Casablanca: 10 Things to See & Do like a Local

Casablanca, the cosmopolitan city, is the commercial and Industrial hub of Morocco.  In Arabic, this city is called Al-Dār al-Bayḍāʾ, or Dar al-Beïda, the white.  It is also the largest city in Morocco. Casablanca is also home to a major commercial port.  Your trip to this amazing city won’t be completed without experiencing these wonders:

Casablanca, Photo Credit: Flickr, Martin Alvarez Espinar

Casablanca, Photo Credit: Flickr, Martin Alvarez Espinar

1. Old Medina of Casablanca

The old part of the town is called the Medina. It is a small walled town located in the north of Place des Nations Unies.

Old Medina of Casablanca

Old Medina of Casablanca

2. Quartier Habous

Quartier Habous is a charming neighborhood; it was originally build up by the French. It is located in the south of the city center. It is actually a great place to wander around, check out the souvenir shops.  Have you ever tried Camel meat kofta ? You might want to check it out once there.

3. Hassan II Mosque

One of the largest Mosques in the world, Hassan II Mosque is very popular amongst the travelers. This beautiful mosque stands just beside the Atlantic Ocean. The architecture of this mosque bears Moorish heritage, similar to the Alhambra of Granada and Mezquita of Cordoba, Spain. It is one of the few mosques where the Non-Muslim visitors allowed in Morocco. So it is a must visit while visiting Morocco.


4. Walk at the Corniche of Ain Diab

Just beside the Hassan II Mosque, Corniche of Ain Diab is a charming neighborhood beside the ocean. This neighborhood is famous for its chic hotels, the famous fast foods chains, and ocean-view cafes. A walk through this charming neighborhood is a must while visiting Casablanca.

Corniche casablanca ain diab

Corniche casablanca ain diab

5. Square of Mohammed V

This charming town square is called as the heart of the city. Consisting some important buildings from early 20’s, this town square is the municipal administrative center of the city. The Hispanic-Moorish architecture merging with Arc-Deco influences—that’s what makes the building and the charming town square a must visit in Casablanca.


6. Marche Central

The main market of the center of Casablanca is called Marche Central. It is also a great place to have lunch in the chic restaurants.

Marche central, Souk, Morocco

Marche central, Souk, Morocco

7. Phare d’el Hank

Located in the busy port area, the Phare d’el Hank is the lighthouse and one of the most famous landmarks of Casablanca. The view of the Atlantic Ocean and the city from the top of Phare d’el Hank is priceless.

Phare El Hank Casablanca Morocco, Image Source: PROChristopher Rose, Flickr

Phare El Hank Casablanca Morocco, Image Source: PROChristopher Rose, Flickr

8. Royal Palace

Although the entry in the Royal Palace is off-limits for the general visitors, the area around of the palace is a must visit for the travelers. The palace is located behind the wall at La Nouvelle Medina of Casablanca.

9. Museum of Moroccan Judaism

It is only Jewish museum located in Arab World. The history of the Jewish Community living in Arab World and Casablanca is still captured in this beautiful villa.
Alan Cordova, Flickr

10. Villa des Arts

The Villa des Arts is a must visit for the art lovers visiting Casablanca. This building is an art deco building and it houses many contemporary art masterpieces.

Overall the classic combination of chic metropolitan city and beaches with the traditional Moroccan flavor- that’s what will keep every visitor glued in this city.

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  • Yvette

    So much history and culture. I particularly loved the pic of Old Medina of Casablanca. No wonder a lot of big budgeted Hollywood films opted to film in Morocco.