Casablanca is one of the most visited places in Morocco, so it is important to know what to do when you visit this great city. Casablanca is the economic capital of Morocco and the most populated city with almost 5 million inhabitants, it is a modern city but with a lot of contrast between the areas with poverty and wealth. Being a tourist city you will not lack things to do and what to visit, such as the Hassan II Mosque, which is the main attraction, without neglecting other must-see places within the city. Morocco’s privileged climate makes this visit a must when you make a trip to Morocco
Here are some options to visit in Casablanca:
1.Visit the Hassan II Mosque, a must-see when visiting Casablanca:
This incredible mosque located in Casablanca was inaugurated in 1993 and is the main attraction of the city, being the second largest in the world, after Mecca and is the highest in the world, its minaret is 172 impressive meters. The outer surface occupies more than 30 thousand square meters and has a capacity for more than 90 thousand people.
An interesting fact is that from the minaret comes a laser that can be seen from several kilometers away and it points to Mecca.
This mosque is the only one that can be visited by tourists, although the entrance fee is a little high, approximately 12 euros per person. Many people start a Morocco tours from this city.
- Visit Rick’s Café:
This famous Café appears in the movie Casablanca starring Humphrey Boghart. Because the movie was filmed in Hollywood and many tourists visiting Morocco and Casablanca, looking for this cafe and never found it, it was decided to build a replica of this cafe as it appears in the movie.
If you have time and are looking for something to do in Casablanca don’t forget to visit Rick’s Café.
- Discover the old Medina of Casablanca:
Despite the modernity of the city, still retains the old Medina of Casablanca, which contrasts sharply with the large buildings and avenues of the city, this is a fairly small medina, which had to be rebuilt in 1755 due to a strong earthquake that almost completely destroyed it. This medina has undergone many changes due to the urban changes that the city has undergone in the last 100 years.
- Photograph of the Clock Tower:
It was built in 1911 by the French captain Dessigny and is one of the emblems of Casablanca. What can be seen is a replica, since in 1948 it collapsed due to the precarious conditions in which the construction was, so it was rebuilt in 1993.
- Get lost in the Central Market:
Surrounded by buildings of the French colonial era, in order to meet the select European whims of the inhabitants of Casablanca, today remains the most important market in Casablanca, where we can find everything from meat and fish to a variety of spices.
Without hesitation, even if you do not go to buy something, we recommend you to visit it and experience the traditional atmosphere of Casablanca. You can also go to the Sahara desert and spend an unforgettable night.
- Visit Mohammed V Square:
It is located in the heart of Casablanca formed by numerous architectural gems. It is one of the most beautiful squares of the city, surrounded by Mudejar-style buildings (Moroccan and French influence). Among the buildings include the Palace of Justice, the National Bank, the French Consulate. In this square you can relax and enjoy the beautiful architecture that surrounds it.
- Sacred Heart Cathedral:
This cathedral is also known as the Cathedral of Casablanca, although it is not officially a cathedral, it is so called because of its neo-Gothic style. This construction was built in 1953 to serve the Catholic community of Casablanca, but this lasted a few years, because in 1956 with the political independence of Spain and France, many Catholic faithful were lost and because of this it ceased to function. It is currently a cultural center.
- Do not miss the Quartier Habous:
It is known as the New Medina. Although it is a little far from the center of Casablanca is worth a walk, this medina is much quieter and does not have so many crowds, or tourists, so you can buy handicrafts in a relaxed and unpressured way.
Also in this place you will find a souk dedicated to olives, as you can see it is a good place to spend time and find things to do in Casablanca.
- Go shopping at the Morocco Mall:
Do you like shopping?… this place is not to be missed. This mall is the largest in Africa. It is located outside the city and can be reached on foot for 40 minutes from the Hassan II mosque. In this mall you will find many big brand stores, restaurants and a big attraction is a giant fish tank with sharks.
- An imposing place the Royal Palace:
The King of Morocco has palaces in all major cities of Morocco and Casablanca is one of them. This palace is located in Quartier Habous. Although the entrance to these buildings is forbidden, you can see from its doors.