Discovering Casablanca among history, architecture and relaxation
Casablanca is a city in Western Morocco, that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, and it has about 4 million residents. It is Morocco’s main economic, industrial, and financial centre and it has the nation’s second largest harbour. Compared to all other Moroccan cities, it has a more modern architecture while maintaining the traditional Muslim style.
The city is also the headquarter of the Hassan II University, the Municipal College of Fine Arts, and numerous libraries.
Casablanca was built in 1515 on the ruins of ancient Anfa, occupied and destroyed by the Portuguese in 1468. However, it was abandoned shortly after, destroyed by an earthquake in 1755 and rebuilt by Sultan Mūley Mohammed.
What to see
One of the main attractions in Casablanca is undoubtedly the Hassan II Mosque. It is the largest mosque in Morocco and one of the biggest in the world. Its Minaret is 210 metres high, and it also serves as a lighthouse for the city’s port.
Referring to the realm of religious architecture, we can see the Sacred Heart Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Rabat of the Catholic Church in Morocco. Now deconsecrated, it remains one of the city’s most striking points of interest. It was built following Gothic architectural canons that gave it an Art Deco monumentality.
Exploring the new city we arrive at Mohammed V Square, the vital centre of this area. Inside we can see an illuminated fountain in the evening hours and many administrative buildings. This square also has Moorish and Art Deco style architecture, very popular during the period of French colonialism.
On the other hand, if we want to have a break from admiring the architectural wonders, we can opt for a stop-over at Sindibad amusement park. A themed adventure park that offers all kinds of fun: from roller coasters to children’s rides and even a zoo!
Moving toward the coast, a must stop is the Corniche oceanfront promenade. During the day is a destination for many families enjoying the beaches in the area, while in the evening many clubs nearby are populated by people.
The Royal Palace also deserves our attention; Although the interior cannot be visited, the exterior is still worth a visit. It was built in 1920 and it is still inhabited by the ruler and his family.
How to reach Casablanca
Casablanca can be reached by plane from Italy with direct low-cost flights. If you prefer having a different travel experience, however, the city can also be reached by ship, docking at the nearby port of Tangier.
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