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Bustling, Casablanca expands and contracts, forming spheres that are like active balls. Its cupola, a souvenir from the 1915 French-Moroccan exhibition, its domes, and its Morocco Mall emulate the round sun. The "terrestrial globe", the energy sphere of the city center, the intersection of the main avenues, reflects the city's power and ardor. The ambitious Casablanca also rises vertically, pointing its architectural jewels towards the sky in a surge of enthusiasm and vitality. Curves and arches give the impression of an opening to infinity. The mysterious vaults jealously preserve the memory. Chiseled stone and stucco reflect serenity, as if to soften the frenetic activity of an agglomeration that is constantly changing. Lastly, with the beautiful facades with an Arab-Andalusian footprint, Casablanca is also the flagship of the Art Deco style. It is a rich heritage that celebrates aesthetics and flourishes in the diversity of forms of expression and beauty.

The recreational forest of Bouskoura

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The recreational forest of Bouskoura

Hassan II Mosque

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Hassan II Mosque

The Habous

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The Habous

The Mahkama of the Pasha

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The Mahkama of the Pasha

The United Nations Square

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The United Nations Square

The Wilaya/ Pigeons Square

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The Wilaya/ Pigeons Square

The Corniche

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The Corniche

The old medina of Casablanca

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The old medina of Casablanca

The Arab League Park

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The Arab League Park

The Isesco Park

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The Isesco Park

The central market

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The central market

The El Hank lighthouse

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The El Hank lighthouse

The Portuguese town of El Jadida

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The Portuguese town of El Jadida

The recreational forest of Bouskoura

With its 3,000 hectares, this forest is the real lung of Casablanca, without which there would be no industrial Casablanca. Located in the outskirts of the city, on a road leading to the airport, it is characterized by its towering eucalyptus trees, visible all the way from the sky. The Bouskoura forest welcomes families, sportsmen, nature lovers and those who are seeking a change of scenery, and it is an ideal location for outdoor activities. The environment is ideal for picnics, trekking and mountain biking, for marathons and other types of outdoor pastimes. Don’t be surprised if you come head to head with a boar… Major landscaping work was done to enable this unique space in Casablanca to boast 4 areas: an active forest dedicated to sports activities, with the creation of a sports club, a pedestrian and cycling circuit, a reception bungalow and restaurants; a laboratory forest intended to raise awareness of the general public on the ecosystem, with an agricultural center, an ecology center and ecosystems with a birdcage as well as an ecological garden; a discovery forest based on the knowledge of fauna and flora, including a treehouse, a sensory trail and a recreational clearing; a young forest centered on a forestry biorhythm, as well as an adventure park and a great forest house.

Hassan II Mosque

The great mosque is a typical monument. A must-see for any visit to Casablanca, it is a majestic monument, which is impressive with its minaret standing 200 m above the ground and its huge esplanade that can accommodate up to 80,000 people. Outside of prayer times, the people of Casablanca enjoy going to this free space where one can gaze into the blue sky, or look at the action of waves to meditate or enjoy a quiet moment. If you're up for it, go discover the mosque's interior, which is both a place of worship, as well as an architectural prowess, the decor of which reveals a talent inspired by Moroccan craftsmen.
- Open to non-Muslims who must be accompanied by a guide from the mosque.
- Entrance fee: 120 dirhams per person. Student discount: 50 dirhams (upon presentation of a student card).
- Visiting hours: 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. every day except Friday.

The Habous

With its alleys, small squares, fountains, arcades and stone doors, its mosque, Moorish baths, kissariates (traditional stalls), and all the way to its architectural style, the Habous neighborhood follows the codes of an authentic ancient medina. Many people of Casablanca do not know that this neighborhood, designed to respond to the popular rural exodus before attracting wealthy traders from Fes and public servants, was built in the early 20th century. Located just behind the royal palace of Casablanca, today it is home to the headquarters of the Region. If you stop by there, between souvenirs, you will appreciate the vitality of Moroccan crafts. 

The Mahkama of the Pasha

A concentrate of refinement at the heart of the Habous neighborhood, the Mahkama of the Pasha is a true attraction. A melding of traditional Moroccan art, this building, which today accommodates the headquarters of the Casablanca-Settat Region, was designed by the architect Auguste Cadet. With a large courtyard and two main patios inspired by riads, it is above all a masterpiece of classical Moroccan aesthetics. Sculpted dressed-stone capitals resonate forcefully on the walls, pavings and ceilings, and on many Moroccan decorative elements such as zellige *decorative tiles , zouak *decorative moulding and plaster. The expert hands of the best maâlems *craftsmen in the Kingdom have crafted the doors, door knockers, and ceilings from cedar wood from the Middle Atlas and Kenitra, grey and white marble from the Rabat region, and coatings from Safi. Lined with galleries, the courtyards enclose a fountain from chiseled stone and a garden. 

The United Nations Square

This square, located in the city center, is the most emblematic of Casablanca Art deco. Only a few minutes away from the Casa-Port railway station, the United Nations Square leads into the old medina, both a souk and a working class neighborhood, and faces the most luxurious hotel in the metropolis. Renovated in the early 2000s, it was given a new lease of life with the arrival of the tramway and the rehabilitation of the Mohamed V Boulevard, which was long closed to traffic. Lively at night, it is a socially diverse place, where American-type fast-food joints stand alongside the Café de France, on the ground floor of a building from the mid 1920s, with square bays and mullions made of ocher stone that provide evidence of the white city's architectural wealth. It is said that that this authentic place, steeped in history and which at the time was popular among many personalities, from Shimon Perez to the Moroccan actor Kamal Kadimi, preserves part of the soul of the city under its arcades. It is a great place to meet people of Casablanca from all walks of life.

The Wilaya/ Pigeons Square

Lively at night and during the day, the Pigeons Square and its fountain continue to be the meeting place of tourists and one of the most photographed places in the capital. Ideally located on Hassan II Avenue, it is near the Wilaya, Bank Al Maghrib (the central bank of Morocco), the courthouse, the Regional Investment Center and the French consulate. From there, it is only a short walk to the Arab League Park and the old Sacré-Cœur church, which became a cultural space. To many, the place is most representative of the immortal Casablanca, the one that remains unchanged. Indeed, aside from the statue of Marshal Lyautey, nothing seems to alter the authenticity of this square, which has had the same attributes since a century.

The Corniche

As peaceful during the day as it is lively during the night, the Corniche is a must-see for anyone discovering Casablanca. An ideal place for loitering as well as for entertainment, you will find at the Corniche all the ingredients to have a good time: several kilometers of cafés, restaurants, sports centers, movie theaters and shopping centers. The Corniche of Casablanca begins in the working class neighborhood of the old medina, right next to the railway station and the port. Your journey, which extends over several kilometers, then leads you straight to the Sqala, the marina, the Hassan II mosque, next to the El Hank lighthouse, to Anfaplace Shopping Center, the Mégarama movie theater, and then to a wonderful pedestrian zone sought after by athletes and families, and which extends all the way to the Morocco Mall.

During your stay, treat yourself to some fresh air by going for a stroll or an early morning jog, directed by the rhythm of the sound of the waves, and the ocean as far as the eyes can see. At night, dancing takes over, to the rhythm of world music.

The old medina of Casablanca

The medina is both an agglomerate of neighborhoods and a multitude of bazars and souks, that are namely accessible through “Bab Marrak’ch”, the ramparts of the unmistakable old fortified town. Located in the heart of the city center, 5 minutes walking distance from the railway station and the port, the old medina is the historical area from where Casablanca first developed. It is the ultimate place to visit for a pleasant stroll and to meet people from Casablanca, to buy a souvenir and to do some shopping, be it for modern or traditional clothing, for jellabas and leather goods.

  • It is highly recommended to visit the old medina in the daytime.
  • There are two medinas in Casablanca, this one, the old medina which is not to be mistaken with the Habous neighborhood, the new medina built by the French at the beginning of the 20th century. Keep in mind that the old medina is located in the north of the city and the new medina is in the south-east.

The Arab League Park

It is difficult to miss its tall trees and its lush vegetation that provide the people of Casablanca with a real breath of fresh air. A true haven for sportsmen on mornings and weekends, it is the ideal location to take a deep breath in the historical city center, 10 minutes walking distance from the medina and from the United Nations square. The city launched rehabilitation works to upgrade the park, and the people of Casablanca will have the pleasure of rediscovering the new and improved park in the Spring of 2017. In addition to faithfully rehabilitating the park, using the same materials, with the two historical fountains, the park will be embellished with a large water basin, a seguia, cascades and water streams, tree and plant species that existed in the past century and that are currently almost extinct, walkways, bleachers and enhanced public lighting and street furniture. A true aesthetic transition between the art deco city and the modern city, which happens to be an excellent starting point to set out to discover Casablanca.http://online.fliphtml5.com

The Isesco Park

A real haven for those who live close to the Habous and the Mers Sultan neighborhood, this park that was formerly known as the Murdoch Gardens was created in 1907 as a tribute to the eponymous British tradesman. Cosseted by its gardeners, the garden is a flourishing oasis and an ideal place of communion between citizens and nature. Its charm lies in its surprising diversity, between the imposing stature of its palm trees, their perfect alignment on both sides of the central alley, reminiscent of the Arab League Park, not to mention many more discrete plant varieties. During Ramadan or in the summer, it is always crowded, attracting even more families with strollers, young children who come to enjoy the playground, as well as athletes of all ages who are looking for a good workout.

The central market

Treasured for its freshly fried fish, straight out of the Casablanca ocean, the Central Market is located right across from the mythical Lincoln Hotel, on the other side of the Mohamed V Boulevard. Built in 1919 on the basis of a layout designed by the French architect Pierre Bousquet, it is also a representative icon of Casablanca’s architecture.

The El Hank lighthouse

Located on the tip of the El Hank, Casablanca’s lighthouse has illuminated the way for mariners for over a century. Beyond this secular function, the edifice is a major place of remembrance for the people of Casablanca. Three light beams followed by 7 seconds of darkness. That is the rhythm of Casablanca’s lighthouse; a signal which enables boats to locate the shore, and the right frequency that makes it possible for the boats to see it. The people of Casablanca especially recognize it for its lights that vivaciously sweep over the night sky. If you are up for climbing up the 256 steps that lead up to its culminating point, the lighthouse will offer you a breathtaking view of the white city. For more information

The Portuguese town of El Jadida

Overlooking the Doukkali coast, the Portuguese town of El Jadida preserves within its ramparts a city with numerous and endlessly renewed influences. Around its curves, the regional coast reveals its moments of History. Behind its towering Renaissance murals, the Portuguese town of El Jadida is an architectural treasure of Portuguese-Spanish influence listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO on June 30th 2014. For more information.