Morocco’s greatest commercial and financial capital, Casablanca is a baffling metropolis where tradition and modernity co-exist.
Here are the best things to do in Casablanca, Morocco.
The city straddles east and west, with its high-rise buildings and a colossal mosque sending its laser beams towards Mecca once again expressed the city’s forward-looking spirit, Casablanca use its charm to attract millions of visitors from in/outside of Morocco in all year around.
As there are numbers of sightseeing plans in Casablanca, and in case you are hesitating what to do first in the city, I have chosen 15 awesome things you shouldn’t miss in Casablanca, that I think it’s a good place to start.
Take a look at my Casablanca bucket list of 2019!
1. Be amazed by Hassan II Mosque
The minaret of the Hassan II mosque is definitely the most impressive element of this building, it can be seen as soon as you approach from town center Casablanca.
The mosque is certainly a highlight of visiting the Casablanca city. From the stylish Zellij tilework-decorated fountains to the incised bronze-clad doors, painted cedar ceiling and marble, the Hassan II mosque may well be to Casablanca just what the great mosque to Mecca.
2. Visit the Old Medina
The Old Medina area is the first ever district in Casablanca.
It is surrounded by walls which pierced by four gates.
The two gates, Bab Marrakech and Bab el-Jedid, which survive today are located on the west of the Medina and facing the Boulevard Tahar el-Alaoui.
Along the length of the walls, there is a daily market in
which you can find barbers, jewelers, and public letter-writers.
You can see the Sqala, a fortified bastion that built
in 1700s, just opposite the fishing harbor.
The tomb of the first patron saint of Casablanca Sidi Allal el-Kairouani can be found behind the bastion.
3. Walk around Ain Diab Corniche
In the west of the mosque Hassan II is an upmarket part of Casablanca.
Corniche Ain Diab is a
coastal avenue which is lined with swimming pools, hotels, restaurants,
fashionable night-clubs and an institute of thalassotherapy.
This runs from the El-Hank Lighthouse in the east to the marabout of Sidi Abderrahman in the west.
You can go to the Tahiti Beach Club, is one of the most modern and fashionable public beach clubs in this stylish avenue.
4. Discover the Nations Unies Square
Casablanca’s new town
heart was laid out in 1920 and at this time it was known as Place de France,
but was later renamed.
In the northeast corner
of the square, you can find the clocktower which is dates from 1910.
During the protectorate, the clock symbolized colonial rule that it should now
keep in time with an industrial society.
There is the Hyatt Regency Hotel in which you can discover the memories of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, stars of the famous film Casablanca, made in 1943 by Michael Curtiz.
The south side is
taken up by the Excelsior Hotel, the first of Morocco’s Art Deco hotels.
Runs from the square to the port, the Boulevard Houphouet Boigny, lined with restaurants, shops and at the end, stands the marabout of Sidi Belyout, protector and patron saint of Casablanca.
5. Explore Anfa
Since the 1930s,
stylish villas in the Art successive architectural fashions have been built
Some elegant building to consider for, is the Hotel d’Anfa, now demolished, where the historic meeting between US president Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill took place in January 1943.
Discover also homes with terraces, swimming pools and lush gardens, occupying a hill that overlooks Casablanca to the northwest.
6. Visit Abderrahman Slaoui foundation Museum
Opened in 2012, this
value trove of traditional and cultural artwork contains some of the most
significant pieces of fine art in Casablanca.
Located in the heart
of the historic district, this museum offers rich and eclectic permanent
collections, collected throughout the life of Abderrahman Slaoui (1919-2001),
businessman, art lover and author of books on the art.
Divided into a number
of different sections, the museum includes paintings, posters, jewelry and
On the top floor, you can take a nice tea and enjoy the view from the terrace.
7. Discover the Royal palace of Casablanca
This impressive building and complex stands as among the principal residencies of the king of Morocco, and is located on the fringes of the Quartier des Habous (new Medina).
The palace is packed
with Bazars and shops offering traditional items like clothes and fabrics.
This attraction set in extensive Mediterranean gardens and was built in 1920s by the Pertuzio brothers.
It is possible to book a guided tour to the palace and there is also various exhibitions that detail its history and use.
8. Go to see Central Marketplace
This foodie heaven
marketplace is a charming local area of nice vintage goods shop.
It was built in 1920,
located in a strategic area in the center of Casablanca and has 4 large gates
decorated with various colored flowers.
Here, you will find
vendors selling all alimentary, fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, cheese and
spices and if you feel hungry, take a table at some fast food restaurants
This historic marketplace continues to attract daily locals as much as tourists, so it is worth visiting, don’t miss this amazing place.
9. Head at Mohammed V Square
The French architecture of this square and administrative buildings with Moorish style in Place Mohammed 5 actually fell an entire world out of the strolling places of Park de la Ligue Arabe.
The Place Mohammed 5 was plotted as an administrative heart of Casablanca and bounded to the south by the Park de la Ligue Arabe, a huge garden laid out in 1919.
There are monumental buildings of the Prefecture, the central post office, the law courts, banks and cultural organizations.
The streets around are some of the typical in the city, with arcaded galleries, stylish gardens in which you can admire the equestrian statue of Marshal Lyautey and the monumental fountain dating from 1976.
10. Check out the Park de la Ligue Arabe
If you want a popular place for a stroll in
Casablanca try this park south of Place Mohammed 5.
This huge garden laid out in 1919 by the architect A. Laprade and incorporates café terraces.
On this attraction there are walkways lined
with impressively tall palm trees, ficus, arcades and pergolas frame some
beautiful formal flowerbeds.
The Eglise du Sacré-Coeur stands northwest, and it is an Art Deco, used now for cultural events. You can find also the Eglise Notre-Dame-de-Lourdres, to the southeast and the Villa des Arts to the southwest, which is a museum for contemporary Moroccan painting.
11. Eat in the Port
The enormous port of
Casablanca covers an area of 1.8 sq km (0.70 sq miles) and is home to a lot of
ultra-modern commercial, fishing and leisure facilities.
This harbor features plenty of potential of tourism and contains a marina and excellent fish restaurants.
Think about spending
some time taking walks through the various quays, to check out the wide range
of ships or visit the fishing port.
You can explore some major tourist attractions in Casablanca, which are only a few minutes beyond the port.
12. Spend Time at Musée du Judaisme Marocain
The Museum of Moroccan Judaism is a great overview to the
rich history of Jewish community in Morocco.
Today, the museum houses a reconstructed synagogue, and
displays collections of Kaftans, scarves, religious objects, as well as prayer
The museum pieces are from the Roman period up to independence in 1956.
13. Admire the Architecture in Boulevard Mohammed V
Mohammed V Street is probably the most famous street in Casablanca.
With its covered arcades house, it is the hotspot for Art Deco.
Becoming also one on the list of most hectic avenues in Casablanca, you will be spoilt for option when it comes to finding your cafè or bar to hideway.
Buildings on the two sides are
notable for their façades, especially for the three residential blocks; the Glaoui,
the Bessonneau and the Asayag, which are the finest of these
Also on this great street, you can find restaurants and shops. Don’t miss the famous cinema Rialto, known by its fine ornamentation and Art Deco lighting.
14. Experience the Park Sindibad
This is the famous
park in Casablanca, the Sindibad Park is a huge public area for amusement and
in 2015, the park spread over 34 hectares and contains a wildlife park,
restaurants, and souvenir shops.
This is a great
attraction for family fun time, there are a lot of games, and the staff is so
You can spend a very
good day there, this is an amazing experience.
15. Go to Mohammedia
Despite like a completely different
city and located 28 km (17miles) northeast of Casablanca, the wonderful town of
Mohammedia is still one of the main interesting attractions here.
This city is part of the greater Casablanca, it has a yacht club and a golf course. Also, it is an upmarket coastal resort for wealthy Moroccans because of its good beaches and pleasant ambiance.
By strolling along the seafront, you can discover the Kasbah and the fish market. From the clifftop walk at the port, you will be amazed by the breathtaking views of the sea and the Mohammedia town.