role in development of the surrounding Quartier Habous.

One explanation for the palace’s appearance is that modern building materials were unavailable at the time because of France’s war effort, so the Mahkama du Pacha was constructed in the traditional style, brick by brick, using zellige (mosaic tilework), multi-foil arches, honycomb stuccowork, cedar timber and green tiles.

In true Moorish style, the interior courtyard has an octagonal fountain and fragrant orange trees.

To get in, you can either take your chances and ask the guard to let you sneak a peek for a minute or two, or purchase passes for a guided tour in advance from the ticket office at Hassan II Mosque.

5. Quartier Habous

Quartier Habous

A calmer, cleaner alternative to the Old Medina, the Quartier Habous is a planned district, built between the 1910s and the 1950s to cope with a sudden influx of migrants from around Morocco.

Habous was built in the style of a traditional Medina, using Moorish style and materials, but at the same time its French architects applied Modern urban planning concepts.

In amongst the intricately moulded street arches, horseshoe arcades and whitewashed buildings are street cafes where you can watch the neighbourhood going about its business over a glass of mint tea and a pastry.

Vendors are famously less pushy in the Quartier Habous and you can seek out leather goods, olives of all sizes and descriptions, traditional clothing, Moroccan sweets, tagines and spices.

An obligatory stop is the little Pâtisserie Bennis, handcrafting traditional Moroccan treats since 1930.

6. Art Deco Architecture (Mauresque)

Cinema Rialto, Casablanca

Casablanca went through unprecedented growth during the days of the French Protectorate.

The economic development that was implemented by General Lyautey (1854-1934) as a kind of insurance against insurgency, is represented by grand boulevards and a style of architecture that blends the curving lines of Art Deco with traditional Moroccan features like zellige, interior courtyards and climate-adapted design.

Many of the best works of Mauresque architecture in Casablanca are on the streets bounded by Mohammed V and Avenue Lalla Yacout to the north and south, and Rue du Prince Moulay Abdellah and rue Ibn Batouta to the west and east.

At the still-working Cinéma Rialto on the corner of Rue Mohammed el Qorri and Rue Salah ben Bouchaib, Josephine Baker entertained American troops for the first time in the Second World War.

Also see Hotel Guynemer (2 rue Brahim Belloul), Hotel Transatlantique (79 rue Chaoui) and Hotel Lincoln, in a state of semi-ruin across from the Marché Central.

In contrast Hotel Volubilis, at 20-22 Rue Abdelkrim Diouri, has come through a successful restoration programme.

7. Place Mohammed V

Place Mohammed V

In the time of the French Protectorate this square, laid out in the 1910s, was named after General Lyautey and as the base of French power is framed by Mauresque architecture.

Check out the 1918 Grande Poste (central post office) on the northern frontage, as well as the 1925 Palais de Justice to the east.

Most striking of all is the Wilaya, former prefecture building to the south, constructed in 1930 and impossible to miss for its square clock tower, which has an air of Venice to it.

You’ll find out pretty quickly why Place Mohammed V has the popular nickname “pigeon square”, and you can pause in the evening and watch the fountain’s water and light show.

8. Old Medina

Old Medina, Casablanca

While Medinas in other Moroccan cities can be traced back hundreds of years, Casablanca’s old walled city is surprisingly young.

It was reconstructed by Sultan Mohammed Ben Abdallah following an earthquake in 1755, and was then almost completely razed during the Bombardment of Casablanca by the French in 1907. The upshot is that this almost indecipherable district of scruffy intertwining streets holds less tourist appeal than its counterparts in Marrakesh and Fez, but merits a daytime visit for anyone who wants to see the real Casablanca.

You can browse for typical Moroccan gifts like olives and argan oil close to the grand arched entrances.

A couple of streets in from Boulevard des Almohades on the north end, you may happen upon the Ettedgui Synagogue, on Rue Al-Aidi Ali Al-Maaroufi, destroyed during the American bombing of Casablanca in 1942 but now restored and rededicated by King Mohammed VI in 2016.

9. Private Half-Day Guided Tour

This is a good point to note that you can be forgiven for feeling intimidated by parts of Casablanca.

So if you want a guiding hand and true local context, there’s a highly rated four-hour tour on GetYourGuide.com.

Available morning or afternoon, the tour can be tailored to your tastes, but ticks off all of the essentials, like the Quartier Habous, the Hassan II Mosque, Place Mohammed V, the Central Market, Notre Dame de Lourdes (more next) the Morocco Mall and Anfa, with its plush hillside residences.

You’ll travel in an air-conditioned minivan, and your guide will fill you in with lots of interesting facts about Casablanca’s customs, culture and history.

Hotel pickup and drop-off are available.

10. Notre Dame de Lourdes

Notre Dame De Lourdes, Casablanca

Unlike Casablanca’s deconsecrated Église du Sacré-Cœur, Notre Dame de Lourdes (1954) continues to hold services.

This peculiar Modernist building was the work of architect Achille Dangleterre and engineer Gaston Zimmer, with a tall and almost featureless silhouette that belies the beauty of the interior.

There you can enjoy the beautiful stained glass by master glass artist Gabriel Loire (1904-1996) who contributed to churches across Europe and North America.

The lower, lateral walls of the nave are made up entirely of this stained glass: Designed to evoke Moroccan carpets, these panels represent the Immaculate Conception and various Marian apparitions, including at Lourdes.

Above are slender, purely decorative strips between the bulky concrete pillars, casting multicoloured light on the floor of the nave.

11. Villa des Arts de Casablanca

Villa des Arts de Casablanca

Close to the intersection of the Zertouni and Roudani Boulevards, the Villa des Arts de Casablanca is managed by the ONA Foundation.

This arts organisation stages exhibitions, seminars, music performances and educational workshops, both here and in Rabat.

The Casablanca location is an exquisite Art Deco villa from 1934, and for tourists is mainly a place to come to sample Moroccan art at temporary exhibitions.

When we put this list together at the end of October there was a retrospective exhibition for surrealist turned hyper-realist painter Hamid Douieb, as well as talks by author Mamoun Lahbabi and poet Abdelhak Najib, and a recital by soprano Jalila Bennani.

12. Muhammadi Mosque

Muhammadi Mosque

Another of the main sights in the Quartier Habous is this spectacular neo-Moorish mosque, named for Mohammed V who ordered its construction and completed in 1936. As with much of the architecture in Habous, the design came from Auguste Cadet, and Mohammed V would visit the site regularly throughout construction.

The building, accommodating 6,000 worshippers, has an unusual, irregular plan, with seven horseshoe-arched doorways on three facades.

In the prayer room are 60 columns over 11 arcades perpendicular to the qibla.

Look for the unusual polygonal columns, and cast your gaze up to the chandeliers, one of which weighs three tons.

The courtyard was modelled on the Moorish mosques of Andalusia, covering 900 m2 and with an imposing central fountain in marble.

13. Museum of Moroccan Judaism

Museum of Moroccan Judaism

Casablanca’s Jewish population is anything from 2,000 to 4,500 strong, and located in the European City where there are kosher restaurants, community centres and a Jewish school.

Also here, on Rue du chasseur Jules Cros, is the museum dedicated to Judaism in the Arab world.

This was founded in 1997 in a former orphanage for Jewish children, dating back to 1948. Something particularly enlightening here is text from Morocco’s revised 2011 constitution, referring to Hebraic influences as a cornerstone of Morocco’s national unity.

Also a must-see is the recreated jewellery-making workshop of Moroccan Jew Saul Cohen, displaying his tools and workbench.

Artefacts abound at the museum, including a menorah, mezuzahs, the 1944 bimah from the city’s Beni-Issakhar Synagogue, and all sorts of costume, jewellery and art over hundreds of years.

14. Musée de la Fondation Abderrahman Slaoui

Musée de la Fondation Abderrahman Slaoui

An elegant 1940s Art Deco villa, just west of Place Mohammed V, houses this museum presenting the collections of businessman Abderrahman Slaoui (1919-2001). A highlight is a set of more than 80 vintage posters, for tourism and North African products.

There are also marvellous pieces by master jewellers from the 19th and 20th centuries, and a remarkable study of traditional Moroccan costume conducted by photographer and designer Jean Besancenot in the 1930s.

You can pore over works by Mohammed Ben Ali R’bati, held as the first Moroccan figurative painter, and the first to feature in exhibitions in Europe.

Afterwards call in at the museum’s cafe, which has a pleasing view of the city.

15. Phare d’El Hank

Phare d'El Hank

An abiding feature of the Casablanca skyline, this lighthouse is at the tip of El Hank peninsula, to the west of Casablanca’s harbour and at the east end of the Corniche.

Raised in the second half of the 1910s, the 51-metre lighthouse is equipped with a second-order Fresnel lens and has a range of 30 nautical miles.

The Phare d’El Hank opens on a pretty informal basis.

If you’re one of the lucky ones you’ll be able to climb 256 marble steps for an awesome view of the Atlantic, Casablanca and the Hassan II Mosque.

Also on a visit you’ll see how Casablanca’s richest and poorest neighbourhoods exist side by side.

16. Forêt de Bouskoura-Merchich

Forêt de Bouskoura-Merchich

Green space is at a premium in Casablanca but on the southern outskirts is almost 3,000 acres of newly planted, mostly eucalyptus forest.

The Forêt de Bouskoura-Merchich is still developing and until the late-2010s facilities were a little sparse.

But slowly picnic areas, toilets and much-needed litter receptacles are being added, and the forest is becoming a go-to for bike rides and morning jogs.

If everything goes to plan there will eventually be a lookout tower, a nature visitor centre, a restaurant, a sensory trail and five children’s playgrounds across four main zones.

17. Temple Beth-El

Temple Beth-El

The largest of Casablanca’s 30+ synagogues can seat 500 worshippers and is an important centre for the city’s Jewish community, and the main venue for spiritual events.

For instance, it was here in April 2019 that Rabbi Yoshiahu Pinto was named Supreme Chief Rabbinical Court Master in Morocco, a post that had been left unfilled for a century.

Temple Beth-El was built in 1942 and needs to be seen inside for its stuccowork, golf leaf, stained glass and chandeliers.

The interior was renovated in 1997, and is a worthwhile detour for anyone inspired by Casablanca’s rare multiculturalism.

18. Morocco Mall

Morocco Mall

Africa’s second-largest mall opened in 2011 between Plage Ain Diab and Plage Madame Choual.

The Morocco Mall has upwards of 350 stores and services, and contains a 1,000,000-litre cylindrical aquarium holding 40 different species.

As for fashion brands, there’s a mix of premium labels like Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Dior, Fendi and Emporio Armani, plus midmarket retailers from Zara to Pull & Bear, Oysho, H&M, Gap, Bershka, Adidas, Nike, Stradivarius and the like.

For books, movies and a wealth of other media there’s an enormous two-level branch of the French chain Fnac, while the mall’s own Souk has almost 50 handpicked artisans selling jewellery, oils, scents, cosmetics, spices, honey, kaftans and hand-embroidered linens.

Food-wise there are dozens of eateries, whether you’re up for noodles, pizza, sandwiches, crêpes, gelato, frozen yogurt and everything in between.

Last but not least there’s a cinema with two IMAX 3D screens.

19. Casa Tramway

Casa Tramway

If you’ve been away from Casablanca since the 2000s you’ll be taken aback by the slick new mass transit system that has slashed journey times in the city.

The Casa Tramway opened in 2012 and has two lines, with two more due to open in 2022. T1 runs from Sidi Moumen to Lissasfa (69 mins end to end), and T2 is between Sidi Bernoussi and Ain Diab Plage (77 mins). The lines intersect twice, at Abdelmoumen/Anoual and Ibn Tachfine/Mdakra.

Running these lines are swish Citadis Type 302 trams by the French maker Alstom.

As of 2019, a single trip is 8 dh (0.83) and a double is 16 dh.

To save hassle you’ll need exact change when you buy your ticket from the station kiosks, although you can buy a multi-ride pass at the kiosk on Mohammed V Square.

20. Derb Ghallef

Derb Ghallef

Part of the southern Maârif area, Derb Ghallef is a commercial area boasting the second-largest flea market in the country.

The market is immense, cluttered and confusing, trading antiques, furniture and clothes, but is most famous for its consumer electronics.

Bargain hunters come in their droves for phones, laptops and other gadgets.

For tourists the souk is something to witness for its pure mayhem, more than a place to shop.

The passages aren’t paved, and can become sweltering in summer and turn into rivers in winter.

But what you may find appealing are plenty of street vendors and small restaurants for kebabs, tagines and nuts.

For respite make for the Horticulture Garden, a short walk to the east.

21. Parc Sindibad

Parc Sindibad

The only theme park in Morocco is in a wooded are at the west end of Plage Ain Diab.

In the 20th century Parc Sindibad was a much-loved day out for young Casa residents, but closed due to financial problems in the early 2000s.

Then in the 2010s, with the arrival of a beach resort, the park was redeveloped by a partnership that included Compagnie des Alpes, which owns big French theme parks like Parc Astérix and Futuroscope.

At the time of writing in 2019 Parc Sindibad had some 24 rides and attractions, as well as a small zoo on its east side and a karting track to the south.

The big draws are Le Serpent, a steel rollercoaster, Al Mouja, a toboggan water ride, and Ain Rokh, a tethered balloon for a bird’s eye view 42 metres over the park.

22. Tamaris Aquaparc

Tamaris Aquaparc

Around 15 kilometres west along the Route d’Azemmour from Ain Diab is the Tamaris Aquaparc, ideal for families with younger kids and bored teenagers.

The water park has 10,000 m2 of treated and filtered water in lush, landscaped terrain.

Alongside a large wavepool, beach and lazy river you’ve got a whole line-up of slides, colour-coded Green (family-friendly), Red (a little more daring) and Black (high-speed). The black slides have names like Boomerang, Cannon Bowl and Kamikaze, while smaller children and toddlers can play in a shallow area with fountains and climbing equipment.

There’s a snack bar for burgers, sandwiches and shawarmas, and after you’ve dried off you could go bowling at the 12-lane alley next door.

23. Anfaplace Shopping Center

Anfaplace Shopping Center

Right on Boulevard de la Corniche in Ain Diab is a modern, three-storey shopping mall, also loaded with familiar international brands.

Just by way of introduction you’ll find Clarks, H&M, Accessorize/Monsoon, Marks & Spencer, NewYorker, The Body Shop, Swatch, and on-the-go food and drink chains like Starbucks, Paul, McDonalds, KFC, Domino’s and Burger King, all anchored by a big branch of Carrefour.

There’s a surf school on the beach in front of the mall, and a bit further along the boulevard is the Cinéma Megarama Casablanca multiplex.

24. Rick’s Café

Interior of the Rick's Café, Casablanca

We’ve seen by now that Morocco’s chief port and main financial centre may not have the romance of the 1942 Bogart classic.

But a replica of Rick Blaine’s swanky “gin joint” opened on the north edge of the city’s Medina in 2004. A place to lie low while you’re bartering for letters of transit, Rick’s Café is an upmarket restaurant in an historic courtyard mansion, with interior decor inspired by the movie’s main set.

There are horseshoe arches, stencilled brass light fittings, balustraded balconies, and palm fronds casting moody shadows on the white walls.

There’s even a genuine Pleyel piano from the 1930s, with a live pianist playing standards from the 30s,40s and 50s.

Expect to hear “As Time Goes By” more than once each evening.

25. Dream Village

Dream Village, Casablanca

About halfway between Casablanca and the city of Mohammedia close to the forêt des Cascades is a resort with an ecological theme.

The main attraction at Dream Village is the zoo, where trails wind through landscaped greenery next to basic but mostly well-maintained enclosures for tigers, lions, flamingos, emus, bison, bears and waterfowl like swans and ducks.

There’s a leisure park too, aimed mainly at children, with slides, pools, pedal boats and rides, and an equestrian club for horseback riding lessons and treks.

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48 Hours in Casablanca: The Ultimate Itinerary

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For many visitors, Casablanca is simply the international gateway into Morocco. Although it can’t offer the atmosphere and medieval history of more famous tourist destinations like Marrakesh and Fez, the country’s largest city is nevertheless worthy of more than a layover. Here’s how we recommend spending 48 hours in the White City, with Relais & Châteaux's Hôtel Le Doge as your base. This 1930s property represents the very best of the Art Deco architecture that Casablanca is famous for, with a pristine white façade and interiors defined by plenty of red velvet and gilded accents. 

Day 1: Morning

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9 a.m.: On your first morning in Casablanca, wake up in a grand suite with a four-poster bed, beautiful molded ceilings and Art Deco drawings on the walls. Take your time to dress, before making your way upstairs to the rooftop restaurant. Here, the city lies spread out beneath you; a gorgeous backdrop for your breakfast of freshly baked breads, exotic fruits, and eggs cooked to order. 

10 a.m.: After breakfast, prepare to get acquainted with the city by taking a wander around your local neighborhood. This area of Casablanca is filled with architectural landmarks, and your first stop should be nearby Mohammed V Square. Serving as the city’s unofficial meeting place, it’s a bustling panorama of modern Moroccan life, with flocks of strutting pigeons and an impressive fountain. The main attraction is the surrounding architecture. Many of the buildings, including the courthouse, the police headquarters, and the post office, are fine examples of the Mauresque style, which marries traditional Moorish influences with hallmarks of Parisian Art Deco. Look out for the Wilaya with its imposing clock tower and the ultra-modern Grand Théâtre de Casablanca . 

From the square, wander a few blocks west to Sacré-Coeur Cathedral, a former Roman Catholic church and exhibition space that epitomizes Art Deco style with its clean, white lines and romantic stained-glass windows. 

11:30 a.m.: Your cultural education continues with a visit to Musée Abderrahman Slaoui , located just across the street from the cathedral and almost next door to your hotel. The museum hosts the private collection of the late Moroccan businessman and humanist Abderrahman Slaoui, who spent a lifetime collecting and preserving Moroccan art and artifacts. The permanent collection spreads out across three floors and includes everything from jeweled kohl flasks to unique Fez ceramics. Don’t miss Slaoui’s study and its Cabinet of Curiosities or the gallery where temporary exhibitions of contemporary Moroccan art are held. Guided tours of the museum can be arranged in advance. 

Day 1: Afternoon

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1 p.m.: When you leave the museum, strike out in the direction of Hassan II Mosque on foot, choosing the route that takes you through the fortified Bab Marrakech gate and into the winding streets of the Old Medina. Casablanca’s medina differs from the fabulous yet somewhat touristy medieval souks of Marrakesh and Fez, in that it is largely residential and the shops that do exist harbor bakers and butchers, metalworkers, and carpenters rather than souvenir sellers. Nevertheless, the rambling, whitewashed buildings date back to the 1800s and strolling amongst them is one of the best ways to get an authentic insight into the essence of Casablanca itself. 

2 p.m.: Eventually your steps will lead you to La Sqala, the fortified bastion that separates the Old Medina from the port. Its crenellated ramparts were built by the Portuguese in the 16th century to defend their settlement from attack; and today, vintage cannons still point seaward in an attempt to ward off the pirates that once plagued these shores. Tucked into the walls of the old fortress is a restaurant, also called La Sqala , where you can stop for lunch. Sit at a table amidst the exotic foliage of the Andalusian garden courtyard and savor the sumptuous flavors of a traditional Moroccan tagine or pastilla. Iced fruit juices restore your energy before you continue on your journey towards the mosque. 

4 p.m.: By 4 p.m. you should have arrived at Hassan II Mosque . You won’t miss it: commissioned by King Hassan II and completed in 1993, it is the largest functioning mosque in Africa and its minaret stands some 60 stories high. It is one of only a handful of Moroccan mosques that allow non-Muslims to enter, on guided tours that last approximately an hour. You will visit the prayer hall and the ablution rooms, the Koranic school, the library and the museum; all the while wondering at the exquisite work of 10,000 master artisans from all over Morocco. Stucco moldings, zellij tile work, cedar carpentry—the mosque is a treasure trove of craftsmanship big enough to hold some 105,000 worshippers. Remember to dress respectfully and remove your shoes before entering. 

After the tour, be sure to stay and watch the sun sink into the sea. The mosque’s westward-facing aspect and its breathtaking location at the end of an ocean promontory make it one of the best sunset spots in the country. 

Day 1: Evening

7 p.m.: If half the reason you’re in Casablanca is because you loved the movie of the same name starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, you’ve got to go to Rick’s Café for dinner. Nestled against the walls of the Old Medina, it’s a painstaking recreation of the gin joint from the movie. And while the celluloid Rick’s Cafe is fictional, it comes to life here with a fanfare of potted ferns, geometric black-and-white marble floors, and Art Deco antiques (including a vintage roulette table and an authentic 1930s Pleyel piano). Come for Champagne cocktails and to listen to live jazz; then stay for sophisticated European and Moroccan cuisine. The restaurant closes at 1 a.m., so if you want to, you can stay late to watch "Casablanca" being screened on repeat in a cozy side lounge. 

Day 2: Morning

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9 a.m.: On your second morning, forgo the hotel breakfast in favor of one of Casablanca’s best-loved international cafés, Bondi Coffee Kitchen . This Australian-owned initiative is a 15-minute walk away and exudes contemporary chic, with trendy menu items that range from ricotta hotcakes and chia pudding to smashed avocado on toast. To wash it all down, choose imported Arabica coffees or raw-pressed juice; or perhaps a plant-based latte.

10 a.m.: After breakfast, hop in a petit taxi for a ride to the Quartier Habous. Built by the French in the 1930s, this neighborhood is a showcase for Mauresque architecture with fanciful arches, arcades, and monumental gateways. It also doubles as a modern souk, with shops selling everything from Aladdin-style lamps to jeweled slippers and exotic spices. It is the perfect place to shop for souvenirs, remembering to haggle for the best price whenever you find something you like. Feeling peckish or want to pick up a treat for later? Stop in at Patisserie Bennis , a family-owned institution that dates back to 1930, for hand-crafted Moroccan pastries. 

Day 2: Afternoon

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12:30 p.m.: Having filled up on pastries, it’s time for some exercise. Take a petit taxi to Ain Diab, for a stroll along the oceanfront boardwalk known as La Corniche. In summer, the vibe here is particularly festive, with foreigners and locals alike gathering to picnic and paddle at the beaches, to admire the sea view, or simply to people-watch. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, pack your swimsuit for a dip in the ocean or consider renting a board from Anfa Surf School . 

2 p.m.: One of the best places to take in the atmosphere of La Corniche is Le Cabestan , a beautiful European restaurant with an outdoor lounge bar. Wide-angle ocean vistas provide the perfect setting for afternoon drinks or a light lunch (think Andalusian gazpacho or a spicy shrimp casserole). 

3:30 p.m.: Head back to the hotel for a shower, then down to the basement spa for a traditional hammam experience followed by a Moroccan massage. The latter uses local argan oil and is guaranteed to soothe any aching muscles caused by your day of on-foot exploration; giving you a second wind for the evening ahead. 

Day 2: Evening

7 p.m.: Your last evening in the White City deserves a celebratory meal at a top-ranked Casablanca restaurant. Located a 15-minute walk from the hotel, NKOA borrows influences from all over the world and blends them to create totally unique fusion cuisine, decor, and music. Try a black-bread burger with fig sauce or sesame-encrusted tuna steaks, accompanied by a glass of bright pink hibiscus tea. 

9 p.m.: By the time you finish eating, the night is still young. Wander five minutes down the street to Kenzi Tower Hotel , where the elevator waits to whisk you up to the top floor. Stunning views from atop a building that claims to be the tallest in North Africa welcome you to Sky28 bar, where you can sip cocktails and listen to live music until 1 a.m. the next morning. 

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Casablanca: 18 Best Things to Do and Places to Visit

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” To get in the mood of visiting beautiful white Casablanca, remember the iconic romantic drama from 1942 starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. First, you can taste the charm of Casablanca on screen and after, step into the city and experience this feeling for real. The scene is yours.

Take a look at the list of the best things to do and places to visit in this biggest Moroccan city architecturally built with a touch of European style. Travel to Morocco and meet Casablanca!

Hassan II Mosque

One of the largest mosques in the world, is a place to meet God and at the same time to admire the intricate and detailed decorative work of every piece of building and courtyard. Hasan II Mosque was recently completed, only in 1993 and is also open to non-Muslims. You can easily find the mosque. Just take your steps to the side of the ocean, the 210-meter-long minaret can easily guide you.

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One may think, Casablanca film was made in Casablanca. But the truth is, it was all Hollywood set. And so it was Rick’s bar. But tourists travelling to Casablanca still can find this iconic bar, relax with piano music and enjoy their drink. Admire stylish setting and feel like you are a main hero now and part of the movie past.

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Cathedrale Sacre-Coeur

The Sacré-Cœur Cathedral was designed by the French architect Paul Tournon and built in 1930. Nowadays it is a home of exhibitions and fairs. We recommended to visit the tower, the view is fantastic.

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Habous neighborhood and King’s palace

Where the king sleeps? In the palace! However, you don’t get the chance to see the interior of this opulent home, but you still can admire King’ palace from a large open square in front. This palace can be found in quiet “quartier” called Habous. Wide and well maintained area is one of the most pleasant places in Casablanca where you don’t meet crowds of tourists. Just another face of Casablanca.

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Mahkama du pacha

Mahkama du pacha is a parliamentary building, sometimes referred to as the ‘Prefecture of Habbous’. Inside you can admire traditional Moroccan architecture with arches, mosaic decorations and ornaments and this place is considered for the paradise of photographers. For entry is needed to gain permission, and be aware, this can be difficult because the building is still in use.

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La Corniche

The sun and beach relax on the west from the II Mosque! Visit La Corniche and enjoy the holiday atmosphere. Corniche Boulevard is lined with shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. Beautiful place to enjoy a peaceful walk in sand.

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Moroccan Jewish Museum

The history of the Jewish nation in Morocco is stored in the Museum of Moroccan Judaism. Visit this place that expresses respect for a different religion in the Arab world. You will have the honor to view historical artifacts, photographs, tools or clothes.

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Marche Central

Rush and excitement, you can only find on the market. Go to a central market where you witness a typical act of getting the best from the best. You never know what catches your eye. Maybe fresh figs or traditional Moroccan leather shoes will now travel in Morocco with you.

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Notre Dame de Lourdes

20 000 Catholics live in Casablanca and Notre Dame de Lourdes serves for these believers inside of the beautiful sacred place with modern architecture. Inside you can find enormous stained windows and Moroccan carpets of the highest quality. And also, Notre Dame gives you peace and a little break from the rushing city.

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Mohammed V Square

Don’t miss a visit of the city center square Mohammed V. In the square you will find the Palace of Justice building, and it is also a perfect meeting point not only for tourists. You can also enjoy the unique Moroccan street food and soak up the atmosphere of Casablanca’s life.

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Eating in Casablanca

Prepare your hungry bellies for a properly grilled lamb. In Casablanca you will taste authentic Moroccan dishes as well as European cuisine. You will come across many French restaurants, but there are also Spanish and Indian ones.

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Bab Marrakech Souk

Bab Marrakech is a symbol of the old market and the old Medina. Don’t forget to insure your memories with beautiful Moroccan souvenirs. We encourage you to buy authentic spices or leather products, but you will surely be enchanted by more beautiful things in the shops and markets well-known for Bab Marrakech.

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Villa des Artes

More than 800 permanent artworks along with temporary expositions, Villa des Artes offers you the opportunity to meet contemporary arts of Moroccan culture . Native and international artists present their work in the Art Deco building.

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Street art is always an eye strain, whether you are an artistic expert or not. Stroll through the streets of Casablanca and enjoy the masterpieces created under the veil of the night.

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Up to the clouds! Or at least on the 28th floor. Visit the extravagant bar Sky 28 and enjoy the views of the city. Life will flow under you in old Medina and you will become a silent observer with a drink in hand.

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Parc de Jeux Sindibad

Park Sindibad is an amusement park projected for family fun on attractions designed for the child’s happiness . You can spend a good part of your day and besides the fun and good views of the city during your rides, you can also visit restaurants, souvenir shop or small ZOO with lions. The park was reopened in 2015 and before, it was a popular place for photographers who wanted to take pictures of abandoned place, a little ghost town, which used to be full of life and happy laughs. But today life is overflowing here again.

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Morocco Mall

Fancy to visit Africa’s largest shopping mall and looking for some global luxury brands? Come to Morocco’s Mega Mall, which can be found just outside of Casablanca. A different world from the markets on the streets and souks, but you can also find here many attractions as 3D IMAX cinema, ice skating or kiddie theme park Adventureland.

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Island Marabout de Sidi Abderrahmane

A pilgrimage site where Sidi Abderrahmane Thaalibi, a Moroccan saint, was buried. You can find the tiny island just a few meters away from the coast and get there on the newly built bridge. This place is all about legends and myths and has a mysterious vibe. Come visit this place and seek spiritual enlightenment.

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Abderrahman Slaoui Foundation Museum

This privately owned house-turned-museum showcases Abderrahman Slaoui’s outstanding collection of Moroccan decorative arts, from Orientalist travel…

Museum of Moroccan Judaism

The only Jewish museum in the Arabic-speaking world, this institution is set in an attractive garden villa that once functioned as a Jewish orphanage. It…

Though lacking the medieval magic that characterises many Moroccan medinas, Casablanca’s compact 19th-century example is still worth a wander. You're…

Quartier Habous

Built in the 1930s, the Quartier Habous, or Nouvelle Medina (New Medina), was built by the French to solve a housing crisis as the population outgrew the…

L'Eglise du Sacré Coeur

Dating from 1930, this blindingly white, Roman Catholic church sits on the edge of Parc de la Ligue Arabe. An extraordinary architectural mix of art deco,…

Place Mohammed V

This perpetually busy square is surrounded by striking public buildings, such as the Wilaya and its clock tower and the Courts of Justice, resplendent…

Promenade Maritime de la Mosquée Hassan II

One of the city’s major urban regeneration projects has turned the stretch of seafront promenade from the Hassan II Mosque to the El Hank lighthouse in to…

Villa des Arts de Casablanca

Set in a beautiful art deco villa dating from 1934, this small gallery is operated by the nonprofit Fondation ONA. It stages interesting temporary…

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Parc de la Ligue Arabe

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Church of St John the Evangelist

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Church of Notre-Dame de Lourdes

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Clock Tower

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What are the 9 Best Things To Do in Casablanca Morocco? Casablanca City Guide

Casablanca City Guide. What are the places to visit and the top things to do in Casablanca Morocco? This guide is a list of the best activities in Casablanca including where to eat and where to stay in Casablanca.

When I arrived in Casablanca Morocco , my first impression was an odd one. I remembered the movie Casablanca, a film full of intrigue and adventure that had charmed me and made me want to visit the city.

As I was walking around in the small streets of the big city, I couldn’t see any of the landmarks that were so familiar in that film.

I was surrounded by huge skyscrapers, lots of traffic, the sound of honking horns, and passersby hurrying to work. It felt like a cold, big metropolis. An economic center that had been stripped of soul and charm. If I had left Casablanca immediately without visiting the city properly, that’s the impression I would still have today.

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Casablanca sometimes feels like a cold, concrete jungle…

I ended up settling down in Casablanca and stayed with some Spanish friends in a house on the outskirts of the city. Every day I would take a local bus to reach the city center.

I was trying to recapture the feelings I had from the movie Casablanca. At first, it felt like I was chasing something that didn’t exist anymore. However, it didn’t take long for me to fall for the peculiar charm of the city.

Best activities in Casablanca

Casablanca is indeed the economic capital of Morocco and as such, lacks the traditional charm of other cities like Tangier , Marrakech or Chefchaouen . However, I think that Casablanca has a charm that only reveals itself if you take the time to discover it.

Spending time near the wharf and talking with the fishermen as they come back to port with their catch of the day will make you connect with the essence of the city in its people.

Fun things to do in Casablanca

I understand that the nature of Casablanca itself doesn’t invite people to discover and connect with its genuine side and I think most people that visit it won’t have much time to spend there. Because of this, I decided to write a guide for the best things to do in Casablanca in two days.

This guide includes all the ”touristic” activities but also a few hidden gems and things that you could do to truly feel connected with the people of Casablanca, Morocco.

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Things you need to know before going to Casablanca City

First of all, you need to know that Casablanca is huge! It’s the biggest city in Morocco. It’s also one of the largest and most important cities in Africa, both economically and demographically.

According to a population estimate from 2014, the city has a population of about 3.35 million in the urban area and over 6.8 million in the suburbs.

What to see in Casablanca

Casablanca is the main city-port of Morocco. It’s also the city that is considered the economic capital of Morocco so this contributes to the feeling the city gives of being a huge cold metropolis.

Most foreign and domestic companies doing business in Morocco have their headquarters in Casablanca. If you’re looking forward to relaxing in a calm little Moroccan village, Casablanca is probably not the best choice.

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Where is Casablanca City?

Casablanca is located on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. The city is located 87 km south of Rabat and 244 km north of Marrakech .

It’s in the ideal location for any traveler wanting to discover the Moroccan coast. Beautiful surf towns such as Essaouira and Taghazout are easily reached from Casablanca.

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A bit of history about Casablanca Morocco

Casablanca was founded and settled by the Berber during the seventh century. The city was used as a port by the Phoenicians and later by the Romans and was called Anfa.

When the Portuguese conquered the city in 1468, they decided to call it Casablanca, meaning “white house” in Portuguese. It was an important Portuguese port until it fell to the hands of the Spanish crown.

The Europeans eventually abandoned the area in 1755 following an earthquake that destroyed most of the town.

The town was finally reconstructed by Sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah (1756–1790), the grandson of Moulay Ismail and an ally of George Washington. The town was called ad-Dār al-Bayḍāʼ – the Arabic translation of the Portuguese Casa Branca.

A few recommendations and tips before visiting Casablanca

Before visiting Casablanca, I would suggest learning a few words of Moroccan Arabic or French. Most Shop owners and taxi drivers in Casablanca only speak these two languages while the younger generation is starting to learn English.

Learning a few words of Moroccan Arabic will help you during your visit. I highly recommend getting your hands on the Lonely Planet Moroccan Arabic Phrasebook .

It is packed with all the essential words and phrases you will need on your trip to Morocco and will help you in every situation — from finding a hotel room to ordering tajine or joining the local festivities this book will cover almost every situation you could imagine.

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I would also recommend getting a map software on your phone that works offline.

Google Maps has helped us navigate the streets of Casablanca and many other Moroccan cities.

One of the cool features of Google Maps is that it can be used both online and offline. Connect to the wifi at your hostel and download a map of the part Casablanca you wish to explore.

This map works with the GPS chip in your phone so it will continue working, even when you’re offline.

And finally, I highly recommend getting a Lifestraw Water Filter Bottle . Although the tap water in Casablanca is not dangerous, it may contain many new bacteria that your body just isn’t used to.

If you drink water using this bottle, any dirt, bacteria or parasites gets trapped in its filter, while the clean water passes through.

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Arriving at Casablanca airport and how to get from Casablanca airport to the city center

Mohammed V international airport in Casablanca is considered the busiest one in the country. Many people landing in Morocco will first arrive in the country through this airport.

Although the Casablanca airport is quite busy, it’s very far from the city center and reaching it can be a bit tricky. In this guide, I will explain how to get from Casablanca airport to the city center.

You can get from the airport to the city center by bus, train, shared taxi, or with a rented car .

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A very convenient way to get from the airport to the city center is by bus. There is currently a CTM bus that leaves the airport on an hourly basis and takes 45 minutes to reach the city center.

The bus leaves the airport from Terminal 1 and you buy your ticket directly on board for 20 MAD

Trains leave the airport on an hourly basis and it takes about 45 minutes to reach downtown. They operate daily between 6 AM and 10 PM.

They leave from terminal 1 of the airport and a ticket is around 42 MAD. You can buy your ticket directly at the station at the airport.

By shared taxi

Taxis are waiting at the main terminals of the airport. They typically charge between 250 and 300 MAD to bring you to the city center. They also charge the same to bring you from the city center to the airport.

Driving there

If you are renting a car , it will be easy to drive from Casablanca airport to the city center. Just follow highway N11 towards the city center. It should take 40 minutes to get from there to the city center.

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Should you exchange money at Casablanca airport?

Airport exchange offices are never the best place to change money, I would suggest just changing a small amount of cash into Dirhams at the airport and taking the train to Casa Port station.

The boulevard located next to this station is lined up with banks and money exchange bureaus with a much better rate than those at the airport.

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Is Casablanca safe?

Casablanca city is a very safe place to visit. Because it’s a huge modern metropolis where many companies have their headquarters, the security and police presence is greater than in any other Moroccan cities.

Petty crime is not a major concern in Casablanca but it still occurs. It’s important to be aware at all times and keep your eyes on your belongings.

Don’t carry around large amounts of money, and avoid wearing expensive jewelry. It’s better to keep a low profile.

The best solution to avoid being pick-pocketed is to stay aware of your belongings and surroundings at all times. You should leave all your important items at your hotel and walk around only with what you need.

I suggest always keeping your wallet in your front pocket or carry a moneybelt. Another great option is to travel with a s lash-resistant and lockable anti-theft bag . I would also recommend getting good travel insurance that covers theft. HeyMondo

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Top things to do in Casablanca in two days

Here is a list of the best places to visit in Casablanca if you have just a few days to visit the city. I have arranged the activities on this list by days but feel free to come up with your schedule where you see fit.

I would also strongly suggest going on a guided city tour in Casablanca to see all the highlights and learn more about this interesting city!

Day One in Casablanca

1. visit the splendid hassan ii mosque.

This beautiful mosque should definitely be on your list of awesome things to see in Casablanca. This enormous building was built to commemorate the former king’s 60th birthday.

The mosque stands right at the edge of the water and its 210 meter-tall minaret is one of the city’s major landmarks. The building showcases the talent and craft of Moroccan artisans.

It features pristine marble flooring, hand-carved stone, and wood, cedar ceilings covered with gold leaves and stunning multi-colored tiles.

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Tours of the mosque are conducted between prayers for visitors dressed appropriately. This mosque is the biggest in Africa and the 3rd largest in the world.

The mosque can accommodate a maximum of 105,000 worshipers for prayer: 25,000 inside the mosque hall and another 80,000 on the mosque’s outside ground.

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The size of the prayer hall is spectacular! The roof retracts letting in the sunlight.

The spectacular marble floors keep people cool, and the ceilings with their gorgeous chandeliers are a sight to behold.

The architecture of this building is extraordinary. In certain locations, one can view the Atlantic as it rolls to shore next to the Mosque.

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What are the opening hours of the Hassan II mosque?

Visiting the mosque is only allowed outside of prayer time and it’s only possible to visit the mosque with a guided tour. The time of the guided visits varies throughout the year and afternoon tours never take place during Ramadan .

Morning Tours – tours at 9 am, 10 am and 11 am and 12 am Afternoon Tours of the mosque– 3 pm and 4 pm During Ramadan – tours at 9 am, 10 am and 11 am Fridays – tours are at 9 am and 10 am, and 3 pm and 4 pm

The tours are conducted in English, French, German and Spanish, and bring visitors in the prayer hall and into subterranean ablutions rooms.

How much is a ticket to visit the Hassan II mosque?

A guided tour of the mosque costs 130 MAD for adults and children older than 12 years old. Children aged 4 to 12 years old will only have to pay 30 MAD while kids younger than that can enter the mosque for free.

Where can you buy a ticket to visit the Hassan II mosque?

Tickets to visit the mosque can be bought at the ticket office that is right at the entrance of the religious complex next to the parking lot. You only need a ticket if you want a guided tour inside the mosque.

Tours of the mosque last a bit less than an hour.

How to get to the Hassan II mosque from the city center of Casablanca?

The Hassan II Mosque is easily reached on foot from the city center. It’s located at about half an hour walk from the Casa Port train station. It’s also possible to reach the mosque by hopping in a taxi. Getting there should cost between 15 and 20 MAD.

How to get to the Hassan II mosque from the airport?

There is no direct connection from Casablanca Airport to Hassan II Mosque. You can get there by first taking a train from the airport to gare Oasis.

From there you can take a tram to Place Nations Unies and walk the remaining distance to Hassan II Mosque.

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2. Walk around Casablanca cathedral

This beautiful white church is often considered to be one of the most amazing African churches. It was built in 1930 when Morocco was still under the French protectorate.

When Morocco gained its independence, Casablanca’s cathedral was converted into a school and then into a cultural center. At the moment it no longer serves as a religious place but it became one of the top touristic attractions in Casablanca.

This abandoned church, also known as the Church of the Sacred Heart, seems out of place but also in perfect harmony with its surroundings.

Most people who visit the church find it a bit odd that such a beautiful monument would be left abandoned. I really enjoyed walking around it during the afternoon. the whole area that surrounds it is very quiet and peaceful.

It also creates a stunning backdrop for any picture!

3. Enjoy a tune played on the piano at Rick’s Cafe

You remember how I told you at the beginning of this article that I was desperate to find the streets and places that appeared in the movie Casablanca when I first visited the city?

Well, this cafe was designed to recreate the bar made famous by Humphrey Bogart in the movie. Needless to say, I spent most of my time in Casablanca enjoying drinks in this gorgeous coffee bar.

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This classical movie had set certain expectations about Casablanca before I even set foot in the city…

This piano bar is filled with details meant to capture the spirit of the movie; An old piano from the thirties, a sculpted bar, curved arches, and balconies.

This restaurant is usually very busy so it’s best to reserve a table ahead of time if you want to go there for dinner.

The restaurant is open for lunch from 12:00 noon until 3 pm; for dinner from 6:30 pm until 1 am. Rick’s Café is open 7 days a week including the month of Ramadan and holidays.

The food there is great and at a very affordable price. You can enjoy your meal while listening to a jazz ensemble!

If you want to see what the restaurant looks like before heading there, have a look at the stunning pictures on the restaurant’s website !

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4. Mohammed V Square

One could say that this square is the heart and soul of Casablanca city. It’s the administrative center of the city and the square is surrounded by buildings of the early 1920s.

Most of these buildings have gorgeous Hispanic-Muslim architecture with white facades and gold-colored stones.

I would recommend visiting this square at night when the water fountains are working and bathed in a golden light.

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5. The King’s Palace

I would recommend ending your first day in Casablanca with a visit to the king’s palace.

The Moroccan king has many palaces around the country and this is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful. It has beautiful patterns and designs on its outside wall.

Unfortunately this palace like the rest of the king’s palaces can only be admired from the outside. Going inside is strictly forbidden. However, it’s worth it just to make a short stop and admire the exterior.

The palace is located near the new medina (also called the Habous quarter).

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Day Two in Casablanca

6. spend time with local fishermen.

If you really want to feel the spirit of Casablanca, you should start your second day there by visiting the port and spending time with the fishermen.

Casablanca has always been the most important port in Morocco. It used to be the biggest fishing port in Morocco before it transitioned into becoming a shipping port.

The fishing industry has never completely disappeared from Casablanca however and the fishermen have always been the heart and soul of the city. Spending time near the port is a great activity to do in Casablanca!

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The port of Casablanca is super easy to find, it’s on the main street in the city center and really close to Casa Port train station! You can get there by taxi from any part of the city.

There are fishermen fishing from the rocks right next to the port and they’re super happy to have a conversation with foreigners.

There are also small boats in the harbor that can take you on a small fishing trip. I don’t know how much they charge but you can always negotiate with the captain.

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If fishing is not your thing but you enjoy eating fresh fish, you can always go to one of the stalls next to the port and eat grilled fish or shrimp.

It’s a fun experience and very cheap: buy the fish or seafood you like, hand it over to the vendor and they will clean the fish right in front of you.

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7. Wander in the little streets of the old medina

If you want a totally genuine experience take a long walk in the old medina. It almost feels like every little street in the old city of Casablanca is connected to a story.

The old city of Casablanca lies between the port and Hassan II’s mosque. Walking there feels like traveling back in time.

If you walked around the old medinas of other Moroccan cities like the ones of Marrakech or Fez , you’ll find this one much easier to navigate in comparison.

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Getting lost in the old medina is a fun thing to do in Casablanca…

The streets of the old medina are filled with little shops and a very animated open-air market.

You can find everything there, from delicious Moroccan food, weird antiques, wooden statues, hand-made soap and vintage memorabilia.

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8. The Corniche

If you want a pleasant long walk by the sea, head over to the corniche boulevard. This long avenue is constantly blown by a gentle sea breeze.

It’s the perfect place to enjoy a stroll while listening to the mellow sound of the waves hitting the shore.

There is a good deal of nice places to eat and drink along the seafront and some people compare this beach boulevard to the Malecon in Havana.

It’s a common meeting place for street performers and there’s always some kind of show happening on the avenue.

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I would recommend avoiding the corniche on the weekend because it tends to get really crowded. After sunset, the area’s trendy nightclubs, cocktail lounges, and sea-facing bar terraces quickly fill up.

Dining options along the Boulevard de la Corniche range from simple counter-serve joints to fancy French restaurants. La corniche is located in a part of the city known as Ain Diab.

9. Be astonished by the architecture of Mahkama du Pacha

To see the most astonishing example of Moroccan architecture, you’ll have to go to the Mahkama du Pacha. This stunning building is a perfect example of ancient Moorish construction techniques.

The walls are covered in beautiful tiles, the doorways and ceilings present an intricate array of carved stone and the plasterwork incorporates floral designs and calligraphy.

This building was formerly a pasha’s residence but it now houses government office. Because of this, you can only enter the building with a guide but it’s absolutely worth it.

You can get a guide to visit this building from the ticket office at the Mohammad Hassan II mosque.

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Where to eat in Casablanca – What are the best restaurants in Casablanca?

Casablanca has some of the best food and the best restaurants you’ll find in Morocco .

Casablanca remained under the French protectorate for a long while and was at a certain point under Portuguese and Spanish occupation.

Because of this, the food that you’ll find there is an interesting fusion of Moroccan and European elements.

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Whether you’re interested in fine dining, foreign dishes or local delicacies Casablanca will provide!

Here are three of my favorite restaurants in Casablanca:

Le Riad restaurant

If you’d like to start your journey in Morocco by sampling authentic traditional cuisine, Le Riad restaurant is the best place to start!

This place is a hidden gem and it’s easy to walk by the facade of the restaurant without realizing that an amazing culinary experience awaits inside. The tagines served here all have the most delicious blend of vegetables and meat with just the right amount of couscous.

A great option at this restaurant is the chicken with olives and lemon tagine. Every meal is served with warm bread and olives.

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If you want a Moroccan feast at an affordable price, head over to Le Riad restaurant as soon as you set foot in Casablanca!

Blend Gourmet Burger

If you’re looking for the best burger in Casablanca, this is the place to visit. This restaurant challenges the idea that a burger should be categorized as fast food.

Eating here is a gourmet experience and I bet you’ll want to come back again and again.

The burgers here are cooked to perfection and the buns are just right, not too dry or soft. This restaurant is also famous for its fresh fruit juices and tasty lemonades

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Brasserie La Tour

Brasserie La Tour is a bit more expensive than the restaurants I usually recommend and is located inside a hotel but I loved the food there so much I couldn’t leave it from this list.

This restaurant is actually a combo of the Brasserie (European menu) and the Atelier Oriental (Moroccan options). In a way, it’s the best of both worlds, you get to savor French specialties and Moroccan delicacies at the same venue.

The breakfast at Brasserie La Tour is fantastic and the spreads are delicious. Fresh juice, fruit, egg dishes, mint tea, Moroccan pancakes with honey, what more could you ask for!?

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If you go there later during the day, I’d recommend trying the savory hummus, the lentil soup or the chicken tagine.

This restaurant also has very kind and professional waiters.

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Where to stay in Casablanca?

Casablanca is a city where it’s worth staying a few days to fully discover it. It’s best to stay there at least a night or two.

It is a city rich in traditional architecture. One of the best experiences you can have in Morocco is staying in a Riad, typical rich Moroccan houses with indoor courtyards and fountains, designed with zellij (Moroccan tiles).

It’s possible to stay in beautiful riads in a small town called El Jadida, just an hour and a half from the city center of Casablanca. The city also offers a good choice of private apartments and studios for mid-range budget travelers.

Casablanca doesn’t really have backpackers hostels like other Moroccan cities do.

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During my time in Casablanca, I spent a bit of time hopping between guesthouses. Here are two of my favorite places in Casablanca:

  • Stayhere Casablanca

This property is one of the coziest houses you’ll find in Casablanca. The place truly feels like a home. It has large bright rooms, big comfortable beds, a terrace, and a lovely kitchen.

This place is located in the city center, at 5 minutes walking from the Arab League Park. If you want to feel like you’re in a home far away from home, definitely consider booking this place when you’re in Casablanca.

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  • Mosquee and Sea View Casablanca

Mosquee and Sea View Casablanca is a complete apartment that comes equipped with everything you could wish for. It has a washing machine so you can wash your clothes after a long day walking around the medina.

The flat also has a fully equipped kitchen, 2 bedrooms, and a lovely living room.

This apartment is right next to the beach and offers stunning views as the name says it.

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What are the best Riads in Casablanca?

One very special type of Moroccan building that incorporates elements of the Moroccan history is the Riad.

Riads are typical Moroccan buildings that started appearing during the Idrisid dynasty. they usually have indoor courtyards with gardens and fountains. One notable feature of their construction is that they are designed with zellij (Moroccan tiles).

No stay in Morocco would be complete without at least one night in a Riad. Here are some of the best riads near Casablanca (note that these are located in El Jadida, an hour and a half south of Casablanca):

  • Riad Dar El Malaika

This beautiful riad has everything to make you relax, enjoy your stay, and feel like a king. This riad is absolutely magnificent and even the shared photos on booking.com can’t really capture the beauty and class of the place.

Riad Dar El Malaika has a small pond in its inner courtyard, lots of beautiful vegetation and plants, stunning arches and columns, and sumptuous beds.

If you want to stay in a palace without breaking your piggy bank, book this amazing place !

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  • Riad Soleil D’orient

This riad is an oasis of peace and tranquility. If you want a relaxing stay in El Jadida away from the buzz of Casablanca, this is the riad you should book.

The riad has a lovely roof-top terrace where you can relax and enjoy your favorite book in a long chair.

In Riad Soleil D’orient , you’ll be at a walking distance from the markets, the Portuguese fort and the sea. A really nice breakfast is served in the garden of the property every morning.

The breakfast is a selection of fresh fruits, orange juice, eggs, cake, several types of pancakes and homemade jams.

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How to get to Casablanca City?

Casablanca is the economic capital of Morocco. Most major companies have their headquarters in Casablanca and as such, it’s easily accessible from many other Moroccan cities.

Since November 2018 there is a high-speed train that connects Tangier , Rabat , and Casablanca. This train covers the distance between these coastal cities in the blink of an eye.

The fact that Casablanca is so close to Rabat also makes it ideal to visit the two cities back to back on a trip along the Moroccan coast.

How to get to Casablanca from Rabat by train?

Casablanca and Rabat are located very close to each other. The two cities are quite similar in terms of size and look and people often think that Casablanca is the Moroccan capital.

If you visit Morocco and first travel to Rabat, your next stop should inevitably be Casablanca.

You can look online on the ONCF website for the timetable of the trains going between Rabat and Casablanca.

Once you know which train you will take, you can go to the main train station in Rabat called Rabat Ville and buy your ticket there.

There is a train that leaves every 30 minutes and it takes about 50 minutes to reach Casablanca from the Capital city. The price of a ticket is between 35 and 80 MAD.

How to get to Casablanca from Rabat with your own car

The distance between Rabat and Casablanca is very short so it’s convenient to drive there if you have your own car or if you are renting one .

There is a toll highway between the two cities (highway A1) and it takes about one hour to cover the distance between Rabat and Casablanca by car.

How to get to Casablanca from Tangier by train

Tangier is a great starting point to visit the Atlantic coast of Morocco. If you want to take a high-speed train between Tangier and Casablanca, you’ll have to go to the Tangier Ville railway station.

You can look online on the ONCF website for the timetable of the trains going between Tangier and Casablanca.

Once you have an idea of the schedule, you can buy your ticket directly at the station.

The high-speed train takes two hours to cover the distance between the cities and a ticket costs around 250 MAD.

How to get to Casablanca from Tangier with your own car?

If you have your own car or if you are renting one , the road from Tangier along the coast is definitely a pleasant drive. The driving distance between Tangier and Casablanca is 338.82 km.

It should take around 3 hours to reach the southern city.

Driving from Tangier to Casablanca is a great idea if you have the time and if you want the freedom to stop along the coast and take great pictures.

You will also drive through other beautiful cities such as Rabat (the capital of Morocco) and Larrache (where you can visit the Ruins of Lixus).

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Driving between the two cities means you can stop at any moment and enjoy the beaches…

To drive from Tangier to Casablanca simply follow highway A1 towards the south along the coast.

Casablanca is a big city, a huge metropolis in fact! But if you take the time to discover it, you’ll love it. I hope this guide will help you do just that.

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Casablanca in 2 Days

Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco. It also has the largest port and is considered the economic and commercial center of the country. It is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting destinations in Morocco . A place that, in addition, we will be able to see without problems in two days. In this post we recommend a route to tell you what to see in Casablanca in 2 days.

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First day in Casablanca

Our route of what to see in Casablanca can begin with a visit to one of the most important monuments of the city, the Mosque of King Hassan II . It is the symbol of Casablanca, and no wonder. It has a great minaret of 210 meters high that rises next to the waters of the Atlantic. In addition, the details of its decoration, made by the best craftsmen in the country in the twentieth century, stand out.

It is the third largest mosque in the world, and was built to commemorate the 60th birthday of Hassan II. In its construction were used, among others, hand-carved wood, marble and gold leaf ornamentation. Best of all, this beautiful mosque is open to people of any religion.

Another point to see in Casablanca, very close to this great symbol, is La Corniche. This district is the best place to see the beach in the city . A quiet promenade where you can relax, enjoy the sun and water and have a drink while watching the sea.

Nearby is also the Morocco Mall. Not that it is a must see in Casablanca, but if we want to see one of the biggest and most luxurious shopping centers in the world, here it is. It was designed by Italian architect Davide Padoa, and has 250,000 m² of which 70,000 are dedicated exclusively to shops. It also has leisure areas, restaurants and large gardens.

Walking you can reach the Medina of Casablanca. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful parts of the city and one that we recommend you see in Casablanca, the oldest heart of the city. Be careful, it is not as big as in other cities in Morocco . It is quite small, but not less charming.

Walk through its winding streets in search of the colors, smells and souvenirs of this land.

If you are not too tired, it would also be interesting to see in Casablanca the square of Mohammed V. This is one of the most important examples of the French urban architect Henri Prost, who is in charge of the urban planning of cities such as Fez or Rabat , as well as Casablanca itself.

Before the end of the day, don’t forget to visit the Royal Palace of Casablanca. You cannot enter it, but it is one of the most beautiful monuments in the whole city. Without a doubt, even from the outside, it is one of the sights you must see in Casablanca, yes or no.

It was built in the 1920’s, making it one of the residences of the King of Morocco throughout the country.

Second day in Casablanca

This second day of things to see in Casablanca can be started by visiting the Arab League Park. It is one of the best places to visit in the city, the green lung of Casablanca. A garden designed in 1918 that was restored for its centenary in 2018. Today it looks really beautiful thanks to the investment of 9 million which, among other things, recovered the 10 original fountains, included more green areas and created playgrounds and sports courts for young people.

Inside, you can visit the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic vestige of Casablanca’s mixed race and Art Deco.

Very close to the park you also have the Villa des Arts, another point to see in Casablanca. It is a gallery that alternates exhibitions of Moroccan and international contemporary art. A very pleasant walk for art lovers.

This second day you can also invest in seeing the new medina or Quartier Habous. It’s a gentrified area built by the French back in 1930. We could say that it is a current version of the traditional medina, which mixes traditional Moroccan architecture with modern facilities.

Finally, don’t forget that in Casablanca you have to see the Moroccan Jewish Museum. It is one of the most recommended museums in the city, since, to begin with, it is the only Jewish museum in the Arab world.

Without a doubt, all this is a sample of the Moroccan cultural mix that can be seen in Casablanca. There is a lot to see in that city, but with these recommendations you have a good route of all the essential things to see in Casablanca.

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Casablanca in One Day—the Best Things to Do

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Casablanca may be the largest city in Morocco, but you can easily hit all the top things to do in Casablanca in one day. This article will walk through the best itinerary for what to do in Casablanca with some travel tips to tour this city.

Forget what you know or think you know about this thriving city. What you’ll find is an incredible modern gateway into the incredible country of Morocco. It may just be a perfect mix of ancient and modern.

Casablanca feels different than much of the country, and it doesn’t offer as much in the way of tourism. However, I think it’s still a city worth seeing, if for no other reason than the Hasan II Mosque.

This post will tell you all about what to do in Casablanca. It’ll be a busy, fun-filled day, but one you won’t soon forget!

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Casablanca in One Day Itinerary

If you’re short on time and want to get a quick list of the top things to do in Casablanca, here is what I recommend.

  • Visit the Hasan II Mosque
  • Stroll along the Corniche and grab lunch at the water
  • Get souvenirs at the Quartier Habous New Medina
  • Enjoy the Mahkama du Pacha
  • Grab an incredible dinner at Rick’s Cafe

If you have time and interest, you can check out the Old Medina and compare it to the New Medina.

Is Casablanca Worth Visiting?

The name Casablanca conjures up images of romance, Hollywood royalty, and all things exotic. Contrary to popular opinion, Casablanca was around long before the movie that made it famous.

Before you visit Casablanca, put away your perceptions of the city. If you expect to see the same city the star-struck lovers made famous, you’ll certainly set yourself up for disappointment.

It was founded around 700 B.C., well before Bogart and Bacall made us fall in love with it. Interesting note: the movie “Casablanca” wasn’t even filmed in Casablanca, or even in Morocco!

Casablanca was originally called Anfa, meaning hill, in the Berber language by the nomadic tribes who lived there. The Portuguese took control of the city in the 15th century and renamed it Casa Branca, meaning the white house.

The city and much of the country were later under Spanish and French rule when it was renamed Casablanca. The name has stuck, of course.

Most of the city was destroyed in 1755 by the earthquake that destroyed much of Lisbon and the surrounding areas in Portugal . When it was rebuilt, it was given an Arabic name, though it is still popularly known as Casablanca, or Casa, by the locals.

Casablanca is a port city and the second-largest port in North Africa. It is Morocco’s chief port and is considered its business and economic center. It is also one of the largest financial centers on the continent.

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How Long Should You Spend in Casablanca?

For as large a city as Casablanca is, there isn’t a lot to do there as a tourist. I’ll share what I saw and what I recommend as a must-see when you visit.

Since your interests may be different from mine, you may want to create your own trip plan. You can hit the highlights within one day, and in my opinion, that’s enough time to spend.

Of course, if you want to dig deeper into the culture and get a feel for living there, you will want to spend more time. But of the cities that we visited during the trip in Morocco, I was glad I spent one day in Casablanca to allow more time in other places.

Top 9 Things to Do in Casablanca

Though there aren’t a ton of things to do in Casablanca, I enjoyed my time there. Here are the things we saw and enjoyed.

1. Hassan II Mosque

This was by far my favorite thing to see in Casablanca. It’s a stunning mosque, and in fact, it’s one of the few in the entire country that visitors are allowed to see inside for a tour. It is the largest mosque in Africa and one of the largest in the world.

Interestingly, our guide and the mosque guide both said it is the third-largest in the world (behind Mecca and Medina). However, according to Wikipedia, it is the 10th-largest.

The minaret is the second tallest in the world at 689 feet (210 meters). An astounding 105,000 people can worship there, with 25,000 inside the mosque and 80,000 on the mosque’s outer grounds.

It was built in 1993 and was designed to impress with walls made of marble and a hand-carved cedar retractable roof. The structure is Islamic Arabic and Moorish in style.

Everything inside the Hassan II Mosque is from Morocco, except the columns are Carrera marble from Italy, and the glass chandeliers are Venetian glass from Murano, Italy, near Venice.

The craftsmanship is incredible, and it took 6sixyears to build with 3,000 workers on three shifts a day for 24-hour days total. Just think about that massive effort!

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Downstairs is the Hammam, where ablutions are done to purify and ritually bathe before prayer. There is a private balcony for the king, the royal family, and official visitors. The mosque is partially over the ocean, and there are lookout points on the mosque grounds with some nice views.

This tour was amazing; my only complaint is the group size. There were at least 200 or more in the tour group, so it was difficult to hear the guide. Even so, it was still worth walking through the mosque.

It costs 130 DH ($12.50 USD) for the guided tour, which is the only way to enter the mosque if you are not Muslim. Tours are offered Saturday through Thursday at 9, 10, 11, 12, and 3 in English, Spanish, and French. On Fridays, they are not offered at 11 and noon, and during Ramadan, hours are different, so check the schedule online . In the summer, they are offered at four as well, from Saturday through Thursday.

From mid-March to mid-September, they also do more tours in the afternoon, so it’s definitely worth checking the online schedule to pick a good time for you.

You must remove your shoes but are given a small bag to carry them while on the tour. You do not need to cover your head, but as this is a religious place, you must cover your shoulders and knees. The tour lasts for around 45 minutes. The Hassan II Mosque is located at Blvd Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah, Casablanca 20450, Morocco .

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2. Corniche

Next, go to the Corniche located on the water’s edge. It’s a long strip that offers a nice walk with a lot of restaurants overlooking the water and shops. If you’re interested in beaches in Casablanca, this is a great place to go.

There is also a picture of the King and his family (noticeably without his wife) with the Pope from early 2019. We didn’t choose to spend time here, but if you have more than one day, I would recommend checking out the restaurants and the public beach here.

The Moroccan mall is not far from the Corniche, the largest in Africa. We chose to skip stopping here, but you may find it interesting. Also, we drove through an area that our guide called the “Beverly Hills” of Casablanca, where the wealthy live. He said homes go for $1 million USD and more.

In this area, we saw Franklin Roosevelt Boulevard and a large building that is now a private villa but was once the Anfa Hotel. This is the place where the 1943 conference was where Roosevelt, Churchill, General Gaul from France, and Mohammed V of Morocco met after World War II.

The Corniche area is on Boulevarde de la Corniche. Boulevard Sidi Mohammad Ben Abdallah, where the Hassan II Mosque is located, turns into this road. There are some areas where you can lay in the sun and a beachfront area (both public and private) if you are so inclined. There is also a beautiful “renewed” area park where people ride horses and play football (soccer), as well as a surf school.

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3. Hippodrome Casa-Anfa

We made a short stop at the Hippodrome, where there is horse racing, gambling, and golfing. There is also a large annual festival, Jazzablanca . Most people in this area, and in Morocco, are Islam, which prohibits drinking, gambling, and smoking. However, some people do choose to do these things, and of course, there are places where they are offered.

You can walk through and see the gates where the horses and riders anxiously wait before the race and the tracks they run on. It’s a quick stop but interesting to see.

Hippodrome Casa-Anfa is located at Rue Lice d’ANFA, Casablanca, Maroc، Morocco .

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4. Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church

There are two Catholic churches in Casablanca, Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur. Unfortunately, the beautiful Sacre Coeur was closed for construction when I went, so we did go to Notre Dame.

In my opinion, there is nothing very attractive about the outside of this church, and the inside is a bit of a bland concrete slab. The only redeeming quality is the stunning stained glass windows throughout the building.

I’m a historic architecture fan and typically love churches, but this one didn’t offer much for me to love. You may feel otherwise, so if you have the opportunity to visit, please do and let me know what you think.

There is no entry fee to visit Notre Dame, and it is located at the corner of Avenue Mers Sultan & Boulevard Mohammed Zerktouni .

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5. Quartier Habous New Medina

Quartier Habous is the “new” market, or medina, built in the 1930s. It is a bit of a Westernized medina with wide and clean streets open to the sky.

Walking around was a surprisingly pleasant experience as none of the people engaged with us unless we paid attention to an item. Even then, they weren’t pushy at all. There were some nice souvenirs here and some nice quality items.

There are also a couple of nice mosques that you can look at on the outside only. The Royal Palace is nearby. However, visitors are not able to go inside for tours. Not unless the King invites you.

It’s still a beautiful building and worth taking a peek at. And you never know; the King is now reported to be single. 😉

The location for the new medina is on Boulevard Victor Hugo, Casablanca 20490, Morocco .

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6. Mahkama du Pacha

Mahkama du Pacha (also known as Makhamat al-Pasha) was one of my favorite things to see, and it is just a minute’s walk from the new medina in Casablanca.

I had read that you couldn’t enter without a local guide. However, I did see a bit of conflicting information. Our guide had a tip ready in case it was needed, but it wasn’t.

This building was built to be the residence of the Governor and is now an administrative building housing the courthouse. Construction was carried out during World War II, though it was done with traditional methods.

It features some beautiful mosaics, intricate wood scrolling, and bright colors. It’s a beautiful building inside and worth visiting.

Makahma du Pacha is located at 12 Rue Moulay Ismail, Casablanca 20550, Morocco . It is open from 9 to 4 , but closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

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7. Muhammad V Square

Next, we went to Muhammad V Square, named after the former king of Morocco. City Hall is here, along with a large Casablanca sign for taking pictures and gazillions of pigeons!

There are more pigeons than I have seen outside St. Mark’s in Venice and Plaza Bolívar in Bogotá. In fact, it’s locally known as “pigeon square.” Across the street is the interestingly beautiful and modern opera house, currently under construction. People were selling things in the square, and many people were walking around.

We were a bit underwhelmed, to be honest. I had read this was a destination to see, and there wasn’t much appeal beyond the Casablanca sign.

This was the first place where we saw the Water Men.

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The Water Men don long red robes and wear colorful big red hats. You can’t miss them and will find them in the main squares in Casablanca, Marrakesh, and other large cities.

Historically, they were water sellers. Their belief is that water is given by God to all, so they give it to thirsty people from their goatskin bags into bronze cups.

The color of the robes helps them be seen from afar. In return for the water, people gave them food. Now, the Water Men are purely for tourists. If you want to get a picture of them, be ready to hand over 10 DH or more.

I read an article that described them as looking like displaced mariachi, and I laughed out loud. But the description is so fitting!

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8. Old Medina

Our last stop before a late lunch was to the old medina. We only spent a few minutes here since we walked through Quartier Habous and the new media. It’s very different as much of it is covered with fabric.

Where the new Medina has wide streets and is open air, this one feels a bit narrower and smaller in space. It’s a bit busier and more frenetic than the new medina as well and a very different experience.

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9. Rick’s Cafe

I’ll admit I was a bit on the fence about going here. The restaurant inspired Rick’s Cafe in the film Casablanca, which, as I already mentioned, wasn’t even filmed in Casablanca.

It’s a re-creation built to honor the movie with an ambiance and feel similar to the restaurant in the famous movie. I grew up in Boston and never went to Cheers as it’s not the real Cheers but a re-creation, and yet, I was drawn to check out Rick’s.

I was glad I did! This place is amazing and it’s a top Casablanca restaurant. You are paying for the name, and it was not an inexpensive meal, but the food is incredible, the service very good, and the ambiance amazing.

You feel like you’re transported to another time when big band music played, and Louie Armstrong still sang with his horn. Sinatra and all of the old classics. It was a really lovely experience and a nice, comfortable way to end our tour.

It can be difficult to get a seat without reservations, but it is a bit easier off-hours (we went mid-afternoon). It’s worth trying to get a reservation here if you can to avoid a significant wait (or not being able to dine).

Rick’s Cafe is located at 248 Boulevard Sour Jdid, Casablanca 20250, Morocco .

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How to Get Around Casablanca

There are several options for touring Casablanca, ranging from private tours, guided tours, and self-tours. I have included some useful information below that may help you to decide the best option for you.

Private Tour Guide

We decided to hire a tour guide as we were short on time. Though the main attractions of what to see in Casablanca are in a fairly central area, it likely would have taken more than one day to see everything. Plus, I like to learn more about the history and culture of the places I visit, so I enjoy walking tours.

We did decide to splurge and get a private guide to show us around Casablanca. We were glad we did so we could customize what we saw there. If you have a short period of time for a Casablanca city tour, this is a great option.

We booked our guide through the hotel and paid 800 Dirhams (around $75 USD) for around five hours. It ended up being a little more as we did get lunch towards the end, and he offered to wait for us and to bring us back to the hotel. This is higher priced than other options, but we thought it was worth the convenience and flexibility.

You can book him directly, and I highly recommend him. He let us completely customize our tour, was very informative and patient with my many questions, and we really enjoyed our time with him. We felt this was worth the money.

Our guide was Zouhir Wahbi (he goes by “Wahbi”) of Transport Touristique, email: [email protected] or 00 (212) 675 755 415. You won’t be disappointed, and we both felt this was money very well spent.

Group Tours

Many group tour options are available in Casablanca. There are several we were looking at on Get Your Guide that looked appealing, and this site has both private and group tours. There are also tours, including a visit to Rabat, the capital of Morocco, that I would have done had we had more time.

If you have more than a day, there are a lot of great day trips to take from Casablanca. Check these out, as they are some of the trips I wanted to take if I had more time!

Self-Guided Tour

Of course, you can also tour on your own. A tram serves the city, and you can also take taxis or walk. If you decide only to see a few things and aren’t very interested in history, this is a good option.

Uber is not available as of this writing, but the company hopes to get back into Morocco at some future point in time.

Where to Eat in Casablanca

There are many dining options in a city as large as Casablanca. The following are the restaurants that were near where I stayed that I can recommend.

L’Etoile Centrale

In addition to Rick’s mentioned above, another restaurant I highly recommend is L’Etoile Centrale. It is beautiful inside, featuring traditional and quaint Moroccan design. The food was spectacular as well.

We got our first tagine of the country there, and it didn’t disappoint, along with couscous and pastilla, a traditional dish from Fez made of phyllo dough, chicken, cinnamon, and powdered sugar. It is both savory and sweet and delicious. We did get the spicy chicken version, which wasn’t overly spicy, but it was tasty.

The couscous was exceptional, including the sauce. Finish any meal with sweet mint tea, but ask for it to be unsweetened with sugar on the side unless you like very, very sweet tea.

Service was fairly good, though we found service overall in Morocco to be a bit slow to our standards. They tend to be more in line with France, where meals are enjoyed at a leisurely pace.

L’Etoile Centrale is located at 107 Boulevard Ben Abdellah, Casablanca 20000, Morocco .

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Marche Central

Another dining option is in Marche Central or the Central Market. It’s only a couple of blocks from L’Etoile Centrale. It’s mostly a market for fish and produce, but they have a number of restaurants to choose from as well.

We didn’t eat here but walked through, and the servers were quite eager for us to dine. It was an interesting experience to walk through to see how the locals shop, and the price points seemed to be a bit lower than the other restaurants we were in.

Restaurant Les Fleurs

We ate at this restaurant the night I met up with the group I toured Morocco with. I didn’t love my meal, but the other people I went with did enjoy theirs.

I got a Moroccan soup called harira. It’s a tomato-based soup with pasta, lentils, and chickpeas. I found it to have little taste, and I dumped a large amount of salt in it for it to be palatable. The rest of the group got tagines and other dishes, and they did enjoy their dinners.

Before you write off harira, I did have it at another restaurant later on in my trip, and it was very good. Harira is a traditional dish eaten during the period of Ramadan when people fast from sun up to sundown. In the evening, after sundown, they eat a small meal, often a bowl of harira.

Restaurant Les Fleurs is located at Avenue des FAR, Casablanca 20000, Morocco .

Best Hotels in Casablanca

In a city as large as Casablanca, you can be sure there are a lot of great hotels available. The area that we stayed in was safe and convenient for walking around, so I’d recommend it.

We stayed at the Moroccan House Hotel located at 04 Boulevard Mohamed Smiha, Casablanca 20000, Morocco . It was a good tourist-class and local-style hotel that was low-cost. The area is convenient to some good restaurants and was safe to walk around.

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A couple of other hotels nearby that may be worth looking at if you are seeing a more Western-style hotel is the Odysee Center Hotel . Another option is the Best Western Hotel Toubkal .

How to Get to Casablanca

Casablanca and most major cities in Morocco are served by trains and buses. This page has information about the train and bus lines and links to schedules that will be helpful. An international airport, Mohammed V International Airport, also serves Casablanca.

Airport in Casablanca

If you fly into Casablanca, you will likely go through Mohammed V International Airport, airport code CMN. It’s an older airport, and the passport control was not terribly efficient, but nothing really stands out about it to me. I was in a bit of a jet-lagged haze, stumbling through, and it was thankfully easy enough to navigate.

When you walk out to the baggage area, you will see some taxi drivers, depending on the time of day, and just outside the doors, there is a massive cluster of people driving them or waiting for them. It’s around a 30-minute drive from downtown Casablanca.

Moroccan Currency

I’ll admit that I was a bit confused about the currency. According to xe.com, the source I use for currency conversion, Morocco, uses Moroccan Dirham (MAD).

However, when you see prices in the country, it is typically shown as “DH,” and the locals simply call it “dirham.” You will notice that I show the costs above as “DH” and not “MAD,” and that’s why.

What to See in Casablanca in One Day

Ahh, Casablanca. I had read that there isn’t much to do there so when I found the same, I wasn’t disappointed. There was more to do there than I expected.

It is a pretty modern city and easy to get around, so it’s a nice intro to Morocco, and I think it’s worth a quick stop. There aren’t a lot of things to see in Casablanca for a city of its size. However, it’s worth visiting, and this article included what to do in Casablanca, whether you have a day or more.

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Casablanca, Morocco: Top 8 Things To Do by Wandering Wheatleys

Casablanca, or “Casa” as it is often referred to, is the largest city in Morocco. It has a population of more than five million people. It is considered to be the economic and business heart of the country. While many people visit for business or just passing through, Casablanca has a lot more to offer than first meets the eye.

With a beautiful coastline, one of the most magnificent mosques in all of Morocco, and mouthwatering restaurant options, you’ll have a wonderful time exploring the city that was the muse for its namesake 1942 romantic classic. Check out our top 8 things to do in Casablanca so you hit all of the highlights of the city!

The Top Things to do in Casablanca, Morocco: Archways of Hassan II Mosque

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Preparing for your Trip to Casablanca

Know before you go.

  • The currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham (Dhs) . At the time of writing (January of 2018) the conversion rate was about 10 Dhs to $1 USD. We’ll be referring to costs in Dirham. Keep in mind that if we say something costs 100 Dhs, that’s just about $10 USD.
  • Morocco offers a 3-month tourist visa on arrival for citizens of many countries, including the US, Canada, members of the EU, Australia, and New Zealand. 
  • There are a number of languages spoken in Morocco. The two official languages are Modern Standard Arabic and Amazigh (Berber). The second language for most Moroccans is French. You’ll also find that many people speak at least a little English.
  • Learn a few phrases in Arabic to get around! “Al Salam Alaikum” (pronounced sall-em wall-a-come) is a nice way to say “hello”. “ Shukran ” (pronounced shoo kran) is “thank you”. “ Ma’-Elsalama ” (pronounced ma sell lem-a) is “goodbye”. If you would prefer to speak in French, “Bonjour” is “hello”, “Merci” is “thank you” and “S’il Vous Plaît” is “please”.
  • A 10% tip is commonplace when dining out. However, make sure that a service charge hasn’t been added to your bill.
  • 93% of the population of Morocco is considered to be religious with Islam being not only the primary religion but also the established state religion in the country. As with most conservative countries, women are expected to cover their knees and shoulders when venturing out of the house.  That being said, Casablanca is a more progressive city in the country. You’re likely to see young people more scantly clad than you might expect.
  • In general, non-Muslims are not allowed to visit mosques around Morocco.  One of the few exceptions to the rule is the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. Here, you can wander around the courtyard or pay to take a tour of the inside (details below).
  • Some Moroccans prefer not to be photographed due to religious reasons that are referred to as aniconism in Islam . Be sure to ask before snapping any photos of Moroccans and don’t be surprised if they say “no”.

The Top Things to do in Casablanca, Morocco: Mahkama du Pacha

Best Time to Visit the City of Casablanca

Casablanca has a moderate climate, so you can visit year-round. July through September are the hottest months of the year with average temperatures in the 80-90°F range. And December through February are the coolest with temperatures hovering around 60°F. November, December, and January can get some rain, however, it is minimal. 

The Top Things to do in Casablanca, Morocco: Hassan II Mosque

Safety in Casablanca

In general, Morocco is an incredibly safe country and Casablanca is a safe city to visit. However, pickpocketing and scams can be common in big cities . Keep an eye on your wallet and leave additional cash and your passport in your hotel room.

Cell phones are a hot commodity in larger cities in Morocco. Thieves have been known to drive by on their motorbikes, grab the phone out of the victim’s hand, and disappear just as quickly. Be cautious when using the map on your phone to navigate the city.

Getting to Casablanca

  • Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) is the largest and busiest airport in Morocco and is served by over 30 airlines. Royal Air Maroc offers many inexpensive flight options.
  • The ONCF train offers inexpensive, comfortable, and frequent rides all over the country.
  • There are two kinds of taxis in Casablanca; Grand taxis are for longer trips and Petit taxis are for getting around the city. Petit taxis are generally red and the cars are very small. You can hail from anywhere. Avoid the taxi drivers that pounce on foreigners as they are exiting the doors of the train station or the airport. Notice that they are not approaching any locals to give them rides (they’re on the prowl for tourists). And be sure that your driver either turns on the meter or that you’ve negotiated a fair rate prior to departing.
  • Uber is in Casablanca! If everything in the last bullet point sounds daunting to you, avoid it altogether by opting for an Uber over a taxi. But call it early as there aren’t nearly as many Uber drivers as there are taxis.

What to Pack for Casablanca

Be sure to bring a few long, flowing dresses to dress down for a daytime look or up for a night on the town. While some younger locals may choose to dress more provocatively, most foreigners will likely feel more comfortable if they cover up. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring the city and a crossbody bag with a zip are also Casablanca essentials!

The Top 8 Things to Do in Casablanca

1. stay in a lavish hotel on the beach.

Situated right on the Atlantic ocean and offering stunning views of the sea, the Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca is the perfect retreat from this bustling city. Offering 185 lavish guest rooms including 29 immaculate suites, the hotel is small enough to offer guests a more personalized experience and cater to their every need.

The Top Things to do in Casablanca, Morocco: Mint Tea Service at the Four Seasons

From the moment you step into the stunningly beautiful lobby, you will feel like royalty with the warm, welcoming, and attentive staff. The rooms are spacious and pristine, with modern decor and every luxury you could imagine. Every night you’ll sink into what is quite possibly the most luscious bed you’ve ever slept in. You’ll have to force yourself to get out of it in the morning. But you should as the buffet breakfast is incredible!

The Top Things to do in Casablanca, Morocco: Breakfast at the Four Seasons

The gorgeous heated pool is the perfect place to spend an afternoon basking in the sunshine. And you’re only steps away from the beach if you’d prefer to lounge with your toes in the sand. You’ll never want to leave this lavish 5-star hotel with beautiful coastal views of Casablanca!

2. Visit the Hassan II Mosque

This massive, ostentatious mosque commemorates the former king’s 60th birthday. It took 6 years to build and construction ended in 1993 at an incredible expense (estimated to be about €585,000,000). Accommodating 105,000 total worshipers – 25,000 inside and another 80,000 on the outside grounds. It is one of the largest mosques in the world.

The Top Things to do in Casablanca, Morocco: Hassan II Mosque

With a 688-foot-tall minaret, the tallest in the world, it is impossible to miss this architectural wonder from miles away. The mosque sits on prime, oceanfront property. The courtyard is constantly teeming with people who are there to worship or just marvel at its beauty.

The courtyard is open to all to visit and it is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. The turquoise marble tiles arranged in classic Islamic patterns shine vibrantly in the sunlight. The Hassan II Mosque is definitely one of the most photogenic locations in Morocco ! It’s most certainly the number one thing to do in Casablanca.

Fountain at Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco by Wandering Wheatleys

Tour the Hassan II Mosque . Foreigners can take a 45-minute tour of the inside of the mosque for 120 Dhs per person. However, they must follow a few rules, including respectful dress (arms and knees covered) . They must remove their shoes at the entrance to the prayer hall, and may not use cell phones or recording devices when inside. Foreign women are not required to don a headscarf. 

3. Have a Drink at Rick’s Cafe

How can you visit Casablanca without a stop at the bar modeled after “Rick’s Café Américain” from the classic movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman? The restaurant sits inside the walls of the Old Medina. The details inside of this fabulous mansion are reminiscent of those in the film. A 1930’s piano fills the bar with classic tunes, making you feel like you’ve stepped back in time and onto a movie set!

It’s exactly how the Casablanca movie directors would implore you to experience this beautiful city. By sipping cocktails surrounded by beautiful architecture and serenaded by intoxicating music!

Note: Although the majority of people in Morocco are Muslim, alcohol is still legal. Travelers can find many bars and restaurants that serve beer, wine, and liquor. Stores in Casablanca offer alcohol for purchase for offsite drinking. Drinking on the street is illegal.

4. Stroll Along The Corniche

The Corniche is an oceanfront neighborhood just south of the Four Seasons Casablanca. It is filled with nightclubs and cafes with views of the ocean. Enjoy a peaceful afternoon stroll along the boardwalk that runs alongside the beach. Soak in the sun and the views. You’ll see local kids playing soccer on the beach and likely be offered a horse ride (for a cost of course).

Stop at one of the cafes for a tea or bring a blanket and lounge in the sand. It’s the perfect respite from the busy city.

5. Try the Delectable Moroccan Cuisine

Casablanca has some truly amazing food options around the city and below are just a few of our favorites.

We loved the ambiance of the Mint at the Four Seasons Casablanca.  The terrace has a gorgeous fit pit, comfortable seating areas, and beautiful views of the sea. This is an ideal spot just to lounge and drink tea when you need some time to relax. Be sure to try the assorted briouates and the lamb couscous for an afternoon snack.

The Top Things to do in Casablanca, Morocco: Mint Restaurant at the Four Seasons

Try the rich and delicious seafood risotto at El Barocco Time Casablanca . They also serve alcohol if you are looking for a nice place to imbibe.

Order pumpkin soup as an appetizer and lamb tajine as the main course at La Sqala . Your taste buds will thank you! This pretty garden restaurant is the perfect peaceful stop while wandering around the Old Medina.

The Top Things to do in Casablanca, Morocco: Lamb Tagine at La Sqala Restaurant

For an absolutely divine dining experience and the most amazing seafood in all of Casablanca, visit Bleu at the Four Seasons Casablanca. You’ll be waited on hand and foot while gazing out at the ocean on the gorgeous terrace. Start with the Bleu salad and duo of tacos for an appetizer and the seabass for the main course. For dessert, the rice pudding is sweet, but not too sweet, and the perfect end to a perfect meal.

Head to the Central Market for lunch for fast and fresh seafood while enjoying the sunshine. You can enjoy people watching at the outdoor tables.

6. Shop in The Old and New Medinas of Casablanca

The shopping in Morocco is world-renowned ! It’s nearly impossible to walk through one of the many souks all over the country without stopping for a look. Brightly colored blankets and scarves, leather bags of every shape and size, hand painted pottery, intricate metal lamps, and intoxicating spices will have you wishing you had brought another suitcase with you!

The Top Things to do in Casablanca, Morocco: Entrance to the Old Medina

Unlike the souks in Marrakech and Fes that primarily cater to tourists, shops in the Old Medina of Casablanca sell anything and everything for locals and tourists alike. You’ll find knockoff designer goods intermixed with futbol jerseys and perfumes. It’s not your typical souk and you’ll probably only see a handful of other tourists.

The New Medina of Habbous, Casablanca, Morocco by Wandering Wheatley

The New Medina, or Habous Quarter, is a maze of charming alleyways and handicraft shops. You can load up on leather goods, plush rugs and Moroccan clothing. Tourists will find less hassle here than in many of the souks in Morocco. As such, you will have an enjoyable time browsing the wares. Be sure to stop at Patisserie Bennis for the best pastries in all of Casablanca!

The Top Things to do in Casablanca, Morocco: Patisserie Bennis Habbous

Be sure to stop at the Mahkama du Pacha  to see Moroccan architecture at its finest. It’s one of the top things to do in Casablanca. Note that if you visit during the week, you’ll need a local guide. We stumbled upon it on a Saturday, paid 50 Dhs/each to the guard, and pretty much had the entire place to ourselves!

Mahkama du Pacha, Casablanca, Morocco by Wandering Wheatleys

7. People Watch at Mohamed V Square

A large fountain sits at the center of this bustling square. Locals gather to watch as the water flows and birds fly overhead. Vendors selling chewy coconut macaroons provide tasty treats for children as they ride on a borrowed toy jeep through the crowd. It’s the perfect place to have a seat and watch the locals doing what they do best in Casablanca – having some good old-fashioned fun with their families!

The Top Things to do in Casablanca, Morocco: Coconut Ghoriba Cookies

8. Visit the Interesting Museums

There are several wonderful museums in the city of Casablanca that are worth checking out during your trip. These three were our favorites:

  • Museum of Moroccan Judaism – explore the 2000-year history of Jewish people living in Morocco in this beautiful museum. It is especially unique as it is the only Jewish history museum in the Arab world.
  • Musée de la Fondation Abderrahman Slaoui – a stunning private collection of Moroccan arts including travel posters, ceramics, furniture, and jewelry.
  • Dar El Ala – this museum is perfect for music lovers! Specializing in Moroccan Andalusian music including instruments, art, and performances.

We hope you have enjoyed our comprehensive list of things to do in Casablanca, Morocco!

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Val grew up in Portland, Oregon but moved to Oahu on a whim back in 2013. She sold her house and all of her belongings and bought a one-way ticket. Since then she’s taken two around-the-world trips and has visited 60-ish countries while living out of a duffel bag. Val started documenting the Wandering Wheatleys travels back in 2013 as a way to update friends and family about her whereabouts and to relay humorous daily interactions. The only readers were her mom and her mother-in-law but that didn’t stop her! These days you’ll find Val dreaming up future trips, creating new travel content, managing a team of amazing travel enthusiasts, and chasing around her two adorable but naughty kids.

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Great tips!!!???? I love how you started off with the currency! So I have a trip coming up to West Africa, Liberia in December and my flight changes in Casablanca, but the wait is 13hrs long!? So I was overthinking what I was going to do with my time and then I googled things to do in Casablanca and your link was on the middle of the first page on google. So glad I clicked on it. Now I know where to spend my 13hrs wait period. Thank you so much! I can also tell that you have much respect for other cultures which shows in your descriptive writing!!

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9 Best Things To Do In Casablanca For First Time Visitors

Casablanca is the cosmopolitan soul of Morocco , a blend of modernity and tradition in a dynamic fusion of culture and business.

Unlike the imperial cities such as Marrakech , Fes or Meknes which are a testament to Morocco’s rich history, traditions and cultural heritage, Casablanca impresses with its sleek skyscrapers, Art Deco architecture, and energetic sea promenade and offers a glimpse into Morocco's contemporary urban landscape. 

Located on the western coast of Morocco, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Casablanca is often overlooked by tourists who perceive it to be a commercial and industrial center rather than a tourist destination.

While it may not fit the traditional image of a Moroccan city with narrow street medinas and bustling souks, Casablanca offers an array of distinctive experiences that are worth trying. In this article, I will uncover hidden gems and share the best 9 activities to do in Casablanca on a first-time visit. 

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How to Get Around Casablanca

Casablanca city center.

Casablanca is served by an international airport- Mohammed V International Airport (CMN), which is located approximately 30 kilometres south of the city center.

As the busiest airport in Morocco, Mohammed V International Airport offers numerous international flights from major cities around the world. If you get a chance to fly through Casablanca with a short layover, you can also take advantage of this Casablanca layover tour that includes round-trip airport transfer in between your flights.

From Mohammed V International Airport, you can take several transportation options to reach the city centre:

Taxis are the most common way to reach the city and are readily available outside the airport terminal. Use the official airport taxis, which have a set price, to ensure a fair fare. 

The journey from the airport to the city center typically takes around 30 to 45 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.

If you didn’t agree on a set price at the beginning, make sure the taxi driver switches the meter on and don't forget to always carry Moroccan Dirhams (MAD) on hands to pay for your ride.

Quick tip: The Moroccan Dirham is a closed currency, which means you must wait until you are in Morocco to exchange your currency. Airports don't offer the best rates, so make sure you only exchange the required amount for your taxi and once in town. You can exchange the rest in many Bureau de Change offices, which usually offer a much better rate. Alternatively, you can also carry a Wise card with you to withdraw money as soon as you reach the airport in Morocco.

If you want to save on cost, there is a train service from the Airport to Casablanca city center.

The train station is located inside the airport terminal. Trains run regularly throughout the day, usually every 30 mins and take around 30 mins to reach the city.

This is a much more affordable way to travel if you are not in a rush. If your destination is far from the train station, you can take a city taxi (red taxi) in the city centre which won’t cost you much but make sure the meter is always on before you hop on or ask the driver to switch it on. 

9 Best Things To Do In Casablanca

Habbous Quarter in Casablanca, Morocco.

1. Explore the Habous Quarter

The Habous Quarter is one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Casablanca, that offers a glimpse into traditional Moroccan architecture and culture.

Established during the French colonial period in the 1930s, it was created to replicate the atmosphere of a traditional Moroccan medina while incorporating modern infrastructure.

One of the defining features of the Habous Quarter is its meticulous layout, characterized by narrow alleys and whitewashed buildings. The architecture reflects a blend of Moroccan and Andalusian influences, with elegant arches, carved wooden doors, and decorative tilework on the facades of homes and shops.

As you wander deep inside the quiet streets, you'll find a bustling souk brimming with goods, from handmade crafts to spices, ceramics, and colorful Berber carpets. 

The Habous Quarter is also home to several historic landmarks including the Royal Palace, which features beautiful Moorish architecture. 

Unlike the bustling medinas in the more touristy cities – such as the one in Marrakesh – which can be intimidating, the Habous quarter has a very peaceful atmosphere.

Due to its location far from the city center, not many tourists know about it so it’s far from crowded. Don’t miss the opportunity to sit in one of the traditional cafes and sip a mint tea while watching the residents go about their daily lives.

There is a lovely traditional bakery inside the market called Patisserie Bennis which has been making exquisite Moroccan cakes since 1930. 

2. Visit The Mosque Hassan II

Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco.

Hassan II Mosque is an architectural marvel that shouldn’t be missed. Built over six years and completed in 1993, it was commissioned by Morocco’s late king Hassan II to commemorate his 60th birthday.   

It's one of the largest mosques in the world and stands as a majestic symbol of Moroccan craftsmanship and architectural mastery. The intricate details, including marble flooring, exquisite woodwork and breath-taking mosaic tiles must be seen to be really appreciated. 

Beyond its architectural beauty, the location of the mosque is what attracts visitors the most. Built on the sea, with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, you feel the vastness and beauty of the natural landscape as you stand.

You can visit the mosque on your own outside prayer times or take a guided tour in Casablanca that includes an excursion to explore the interiors and get insights on the history and religious significance. 

3. Take a stroll in the Corniche

Corniche in Casablanca, Morocco.

Stretching over five miles from the Hassan II Mosque to the Ain Diab neighborhood, the Corniche of Casablanca is a busy promenade that offers beautiful views and a lovely atmosphere, anytime of the day. 

The Corniche comes alive during the weekends and evenings, especially in the warmer months as locals and tourists alike flock to it to walk along the promenade and enjoy picnics on the beach. 

The Corniche is lined with charming cafes and restaurants where you can savor fresh seafood, sip on refreshing mocktails, and enjoy panoramic views. Make a stop at Tahiti beach club (la Terrazza) for a nice lunch. 

I particularly like to go there mid-week, as there are fewer crowds and I can enjoy a leisurely stroll or a run on the beach before sitting in a café to enjoy a drink while soaking up the sea view. 

4. Admire the city’s architecture

Parc Ligue Arabe in Casablanca, Morocco.

One of the best ways to discover the city is by following the tram route, which goes through the heart of Casablanca, revealing a blend of historic landmarks, sleek skyscrapers and Art Deco architecture.

Starting from the Marché Central, you can indulge in a seafood lunch at one of the many restaurants that serve delicious dishes at affordable prices. 

Continuing along the tram route, stop at Place Mohamed V, a bustling square that serves as a focal point for the locals. Here, you can marvel at the eclectic mix of architectural styles of the surrounding buildings, from Art Deco facades to Moorish-inspired motifs, each telling a story of Casablanca's rich history and cultural heritage.

Don’t miss the parks and gardens like Parc de la Ligue Arabe, where green landscapes and tranquil ponds provide the perfect backdrop for a leisurely stroll or picnic.

In the evening, The Place Nations Unies comes alive as people leave work and head to the square or meet in trendy cafes and live music venues.

5. Visit the iconic Rick’s Café

Ricks Cafe in Casablanca, Morocco.

You don’t have to be a movie buff to visit Rick’s Café!

Inspired by the iconic bar from the movie Casablanca, Rick's Café captures the movie’s timeless romance and intrigue, and offers a glimpse into the golden age of Hollywood.

You will be transported to a bygone era, with elegant decor, cozy seating areas with soft lighting, and vintage memorabilia evoking the ambiance of a 1940s Moroccan nightclub.

The Cafe is also known for its culinary offerings. The menu features a great choice of Moroccan and international dishes. There are also live music performances and you might come across cultural events or film screenings occasionally. 

6. Indulge in a hammam experience

Travel can be stressful and nothing takes away stress like a spa experience. 

A hammam is a traditional Moroccan steam bath that offers a luxurious experience of cleansing, relaxation and rejuvenation. The experience typically begins with a session in a steam room, where the warm, humid air helps to open pores and release toxins from the body and is followed by a traditional scrubbing known as “gommage” to exfoliate the skin.

You can have the full spa experience which includes face and hair treatments and a personalized massage.

7. Have a drink at Sky 28

Perched atop the Kenzi Tower Hotel, Sky 28 is a rooftop bar which offers stunning vistas of Casablanca from its vantage point on the 28th floor. The bar boasts a sleek modern decor, and floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the city below.

Sky 28 offers a lively atmosphere with live music performances and a nightclub. You can enjoy an exotic cocktail or indulge in a leisurely meal. 

Whether you're visiting during the day to admire a spectacular sunset or at night to witness the twinkling lights of the skyline, the views from Sky 28 will not fail to impress you as they offer a unique perspective on Casablanca's urban landscape.

8. Enjoy a beach day out at Tamaris

Sunset on the beach in Casablanca, Morocco.

While the Corniche is great for taking leisurely strolls and sipping cocktails with a view, the beach itself is not that great for swimming.

If you fancy a proper beach day, head outside the city to Tamaris Beach, a hidden gem located approximately 20 kilometres southwest of Casablanca.

Tamaris Beach boasts pristine golden sands, crystal-clear waters and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. 

One of the highlights of Tamaris Beach is its peaceful atmosphere, making it the perfect spot to relax after a hectic week traveling or working. There is plenty of space to spread out and soak up the sun.

You can partake in a variety of water sports and activities to enjoy, including surfing, kiteboarding, and jet skiing. 

The Beach is also home to a charming promenade lined with cafes, restaurants, and shops. 

Treat yourself to a delicious lunch with a view at Tamaris beach Cavalaire restaurant, located on the promenade. This restaurant is very popular with locals and might require booking in advance if you are visiting on a weekend.

Tamaris beach is not served by public transport. You can take a taxi from the city centre but for convenience hiring a car would be a better option. 

9. Go on a shopping spree at Morocco Mall

If you really got bored (which I highly doubt) or you just can’t stay away from the shops, visit Morocco Mall, Morocco’s biggest shopping mall and one of the largest in Africa. 

Located on the Promenade at the far end of the Corniche, Morocco Mall boasts a huge selection of retail stores featuring both international and local brands. From high-end luxury boutiques to popular fashion chains, electronics stores and everything in between.

The mall is worth a visit for its stunning architecture and design.

It's also a cultural hub that hosts a range of events such as exhibitions, fashion shows and art installations.

Casablanca city center in Morocco.

Casablanca is a city of contrasts, where tradition meets innovation and where dynamism coexists with peacefulness.

From iconic landmarks and modern architecture to the tranquil shores of the Atlantic Ocean, it's a city that is proud of its rich heritage while embracing a modern future. Whatever you are drawn to as a traveler, Casablanca offers an unforgettable escape and a wealth of experiences to discover.

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A whole new country, a whole new continent, a whole new vibe. With the thought of Africa, Morocco, Casablanca, and Marrakech, I was very excited to step outside of Europe even if only for a week or so. If you’re also lucky enough to be visiting Marrakech, you can check out this comprehensive guide on Marrakech things to do . 

The original thought of visiting Morocco came from watching an episode of The Amazing Race and after watching the contestants run around, I was hypnotized by all the colours and the sounds. I can only imagine what a place like that would do to the rest of my senses.

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Since we would be coming from Portugal and landing in Casablanca, I thought we should take the opportunity to explore the White City (It does, after all, have a famous movie released in 1942 named after it). 

Casablanca is one hectic city and the rules of the road that I am accustomed to in Canada are let’s say… Non-existent. That being said, it’s a wonderful city and we managed to discover some real gems, one of the biggest being food.

Morrocan lamb cooked in a Tagine (Damn), I would seriously fight a person for even looking at my lamb…it’s that good.

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History of Casablanca

  • During the 14th century, under the Berber Dynasty Merinids, the town rose in importance as a port and in the early 15th century, became independent once again. It emerged as a safe harbour for pirates. This led to attacks by the Portuguese, who destroyed the town in 1468 AD. 
  • The Portuguese used the ruins to build a military fortress in 1515 AD. The village that grew up around it was called “Casabranca”, meaning “White House” in Portuguese. They eventually abandoned the area completely in 1755 AD following an earthquake that destroyed it.
  • In June 1907, the French attempted to build a light railway near the port and passing through a Moroccan graveyard. Moroccan residents attacked the French workers, and riots ensued. 
  • French troops were landed in order to restore order, which was achieved only after severe damage to the town. The French then took control of Casablanca. This effectively began the process of colonization, although French control of Casablanca was not formalized until 1910. 
  • It was especially during the years of military governor Hubert Lyautey that Casablanca became Morocco’s economic center and Africa’s biggest harbour.
  • The famous 1942 film Casablanca underlined the city’s colonial status at the time—depicting it as the scene of a power struggle between competing European powers, carried out without any reference to the local population, and with the film’s vast cosmopolitan cast of characters (American, French, German, Czech, and some other nationalities) including not a single Arab.

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Getting to Casablanca

Casablanca Airport has several options for those passengers who wish to transfer to and from downtown Casablanca. The following means of transportation are available at Casablanca Airport.

Train                                                                                                                            

From the underground train station at Casablanca Airport (Aeroport Med V), you may transfer to either Mers Sultan, Casa Port, Casa Voyageurs, or L’Oasis. Total trip time just takes 45 minutes. Opening hours: From 06:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Bus                                                                                                                                     

CTM operates a bus line that will take you within 45 minutes to downtown. The single ticket fare is MAD 20.00. Further services to other Moroccan cities are available. 

Taxi                                                                                                                                      

Get within 45 minutes to downtown Casablanca from the airport. Find the taxi at the ground level, outside the arrivals hall. A one-way trip to downtown is about MAD 250.00 – 300.00.

Car                                                                                                              

Casablanca Airport offers its passenger car rental options at both terminals. Alternatively, you can book your car prior to your arrival through our search engine, it is easy and fast to use!

Road                                                                                                                             

Mohammed V Airport can be reached via the A7 Casa-Berrechid motorway via Bouskoura / follow the signs to highway Marrakesh and take the Airport exit. From Rabat use the A3, then the A5, or also follow the signs to highway Marrakesh and take the Airport exit. From Marrakech, follow the highway to Casablanca-Rabat and take the Airport exit.

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Day 1 in Casablanca – Places to Visit

Read on for inspiration on fun stuff to do in Casablanca. The city is the center of business and economy, while at the same time it offers tourist spots to both domestic and foreign tourists. So, if you only have 48 hours to enjoy the city, then here’s a playlist of what to do in Casablanca on Day 1. 

Habous (also known as New Medina) is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Morocco. It’s filled with markets where tourists and locals shop for trinkets, clothes, fabrics, souvenirs, fresh produce, and much more. Alive with activity and filled with the sounds of haggling and busybodies, Habous is a must-see on any Moroccan trip. 

The market is where most traditional items of Casablanca can be found and sold at relatively fair prices. You will surely get a lot of best buys for you to take home. Make sure you pick up a scarf or a piece of jewelry for your friends and family back home.

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Hassan II Mosque

Casablanca Morocco is teeming with mosques, which only shows how rich the culture of the locals is. But there is one mosque that you shouldn’t miss, the Hassan II Mosque. It has the most elegant details and architecture that every local in Casablanca takes pride in. If you’re interested in seeing the mosque, you can take a private half-day tour of Casablanca. Your professional guide will walk you through all of the fascinating historical details to help you appreciate every intricacy of this amazing building.

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Museum of Moroccan Judaism

Museum of Moroccan Judaism is a Jewish museum in Casablanca. This museum is particularly special because it is the only one of its kind in the Arab world. The museum would be a fantastic spot to learn about some local history, check out the collection of Berber jewelry, ancient Jewish artifacts, and the reconstructed 1930s synagogue inside.

Now that you’ve seen some cultural and historical destinations in Casablanca, why not try something that’s all about fun? Corniche is the beachfront district in Casablanca’s Ain Diab neighbourhood, where you can enjoy an afternoon stroll looking out at the ocean. 

There are also plenty of luxury hotels on the shoreline where you can stop for a bite to eat. Many of the hotels also have swimming pools open to the public where you can take a dip after a long day of sightseeing. 

Another option is to simply lay a towel out on the sand, bring some local treats from the Medina market, and enjoy an ad hoc feast on the beach. Corniche is a great spot for checking out the ocean, people-watching and enjoying some lovely sunshine.

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Day 2 in Casablanca – Things To Do

For more incredible Casablanca tourist destinations, check out the spots below. These Casablanca attractions are sure to pique your wanderlust and get you excited about your vacation to Morocco.

Visit the Parc de la Ligue Arabe (Arab League Park)

The Parc de la Ligue Arabe (or Arab League Park) is a beautiful urban park in Casablanca, right in the heart of the city. This is a charming and impressive place to take a stroll, boasting lines of tall palm trees, lush gardens, and 15 hectares of land to explore. 

The garden was planted way back in 1918 to mimic the gardens of Paris at the time. And today, it is the oldest park in all of Casablanca. If you can’t go a day without posting your trip on Instagram, this spot will give you endless gorgeous pictures to share with your friends.

Marvel at the Cathedral du Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart Cathedral)

Built back in the 1930s, the Cathedral du Sacre Coeur is a beautiful combination of Moroccan and European architectural styles. The cathedral sits right on the edge of the Arab League Park, so you can walk on over after you’re done exploring there.

Sky-high towers stretch up into the clouds and the sunlight reflects beautifully off the building’s blinding white exterior. The minarets and windows look extraordinary from the street and will make for an excellent photograph you can treasure for years to come.

The outside of casablanca cathedral with tree

Check out the Royal Palace (The King’s Palace)

The Royal Palace is a prized piece of history in Morocco and an impressive feat in Islamic architecture. One of the many palaces of King Mohammed VI, this architectural landmark is near the New Medina in the city. 

Only royals can get inside, but tourists love to photograph the palace’s exterior, which boasts that signature Moroccan tilework you see all over the country. You can look around the pristine manicured gardens in front of the palace.

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Tour the Villa des Arts

The Villa des Arts is a small non-profit gallery built-in 1934. The gallery hosts several exhibitions on contemporary art from Moroccan artists. You can browse through the different art displays inside or take a look at the sculptures that are sometimes out on the lawn. 

If you’re interested in Moroccan art and culture, you’ll adore this museum. Although small, the art deco building is set behind a gorgeous garden fountain, and the high ceilings inside look breathtaking.

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Where to Stay in Casablanca

Now that you know what to see in Casablanca on your vacation, you’ll need to figure out where to stay. Below are some luxury, mid-range, and budget-friendly options for your vacation accommodations. 

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Luxury Hotels in Casablanca

For many people, the best part about visiting Casablanca is staying in the gorgeous luxury hotels in town. Moroccans really come to play when it comes to high-end luxury, and the hotels below will blow you away. 

Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca                                                                          

Situated on the Boulevard de la Corniche, the Four Seasons Hotel has dramatic sea views and a luxury location in the Anfaplace Living Resort area, which includes upscale residences and the Anfaplace Shopping Center. 

The hotel has an outdoor pool and three indoor-outdoor restaurants with ocean views, while Le Spa at Four Seasons Hotel offers Moroccan treatments. Travelling with youngsters? There’s a range of family services available.

Hyatt Regency Casablanca

Also close to the old medina, the Hyatt Regency Casablanca puts you near a string of open-air cafés on United Stations Square. The Habous Quarter, an excellent place for exploring and shopping, is a short cab ride away. 

Some rooms have views of both the Atlantic Ocean and Hassan II Mosque, which is dramatically lit at night. Others face the Art Deco district. After a day of sightseeing, relax at the outdoor pool. There’s a variety of in-house dining, including Moroccan cuisine, under an Arab tent at Dar Beida and alfresco meals poolside.

Grand Mogador City Center

Grand Mogador City Center is in a newish business district high-rise with an on-site restaurant, health club, and café. It’s in a quiet, suburban location a bit removed from the city’s most popular attractions and that’s reflected in the price. 

Mogador is a wallet-friendly option for those who don’t mind a short taxi ride or a longer walk in exchange for affordable luxury. Large bathrooms have separate showers with rain-shower heads and generous-sized tubs.

Mid-Range Hotels in Casablanca

If you’re looking for something slightly more affordable than the luxury hotels above, try these mid-range hotels in Casablanca. They are just as charming and comfortable but at a more reasonable price point.

Art Palace & Spa

Art Palace & Spa has 25 unique, spacious suites named for stars like Audrey Hepburn and James Dean, so this central boutique hotel is anything but a cookie-cutter stay. The O-Zen SPA has an indoor pool, hammam steam bath, treatment rooms, and salon. There is a restaurant on-site, and for added value, breakfast is included. Rooms have a Nespresso coffee machine.

Budget Hotels in Casablanca

If you’re travelling on a budget (or you want to save your cash for fancy Moroccan restaurants) you can stay at one of the hotels below. These accommodations are budget-friendly, so don’t worry, they won’t go burning holes in your pockets.

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Best Western Hotel Toubkal                                                                             

Best Western Hotel Toubkal puts visitors near the main Casa-Port train station, handy when planning to explore Morocco via rail. Spacious, clean rooms have mini-fridges, and executive rooms and junior suites are also available. There’s a gift shop, concierge, and restaurant. This hotel is a short walk to the souks of the old medina, as well as shopping, cafés, and restaurants.

Ibis Casablanca City Center

Also handy to the Casa-Port station, the recently renovated Ibis Casablanca City Center offers excellent value, targeting business travellers in a 266-room mid-rise hotel, which has spaces for meetings and events.

In-house restaurant Wok&Co serves lunch and dinner, and there is a generous breakfast buffet available. For families, it’s close to the tram stop, where you can take a streetcar to the Parc Sindibad kids’ theme park, about five minutes away.

Best Restaurants in Casablanca

If you’ve never tried Moroccan food before, you’re in for a real treat. And if you have, no matter. What could be better than tasting Moroccan cuisine in its home country? Try some of the restaurants below to experience some delightful taste explosions.

Chez El Kabbaj

Aside from the good Moroccan food that is being served in Chez El Kabbaj, which is by far among the best and always packed, you will also love the fresh foie gras.

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Old Medina Market Food

Start the day strolling around one of the largest and oldest medinas in Morocco and find great food to try out. There is plenty for the eyes to see here but the most important thing is to get a feel of how Moroccans go about their day and try some of the local delicacies.

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Rick’s Café

Designed to recreate the bar made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the movie classic Casablanca, Rick’s Cafe is one of the best places to stop by while or after a long stroll through the busy Old Medina.

It offers the best Moroccan food and is conveniently situated just outside the busy Old Medina, away from the hustle and bustle.

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La Corniche

This is one place you wouldn’t want to miss with its array of restaurants, all serving tasty Moroccan food. After your meal, you can take a stroll along the coast or stay in one of the exclusive seaside clubs.

Sqala Restaurant

Before you call it a day, treat yourself to real Moroccan food at Sqala. It can easily be found at Boulevard des Almohades in Casablanca city, right in the Sqala – an 18th-century fortified bastion at the north of the city’s business and economic center.

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Final Thoughts on Things To Do in Casablanca, Morocco

From museums and mosques to opulent palaces and restaurants, there is an abundance of beautiful things to see in Casablanca. You can check out the local markets, try the exceptional Moroccan food on offer, or simply head to the beaches of Casablanca for a relaxing day in the sun. Activities aside, your trip to Casablanca is bound to be one for the books. If you’d like to continue your trip and hop over to Europe, Portugal comes highly recommended. There are some fantastic places in Portugal worth visiting. 

Hopefully, you get to try each and every spot on this list and enjoy an epic vacation in Morocco. Happy travelling!

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What to Do on a Layover in Casablanca

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With several things to see and do, why not get out of the airport and go around Casablanca during a layover instead of waiting at the airport? With many means of transportation including trains, tramways, buses, taxis, Uber, and Careem on hand depending on one’s budget and the amount of time they have, here are some ideas for fitting in some sightseeing while waiting for the next plane to board.

Three hours.

If there are only three hours before a connecting flight arrives, it’s best to not go that far since Casablanca’s airport is outside the city.

The nearest neighbourhoods are Bouskoura and Californie, both suburbs for the more affluent with massive fancy houses with green gardens and golf courses.

In Bouskoura, grab something to eat in one of the many restaurants and in Californie, check out the small mall with different fast foods and even a massive supermarket.

There’s not time to do much more as Moroccan airports can be quite slow getting travellers through security checks and the like.

Bouskoura, Grand Casablanca, Morocco

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Casablanca’s iconic Hassan II Mosque

Six hours allow the chance to go farther into Casablanca. Take a train from inside the airport to the Old Medina stop, Casa Port, and see some of Casablanca’s beauty.

Walk five minutes from the train station to the Medina and take in the narrow streets with endless stalls full of traditional hand-made goodies, ladies offering henna tattoos, authentic leather garments, and more. Stop at any restaurant in the Medina and they will more than likely serve deep-fried seafood and mint tea while cats stroll through the tables looking for any leftovers.

After spending a good couple of hours inside the Old Medina, discover the New Medina. Built by the French during the French Protectorate in 1912, enjoy its wide streets, white buildings with a Europe-meets-Morocco kind of architecture, and wooden doors and stairs. These buildings were built by the best French architects of the early 20th century to mark the French’s presence in Morocco and are a real piece of art in the streets of the Kingdom.

After touring the two Medinas, catch the train from the Casa Port Station back to the Airport Station.

Casa Voyageurs, Boulevard Mohamed V, Casablanca, Morocco

Casa Port, Casablanca, Morocco

Traditional Moroccan goods for sale in Casablanca’s medina

With nine hours in Casablanca, there’s a lot to see and do.

From Casa Port, take a taxi to Parc de la Ligue Arabe and enjoy this large park with endless palm trees, greenery, and the soothing sound of birds.

After strolling through the park, check out the nearby Cathédrale Sacré Coeur, a Roman Catholic church built in the 1930s with beautiful architecture, coloured glass, and much more. There are occasional art exhibitions that present contemporary paintings from up-and-coming artists.

Spend a couple of hours here and then take a cab for the five-minute drive to the Hassan II Mosque. This famous monument is the largest mosque in Africa and the second largest in the world. The incredible tile work, marble, and the beautiful minaret are some of the highlights of this mesmerising mosque; it’s a must-see when visiting Casablanca.

Take a walk on the seafront and enjoy the view of the Atlantic Ocean. One more cab ride to the Old Medina since it’s near the train station. While there, have a look, buy some souvenirs, and hop on the train back to the airport.

Parc De La Ligue Arabe, Casablanca, Morocco

Cathédrale Sacré Coeur, Angle Rue d’Alger et Boulevard Rachdi, Quartier Gautier, Casablanca, Morocco

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The Old Medina, Casablanca, Morocco

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Depending on when the 12-hour wait occurs, there are plenty of places to visit. Get on that train to Casa Port to visit the Medinas. While there, walk into the bazars, spot a traditional Moroccan rug worth taking home, and haggle until the price drops.

The Medinas are a good spot to spend a couple of hours shopping and taking in the real beauty of Morocco with the narrow streets, the leather babouches , and the henna tattoos.

After all that walking around, haggling, and spotting pieces to take back home, it’s time to relax and eat. Hop on the tramway in the New Medina headed towards the beach, Ain Diab.

To do it like the locals, grab a sandwich from a nearby street stand to eat on the beach or have lunch at the many fast food places and restaurants on the seafront. After eating, enjoy the beach and tan among the sounds of waves and people playing football.

Spending a day at the beach can be exhausting, so drink a glass of fresh Moroccan mint tea.

For the most Casablancaesque experience, take a cab to Rick’s Café—yes, the famous café of the movie Casablanca— and have a drink in a restaurant with authentic Moroccan décor and pianists playing classics.

Rick’s Café is within walking distance of Casa Port, so walk back to the station to catch a train back to the airport.

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Casablanca, Morocco's largest city, is a vibrant blend of traditional and modern cultures. From the awe-inspiring Hassan II Mosque and the bustling Old Medina, to the chic beachfront district of Corniche, there's a world to explore. Savour authentic Moroccan cuisine, shop for local crafts, and soak in the city's rich history and culture. Casablanca truly offers an unforgettable travel experience.

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United Nations Square

United Nations Square

Casablanca's buzzing hub: united nations square.

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Sablettes Beach

Sablettes Beach

Sablettes beach: golden sands and clear waters.

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Royal Palace

Witness casablanca's royal grandeur.

Plage Zenata

Plage Zenata

Zenata beach: casablanca's tranquil retreat.

Plage Sidi Bouzid

Plage Sidi Bouzid

Sidi bouzid beach: scenic beauty and serenity.

Plage Lalla Meryem

Plage Lalla Meryem

Casablanca's pristine beachfront.

Plage Ain Diab

Plage Ain Diab

Ain diab beach: vibrant atmosphere and stunning sunsets.

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Parc Murdoch

Nature's retreat at parc murdoch.

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Muhammad V Square

Muhammad V Square

Explore casablanca's vibrant heart.

Morocco Mall

Morocco Mall

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Mahkama of Pacha

Mahkama of Pacha

Architectural grandeur at mahkama of pacha.

Hassan II Mosque

Hassan II Mosque

Marvel at casablanca's spiritual landmark.

Church of Notre Dame of Lourdes

Church of Notre Dame of Lourdes

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Arab League Park

Arab League Park

Relax in casablanca's green oasis.

Ain Diab Beach

Ain Diab Beach

Ain diab beach: a bustling beachside experience, best time to visit casablanca, summer/autumn destination, peak season, moderate season.

  • What To Expect : Warm weather, lively atmosphere, and a surge of tourists.
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Here are a few quick facts about Casablanca to make your travel safe and easy. Casablanca is a International destination. The best time to visit Casablanca is July, August and September. Since this is the peak season expect a little crowd during this time. April, May and June period experiences moderate weather. So, you can easily avoid facing a large gathering.

In peak season you can expect warm weather, lively atmosphere, and a surge of tourists, whereas in off-season, tourists expect cooler weather, fewer tourists, and discounted rates. In moderate seasons, most of the expectation is mild temperatures, fewer crowds, and reasonable prices. In Casablanca, the festivals of Casablanca Festival, Jazzablanca and Casablanca International Art Fair are celebrated when a large number of tourists flock together. The festivals are celebrated in the month of July, April and November respectively. So, if you are fond of bustling streets and localities, choose this time of the year to travel.

If your travel seems incomplete without getting into some fun activities then you will love to get indulged in exploring outdoor attractions, vibrant nightlife. In moderate season you will love to get indulged in comfortable climate, less crowded tourist spots.

Whilst in Casablanca, we also recommend that you pay a visit to some of the most popular places which are United Nations Square, Sablettes Beach and Royal Palace.

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions about Casablanca

For which type of travelling is casablanca a perfect destination.

Casablanca is a perfect destination for International themed holidays.

How is the weather of Casablanca in peak season?

The weather of Casablanca in peak season is warm weather, lively atmosphere, and a surge of tourists. It means you can easily plan a trip to Casablanca in the months of ​​​​​​​​July, August and September to enjoy your trip to the fullest.

What are the best places to visit in Casablanca?

Casablanca has loads of places that you can visit on your vacation. Our recommendation of the best places to visit in Casablanca include - United Nations Square, Sablettes Beach, and Royal Palace. Apart from these, there are multiple other places to visit that you can explore if you are on a longer trip!

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