If uniqueness and exotic tropical lands are what you are looking for from a perfect vacation, the city of Casablanca in Morocco might be the finest choice for you. Located at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean, the city of Casablanca is the quintessential example of what a mixed cultured land looks and feels like.
Casablanca is a port city and is now called the business capital of Morocco, being its commercial hub. Filled with arabesque mosques and Middle Eastern breathtaking markets, the impact of the French Revolution is evident throughout the city with its European architecture and art deco style that mingle with the blend of Moorish style.
Visit The Hassan II Mosque
Situated at the Bd Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah, the Hasan II mosque, built by King Hassan II is practically the 7th largest mosque in the entire world and 2nd largest functioning one in Africa.
The minaret in Hasan II mosque, with a height of 210 meters is the second tallest minaret in the world. The minaret is 60 stories high with a light at the top which is indicated at the Mecca.
With gorgeously intricate details on the humongous walls made with pure marble and the architecture facing towards the ocean, the Hassan II Mosque demands any tourist’s primary attraction at Casablanca.
Fill Your Spirit Up At The Sacred Heart Cathedral
Due to the French colonization of Morocco, numerous architectures are made of the Art Deco style of work.
The Sacred Heart Church is one such monument, which used to be a running Catholic church till 1956 but after the independence of Morocco it ceased its religious faculties and changed to a cultural monument open to exhibitions.
The Institut Francais even held a music night inside this beautiful center. The Cathedral was designed by the French architect Tournon in 1930. Built in the Gothic Revival style, facing the blue Moroccan skies these huge and tall white buildings will take your breath away.
Shop To Your Heart’s Desire At The Central Marketplace
The Central Marketplace is built exactly where the Casablanca Fair of 1915 had occurred. It was the most important place in Casablanca’s European ville nouvelle.
The beauty of the market apart from its magnificent commodities lies in its architecture with a Neo-Mauresque style with a mix of Art Deco and the 20th century colonial architecture.
Travelling around Casablanca can make you yearn for food and this marketplace is winning there too as it is filled with an array of fresh seafood and plenty of African vegetables. If you are planning to buy traditional Moroccan gifts for yourself or your family, this vibrant market is your solution again.
Dazzle Yourself At Chefchaouen Blue City
If you want to grasp the most out of your trip, a one day mini tour from Casablanca to the Chefchaouen City will probably be your best bet. This city is called the ‘Blue City” for all the right reasons.
The entire city is azure with all its houses and buildings painted in different shades of blue and being just adjacent to the ocean, this quality makes the entire locality look like a chunk of heaven on earth with cats loitering around the narrow blue alleyways.
It is believed that the Jews painted most of these walls blue, resonating with the color blue representing the sky and their cultural and religious allegiances.
Go For The Casablancan Camel Ride
Being in the city of Casablanca or in Morocco and not being able to taking a camel ride through the numerous dunes or the Sahara desert is surely missing out on things.
There are endless options and offers to choose from in Casablanca, mini rides that involve overnight adventures or full-fledged extensive touring of three or four days on the back of a camel through the sand dunes.
There are overnight Trekking Excursions at the Desert Camp Merzouga Desert or the Chebbi Dunes. There is the 8 days Imperial cities and Sahara camel trip from Casablanca too. There are also numerous four day five night camel rides from Casablanca.
Walk Through The Old Medina
Located in northern Casablanca, the Old Medina is like a meshwork of art, culture and architecture. You are bound to be feeling like walking through a real life fairytale or a storybook as you will find narrow alleyways and every corner of the area smells of exquisite and rich Moroccan delicacies.
There is of course, the beautiful Medina and an entire locality surrounding it. One can walk through getting a proper idea, flavor and taste of the Islamic beauty blooming in the area. While taking the walks you can also shop from an endless option of souvenirs, shoes, rich spices, jewelry and what not.
Vibe At The Rick’s Café
Any Hollywood lover is aware of the Oscar winning 1943 classic film Casablanca. The Rick’s Café was built in remembrance of this famous movie in 2004. This was made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, upon whom a Casablancan trend had started.
This is a restaurant, bar and café built on an ancient courtyard patterned mansion opposite to the Old Medina wall. The architecture and even the piano bar of the café are reminiscent of the actual movie scenes.
The cuisine too is blessed by the Moroccan seafood and desserts made with the local exotic varieties of fruits. One is sure to get a cinematic and regal feel at this joint.
Taste Art At The Abderraham Slaoui Museum
To get a deeper taste of the art and culture of the Moroccan land and Casablanca, tourists take a trip to the Abderraham Slaoui Museum, built in 2012 on the memory of Abderraham Slaoui a famous businessman and art collector in Casablanca.
The museum is also famous for holding quarterly exhibitions and workshops for Moroccan artists.
This place proudly holds up their permanent collection of old Moroccan classic gold jewelry, Berber Jewelry, paintings of one of the earliest Moroccan painters Muhammad Bin Ali Ribati, large collection of oriental Moroccan posters dating back to the 19th century and much more among a long list of its valuables.
Tour The City On The Casa Tramway
While the tram might seem like something you board when you have to go to someplace else, here in Casablanca the beauty of the tramway is such that one can simply come out to go for a heritage tram ride.
The whole system is built in a European style but it’s highly modern in application and will surf you through parts of the city no cab driver would.
It is cheap, fun and convenient with lush greenery on both sides. The trams pass through the city roads and markets giving the passenger a direct view of the city lights at night which is dearly loved by the tourists.
Roam Through The Boulevard De La Corniche
For the city life lovers, boulevard de la corniche is your destination. The free area is always breezy with palm trees on both sides. Adjacent to it is the beach and a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean, the whole area is flooded with brightly lit seafood shops and corners and loads of shopping places and stalls.
On the neighborhood is the La Sqala which offers traditional ethnic Moroccan food. The whole area buzzes with fun and frolic activities are a custom there.
There is the Anfaplace Shopping Center, the La Corniche beach and many restaurants and cafes waiting for your visit. A beautiful view of the tall Hassan II mosque is also a constant from this spot. All in all it is a fun place of amalgamation of cuisines shopping architecture and nature.
Pay A Visit To The New Medina
Art lovers and aesthetes are bound to be blown by this place. Located at the Boulevard Victor Hugo, the new Medina is a three storied building mixing modernity and Art Deco thoroughly.
Giving the feel of a maze, the whole structure has unique and different atmosphere to it. One can often find traditional music coming along with the breeze and if you are lucky you might even end up seeing snake charmers!
There is again, an array of various cuisines and specialties to reward your taste buds. Regal looking copper crockery is another very famous aspect of the new Medina. Many home décor, spiritual and religious products also popularize the area.
Witness History At The Museum Of Moroccan Judaism
The Moroccan history of Judaism goes back a long way. Before the creation of Israel, Morocco constituted for about 350,000 Jews, which was the largest in the Muslim world. Now however only about 2500 remain.
This museum was found by Simon Levy in 1997. Covering an area of about 700 square meters, this museum holds up various Jewish artifacts. There is ancient Moroccan royal Jewish jewelry; there is the notable addition of the Moroccan Preamble, parts of which imbibe the Hebraic influences into the national integrity.
There is a multipurpose room known for its displays of art of Jewish Moroccans including paintings and sculptures.
Take A Dip in The Atlantic
Apart from all that taste of art, history and culture, one should not forget that the city of Casablanca is literally facing the Atlantic Ocean! To take full advantage of this therefore, taking a serene nature break and going to take a dip at the ocean is a must.
The turquoise Atlantic is faced opposite to many seaside hotels from where you can get the direct view 24*7.
These beaches often carry out water activities and water sports where one can actively take part. Some of the most famous beaches of Casablanca are the Ain Diab beach, the Plage Lalla Meryem beach, the Plage Madame Choual beach. All of them having red rocky or fresh white sandy shores and blue waters.
Witness The City Hall Of Casablanca
Also known as the Hotel De Ville due to the extensive French Colonization, the Casablanca City Hall should be a must visit if you love beautiful mix culture architecture. Located beside the Mohammad V Square, this monument is a three story building with a clock tower.
This monument was built in the 1930s and even a glimpse from outside is sure to mesmerize you with the distinct amalgamation of Art Deco, French architecture and Moroccan architecture.
The outside is filled with beautiful open air fountains and often a free home to countless pigeons flying on and off throughout the day. The entry to this place is free!
Feel Regal At The Royal Palace Of Casablanca
The Palais Royal De Casablanca is a royal heritage to say the least. You can witness the breathtaking Islamic architectural finesse once you reach the palace.
This palace belongs to the group of four royal palaces situated throughout Morocco, in Rabat, Fez and Marrakesh. The Arabic craftsmanship and intricate details with brick colored walls to complement the majestic ambiance is perfect to soothe the eye and blow the mind.
If one reaches at the times of the Islamic prayer, one can hear a cry of prayer coming from some other minaret and bound to get an out of the world feeling.
Have All The Fun At Park Of The Arab League
Located to the east of Algiers Street the Arab League Park can be called an urban park. Spread around an area of 30 acres, the park has the Moulay Youssef Boulevard in between.
This park is the perfect location of entertainment for people from all ages; there are different segments in the park for different age groups. There are rides for children, and if you are a nature lover who finds peace in greenery, this is your place.
The entire area is systematically and meticulously arranged with a massive variety of vegetation, whether it be huge palm trees on both sides of the boulevard or tropical low lying shade providing lush fruit bearing trees. All in this entire park is a ten out of ten for its entertainment value.
Feel The Atlantic Ocean From The El Hank Lighthouse
To bring the tour to a concluding tone, this should be your last spot. The Hnak lighthouse is one of the tallest light houses in Morocco. Located beside the Boulevard De La Corniche, this lighthouse is the finest place to take a perfect snap of your tour of Casablanca and the skyline.
To stand at such a height and witness the beach and the magnificent Atlantic in itself is a mystic thing, only to add to it one can see a picturesque view of the Hasan II mosque from this place too. The El Hank Lighthouse is a true spot of summing up the beauty of Casablanca.