Miles of dream beaches, numerous historical buildings and breathtaking landscapes – that is Casablanca. The megacity in northwest Morocco is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa. The largest city in the country became famous primarily through the Hollywood film “Casablanca” with Humphrey Bogart as Rick and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa. Due to its location on the Atlantic coast, there is a moderate climate in and around Casablanca with pleasant summer temperatures between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. In addition, little rainfall is expected in Casablanca between June and September. Casablanca has the largest and most important airport in Morocco, which is served daily by the largest airlines in the world.
Fantastic beaches and the second largest mosque in the world
There is something for every traveler to experience in Casablanca. Beach holidaymakers get their money’s worth on the numerous beaches in the north and south of the city. Sailors and surfers will also find perfect conditions here. Many beaches can be reached via the beautiful Corniche coastal road. At the end of the coastal road is the shrine of Sidi Abderrahman, another interesting destination. Downtown Casablanca combines modernity and history.
The city’s greatest attraction is the magnificent Hassan II Mosque. The highlight of the second largest mosque in the world, which has an automatically opening roof, is the 210 meter high minaret. In the huge prayer hall, in which there are 78 elaborately designed columns, there is space for up to 25,000 people. When visiting the mosque, make sure to wear long trousers and long-sleeved clothing. Entry to the mosque was 120 dirhams (about 11 euros). Another architectural highlight of the city is the Roman cathedral in the city center. The impressive structure from 1930 serves today as a cultural center. Among other things, exhibitions and trade fairs take place here regularly. From the towers of the cathedral you have a fascinating view of the entire city. In the immediate vicinity of the cathedral is the Arab League Park, the largest park in the city.
Typical Moroccan flair in the medina
If you want to enjoy the authentic Moroccan flair, you should take a long walk through the historic old town, the medina. There is a colonial clock tower at the entrance to the medina. The many alleys of the old town are lined with small cafes, restaurants and traditional shops. Characteristic for Casablanca are the numerous white painted houses, which gave the city its name (“White City”). In the center of Casablanca, the Place Mohammed V is the most beautiful square in the city.