Casablanca is one of the largest cosmopolitan cities in Morocco and is also considered as the economic capital of Morocco. It is situated in the western part of the country on the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the most important cities in Africa economically as well as demographically. This is an astounding city with an amazing architecture and modern lifestyle which attracts the tourists from all over the world. This is a metropolis having historic roots which create a diverse cityscape and also a place from where most of the money comes to support the entire country. It also has one of the world’s largest artificial port. The numerous industries, art galleries and the rapid expansions draws people to this city but the cultural and historical aspects of Casablanca attract the most to the tourists.
You can get in to Casablanca by taking a flight. The closest airport to the city is Mohammed V International Airport. It is one of the busiest gateways to this country and is well connected to Europe and many other countries. From the airport you can get in to Casablanca by taking a train to Casa Voyages which is the third stop from the Airport. However there is also a Casablanca Car Service available. The trains are pretty comfortable and also easy to navigate and the boards also display the time of arrival/ departure accurately. You can also get in to this city by a bus or a car whichever suits you the best.
THINGS TO SEE
The King Hassan II Mosque
This is the largest mosque in Morocco and one of the third largest in the world. This mosque has an ability to accommodate around 150,000 worshippers at a time. It was designed by a French architect Michel Pinseau and is has the world’s tallest Minarets too. This is also the only mosque that a non Muslim is allowed to see. The interior is beautiful and has a roof that opens to the sky and also has a gorgeous tile work. It is one of the main tourist attractions in the city and thousands of people come from all over the world to Casablanca to just visit this mosque. It is one of the most beautiful mosques in the Middle East.
The Corniche is located on the west side of Hassan II Mosque. It is a neighborhood to the ocean. A few decades ago it was a blooming resort area. You can find many hotels lined on the ocean side of the Boulevard de la Corniche and many nights clubs on the opposite side. This place is also home to many western fast food chains and also a western style movie theatre. You will also find many ocean view café’s which offer some of the tastiest coffees and mouth watering deserts. You can walk across the street and relax at one of the ocean view café and spend some time.
Mahkama du Pacha
This is a parliamentary building which houses the court of justice and serves as a reception area for the state occasions. This is a Hispanic Moorish building which comprises of about 60 ornate rooms which have a delicately carved wooden ceiling. It has some intricately wrought iron railings and beautifully tiled floors. The entrance to this place is free but it is difficult to get in. You might also need a guide to accompany you to this place. It is open from 8 am to 12 pm and later from 2 pm to 6 pm from Monday to Saturday. It is a very well designed and beautifully finished building.
The old Arab quarter of Casablanca is now called as the Old Medina. It is a small traditional town located in the north part of Casablanca. It is an amazing place for some exploration and has some beautiful sights of the old stone houses and numerous shops selling many different types of products. At the lower end of the district there is a fort called Bori Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah which was built in the 18th century to protect this city from the Portuguese.
The Shrine of Sidi Abderrahman
This place is built on a rock off the shore well past the Corniche. However, it is only accessible during the time of low tide. This place cannot be visited by the non Muslims but they are allowed to explore the small neighborhood like Medina that has been built around it. But it is better if you walk along the beach and catch the amazing view of the white walls from far.
Apart from the above places you can also visit Museum of Moroccan Judaism of Casablanca, Musee Abderman Slaoui, and a visit to the lighthouse where you do nothing but just sit on the rocks and listen to the waves crashing against them. Casablanca is blessed with French and Arabic styles of architecture. It has some of the most beautiful buildings and places that one can visit. It is also an amazing place for the shopaholics where you can find many leather goods, designer outlets and fancy accessories too. This city is also very famous for its nightlife. Thus with so many things to offer it is worth a visit.