Updated: Nov 13
As the main port in Morocco, Casablanca is the hub of all activity in Morocco. It is the capital city and the main port in and out of Morocco. Though it is not the main destination on travelers' lists, when they can visit Marrakesh or Fez, it should not be missed.
From a variety of religions to the languages spoken, Casablanca is home to several unique cultures. The two primary cultures that historically settled Casablanca were Berbers and Arabs. These cultures influence the main languages spoken, and the food served. But as time has proceeded, Casablanca has had even more influence from French, Roman, Jewish, and Spanish cultures. This has led to beautiful architecture, fantastic cuisine, and a variety of languages spoken. Today, you will still find that Arabic Darija and Berber Amazigh are the two official languages spoken, but you may hear French spoken during formal settings.
Finding time to relax on a Casablanca beach is a must-do when experiencing the hustle and bustle of the city. Though there are several beaches near the town, check out Ain Diab. It is smack dab in the center of the city and is hot during the summer. Along the coast, there is a promenade that connects the city with the Hassan II Mosque. On the walkway, there are shops, cafes, and places to enjoy the beach from afar. If you are looking for a bit calmer of a beach, you can head to Mriziga. It is a rocky but beautiful beach, but if you go during low tide, you'll find that the rocks have made pools.
Old Medina of Casablanca is one of the most impressive markets in Casablanca. It does not have the same old-world charm as other Medinas in Morocco. The great aspect is that it is still utilized today by locals to purchase their hardware needs. You'll also find that walking through the beautiful white-washed streets will take you back to the 19th century in Morocco. Take a minute to have a tea in a café on your walk through the streets. You may even find an item that will make the perfect local souvenir in the market.
The most famous mosque in Casablanca is Hassan II Mosque. It towers high into the sky and is a monument to the former King of Morocco. It does not earn the title of the largest mosque in the world. However, it does claim the title of having the largest minaret. Another must visit spot is L'Eglise du Sacré Coeur. The beautifully white Roman Catholic Church is a mixing of the Moorish and neo-gothic styles. Unfortunately, it never became a practicing church, and today you can take in its glory from Parc de la Ligue Arabe or take in an exhibit.
Casablanca is old world meets new world, and that hasn't changed over the centuries. One of Casablancas's oldest neighborhoods is Old Medina, which is still most famously known for its markets, but Quartier Habous (New Medina) was built to solve the housing crisis in the 1930s. These narrow, winding streets are the beautiful combination of Moroccan meets European. Spending the day wandering the streets, dipping into the shops, and trying a tasty sweet treat is one of my favorite things to do in the city. Not to mention, this is the perfect place to snag that Instagram worth photo that will make your friends and family ready to book a trip to Casablanca.
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