Unmissable Attractions in Casablanca

Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca at sunset
Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca at sunset | © agefotostock / Alamy Stock Photo
Sarah Williams

Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco, not to mention the economic heart of the country. Although it doesn’t attract as many tourists as cities like Marrakech, Fez and Tangier, Casablanca still offers plenty of great things to see and do.

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1. Hassan II Mosque

Mosque

The Hassan II Mosque or Grande Mosquee Hassan II. Casablanca, Morocco
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Perhaps the most famous sight in Casablanca, the Hassan II Mosque is a striking architectural jewel that showcases the very best of Moroccan artisanship. The large mosque, complete with a towering minaret, is one of the largest mosques in the world. It was built in the early 1990s to celebrate the 60th birthday of the previous king.

2. Medina

Historical Landmark

Old Medina, Casablanca
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The 19th-century medina of Casablanca is mainly a residential area today. Nonetheless, walking through the narrow streets and resting for a while in one of the many nice cafes and restaurants is a pleasant way to understand a bit more of what makes the city tick. Look for the street art that adorns some of the walls.

3. Bab Marrakech

Historical Landmark

Bab Marrakech is one of the main gateways into the medina. Although the arched gap in the tall wall could hardly be called exceptional, the adjacent clock tower does add a certain charm to this section of the wall.

4. Place Mohammed V

Architectural Landmark

The Palais du Justice Law courts in Casablanca
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Casablanca’s main square, Place Mohammed V is surrounded by attractive buildings and palm trees. The paved square is the administrative heart of the city.

5. Sacre Coeur Cathedral

Historical Landmark, Cathedral

Morocco, Casablanca, Cathedral du Sacre Coeur
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A huge former Roman Catholic church, Sacre Coeur Cathedral was built in the 1930s. Painted in gleaming white, the front is flanked by two tall towers.

6. Royal Palace

Architectural Landmark

Although visitors are not permitted to enter Casablanca’s Royal Palace, it’s a great place to make a quick photo stop. The detailed architecture of the main gate is impressive and you can see the armed police officers who pace the front tiled courtyard, ready to defend the palace if necessary.

7. Mahkama du Pacha

Historical Landmark, Building

Historical court of Casablanca Mahkama du Pacha - Morocco
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Another of Casablanca’s architectural beauties to be admired from the outside, Mahkama du Pacha is a courthouse. Constructed from marble and wood, it was built in a Hispano-Moorish style.

8. Museum of Moroccan Judaism

Museum

The Museum of Moroccan Judaism tells the story of Morocco’s previously large Jewish population. It’s an interesting place to learn more about the nation’s Jewish heritage and history, as well as about Jewish culture in general. What makes the museum exceptional, however, is the fact that it is the only museum dedicated to Judaism in the entire Arab world.

9. Jewish Cemetery

Cemetery

Casablanca’s Jewish Cemetery is another reminder of the city’s Jewish past. Still in use today, the somber place of rest is well kept, with headstones in Hebrew, French and Spanish.

10. Morocco Mall

Shopping Mall

Morocco, Casablanca. Moroccan families in the Morocco Mall inaugurated in 2011. The second largest shopping centre in Africa, known for its numerous s
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The enormous Morocco Mall is one of the biggest shopping centres in Africa. It’s a top place for anyone looking for a modern and fixed-price shopping experience. As well as being home to a huge assortment of shops and eateries, the mall also contains Aquadream, a large aquarium with many species of fish.

11. Central Market

Market

The lively Central Market is one of the best places in Casablanca to see how locals shops and to pick up an array of traditional goods and souvenirs. Colourful babouches (traditional leather slippers) and clothes hang in front of stalls. Women shop for spices and fresh produce. Cookware and home items are abundant.

12. Twin Centre

Architectural Landmark

Twin Center, office and shopping complex, Quartier Gauthier, Casablanca, Morocco, northern Africa
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The two skyscrapers that form Casablanca’s Twin Centre soar 28 floors above the city. They contain a hotel, residential and office units, restaurants, bars, shops and other facilities. Ride the elevator to Bar 28, on the top floor of Tower B, for panoramic city views.

13. Sindibad Park

Park

Sindibad Park is the only amusement park in Morocco. After being closed for many years, it has now reopened, offering a great place to take kids for a few hours. There are rides for smaller children and a small zoo.

14. Tamaris Aquaparc

Amusement Park

The slides, chutes and pools of Tamaris Aquaparc make it a popular place for families and friends looking for somewhere to have fun and cool down on a hot summer’s day.

15. Arab League Garden

Cathedral, Park

The Arab League Park (Parc de la Ligue arabe ) is an urban park in Casablanca, Morocco
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A pretty park, the Arab League Garden is a pleasant place for a stroll. Palm trees overhang the main pathway, offering plenty of welcoming shade and there are several terrace cafes where you can stop for a spot of people watching.

16. Bouskoura Merchich

Architectural Landmark

Located in one of Casablanca’s suburbs, Bouskoura Merchich is one of the city’s green lungs. Wander through the greenery and escape city life for a few hours.

17. Villa des Arts

Building, Art Gallery

Morocco, Casablanca, Villa des Arts
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Housed within an attractive art deco building, the Villa des Arts is a great place for fans of modern art. Works include those by local and international artists.

18. Ain Diab Coast

Natural Feature

The coastline in the suburb of Ain Diab, known for the cornice, has many high-end accommodations and restaurants. Stroll along the waterfront and relax on the public sandy beach.

19. Plage de Ain Sebaa

Natural Feature

Plage de Ain Sebaa is another of Casablanca’s beaches. The strong waves and winds make it a popular place for surf enthusiasts. Alternatively, sit on the rocky shore and watch surfers trying to conquer the waves.

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