Other Sites, Casablanca
Just back from Casablanca, the visit was one of those stupid single day cruise ship types, but we crammed plenty in. We went to a traditional Hamman (bath house) and had "the works" we were scrubbed and sea weeded and massaged and soaped. It took about 90 minutes, the women are obviously separate from the men, and the space is great, marble and tile, and hot and soapy. It cost about 30 euro per person, and was just weird enough to be great.
Casablanca is an industrial, busy and modern city. The seaside is covered by busy port (one of the biggest in Africa) to the east and rocky, cliffed coast-line to the west that is towards the Hassan II Mosque.
There is no beach in the city. You can find it in Ain-Diab a few km south-west of a city (get a taxi). Hmm... I didn't look for the beaches in Casablanca. The only place with "civilized" beach in Morocco I have found was Agadir.
Fishing in Casablanca? Hmm.. the water in the ocean can not be so clean there because of the port, I suppose. I've found a few local fishermans catching fish on ugly seaside close to Hassan II Mosque.
And I surely tasted some delicious fish in restaurants of Casablanca (Fish couscous was great). I don't know where did they catch the fish :-).
You can feed numerous pigeons in Mohammed V Place. Just follow local kids - they feed them with bread. I noticed that pigeons of Casablanca rather don't trust people and don't want to eat bread from hands.
Hmm... maybe they don't like bread so much, what else do pigeons eat? Rather not chocolade, I suppose, although you can try :-).
Place Mohammed V - the administrative center of Casablanca - was located about 0.5 km (0.3 mi) south of Place des Nations Unies (walk Av. Hassan II). The square was designed by architect Joseph Marrast in 1920.
It seemed to be a popular meeting place for locals. There was a fountain in the center of the square. You can seat on a bench and just look at them or take a coffee break around.
You can feed pigeons there as well (if you like :-).
Or just cross Hassan II Avenue to see buildings of Palais de Justice (Palace of Justice - on the right on the picture) and Prefecture.
As I remember well, it was impossible to visit interior of the Palace Mahakma du Pacha, I could just look at exterior of the palace.
The Mahkama du Pacha, built in 1948 (or 1953 - depends on a travel book haha) in the hispano-mauresque style was the sumptuous edifice which housed both the courts of justice and reception rooms for state occasions.
Mosque Mohammed V is located close to La Nouvelle Medina (Quartier des Habous) in a square: Place de le Mosque.
It was easy to find out because of its tall minaret which served me as an orientation point. Usuful especially for tourists without a good map and looking for their car/bus parked somewhere there haha. By the way I had got a good map (by Michelin, was it the same company which produced tires? :-)
This white mosque with unusually short minaret I found next to Royal Palace wall. Notice the typical in North Africa (Tunisia and Morocco) square shape of the minaret. In Turkey all were round.
Unfortunately there was no way to climb to the top to see the Royal Palace above the walls :-(.
Maybe just because of the famous neighbour it wasn't very tall. It's not a good habit to see what the king is doing :-).
The Sacre Coeur Cathedral, placed on the edge of the Parc de la Ligue Arabe, reflects the best of the more adventurous architectural products of the art deco era.
This cathedral was built in 1930. It's rather unusual, HUGE building in the heart of muslim city.
I've found the cathedral neglected and it was closed when I was there. As I remember well the cathedral served as a school. Hmm... some hidden parts of the huge building, I walked around, served as a an outdoor toilet/restroom for some locals.