Casablanca is Morocco's largest city and the country's main port and commercial capital, with more than 3 million residents. It is the most cosmopolitan of Morocco's cities, with nightclubs, fast food chains and high-end boutiques. Casablanca has an upcoming contemporary arts scene, beautifully restored French colonial buildings, good markets and an authentic old part of town. Below you'll find facts and information about Casablanca, where to stay, eat and what to see:
Hassan II Mosque - the largest mosque in the world, with room for more than 100,000 worshipers. It took 6,000 traditional Moroccan artisans, five years to build this magnificent mosque, with its intricate mosaics, stone and marble floors and columns, sculpted plaster moldings, carved and painted wood ceilings. A marvel to admire.
Casablanca's medina (old-walled part of town) - a great place to just get lost in as you explore the shops in little nooks and crannies. It is a nice contrast to the wide streets and modern/dilapidated architecture that marks the rest of Casablanca. You can pick up some good bargains here on authentic wares and crafts.
The Marche Central in the center of town - for wonderful displays of food, spices and fish. It takes place daily along the Boulevard Muhammad V, which is Casablanca's busiest shopping street.
Visit a Hammam - You have to try a steam bath and scrub in a traditional hammam. It is a wonderful, eye-opening cultural experience.
The Corniche - Sometimes referred to as the "South Beach of Morocco", or the "Blackpool of Morocco", the Corniche is basically a boardwalk lined with restaurants and nightclubs.
Place Mohammed V - The main square in town, the Place Mohammed V has a large fountain (with colorful lights at night) and is surrounded by lovely examples of French colonial architecture.
Travelling to CasablancaGetting to Casablanca
- By Air: most people arrive in Casablanca at the Mohammed V international airport. It's a 45 minute taxi ride into the center of town, or you can catch a commuter train if you are on a budget (terminal 1). There are direct flights from the US (Royal Air Maroc), South Africa, Australia and the Middle East. Flights are plentiful from every major European capital. Regional flights from Dakar are also frequent and you'll discover that Casablanca is quite a hub for West African passengers going to and from the Americas.
- By Train: Casablanca Voyageurs is the main train station in town, where you can catch a train to Fes, Marrakech, Rabat, Meknes, Asilah and Tangier. See the guide to Morocco Train Travel for details.
- By Bus: CTM long distance buses stop in several parts of the city, so make sure you know where your hotel is to get off at the right stop. Casablanca is the transport hub of Morocco, you can take a bus to anywhere in the country from here, most long-distance routes will depart early in the morning.
More about: Getting to Morocco and Getting Around Morocco.
The best way to get around this big city is by petit taxi (and they really are petit). Step into a grand taxi and your fare doubles. If you are headed out to the airport however, this is your only option since it is out of city limits.
Documents required to enter Morocco:
Morocco Travel Visa and Passport Requirements
Marocco is a welcoming destination however there are a few things that must be done in preparing for your trip. Most travelers who want to visit Morocco can do so without applying for a visa if your trip will not exceed three months. However, is it essential that all travelers arrive with a passport that is valid for at least six months from the time you enter Morocco.
Your stay as a visitor is restricted to three months, but may be extended at a Moroccan police station. Visiting areas outside of recognized tourist areas isn't recommended for safety reasons. Travel regulations are known to change without notice to the public. We recommend before you travel, to check the current regulations with Travel Exploration or the Moroccan Embassy in your country.
- Your passport must be valid for six months following date of entry.
- Registration form in an academic Program in Morocco.
- No visa required for stay up to three months for North Americans and Europeans.
- Tickets and Documents for return or onward travel.
- Vaccination: International Certificate of Vaccination for Yellow Fever required if arriving from infected area within five days.
Please Note: Entry visas are only valid for three months; visitors that wish to stay longer should apply at the local police station within fifteen days of arrival. For other visa enquiries you should contact the Embassy.
For more detailed information consult your local Moroccan consulate. Information retrieved from here (18th December 2015)
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More On Casablanca:Lexicorient - Casablanca Guide and Morocco Guide
Travbuddy - Local Guide to Casablanca
Lonely Planet - Casablanca Guide
The above information is available here.
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