Casablanca – largest city in Morocco
The largest city in Morocco, Casablanca is a city set against a sweeping coastline overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Port of Casablanca is one of the busiest in the country with a marina for cruisers and elegant yachts and a terminal for large liners, cruise ships and commercial shipping. The Corniche is a district beside the ocean and with bars, restaurants and stalls it is a popular place with tourists. Ain Diab is an idyllic beachside area of Casablanca; unwind on the sand or take a dip in the sea. Besides its great location and year-round sunshine Casablanca is a city full of architectural treasures. The French period New Town offers a blend of Art Deco, Colonial and Hispano-Mauresque buildings. Tour the Cathédrale Sacré-Coeur, Hassan II Mosque and the Clock Tower of the Old Medina. Relax with a visit to a hammam or enjoy an afternoon in the Parc de la Ligue Arabe.
Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city and main port. Stroll along the pier to take in the vibrant harbour scene; trawlers, liners and small fishing vessels line the docks. Browse the fish stalls for the catch of the day. Explore the Old Medina and marvel over the variety of architectural styles.
When to Go?
The Atlantic Ocean plays a significant role in Casablanca’s climate which brings strong winds and cool breezes throughout the year. The city experiences a semi-arid Mediterranean climate meaning dry summers and cold often wet winter months. Temperatures can reach 27°C in the peak months of July and August and drop to 17°C in December and January. Late summer or early spring is considered the best time to visit Casablanca as average temperatures are pleasant and dry.
How to Get There?
Casablanca is served by Mohammed V International Airport, Morocco's busiest airport located 30km (approximately 18 miles) southeast of the city centre. Domestic routes to Marrakech, Rabat, Agadir and Tangier fly daily. Direct flights are available to the UK and other European destinations. A rail link leaves the airport for Casablanca every hour; alternatively passengers can take the local bus service into the city centre. Flights from the UK to Casablanca take just over 3 hours.
Travel to Casablanca to taste traditional Moroccan cuisine, hear the French language and to admire a city of different cultures both in religion and architecture. The Shrine of Sidi Abderrahman is a holy site where Muslim pilgrims pray, watch the crowds come to pay their respects. A trip to Casablanca must include a day at a hammam. Solidarite Feminine is a Turkish bathhouse which promotes physical and mental wellbeing to marginalised groups; at this hammam women gather to converse, relax and feel empowered.
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