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Casablanca Travel Guide

Getting there

By Plane

Casablanca Airport is one of the biggest airports in Africa. It is the gateway to the country and has many connections to other African countries. The Airport is located 25km from the center of the city.
A train service runs approximately every 60 minutes to and from Casablanca airport to the city (Station : 'Casa Voyageur'). Travel time is approximately 30 minutes and the ticket cost is 43 Dhs (4$). The first train leaves the airport at 4am and the last one leaves at 11:45pm.

By Train

There are two main train stations in Casablanca, 'Casa Voyageur' and 'Casa Port' both in the center. You can travel by train to almost all major cities in Morocco.

By Bus

Nearly all destinations are served and are very reasonably priced. 'CTM' and 'Supratours' are recommended.

By Car

All major cities in Morocco are accessible via the highway from Casablanca, however, be aware that driving within Casablanca requires a lot of attention as Casablanca is a highly congested city.

Where to Stay in Casablanca

History

Have you heard of the movie Casablanca? Well, Casablanca is in Morocco. The origins of Casablanca remain a mystery, however, according to Leo Africanus (1494-1554) - a Berber Andalusi diplomat author of the book 'Description of Africa', the city called 'Anfa' was founded by the Romans.
In the early 15th century, Anfa was targeted by the Portuguese and they used the city to build a military fortress which they called 'Casa Branca' meaning 'White House' in Portuguese.
After the Great Lisbon Earthquake in 1755 and the tsunami which swept the coast of North Africa the city was abandoned. In 1760 under the reign of Alawite Sultan Mohammed III, the city rose in importance as a port for international trade.

Places to visit

Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque

Be sure not to miss this place, Hassan II was the King of Morocco from 1961 until his death in 1999. The Hassan II mosque is the largest mosque in Morocco. Its minaret is the world's tallest at 210 metres. Over 6000 people worked on the mosque and the minaret towers over it, at a height of 689ft. Positioned by the Atlantic Ocean the mosque sees around 1000 people visiting it on a daily basis. Fortunately for non-muslim visitors this is one of the rare mosques where they may enter and take a guided tour around.

"I wish Casablanca to be endowed with a large, fine building of witch it can be proud until the end of time. I want to build this mosque on the water, because God's throne is on the water." King Hassan II

The Corniche

A nice long walk along the Corniche, enjoying the Atlantic breeze is a must. It's very close to city center and there are many cafes and restaurants.

Quartier Habous

The perfect place to get your gifts and souvenirs, the place is not very crowded and you have small shops around. You can shop traditional clothing or just drink a mint tea

Morocco Mall

Morocco Mall is the second largest shopping center in Africa. The mall combines both shops and restaurants but there is also a nice aquarium and a modern IMAX theatre which offers English language movies.

Museums in Casablanca

Abderrahman Slaoui Museum

This small museum offers visitors a wide ranging collection of Moroccan Art, craftmanship and posters.

Villa des Arts de Casablanca

Many exhibitions, from different artists take place throughout the year. Entry is also free.

Museum of Moroccan Judaism

This small museum is a good place to learn about the history of the Jewish community in Morocco.

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Morocco Map Casablanca Coordinates: 33° 34′ 42.44″ N, 7° 36′ 23.89″ W
Name in English Casablanca
Name in Arabic Dar Bida
Region Casablanca - Settat
Population 3 360 818
Demonym Casaoui
Zip Code 20 000
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