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Best things to do in Casablanca

10 Best Things to do in Casablanca

Best Things to do in Casablanca

This list of places to see in Casablanca will help you discover the magic of a city, where tradition is mixed with modernity, making it a unique place.
Located on the Atlantic coast and a former French protectorate, Casablanca has become the economic engine of the country and is perfect for spending a day or two during which you can enjoy its Arab and colonial heritage, its most charming neighborhoods, and its delicious gastronomy with traditional dishes such as tajine or couscous, which we are sure will leave a great taste in your mouth.
In case you have more days, we recommend you take a route by train or car through other places in Morocco such as the imperial cities of Fes, Meknes, and Marrakech, and at the end spend an unforgettable night sleeping in a tent in the middle of the Sahara desert.
Based on our visit to the city during our trip to Casablanca, Meknès, and Fes in 5 days, we leave you the list of what we believe are the 10 essential things to do in Casablanca. We start!

1 – Hassan II Mosque

Entering the great Hassan II Mosque, the second largest in the world after Mecca, is one of the best things to do in Casablanca.
Built by King Hassan II on an artificial peninsula, following a verse from the Koran that says “Allah’s throne was erected on the waters”, this mosque impresses from the outside due to its enormous dimensions and its 200-meter-high minaret, decorated with green tiles and the one that at night projects a laser that points to Mecca.
During a guided tour inside, you will be able to see its prayer room with a capacity for more than 25,000 faithful and a folding roof, the ablutions area with 41 marble fountains and stucco walls, as well as other unique places. Remember that to access you must dress respectfully and remove your shoes at the entrance.

To better understand the history of this mosque and the entire city, it is highly recommended to book this guided tour or book this private tour with a guide in Spanish, perfect for groups.
Guided tour hours: Saturday to Thursday at 9 am,11 am, 2p,m and 3 pm (only in summer). During Ramadan, they only take place at 9 am and 11 am.

Best things to do in Casablanca

2 – Boulevard de la Corniche

Leaving the mosque you can take a pleasant walk along the Atlantic coast until you reach the Boulevard de la Corniche, located in the Ain Diab neighborhood and one of the most exclusive areas to see in Casablanca.
Some of the best hotels, nightclubs such as Maison B and Le Cabestan, international restaurants and shopping centers such as Anfaplace, as well as incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Hassan II Mosque, are concentrated on this promenade of almost 3 kilometers.
At the end of the Corniche, you will arrive at the Morocco Mall, the largest shopping center in all of Africa that houses more than 350 stores of major brands from all over the world, and the Souk, an area where you can buy typical gift items such as slippers, tea sets, djellabas, spices, etc.
We recommend arriving early if you want to take a bath on one of its beaches without too many people and heat and come at night to enjoy its lively nightlife.

3 – Old Medina, one of the things to do in Casablanca

Between the port and the imposing Hassan II mosque is the old medina, another of the most beautiful places to visit in Casablanca.
Built during the 19th century, this small historic center is far from the beauty of the great medieval medinas in Morocco such as Fes or Marrakech, although it is worth walking through its narrow and winding alleys until you find its many souks where you can haggle for items. all types.

4 – Rick’s Cafe

Near the old medina is the famous Rick’s Café, an exact copy of the cabaret that appears in the movie Casablanca starring the legends Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
Although the film was shot entirely in a Hollywood studio, the insistence of tourists to find it in the city led to the transformation of an old colonial-style mansion into this mythical café.
As well as seeing a copy of the famous piano from the “Play it again Sam” scene, although in this case the pianist is called Issam, you can have a drink or try some good Moroccan food from him.
Other recommended restaurants to try the local food are Le Riad Restaurant, L’Etoile Centrale, and Le Cuistot Traditionnel.

Best things to do in Casablanca

5 – Clock Tower

At the entrance to the medina, right in the lively Plaza de las Naciones Unidas, is the Clock Tower, another of the places to see in Casablanca. This photogenic tower, 20 meters high and with 4 spheres, one on each side was built in 1911 by the French captain Dessigny, although it later fell into disrepair and had to be rebuilt again, completing its work in 1993.
After enjoying the atmosphere of tourists and locals in the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas, you can go to the Central Market, a space surrounded by colonial buildings and full of fresh vegetables, meat, fish and seafood stalls. If you feel like eating any of these products you can buy them and take them to one of the restaurants around the market, so they can cook it for you for a little of money.

6 – Visit Mohammed V Square, one of the things to do in Casablanca

Another of the things to do in Casablanca is to walk through Mohammed V Square and sit down to rest on one of its benches, in the shade of the palm trees.
Located in the new part of the city, this large open space revolves around a monumental fountain and is surrounded by beautiful buildings that combine the Mudejar style and French Art Deco such as the Post Office, the Bank of Morocco, the French Consulate and the Court of Justice.
Also, if you are a fan of this architectural style, you can also go to the Art-Deco Quarter and walk along Avenida Mohammed V.

7 – Arab League Park

A few meters from Mohammed V Square is the Park of the Arab League, the green lung and an oasis of peace within the chaotic Casablanca.
Among its essentials you have a pond in which, depending on the season, you can observe water lilies and, above all, its impressive avenue of palm trees that crosses it entirely. In addition, one of the sides of the park is dominated by the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, built in 1930 in the neo-Gothic style and which rivals the Hassan II Mosque in size.
Currently the church, considered one of the most beautiful buildings to visit in Casablanca, functions as a cultural center and it is worth going inside to see its large stained glass windows.
Near the park you have other tourist attractions such as the second largest shopping center in Africa located in the basement of the twin towers of the Twin Center and a contemporary art museum located in the Villa des Arts, one of the best examples of Art Déco in Casablanca.

8 – Quartier Habous

The next stop on the route through the places to see in Casablanca is in the picturesque neighborhood of Quartier Habous, known as the New Medina.
Built by the French at the beginning of the 20th century, in its well-kept streets full of arcades you will find more orderly souks than in the Old Medina, such as the one with olives and others that sell all kinds of typical items, where you can haggle more calmly.
After taking a pleasant walk and having tea on one of its terraces, you can regain your strength in the famous Moroccan pastry shop, Bennis Habou.

9 – Mahkama Pacha Palace

In the same Quartier Habous neighborhood are the impressive Royal Palace, which can only be seen from the outside, and the Mahkama Pacha Palace, which has a beautiful interior that is hard to forget.
Once you cross its magnificent defensive door you will discover a jewel of Arab art with two patios surrounded by 60 rooms and decorated with meticulous work of Mudejar plasterwork and wood, reminiscent of the Alhambra in Granada.
Although access is free, remember that it currently houses government offices, so you may need to enter accompanied by a guide.
Visiting hours: Monday to Friday from 9 am. to 4 pm.

10 – Sidi Abderrahman Sanctuary

To finish this list of essential places to see in Casablanca , we suggest you go to the surprising and legendary Sanctuary of Sidi Abderrahman, located on an islet, near the Corniche.
This complex is made up of a small medina and a sanctuary where Sidi Abderrahman rests eternally, a marabout who came from Baghdad escaping from a world too cruel for a holy man and who spent his days praying day and night, until the locals Surprised by their faith and some miracle, they turned this place into a pilgrimage center, which still exists today.
Although the temple is only accessible to Muslims, it is worth visiting its medina built by its believers and enjoying the views of the Atlantic Ocean.
If you are going to spend the night in the city it may be interesting to book this free night tour.

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