Places to visit in Casablanca

The largest city in the kingdom and economic capital of Morocco, rich in a diverse and original architectural heritage, the city of Casablanca will never cease to dazzle you. Our buses allow you to explore its heritage up close.

Hassan II mosque

We have to start with this very impressive religious building with the second tallest minaret in the world culminating at 689 ft, part of a religious and cultural complex laid out over more than 22 acres that can accommodate up to 10,500 worshippers. This mosque is the perfect symbol of both traditions and modernism in the Kingdom and its economic powerhouse Casablanca. This remarquable architectural gem has revived Moroccan artisanship in all its forms, with over 570 thousand square feet of carved wood, more than 107 thousand sq. ft of zellige tiles representing 80 original patterns and 721 thousand sq. ft of sculpted and painted plaster. The Hassan II Mosque is the monument that attracts the greatest number of visitors in Casablanca. It islisted as a World Heritage Site.

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Mohamed V Square

Located in the center of Casablanca and set around a beautiful musical fountain, Mohamed V Square welcomes many Casawis, as the people living in Casablanca are known, from all over the city to enjoy a quiet moment. In the heart of the administrative complex, housing the Central Post Office and Bank-Al Maghrib (central bank of Morocco), the Palais de Justice and the Prefecture, this square is surrounded by neo-Moorish buildings combining the principles of French design with traditional mauro-Andalusian architectural compositions. Arranged around a 3-basin musical fountain this square, also known as ‘Place aux pigeons’ (Pigeon square) by the locals, adjoins the Parc de la Ligue Arabe, the largest park in the city.

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The villa of the arts

The Villa des Arts is a museum as well as one of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Built in 1934, this large Art-Deco style villa, managed by the non-profit ONA foundation, is a venue for contemplation, exchange and debate, and works to promote art and culture among schoolchildren and students with permanent or temporary exhibitions highlighting the works of modern and contemporary Moroccan artists such as Mohamed Serghini, Jilali Gharbaoui, Mohamed Chebaa or Farid Belkahia.

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Bab Marrakech

One of the oldest districts of the city, Bab Marrakech, adjoining the old medina of Casablanca, was actually created in the twentieth century. With a unique architecture and a special atmosphere, old traditional houses and charming small hotels dating from the time of the French protectorate, this district now hosts a colourful market combining local spices and fresh produce with wax fabric, cosmetics, plantains and snacks or dishes from all over sub-Saharan Africa. A shimmering mix of cultures to be discovered preferably in the morning, especially if you are looking for a good deal.

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Habous district

The Habous district, located in the centre of Casablanca, also called ‘New Medina’, harmoniously combines traditional housing and modern design: while respecting traditional style and habits, the architects of the French protectorate conformed to modern town planning rules to accommodate the families of traders from various regions of Morocco attracted by the rapid development of the city between the two wars. The name “Habous” designates the traditional religious assembly which organizes the allocation of accommodation within the medina. Today, the district is a cultural and religious center for Casablanca and for Morocco, as it houses the Moroccan Ministry of Islamic Affairs as well as the bookstores of important Moroccan and Arab publishing houses. It is a quiet, pleasant neighbourhood to stroll through, with many bookstores, boutiques, small shaded cafes and a traditional souk.

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Anfa Place Mall

With more than 323 thousand square feet of retail space facing the Atlantic, this shopping center opened in 2013. It is one of the five largest malls in Africa and houses several ready-to-wear, sportswear and footwear outlets (Calzedonia , Celio, Hennes & Mauritz, Marks & Spencer, Marwa, Charles & Keith, Clarks, Ipanema), jewellery and fashion accessories (Eyes & Co, Krys, Le Comptoir des Montres, Miniso, Monsoon Accessorize, Swatch, Time Road), as well as cafés, restaurants and a food-court with international brands present. Baby strollers and wheelchairs are available free of charge. After a dose of retail therapy, you can end the day with a walk along the beachfront corniche.

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Originally, the lower cost of this district, a real village within the city, attracted many Spanish, Italian, Greek, Portuguese, and Armenian immigrants. Maarif is now a bustling shopping district with international brands of sportswear and ‘prêt-à-porter’ clothes outlets, as well as fast food chains, traditional bakeries and Italian trattorias. Maarif also hosts the Musée du Judaïsme Marocain (Museum of Moroccan Judaism). Unique in the Arab world, this museum exhibits finely crafted decorative objects and Judeo-Moroccan manuscripts. It includes a library, a video library and a photo library. Nearby, the Mohamed V stadium fills up for club, national and international football matches. You can also finf in the district the Twin Centre, two 377-foot tall towers of 28 floors each that can be visited, which include 100 thousand square feet of office space.

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Théâtre Mohamed V

Le musée Abderrahman Slaoui, qui porte le nom d’un homme d’affaires et collectionneur d’art, est ouvert depuis 2011. Il expose notamment en permanence les collections de feu Abderrahman Slaoui: affiches anciennes, la plus grande collection d’affiches orientalistes au Maroc, datant de la fin du 19ème siècle; une importante collection de bijoux en or marocain rares des XVIIIe et XIXe siècles; des bijoux amazighes pour femmes en argent, émail, corail ou ambre; des œuvres du peintre figuratif Mohamed Ben Ali R’bati, l’un des premiers peintres modernes au Maroc; ainsi que des objets en cristal et peintures de paysages de Jacques Majorelle. Depuis sa fondation en 2012, de nombreux artistes marocains ont exposé leurs œuvres (dont Amina Benbouchta, Leila Alaoui et Safaa Erruas) allant de la photographie à la sculpture et aux œuvres de techniques mixtes.

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Bouskoura Forest

About 9 miles south of Casablanca, the Bouskoura-Merchich forest (Forêt de Bouskoura in French) covers an area of 7393 acres. It is a true green lung of the city of Casablanca, mainly composed of acacia trees, Aleppo pine and eucalyptus. Very popular with the Casawis, Bouskoura forest welcomes families, sportsmen and nature lovers looking for fresh air and a change of scenery.

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