Casablanca | An exciting trip to the biggest city in Morocco
Casablanca is the modern city of Morocco and the largest metropolis in the Maghreb: you absolutely must set foot there. The seaside town has more than one trick up its sleeve to impress you! The city has two distinct faces: that of the old "medina" and the new "medina". Between historic and industrial monuments, between land and sea, and although the city is very different from Marrakech, it charms most of its visitors.
The first monument that you must visit in the city of Casablanca is the Hassan II Mosque. Built by a French architect in 1989, the mosque is located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and offers a rather incredible view! This modern religious and cultural complex is one of the 3 largest mosques in the world, with its 200 meter high minaret it can be said that it is installed as the new attraction of Casablanca. Its style ? A new Islamic-Moroccan architecture that you will appreciate without any doubts.
Take a trip to the Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, located a few meters from the Boulevard of the Resistance. At first glance, it does not impress many people with its rather banal facade ... But once inside, cut off from all the noise of the city, you will have the impression of being in another world, in front of more than 800 m² of beautifully crafted and colorful stained glass. Another church to also visit: the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
The last set of monuments that I advise you to see is located on Place Mohammed V. On this place, you can admire the Palace of Justice and the Wilaya of Casablanca - the prefecture of the Casablanca metropolis and two other Moroccan provinces , Mediouna and Nouaceur.
Walk and strolls
I advise you to walk through the old medina especially if you want to take a break with the modern part of Casablanca. The old medina, otherwise known as the old city, is a rather pleasant and lively place where you can visit other mosques and old buildings such as the Jamâa Ould el-Hamra mosque, which has been in operation since the 18th century. You will cross on your way the sanctuary of Sisi Kairouani which houses within it the burial of the first mayor of the city and his daughter, Lalla Beida, known by all Moroccans as being "the girl with white skin".
Walk along the port Casablanca: is the first port city of Morocco. Its port is one of the most charming in the country. While strolling on the ledge you can stop sipping tea in a bar, have a snack in the many restaurants overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and even go dancing until the end of the night if you like!
Parks and green spaces: If you want to lie in the grass for a picnic while admiring gardens that could not be better maintained where flowers and palm trees mix, you have to go through the Arab League Park and the Yasmina Games Park .
The souk of Derb Ghallef: Located in a popular district of Casablanca, the market offers all kinds of products at lower costs. Fresh fruits and vegetables, quality fabric, colorful clothing or multimedia products ... most of the market traders are professionals and promise quality products. Even if you plan not to buy anything, the place is damn worth the detour and the atmosphere that reigns in this bric-a-brac is really nice!