Casablanca Travel Guide

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Casablanca Highlights

  • Pro
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    Peruviangirlontour says…

     It is a cute place, completely different from my culture. 

  • Con
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    matcrazy1 says…

     Too busy and noisy city, not so romantic place like in Hollywood image 

  • In a nutshell
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    ellyse says…

     Not as exotic nor romantic as you thought! 

Casablanca Things to Do

  • Hassan II Mosque

    The Hassan II Mosque or Grand Mosquée Hassan. It is the largest mosque in the country and the 7th largest in the world. Its minaret is the world's tallest at 210 metres (689 ft). Completed in 1993, it was designed by Michel Pinseau and built by Bouygues. The minaret is 60 stories high topped by a laser, the light from which is directed towards...

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  • Old Medina

    The old part of Casablanca, within a set of city walls and known as the Medina, is surprisingly easy to miss. You could wander around the city centre for a few hours, then take a taxi out to the big mosque and the seaside, and not realise that the medina exists. It certainly doesn't compare to other medinas in places like Fes or Marrakesh, or even...

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  • La Corniche

    The coastal area south of Casablanca, is a resort zone named Corniche. Too rocky to my taste, we got there a bad weather and a rough sea. That left us a negative impression, in contrast with the heavy construction of playful facilities in the coast, suggesting a quality that... we didn't notice. Maybe in a second visit... No chance to change...

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Casablanca Restaurants

  • Oriental and European cuisine.

    I stumbled on this oriental eaterie, quite by accident, on a walkabout close to my regular diner, which had let me down badly with a mediocre steak, so I was on the prowl for something better... Walking up the tree-lined pedestrian street Rue Prince Moulay Abdallah, I noticed this Vietnamese restaurant, read the displayed menu at street level and...

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  • Expensive, but nice

    First and foremost .... the movie Casablanca WAS NOT FILMED in MOROCCO .... but some very creative people have made a "Rick's cafe" in Casablanca ..... now I was not overly eager to come here since I was told the place was very expensive .... and YES it is expensive for a country where one can eat so good for so cheap ..... with that being said...

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  • great sandwiches

    There are many small eateries/sandwich bar type places around town and the city centre - the locals are in the know for where is good and where they are happy to go to - if you are out and about and you see an eatery with a lot of locals eating then you can be pretty sure its a good place to grab something to eat - and the price will be good - Ive...

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Casablanca Nightlife

  • Nightlife @ Casablanca

    Everytime I go on the net reading about Casablanca I get the same response. Nightlife in Casablanca sucks. Well guess what people? You couldn't be more wrong! Nightlife exists, in fact nightlife in Casablanca is probably more wild than it will ever be in your hometown. The thing about the nightlife there is just that is is a little hard finding it...

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  • memorable!

    It is modelled on the place owned by Bogart's character in the Casablanca movie. Met VTers Ayuri & Hiro here for a few drinks.Nice place - and there are not many bars in Casabanca which can claim that distinction. You can eat or drink, or both.As with the rest of the country, booze ain't cheap!Good pianist...friendly staff. Didn't arise. They do...

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  • Cabarets

    Casablanca is full of discos, most of them are hotel's nightclubs, I had the best time in Cabarets, where you can drink beer, listen to Moroccan music and, sometime watch some belly dance performances. I must say that Morocco is one of the places where people are more formal in dressing, you see really many elegant epople in the cabarets, bars or...

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Casablanca Transportation

  • Trains

    The main long distance train station in Casablanca is a very simple station and small station.... on one side they have a ticket office and on the other side a small store that sells newspapers, snacks, and soda's and juices ..... we had no problem getting our tickets to Marrakech the night before ... and of course like in every train station...

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  • Local Taxis

    On Saturday evening I had to go from the Airport to the City. As I did not want to wait for the next train, I took a taxi The fare to my hotel was 250 Dirham. I thought thats too expensive, I think some guidlines at the airport stated 200 Dirham. But the driver refused to drive for this money. He fist wanted 300, my offer was 250. When we arrived...

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  • Planes

    Mohammed V Airport is the largest airport in Morocco and very crowded and noisy, with signs only in Arabic and French. It's located about 30km south of Casablanca, so if your accommodation provided free transport to/from the airport, then its a good idea to use it! Getting to/from Casablanca:- Car - there is short and long term parking, numerous...

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Casablanca Shopping

  • Street Markets

    Casablanca has a number of street markets scattered throughout the city in which you can find a wide variety of goods. These are your basic African street markets where prices are anything but fixed, so get ready to negotiate if you want to get the best price possible!

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  • Fresh Produce

    The market only operates during daylight hours, so I didn't have a chance to see it "in action" despite staying opposite it.However the small stores/eateries and florists facing the outer streets are still open in the evening, and I had dinner at a restaurant facing the market on a side street.

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  • Pharmacies

    Small pharmacies can be found in the least expected places. Some are like little hovels tucked away in alleys in the medina’s, others are just by themselves between housing. There are the more natural pharmacies as well where you can buy powders, local herbs and weird and wonderful things as well as those which sell the usual products you see in...

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Casablanca Local Customs

  • Haggling down

    Be aware that haggling down the price of any thing you buy,The seller,vendor mostly raise the price because the vendor knows very well the buyer will try to haggle it down. It is part of the culture,cloth,taking a taxi,souveniurs,even the hotel price...etc from 20% to 40%.Do your best ;)

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  • Mosques and call prayer

    Morroco is a Muslim country and therefore aleppo has many mosques. religious Muslims must pray 5 times a day (called the salaah).The imam of the mosque called the muezzin, climbs to the top of the minaret (tower) and call for people to pray.The call to prayer can be very loud, guaranteed to wake you up unless you are a very heavy sleeper!

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  • Smoke argila (shisha)waterpipe

    smoking Argila is very common in daily life,there are many places and cafes that serve Argila s well.do not be surpised to see women in the cafes that also smoke Argila.Argila has various tastes ans smells from honey to apple to banana

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Casablanca Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't forget your shoes

    Morocco it's a Muslim country. In doubt, take your shoes off, but don't forget them. And that applies not only in religious places, becoming a repetitive exercise. Here, we are at City Hall.

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  • Is it acceptable to drink alcohol? What...

    Is it acceptable to drink alcohol? What about drug use?Drug use is strictly prohibited in Morocco, and carries very stiff penalties for usage or possession, and no distinction is made between “hard” or “soft” drugs”. If you’re carrying pot, weed, hash or marijuana for medical use or otherwise, do not attempt to enter Morroco.Drinking Alcohol in...

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  • Rip-Off Fares on Petit Taxis

    A little tip which might be helpful for travellers trying to get a Petit Taxi to Hasssan II Mosque... in French the mosque is called "Mosquee Hassan Deux", with an accent on the 2nd last letter of "Mosquee". The approximate pronunciation, if you don't speak French, is "Moss-kay Hassan Duh".Outside Casa Voyageurs train station, a Petit Taxi took me...

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Casablanca Tourist Traps

  • Old Medina

    If you are a tourist, they will seek you out, follow you and try to be your guide or cut you a deal. I never knew I had so many friends! The medina is worth an afternoon of wandering if you can handle tight spaces, crowds and saying "no" a lot. Have fun looking and browsing, but beware and try not to respond to any offers. If you ever say...

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  • Money changing hands.

    Often, when foreign tourists arrive in Morocco from distant countries, they will either change their foreign banknotes into the local currency, Moroccan dirhams, at an airport or seaport bank, or by using a credit or debit card in an ATM. Being unfamiliar with the exchange rate, and possibly tired and jet-lagged after a long-haul flight or overland...

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  • Shared taxis from Airport to City

    Its not a typical tourist trap, more something annoying.I wanted to share a taxi from the airport to the city.But the taxi drivers refused it.We went to two different hotels.So we had to take two taxis instead of one. If you are fluent in french dont hesitate dont start an argument. If time permits, go by train to the city

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Casablanca What to Pack

  • all purpose sari

    First of all - don't take too much with you, you'll probably end up buying more than you planned.Do include a large scarf or sari in your luggage (this is a tip for women). Just cut the sari in half, you can use it to cover up after swimming, and more important to use as a sheet in the sometimes less hygienic budget hotels! Take a warm jacket in...

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  • Maps and good humour :-)))

    Check the climate in Casablanca:24-hr Average TemperatureAverage Monthly RainfallCheck the weather just before you go:Yahoo Weather forecast (for 10 days)CNN Weather forecast (5 days)BBC Weather forecast (5 days)The Weather Channel forecast (10 days)Don't forget good walking shoes :-). Don't forget good Morocco travel books:Lonely Planet (good...

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  • Packing List

    Play it real safe here in Morocco. Keep your clothes looser and longer especially when you're out shopping in the souks or even, walking along the streets etc. Over here in cosmopolitan Casablanca, the folks are more westernized and hence, you won't be sticking out that much like a sore thumb. Phew!It is not uncommon to see Moroccan women dress...

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Casablanca Off The Beaten Path

  • Other Sites

    Bain Ziani 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,...

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  • Official Buildings

    Prefecture Mechouar de Casablanca was located near Mosque Mohammed V. Well, "mechouar" means a fortified palace with a parade ground. The building with a very large Arabic gate looks impressive and is guarded by an armed soldier. You can make him a photo if he allows you - simply ask him preferrably in Arab or French language haha. He allowed me...

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  • Modern City Life

    We visited the Medina in Casablanca. After being disappointed by watches and tshirts and moroccan crafts made in china, we continued further off and found the Real Medina and it was wonderful!! Standing in front of a tower which must be the "main entrance" turn and face the Hyatt Hotel (it's just outside the Medina) and then start walking to your...

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Casablanca Sports & Outdoors

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    by matcrazy1 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you want play golf or ride a horse go to the Anfa Royal Golfclub. It was located close to the airport. I didn't do it. I only have seen many commercials in Casablanca. I paid attention to them because a few years before I liked to watch golf in satellite television and surprisingly I watched some highly ranked tournaments in Morocco.

    Hmm... I can only imagine me playing golf there with a world's highest minaret of Hassan II mosque in the background.
    For details: follow the link below, please.

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    • Horse Riding

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Casablanca Favorites

  • Old Medina

    The old medina of Casablanca is not quite like the old medina in other Moroccan cities - it's much smaller, less stunning but - maybe - more authentic. You won't see many "tourist-oriented" shops, but real shops where normal people go to buy what they need... a butcher's, a bakery, a tea shop. None of them looking to clean, though... The best and...

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  • Hassan II Mosque

    King Hassan II wanted that his kingdom's main city had a monument important enough. Many resources has been used to build this enormous buildings and many many money spent, so money that some common people would have rathered were used to fight unemployment troubles for example.

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  • Modern City Life

    Casablanca is a large and modern city, where, once, someone made a film that, for reasons that I couldn't really understand in the 97 times that I saw it, became very famous. If you are thinking in the film scenery, you may find a reconstructed bar, an area they say that it was in the movie, and... that's it. If you want to meet Morocco, then the...

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Quartiers des Habous
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Cathédrale de Sacré-Coeur
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Quartiers des Habous
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Parcs & Gardens
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Palais Royal
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French Colonial Centre
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La Corniche
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Casablanca's Central Market
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Grand and beautiful
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Not convinced!
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Casa Voyageurs train station
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Easy and cheap
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Huge and closed to westerns
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Taxi from Airport to City was 250 Dirham
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Prefecture Mechouar
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Smoke argila (shisha)waterpipe
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Is it acceptable to drink alcohol? What about drug
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Is it acceptable to drink alcohol? What about drug
Local Customs
Jelabba
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Watermen
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Drinking water
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leave wallet home ,If you wear jewelery
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Mint tea
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Check out one of the largest mosques in the world
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Air Maroc
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Posting parcels from Morocco is expensive!
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A walk along the beachfront Casablanca
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Petite Taxis
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Sidi Abdel Rahman
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To/From the Airport
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Eglise de Notre Dame de Lourdes
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Ain Diab
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El-Menara (the lighthouse)
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Quartier Habbous
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Mauresque & Art Deco Architecture
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Cathedral Tower
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Cathedrale du Sacre Coeur
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Place Mohammed V
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