The world famous city of Casablanca is an exciting metropolis with so much to see and do. If you’re cruising to Casablanca and paying the city a short visit then read on for our guide to experiencing the best of Casablanca in a day.
Start your day in Villa Zevaco with a visit to Paul’s French bakery. You can marvel at the art deco architecture and beautiful people who consider this area Casablanca’s hippest hangout. Enjoy an alfresco French pastry and obligatory Moroccan coffee and get ready for an unforgettable day!
Hassan II Mosque
This incredible architectural feat was completed in the 1980s and is one of the most beautiful buildings ever constructed. Home to the world’s oldest minaret, which stands at 210m tall and half and is enveloped by the azure waters of the Atlantic, the mosque is equally spectacular when viewed at night. The mosque receives thousands of visitors a year and is a stirring sight that simply can’t be missed.
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It’s impossible to visit Casablanca without paying homage to the eponymous movie which has wowed the world since its release in the 1940s. For lunch, try Rick’s Cafe, a popular jazz café that’s modelled after the movie. There’s something for everyone on the French-inspired menu and if you time your visit correctly you’ll be treated to some free lunchtime jazz.
Once you’re re-energised, take a walk around the city and explore its most historic and popular sites. The Quartier Habous is perfect if you want to shop for some authentic Moroccan souvenirs and experience a heady mix of French and Moroccan cultures. The Medina was developed in the 1930s in an attempt to integrate French and Moroccan residents and today draws thousands of visitors.
No trip to Casablanca would be complete without sampling some traditional Moroccan fare. Basmane restaurant is considered one of the area’s best and serves a mix of French and traditional Moroccan food. Adventurers will love trying the incredible tajines, which are rich with Moroccan spices and full of flavour. Finish with a Moroccan pastry or traditional Moroccan pancakes for an unforgettable end to your meal. Before you leave, try a green tea with mint to cleanse your pallet and get you ready for the evening’s entertainment.
When the sun sets in Casablanca, the party starts! Head to the Boulevard de la Corniche and choose from a host of bars and nightclubs where you can dance the night away or simply sit and watch the world go by with a fabulous cocktail in hand. Or choose from one of the many venues where you can watch a traditional belly dancer or even have a go yourself.