If you are planning to explore Morocco’s biggest city, here’s a travel plan to serve your guide.
The best time to go is when Casablanca when temperatures are mild with sunny skies.
Being a previous colony of France, Casablanca has a unique charm adorned with an old walled Medina settled like a gem inside a Euro style city with luxurious Art Deco villas and wide boulevards. The country’s official air carrier, Royal Air Maroc makes it easier to travel to Morocco.
The primary airport is just about twenty miles south of the city center. From the airport, the half an hour train trip to Casa Voyageurs railway station runs every hour. Taxis once in town is the most convenient to get around.
Go to a spot where you can get a good view of where old Casablanca meets the present. Place de Nations Unies The Café de France gives you the initial feel of the place.
Stroll along the Boulevard Hassan II to Place Mohammed V, the center hub of the city’s new town with the remarkable architectural style of merging Moorish motif with colonial functionalism. Don’t miss the City Hall clock tower, Palais de Justice and beautiful façade tiles of the Bank al-Maghrib.
Try the food at Restaurant Al Mamoun for lunch. After which, cross over the Place des Nations Unies to get to the Medina and walk towards the famous Hassan II Mosque, Morocco’s biggest mosque.
Inspired by the Hollywood movie classic, Rick’s Café will definitely bring you back to old Hollywood glam. You may also check out a local favorite, La Sqala which has a beautiful garden surrounded by 18th Century fortress.
On the city’s southern part lies Parc de Arabe, on its west side stands Cathedrale Sacre-Coeur. From the cathedral, walk towards the park where it houses Villa des Arts gallery.
Head over to Quartier Habous for some coffee. Café Imperial is a good choice.
If you fancy buying something from Morocco, go window shopping and check out traditional rugs, sequined slip on’s and leather stores. Haggle just so to experience the trade and stop by Patisserie Bennis Habous and try gazelle horns with almond cream filling. Hire a taxi at the Royal Palace back to the city center.
Travel to westbound tram up until the upmarket beachside area of Ain Diab. The minute you arrive, take a walk along the boardwalk called Corniche. It has rows of restaurants and bars. If you want to swim, just head to any of the private clubs since the sand in Corniche is quite rocky and can get too crowded.
Most recommended is the Tahiti Beach Club located at Boulevard de la Corniche which is also expensive since it has the most beautiful facilities with 3 swimming pools and 4 poster lounge area where guests are treated to a beautiful Moroccan sun overlooking the ocean. For budget travelers, opt for Club Tropicana which is only a few doors down.
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