Casablanca (population: 3.36 million) conjures images of that iconic movie which stole our hearts, but the problem is that the actual city is nothing like the movie! The city has been the butt of most jokes and is avoided by most tourists, but don’t make that same age-old mistake. You’re really missing out on something incredibly magical.
The Real Morocco
Casablanca deserves more time than most tourists spend in the city. It might not conjure sultry images that other cities in Morocco are famous for, but it certainly offers great insights into the real Morocco of today. The city enjoyed great expansions during the days of the French protectorate and it hasn’t stopped showing off ever since. It is where the best of Moroccan contemporary art and fashion designs can be found. It is where the business is. It is truly cosmopolitan. But it is also a city that offers a fascinating history, mind-boggling contradictions, striking colonial architecture, beautiful fountains and spectacular boulevards. The city’s most famous landmark is the picturesque Hassan II Mosque, but other attractions such as the Casablanca Cathedral, Place Mohamed V, Corniche, Safi and Central Market also warrant a visit.
Getting Around Casablanca
Casablanca lets you choose from trains, buses, taxis and car rentals. It has one of the best train systems in the African continent that is convenient, cheap and reliable. Traveling by the bus is never easy and most taxis are shared taxis. Therefore, when not using the train, it makes sense to use a car rental.