A Sprawling Beachside City
Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city and is one of many jewels adorning the crown of this captivating African nation.
Casablanca is the economic and business centre of Morocco and is home to the country’s chief port. As such, it has lots on offer for those who choose to embark on Casablanca holidays – from an array of attractive beaches to a bustling and strangely charming old media. The city is perhaps most famous for being immortalised in the Hollywood film of the same name, putting this region on the world’s stage for all to see.
Beyond that recognisable quality, holidays to Casablanca don’t always necessarily follow the script. The vibrant and exciting atmosphere embedded in this city will always keep you guessing, as hypnotic spices and sounds fill your senses – this destination encompasses an African adventure.
The city of Casablanca is the primary port of Morocco, offering a wealth of attractions to incoming holidaymakers as well as providing fantastic means of onward travel to other parts of this captivating country.
Casablanca’s attractions can be found in many forms, from the wonderful beaches to the hypnotic medina, the aromatic food to the religious devotion. From relaxing on a sandy beach, taking to the sea, strolling around a traditional souk or gazing at one of the world’s largest mosques, you’ll find countless things to do in Casablanca.
Mazing Medina and Aromatic Cuisine
Although Casablanca’s medina isn’t as much of a sprawl as that found in Marrakech and Fes, it still captures that enchanting atmosphere and hustle and bustle that makes exploring Moroccan medinas so hypnotic. While you enjoy your holidays in Casablanca, you can’t look beyond a mad dash through the medina, dodging eager salesman and haggling for the perfect bargain.
Exploring the town you’ll find various outlets where you can enjoy traditional Moroccan cuisine. You can’t leave the city before trying a classic couscous dish, some tasty and succulent lamb, and of course, a hearty and healthy tagine.
Casablanca is home to some great hotels. If you’d like a room with a sea view, you can check into one of the city’s 5-star hotels. There is a decent array of accommodation options for visitors to the city, which is no surprise considering it is the main port of Morocco.
Mosques and Beaches
The third largest mosque in the world is located in Casablanca. The Hassan II Mosque is an architectural wonder, with over half of the complex built on reclaimed land, allowing many worshippers to kneel on a glass floor looking over the Atlantic Ocean. The mosque was built in Morocco’s very unique architectural style and visitors will find themselves in awe at its size. With a capacity of 105,000 there’s no surprise that a visit to this religious wonder is one of the highlights of Casablanca holidays.
The city is situated on the coast of the Atlantic and offers some beautiful beaches to visitors hoping to indulge in some sand and sea. The white sand is particularly alluring, tempting you in for a little dose of sunbathing during your city break.
If you’re seeking that sunshine element to your trip, you’ll want to try and avoid the period between November and April which is considered the rainy season along the country’s coast. The hottest weather will be experienced between July and September, so taking a trip here after the peak summer season will still allow you to catch some rays, without the presence of large crowds.
Out and About in Casablanca
Paying a visit to The Corniche will let you experience a Western feel to your Casablanca holidays. This neighbourhood was once a thriving resort area, but is now more recognisable for its array of Western fast food chains and shops, as well as a western-style movie theatre where you can take a break from the heat and catch the latest flick.
The Central Post Office is worth a visit, especially if you have some postcards to send home. The building was built in 1918 and boasts a very attractive façade for you to enjoy during your mundane task of posting, including some rather impressive mosaics.
The decent transport links out the city will allow you to explore the rest of the country with relative ease. You have to pay a visit to Marrakech, the country’s most famous city, situated just over three hours south by train, while the same duration to the north east will bring you to the charming city of Fes.