Casablanca is a great city, in fact, one of the largest in Morocco, it is often getting less attention among the international visitors comparing Marrakech, Fes, Chefchaouen, Sahara desert or the Atlas Mountains. But it worth a visit to experience the great restaurants it has to offer, the beautiful waterfront of La Corniche and the world famous Mosque Hassan II.
Best Time to Visit
Since Casablanca is located close enough to the Atlantic Ocean so you will find little cooler weather. July is the hottest months of the year in Casablanca so it’s might be uncomfortable for some visitors. The best time to visit Casablanca is between November and May
I have visited in the month of mid-December and I found it very comfortable.
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How Do I Get to there
There are several international flights to Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport from Europe, USA, and the Middle East. The domestic train network is a great way to travel within the country as it’s well managed, convenient, and pretty cheap.
How To Get Around
Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport
Casablanca Airport (CMN) is located in Nouasseur, a suburb 30 km south-east of Casablanca. Passengers with smartphones, laptops and tablet computers equipped with a Wi-Fi function will be able to have access to the free of charge internet service in the Airport. So calling Uber service would be easy for passengers with no International roaming.
Whether an early morning flight or late-night red-eye, it’s easy to book an Uber ride at Casablanca (CMN) any hour of the day. Get a fair estimate, read pickup instructions, or schedule your ride is easy.
A ride from The Airport to the Mosque Hassan II or MELLINGER Appart Hotel next to it would cost about US$ 30.
Visa – Requirement
For US Citizens you must have a valid passport with at least one blank page. Visas are not required for visits lasting less than 90 days. Check your visa requirement based on county of citizenship.
Top Things To Do In a Day in Casablanca
1. Visit Hassan II Mosque
The Hassan II Mosque is the largest mosque in Morocco, and it is a must visit the location. You will have a rare opportunity to take a tour of the mosque to appreciate the incredible craftsmanship which took more than seven years and about 10,000 people to complete this complex masterpiece.
2. Visit Beachfront in La Corniche
The beachfront district La Corniche is a popular location to tourists and locals alike. It is one of the most beautiful parts of the city. Strolling along the promenade with the beautiful view of the ocean is enjoyable. A perfect place for relaxing or get lazy at the beach. By the shoreline, there are plenty of luxury hotels and restaurants that may worth trying.
3. Try Not To Get Lost Inside The Old Medina
Even old medina of Casablanca may not have an as much fascinating atmosphere as the medinas of Fes and Marrakesh, but still, there are endless surprises to discover. Inside the walled city of Old Medina, there is maze-like narrow alleyways and home of the sprawling souk (market), selling all sorts of things from leather goods, to traditional handicrafts, food and spices and many more.
4. Visit Quartier Habbous
One of the iconic locations in Casablanca is the Quartier Habous, which was built in the early 190os. It’s an absolutely relaxing place to visit, for me it was surely difficult to just walk through the markets without getting lost as this place was huge. There are several cafes and restaurants and I saw many tourists and locals relaxing there in the early morning while having breakfast and hot mint tea.
5. Explore the Church of Notre Dame de Lourdes Casablanca
The massive concrete Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church in Casablanca, Morocco, was built between 1953 and 1956.
The monumental Notre Dame de Lourdes Church has real European influences and is a unique traditional attraction that can be found in the city of Casablanca.
6. Visit The Square – Place Mohammed V, Mohammédia
Place Mohamed V is the central square of Casablanca. Where it houses some of Casablanca’s most impressive architecture and office buildings such as central post office, French consulate, the court of justice banks, etc.
The square has a central fountain, gardens and open spaces. During the weekend and evenings, it is a local favorite spot for family activities.
7. Relax inside the fortified Citadel in Old Medina
It’s a great escape from the busy city to have your lunch inside the old walled citadel from the 17th century, it is fascinating. The location of the old fort is beautiful with many canons and the ocean in the background. Try La Sqala restaurants famous for authentic Moroccan food.
Are you looking for a nice place to stay, here is where I stayed
Melliber Appart Hotel, 138 Boulevard Moulay Youssef angle, Casablanca
This hotel is centrally located next to Hassan II mosque and minutes away from Corniche.
Traditional Food and Culture
Restaurant Al-Mounia, 36 Boulevard de Paris, Casablanca 20000, Morocco
My Opinion and Tips
1 US $ = 9.47 Moroccan Dirham (MAD), 1 Euro € = 11.14 Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
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