Embark on a journey to Casablanca, a city rich in history and culture. Located just 240 kilometers north of Marrakech, this port city offers visitors a glimpse into the French colonial legacy. The Moorish and Art Deco styles blend together in unique harmony, creating an atmosphere that is both exotic and inviting. Be sure to visit the Hassan II Mosque, one of the most impressive buildings in all of Morocco. Standing 210 meters tall, this mosque overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is truly a sight to behold.
Embark on an unforgettable journey from Marrakech to Casablanca! Discover the iconic landmarks that contributed to this city’s fame, from the illustrious Hassan II Mosque and other celebrated sites featured in the classic movie ‘Casablanca’ – all brimming with captivating stories. Immerse yourself in a metropolis of culture as you explore its many historic attractions; unearth fascinating facts about each destination while marveling at its architectural beauty.
Your driver will pick you up at your hotel or riad for an early morning drive to Casablanca ( 07:00 AM ). Enjoy a comfortable 3-hour ride via the motorway crossing the fertile Gharb plains. You’ll stop halfway at a rest area before continuing to Casablanca. Upon arrival in the metropolitan city, meet your local guide, who will join you in the vehicle and start your tour of Casablanca. First, you’ll head to the legendary Hassan II Mosque. As you approach, you’ll see its majestic 210-meter-tall minaret dominating the sky. The mosque was designed by a French architect and took six years to build. It blends Islamic architecture with Moroccan elements.
From here, we continue to Ain Diab, home to the Corniche of Casablanca, a famed seaside promenade dotted with trendy clubs, restaurants, cafes, and hotels. Enjoy a leisurely walk along the waterfront, perhaps stopping for a cup of mint tea or coffee at one of the cafes. Your next stop will be in the Medina of Casablanca. Although not as old as Marrakech or Fes Medinas, a large part of it remains residential, with its narrow streets. You’ll continue on to Casablanca city center to visit the Cathedral of Sacred Heart, built in the 1930s by French colonials. Afterward, you’ll head to United Nations Place, where you can see art deco buildings lining both sides of the street. Then it’s on to Arab League Square and The Palais de Justice – if time permits, you may wish to have lunch at Rick’s Café – made famous by the film classic ‘Casablanca’; just let us know when making your booking so we can reserve a table for you.
After exploring Casablanca, take the scenic route back to Marrakech. The 3-hour drive will be a relaxing end to your full-day trip. Your hotel or the nearest car-accessible point to your riad will be your final destination.
The drive from Marrakech to Casablanca is a journey of 220 kilometers (137 miles). The trip takes between 2 hours and a half to 3 hours, depending on your Casablanca drop-off point. The best route is via the motorway ( A7 ).
Many visitors to Morocco skip Casablanca and go straight to Fez or Marrakech. However, you can easily see the highlights of Casablanca in just half a day. Visit Hassan II Mosque and the ART DECO buildings in the city center, then walk along Ain Diab Corniche. Be sure to have lunch at Rick’s Cafe while you’re in town. Casablanca is definitely worth a visit.
Hassan II Mosque is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Casablanca, and visitors are expected to dress conservatively when exploring this sacred site. Women must cover their heads and wear loose-fitting clothing that covers their arms and legs, while men should avoid shorts or sleeveless shirts.
You might be surprised to learn that the movie “Casablanca” was not actually filmed in Casablanca, Morocco. It was filmed in Warner Brothers Studios in California. However, if you’re hoping to experience the film’s legacy in person, Casablanca is the perfect place to do it. The city features an Art Deco “Rick’s Cafe” complete with a roulette table and grand piano.
Yes! Non-Muslim visitors are welcome to join guided tours of this majestic mosque. Tours typically occur outside prayer times, so everyone can enjoy exploring this sacred space.
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