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CasablancaMorocco

Just as it inspired a famous movie, Morocco’s main port excites visitors with its history, beaches, nightlife and very large mosque. 

The sprawling city of Casablanca is Morocco’s cultural, commercial and financial center, a very Westernized city. Notice the casual dress and large numbers of men and women socializing in restaurants, bars and on the beach. With grand architecture, long stretches of coastline and large parks, you’ll find many places to explore.

Glimpse old Casablanca by wandering the alleys of the Old Medina. Shop in the sprawling souk to see stalls laden with vegetables, leather goods, traditional handicrafts, silks and spices. Enjoy varied street foods including coconut cookies, shrimp rolls and freshly squeezed orange juice. In a former home on the edge of this old part of the city is Rick’s Café, a re-creation of the saloon featured in the Oscar-winning eponymous movie. You must remember this: The movie was actually made in a Hollywood studio and not in Casablanca.

On a headland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is the Grand Mosque Hassan II, one of the world’s largest mosques. Take a guided tour of the 22-acre (9-hectare) complex to see the vast prayer hall, fountains and elaborate architecture. Non-Muslims are allowed to enter.

Alongside the mosque is the long strip of public beaches and private beach clubs making up the Corniche. At night the area’s clubs and discos draw a large, youthful crowd. Just offshore is a rocky outcrop containing the Shrine of Sidi Abderrahman which can be accessed via a bridge. Non-Muslims are not permitted to enter the monument, but can explore the old neighborhood built up around it.

One of Casablanca’s prettiest spots is the Arab League Park, a vast open space with manicured lawns and palm tree-lined boulevards. Come here to promenade and relax in cafés.

Fly into Casablanca's Mohammed V airport and get around by train, bus, taxi or rental car. Casablanca is about 150 miles (241 kilometers) from Marrakesh and about 180 miles (290 kilometers) from Fez. Close to the city are numerous traditional villages also worth visiting.

Where to stay in Casablanca

Casablanca City Center, Casablanca, Morocco

Casablanca City Center

4/5Very Good!(30 area reviews)

Waterfront views, bars and spas highlight some notable features of Casablanca City Center. Make a stop by Casablanca Twin Center or Place Mohammed V while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Place Mohammed V Station or Hassan II Avenue Station to get around town.

Casablanca City Center
Ain Chock, Casablanca, Morocco

Ain Chock

3/5(1 area review)

You might enjoy the restaurants while in Ain Chock. Casablanca Technopark is a notable sight, and you can get around town at Panoramique Station or Technopark Station to see more of the city.

Ain Chock
Ain Diab, Casablanca, Morocco

Ain Diab

4.5/5Wonderful!(4 area reviews)

While you're in Ain Diab, take in top sights like Ain Diab Beach and jump on the metro at Ain Diab Tram Stop to see more of the city.

Ain Diab
Habbous Quarter, Casablanca, Morocco

Habbous Quarter

Habbous Quarter is well liked for its restaurants. You can also take some time to explore sights in the surrounding area like Casablanca Twin Center and Place Mohammed V.

Habbous Quarter
La Corniche, Casablanca, Casablanca-Settat, Morocco

La Corniche

3.5/5Good!(10 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in La Corniche, Ain Diab Beach and La Corniche Beach are top sights worth seeing.

La Corniche
Casablanca which includes heritage architecture, general coastal views and a sunset

Sidi Maârouf

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Sidi Maârouf and surrounding area, you can visit Casablanca Technopark and Stade Mohammed V.

Sidi Maârouf

Top hotels in Casablanca

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
ONOMO Hotel Casablanca Airport
ONOMO Hotel Casablanca Airport
3 out of 5
H6 Nouaceur ZF6, Lotissment Du Parc Indust, Nouaceur, Casablanca
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
Rs5,235
per night
28 Apr-29 Apr

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 10.2 mi (16.4 km) from Town Park and within 20 miles (32 km) of Casablanca Twin Center and Casablanca Technopark. Casanearshore ...

4.2/5Very Good! (313 reviews)

"Nice hot water in the shower and great pressure! Nice modern bathroom. Comfortable bed."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

ONOMO Hotel Casablanca Airport
Hyatt Regency Casablanca
Hyatt Regency Casablanca
5 out of 5
Place Des Nations Unies, Casablanca
Rs12,104
per night
23 Apr-24 Apr

This family-friendly Casablanca hotel is located near the airport, within 1 mi (2 km) of Place Mohammed V, Marina Casablanca and Port of Casablanca. Casablanca ...

4.1/5Very Good! (285 reviews)

"Exotic and extremely friendly. The staff was excellent and very helpful."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

Hyatt Regency Casablanca
Radisson Blu Hotel, Casablanca City Center
Radisson Blu Hotel, Casablanca City Center
5 out of 5
2 Blvd Mohamed Diouri, Casablanca
Rs5,992
per night
1 May-2 May

Located in Casablanca City Center, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Central Market of Casablanca, Port of Casablanca, and Casablanca Twin Center. Hassan ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)

"The only thing about this hotel there is no parking and the location is so uncomfortable but its close to center. They have only valet parking but all staff were nice people and very professional and friendly."…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel, Casablanca City Center

Popular things to do in Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque
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Hassan II Mosque

4.5/5(20 reviews)

You can learn about the local history of Casablanca when you visit a top site such as Hassan II Mosque. Wander the seaside and beautiful beaches in the area.

La Sqala
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La Sqala

4/5(1 review)

Learn about the local history of Medina with a stop at La Sqala. Wander the seaside and beautiful beaches in the area.

Reviews of Casablanca

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Mar 2020

Vibrant, modern and cultural mixed. Restaurants people.

4/5 - Good

Kevin

9 Feb 2020

Nicer than reviews we had read

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Feb 2020

Casablanca has so much to offer, you have to get lost and just walk to figure out this gem of a city.

4/5 - Good

Chami

2 Jan 2020

Busy place but nice. Beach mall is fantastic. If you get a red cab just make sure that the driver switches on the meter.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Oct 2019

Watch the traffic - it's just like Cairo. Choked with cars and the traffic "laws" are .... unique. Friendly people though, I didn't have any problems walking all over the city, even in the Medina.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

31 Aug 2019

Rick's bar great for a special dinner but wear trousers (or visit the shopping mall opposite to buy them).

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