A Local's Guide: Top Things to do in Casablanca, Morocco

By Abdelhakim El Moene | 26, Oct, 2020
A Local's Guide: Top Things to do in Casablanca, Morocco

Casablanca, the beating heart of the Kingdom of Morocco, a city too majestic to go unnoticed by any traveler seeking a profound Moroccan experience. Once called Casa Branca by the Portuguese, Casablanca is as charming as its name may suggest. Casablanca is the largest city-port in Morocco, located on the Atlantic ocean coast, representing Morocco’s industrial power. Here are the best things to do in Casablanca!

 

Visit the King Hassan II Mosque!

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Beyond any doubt, Hassan II mosque, one of the largest mosques on earth, is Casablanca’s most spectacular landmark; it is the pride and joy of the Moroccan people as Muslims. Built on the ocean itself with a minaret that extends out above the clouds, this sacred structure stirs spirituality and admiration of flawless architecture and craftsmanship. There is certainly a religious symbolic reference to God’s throne being over the water as mentioned in the Quran. The interior of the mosque is a splendid manifestation of the remarkable Moroccan artisanship known worldwide: Moroccan zellij tilework paving the walls and pillars, hand-made wood carvings, mosaics, and meticulously sculptured marble. Such dedication in work is the witness of a strong attachment to the Islamic religion. Visiting King Hassan II mosque is certainly one of the best things to do in Casablanca!

 

 

Experience a unique culture in Casablanca!

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One of the best things to do in the city of Casablanca is to experience its lively and unique culture rooted in the Islamic tradition. Although characterized by the modern urban lifestyle, Casablanca has a traditional feeling to it. The architecture is a blend of the French Art Deco style and the medina’s Riyads and ancient mosques. There are plenty of restaurants and the food is simply very delicious! Tajine and Couscous are probably names you have heard of, now is your chance to savor these exotic delicacies.

 

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In Morocco, all food is halal! Visiting markets like the Marché Central and Morocco Mall is a satisfactory adventure. Of course, you can buy anything in Casablanca! Take time to check the traditional Moroccan clothing styles: djellaba and caftan are unique garments! If you seek adventure, do not hesitate to get lost in the streets of the medina and perhaps meet some of the locals and treat yourself to a nice cup of Moroccan mint tea in one of many budget-friendly cafés and restaurants, why not visit the famous Rick’s café, a reminiscent of the classic 1942 movie ‘Casablanca’. Hotels in Casablanca offer a wide range of accommodations and vacation ideas for couples and honeymooners. In organized excursions, you can take a short journey to one of Morocco’s imperial cities: El Jadida, home of the famous Portuguese cistern and the Fortress of Mazagan.

 

Visit the Moroccan Hammam: One of the best things to do in Casablanca!

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The Moroccan Hammam or spa is a unique destination for those who seek healthy relaxation. Hammams are places for cleaning, massage, and healing. They are mostly low-priced but depending on your budget, you may be tempted to try out a high-quality hammam.

 

Ain Diab beach: A romantic destination in Casablanca!

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Visiting Ain Diab beach is one of the best things to do in Casablanca. The beach has many cafés where families come to enjoy food and the air of the ocean in the summertime. Not so far from this beach is the beautiful beach of Mohammedia. Young travelers come to enjoy some of the most beautiful sunset sceneries.
That’s not all! There are so many more things to do in Casablanca. Whether you are a young enthusiastic adventurous traveler or seeking a diverse cultural experience, Casablanca is your destination! It is no surprise that the name Casablanca has become synonymous with Morocco, for this city is the gateway to Morocco and the perfect destination for YOU!