Casablanca conjours up romantic images of a bygone era thanks to the film of the same name, but today it is a modern city with wide streets and some of the old French colonial buildings still in tact. The Place de Nations Unies is the central point of Casablanca, as it not only leads to the medina but is also the convening point of many of the wide streets. With its spacious layout and plethora of old and modern buildings, that blend together seamlessly to form the unique of this city, it isn't hard to see why so many travellers flock to Casablanca every year.Read More
One particular point of interest in the city is the sweeping market that sells a range of handicrafts, food and even live turtles if you're looking for something a bit more unusual to purchase. It is not the same as the souks of say Marrakech or Fes, but well worth a visit. Be prepared to bargain hard. The old city is striking and noticeably different to some other old cities within Morocco, but it has an interesting feel. The city walls of Casablanca are surprisingly unobtrusive and quite low, compared to other cities in the country.
The Mosque of Hassan 2nd was the brainchild of the then king of Morocco. He first mentioned the project of this mosque in 1980, declaring that he would build it on the water, because of the Islamic belief that the throne of God rests on water. It was designed by the French architect, Michel Pinseau, and has the tallest minaret in the world, standing at 200 metres. There is room for 20,000 worshippers inside the mosque at the same time and the courtyard gives space for another 80,000. It was inaugurated in 1993.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Casablanca. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Casablanca on a bespoke touring itinerary to Morocco, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.