Casablanca is often omitted from the itineraries of many travelers. This is because many think it is not unique enough or worthwhile enough. However, this is really not the case. Let us tell you why
Casablanca is often omitted from the itineraries of many travelers. This is because many think it is not unique enough or worthwhile enough. However, this is really not the case. Let us tell you why you should have this beautiful place on your bucket list!
Casablanca is better known as the capital of Morocco. This is incorrect (it’s Rabat), but the confusion is understandable. With an internationally known name, the famous 1942 movie “Casablanca,” and millions of inhabitants, it’s not surprising that this mistake is common. Incidentally, the movie “Casablanca” was not filmed in the city itself. However, the city has skillfully adapted to the film, and the city’s famous restaurant, Rix Cafe, is fully furnished in the style of the film.
Things to do in Casablanca
If you’ve ever been to Morocco, you’ve probably heard the locals say that there are three capitals. Rabat is the political capital, Marrakech is the tourism capital, and Casablanca is the economic capital. The latter is mainly expressed in Casablanca’s huge port and skyscrapers that are rarely seen in other countries. There are certainly some gems in this metropolis worth visiting or trying.
Visit the Hassan II Mosque
The Hassan II Mosque is one of the most beautiful buildings in Morocco and a must-see when traveling in this country. Not only is it the largest mosque in Morocco, it is also one of the seven largest mosques in the world. In 1986, the mosque’s construction began by order of the then King Hassan II. What’s more interesting is that this is one of the few mosques in the world open to non-Muslims. This is an excellent opportunity to experience the architecture, colors, and details inside. This mosque is even more special because it faces the Atlantic Ocean.
Our advice is to visit this mosque twice during your trip, once in the morning (you can’t enter without a guided tour) when it’s still lovely and quiet. The other is to visit the mosque at dusk. The most beautiful colors come into view and add more magic to the place. This is also the time when the whole family gathers in the square in front of the mosque to enjoy the evening. So, don’t assume that you are alone. There is something magical about this mosque, and even if you go there several times, you will continue to love it and want to return again and again.
Moroccan Breakfast at la Sqala
The restaurant La Sqala is located in an old fortress with a unique courtyard with colorful tiles and fountains all around. Here you can enjoy a delicious Moroccan breakfast including mssemen, harcha, eggs, and a delightful nut paste. They also serve fresh fruits, fresh orange juice, and delicious Moroccan tea. The combination of good food and an exceptional location makes it a must-try place in Casablanca.
Lose Yourself in the Streets of Casa
In a big city like Casablanca, it is, of course, wonderful to get lost in the different streets. But if you look beyond that, a stunning gem emerges. The old medina, the souks, Mohammed V Square with its thousands of pigeons, and the Casablanca Cathedral are all worth seeing. You will especially be amazed by the huge cathedral. This cathedral is no longer used to practice religion, but it is still used for cultural events.
Cocktails with a view at Sky28
After walking around Casablanca all day, this is the way to end the day: Sky28 is a luxurious cocktail bar located on the 28th floor of the Kenzi Tower in Casablanca. What makes this bar special is the view over the city, highlighted by the Hassan II Mosque in the distance. Unfortunately, the cocktails are expensive, and you need to arrive with plenty of time to get a window seat. If you go while it is still light, you can see both the light and dark views.
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