Jolly Casablanca – the economic center of Morocco

Jolly Casablanca – the economic center of Morocco

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The City of Casablanca in Morocco

The City of Casablanca in the Kingdom of Morocco

Casablanca is the economic center of Morocco, a major port and one of the leading trading cities in North Africa. Casablanca is home to the main international airport and is the starting point of many travelers’ familiarization with the country.

Unlike the ancient and colorful cities of Casablanca, Casablanca has a European flavor, much of the architecture is modern. The French influence is still very evident in the life of the Moroccans and, in this particular city, it is most noticeable.

The sights of the city at first glance, seem not so important, but the real gem of the country – the majestic mosque Hassan II, unequivocally, heads the list of top places in the kingdom. Six thousand craftsmen have worked for five years to create marble columns, frescoes, mosaics and other decorations.

Casablanca is the economic center of Morocco, a major port and one of the leading trading cities in North Africa. Casablanca is home to the main international airport and is the starting point of many travelers’ familiarization with the country.

Unlike the ancient and colorful cities of Casablanca, Casablanca has a European flavor, much of the architecture is modern. French influence is still very evident in the lifestyle of the Moroccans and it is in this city that it is most noticeable.

Book the best table at a restaurant overlooking the ocean and dine to the sound of crashing waves.

Hassan II Mosque The city of Casablanca in Morocco

Screenshots from the film Casablanca with Bergman

Hassan II mosque in Casablanca, Morocco.

What things to do in Casablanca?

moroccan fountain in morocco

For movie buffs, Casablanca is associated with the 1942 film of the same name. Apart from Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, the real star of the film was Rick’s Café, where the main action took place. The film was shot against a Hollywood backdrop but the cafe was so atmospheric that a duplicate was opened on the outskirts of the medina in 2004. Art deco interiors, bartenders wearing fezkas (traditional headdress), jazz music will transport you to the atmosphere of the movie.

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Go to the modern art exhibition at Villa des Arts

Wander around the colonial area in a 1930s atmosphere.

Stop at a famous pastry shop to sample the Maghribian pastry cornes de gazelle (crescent-shaped pastry filled with almond paste and soaked in orange blossom water).

Dine at the atmospheric Rick’s Café to “As Time Goes By”.

– Stay the night at one of the homey blue riads and watch the sunrise on the rooftop.

– Stroll through the evening city and catch the perfect shot

– Taste the famous local farmhouse goat cheese

– Hike the best footpath in Africa in Talassemtane National Park

– Climb up to the Spanish Mosque and see the whole city from above

Hassan II mosque in Casablanca, Morocco.

casablanca film

Hassan II mosque in Casablanca, Morocco.

What things to do in Casablanca?

Moroccan fountain and mosaic zelije

Cinephiles associate Casablanca with the 1942 film of the same name. In addition to Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, the real star of the film was Rick’s Café, where the main action took place. The film was shot against a Hollywood backdrop but the cafe was so atmospheric that a duplicate was opened on the outskirts of the medina in 2004. Art deco interiors, barmen in fezkas (traditional headdress), jazz music will bring you into the atmosphere of the movie.

Reserve the best table at the ocean view restaurant and dine to the sound of crashing waves.

Go to the modern art exhibition at Villa des Arts

Explore a colonial neighborhood with a ’30s vibe.

Stop at a famous pastry shop to sample the Maghribian pastry cornes de gazelle (crescent-shaped pastry filled with almond paste and soaked in orange blossom water).

Dine at the atmospheric Rick’s Cafe to the tune of “As Time Goes By

Casablanca Hotels and Riads

The city of Casablanca is a poetic place on the coastal map of Morocco. The Casablanca photo is definitely the Atlantic Ocean with the Hassan II mosque in its background. It is one of the largest mosques in the world, and everyone can see its magnificent interiors. The city has picturesque and long coastlines, allowing you to truly enjoy the elements of water and stone. But Casablanca’s beaches are not at all suitable for swimming. So despite the fact that Casablanca is on the Atlantic coast, it is not recommended to consider this city for a beach holiday, because of its proximity to the port.

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Luxury hotels in Casablanca, such as the Vichy or Four Seasons are for the discerning traveler, with indispensable spa programs combined with a Moroccan hamam. There are also more basic hotels at affordable prices. Leisure in Casablanca is primarily a sightseeing program, combining an immersion in French colonial chic. These are gourmet dinners in atmospheric cafes and restaurants. Casablanca airport is the first thing a tourist coming here learns about. It is located, however, between the city and the capital of the kingdom, Rabat. It takes about 3 hours to get to Marrakech from here by car and a little over 5 hours by train. Weather in Casablanca is most comfortable from September to November, as well as in spring before the heat of July. The climate is mild in autumn and spring, but in winter there are strong winds. It’s very hot and humid in the summer.

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