The White City
Marrakech is Morocco’s red city, Casablanca it’s white and it is the countries leading economic center and Morocco’s largest city.
As a result, Casablanca may be amongst the least exotic of Morocco’s locations. It might not be as visually appealing or as traditionally abundant a city in comparison to Fez or Marrakech. Casablanca has an appealing mix of contemporary city life punctuated by abundant cultural customs. Modern buildings stand in close proximity to charming examples of Islamic and Art Deco architecture.
The buildings are some of the very best protected in the nation. The city’s uncommon mix of Parisian Art deco with local Moroccan craftsmanship is specifically interesting and as such, deal yet once again such visual pleasure!
Casablanca, amongst other things, is house to the sensational landmark, Hassan 11 mosque, the 2nd largest mosque worldwide. The mosque which towers magnificently in the most significant style, on the edge of the old medina, on a promontory overlooking the Atlantic ocean, with a glass floor integrated to expose the ocean below!
The Mosques turret is the worlds tallest, standing at 200 metres high, whilst 2 laser beams, extending 30 kilometres, Star Wars design, point like a huge finger from the top of the Turret towards Capital.
Both Chic & Souk Casablanca
You will discover Casablanca, in general, to be really European in impact, with it’s established cosmopolitan shopping, nightlife and café and dining establishment culture. Residential boulevards that would not watch out of location in Beverly Hills, in addition to trendy French restaurants and beach clubs, playing host to Morocco’s most affluent and most westernised individuals.
However shopping in the Habbous district, behind the Kings Palace, you will discover a big collection of souks, still very much part of life in Casablanca and where actually, everything can be found.
All That Glistens & Glows
Below the building’s lovely arches anything from vats of fresh olives, to ornamental and non-decorative houseware, from elegant and expensive gold jewellery to economical souvenirs, exists to be haggled over and all within close distance to the opulent Royal Palace. The palace is only a brief leave such frenetic activity.
Play It Once Again Sam.
Casablanca, naturally, is understood for its cinematic history! Nevertheless Casablanca, you will discover, never has actually had any real link with the movie of the same name, that made the city famous. Not one scene was shot in Casablanca nor surrounding areas.
The nearest hint of the film that you will discover remains in the design of the Hyatt Regency bar and the name of ‘Rick’s Café’ set in the medina walls overlooking the port location. Unfortunate, however real!