Casablanca, the white city
Casablanca is the ideal city to get to know Morocco. The past and present combine, showing visitors the country's colorful identity. Modernism and ancient traditions rub shoulders in all aspects of daily life. When traveling to Morocco, be sure to visit Casablanca, the point of entry to the country.
Located on the shores of the Mediterranean, Casablanca is the economic capital of Morocco and the biggest city with the largest population - close to 2.5 million inhabitants. It stands out from Marrakesh and Rabat for its dynamic economy and its opening to the international community. Casablanca also has a very rich architecture with buildings dating back to the 1920s through the 1950s, resembling an American city. The movie Casablanca revealed the city's incredible architecture in the 40s.
- The Hassan II mosque. It is one of the largest existing mosques. The 210 meter / 693 foot minaret is also the highest in the world, although the project for the mosque in Algiers may take its place.
- The old Medina, without a doubt the most typical part of the city with its narrow streets and ramparts. Best to visit during the day.
- The Mohammed V square, the avenue with its monumental fountain.
- The new Medina, Habous quarter
- The Sacred Heart Cathedral. The monumental, famous church in Casablanca is a fine example of the Art-Deco style while remaining close to European Gothic-style monuments.
Depending on your mood, Casablanca has many places for entertainment or strolling.
For relaxation :
Parc de la Ligue Arabe
The Public Baths
Sidi Abderrhamane, an unusual little island, a favorite place for fortune-tellers or chouwafate.
The Museum in the Villa of the Arts,
Museum of Moroccan Judaism
The central market
Twin Center Casablanca
Essaouira is also a favorite destination with tourists that is not far from the city.
In Casablanca, like everywhere else, the visitor can become immersed in Moroccan culture. A trip to Casablanca or across Morocco, will be a chance to stay in one of the country's typical dwellings, the riad. This type of dwelling is built around a central, interior courtyard.
Moroccan cuisine, like all Mediterranean countries, is savory and spicy. Tajine, brochettes, couscous are some of the best-known dishes in Morocco. However, many other dishes are worth discovering, such as briouates, vegetable soups, fish and salads.