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Casablanca is the biggest city in Morocco and it hosts the second-biggest port in Africa. When it comes to tourism, Casablanca is famous for The Hassan II Mosque, however, it has much more to offer whether you are a history or art lover. Or a foodie curious to try the flavors of Morrocan cuisine.
In this Casablanca travel guide, we will cover the best experiences, fun things to do, best restaurant suggestions, hotel recommendations, and other practical things that you should know before visiting Casablanca. Also, let’s not forget about photo spots and some of the best hidden gems in Casablanca.
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Things to know before visiting Casablanca
Is Casablanca worth visiting?
First of all, Casablanca host one of the most beautiful places in Morocco – Hassan II Mosque. And it is one of the few mosques open to non-Muslim visitors.
And while Casablanca is considered the financial capital of Morocco, it offers some real treats to its visitors. In this Casablanca travel guide, we will cover what makes it so special and why you should visit Casablanca for more than just a day trip.
How to move around Casablanca?
If you plan to use public transport in Casablanca, make sure you book your hotel near the tram lane. It is the best way to move around Casablanca and it costs only 6 MAD (0.54 EUR). You can purchase your ticket at the vending machines at the tramway stations.
Another great option is a taxi. However, it is always better to agree on the price before you jump into the car. This way, you can avoid unnecessary extra stops and unreasonable fares.
In general, the taxi is very affordable in Casablanca, but I suggest asking your hotel to book a trusted driver from your hotel to your next stop.
If you are wondering how to reach Casablanca from the airport, there are two options – the tram or the taxi. The tram ride will cost you around 45 MAD (4 EUR) while the taxi is around 300 MAD (26 EUR).
If you arrive after midnight, the taxi is the only option and if you ask me, it is even better to book your transfer in advance. I can recommend this private transfer from the airport directly to your accommodation.
How many days are enough for Casablanca?
There are a lot of tours that bring tourists to Casablanca for a day trip and most of the visitors choose to make a quick stop to visit the mosque, but I believe you need at least 24 hours to see the essentials of Casablanca. Anything between 2-3 days is the ideal time to explore Casablanca and truly experience this city.
If you have 24 hours in Casablanca, make sure you check this one-day Casablanca itinerary. It covers a lot of important sights and fun things to do in Casablanca in a convenient way to maximize your time. But you certainly need to spend at least one night in Casablanca.
Where to stay in Casablanca?
Choosing the right hotel in Casablanca is essential. You should always pay extra attention to the ratings and reviews of other guests. Also, location is important as well. I have prepared a list of the best hotels in Casablanca for every budget, so take a look.
LUXURY: Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca
If you are looking for a luxurious experience, Four Seasons Hotels are always a good idea. What makes this hotel so special? The fantastic modern design collides perfectly with the Moroccan style and all the comforts and attention to detail that Four Season Hotels can give.
UNIQUE: Art Palace Suites & Spa
If you are looking for more traditional accommodation, Art Palace Suites and Spa offers themed suites. It boasts a Spa with a Moroccan hammam and a heated indoor swimming pool. Moreover, hotel guests have free access to the swimming pool and sauna.
MID-RANGE: Idou Anfa Hôtel & Spa
Idou Anfa Hôtel & Spa is one of the best hotels in Casablanca thanks to its modern design, the spa, the swimming pool, and many other facilities you can find in the hotel. It benefits from one of the best locations in the city, close to the city center and it hosts a wonderful view over the Hassan II Mosque.
AFFORDABLE: Hotel Moroccan House
If you are more on a budget, Hotel Moroccan House is a great choice for you. Set in the city center, the hotel features a very typical Moroccan setting. It offers a central patio with a fountain, a sauna, and even a hammam. The rooms are also traditionally decorated and will make you feel some authentic Moroccan vibes.
Authentic experiences in Casablanca that you don’t want to miss
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Morocco? For me, it is certainly the famous mint tea, so stopping for a Maghrebi tea break is essential during your time in Casablanca.
You will need a Moroccan teapot (berrad), tea glasses, and a serving tray. And you cannot forget sugar – locals love the sugar in the tea and if you do not request tea without sugar, you might get it automatically.
Also, it is poured into glasses from high above to create the foam and improve the flavor. If you have no idea how to do it, ask the waiter to teach you.
Another authentic experience in Casablanca is visiting Old Medina. And while New Medina is safe and tourist-friendly, Old Medina can get a bit overwhelming.
If this is your first time in Morocco I highly recommend exploring this area of Casablanca with a local guide. I personally can recommend this tour.
While visiting Old Medina, you can smell the history and discover more about Moroccan culture. Also, be prepared to bargain and shop! Or just sit down in a cafe and indulge in the busy rhythm of locals.
Hassan II Mosque
Last, but not least – visiting the Hassan II Mosque. And not just from the outside, it is essential you visit it inside and learn more about this beautiful treasure of Casablanca. Also, if you think that mosque looks impressive from the outside, wait until you get inside.
The only way non-Muslims can visit Mosque is with a guided tour. You can either find tours online or purchase it at the ticket office. The entrance fee is 120 MAD (10.80 EUR). Plus, you get a guided tour in English, French, German or Spanish. Keep in mind that visiting times depend on the season, so make sure you check in advance.
What do you wear to a Hassan II Mosque? To my surprise, there is not a strict dress code, however, it is advised to cover your shoulders and knees. This would be a great excuse to bring an extra maxi dress for this trip. Also, you will have to remove your shoes.
Most beautiful places in Casablanca
Mosque Hassan II
As you already know, Mosque Hassan II is one of the most beautiful places in Casablanca and you simply have to add it to your Casablanca itinerary. As it gets crowded, I advise you to visit the Mosque early in the morning and start your day by spending a couple of hours around here.
Mahkama du Pacha
Mahkama du Pacha is another architectural masterpiece that you do not want to miss. Considering that this is a court of justice, it is hard to visit and it is considered a hidden gem in Casablanca.
I visited this place with a local friend who was able to get us in. I would suggest you speak with the guards and see if it is a good time to visit. And you might have to pay a small fee.
Compared to Medina, Quartier Habous is very safe and you can easily wander around without a guide. You can capture some unique street photography or simply enjoy the beauty of Moroccan chaos. Also, Don’t miss the Royal Palace when visiting Quartier Habous.
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Corniche is known as the Miami of Africa. Intrigued? I hope so! Come here for the best sunset and visit some of the best restaurants in Casablanca.
Or book your hotel in this area of Casablanca and enjoy the views directly from your balcony. Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca is the best luxury hotel in Casablanca and it is located in Corniche.
Where to eat in Casablanca?
Moroccan cuisine will be one of your highlights during your trip, but what are the best restaurants in Casablanca? Here are some of the suggestions that I absolutely loved.
- Le Cuisto Traditionnel – absolutely delicious homemade dishes and the best service ever. The owner of the restaurant will welcome you, introduce you to local cuisine and share some stories about Casablanca. More than just food.
- La Sqala – perfect end after a long walk in Medina. Try their pastillas (pies stuffed with chicken or seafood), briouates, or tajines. Good choice for breakfast lovers as well!
- Pâtisserie Bennis – if you have a sweet tooth, you will not want to miss this place! Hidden deep in Habous, you will find a wide choice of local pastries. Take a piece of everything and taste it all! Unfortunately, they do not have tables, but you can go to a bar nearby and enjoy your goodies with local tea. Nobody is going to complain about that.
- Basmane – dinner that you do not want to miss.. or more like a dining experience. Beautiful architecture & design, amazing food, and belly dancers around. I think you are already impatient to visit.
- Rick’s Café – watch the movie Casablanca first and then come here for the jazz session on Sunday after 9.30 PM, but do not forget to book a table in advance. Good local and international choices.
Other things to know before visiting Casablanca
Moroccan Arabic is the official language is Morocco. Due to the strong French influence, you will find many Moroccans who communicate with tourists in French.
If you are fluent in French, it can still be challenging to understand considering the accent and how fast they speak. And in more touristy places you will meet English-speaking locals.
The official currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham. However, Euros and Dollars are often widely accepted as well. Make sure you bring some extra cash as a lot of places don’t accept cards.
July and August are the best months to visit and I was very satisfied with the weather during August. If you do not like hot temperatures, consider coming in spring. Autumn instead is considered the rainy season and you should avoid it.
Since Morocco is a Muslim country, you have to stay quite covered, especially when visiting local areas and religious attractions.
Ladies, bring your long & flowy dresses and cover your shoulders. Men shouldn’t wear shorts in many places, but the dress code is very flexible compared to other places in Morocco.
What to bring home? Souvenir lovers cannot miss Habous, but I am usually more practical with my choices.
Consider buying some great local leather, argan oil (or argan cream that you can actually eat and it is similar to peanut butter), and maybe some of those fancy teapots to keep the memories alive once you are back home.
For shopping, you also have to take a walk in the biggest shopping center in Africa – Morocco Mall.
Further reading for the Casablanca travel guide
I believe this Casablanca travel guide will help you prepare for your trip and make your planning much easier. Visiting Casablanca was a very unique experience for me and I want to help you discover the charm of this underrated Moroccan city.
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