Forgo the modern trams zipping through the city centre – the prettiest architectural spots and most interesting places are discovered by simply wandering.
The souk in French-influenced Quartier Habous confronts the senses with a sprawl of brightly painted tagines, fragrant mounds of spices, and patterned rugs. And, though less favoured by tourists than some others in Morocco, Casablanca’s old medina is still the place to go to catch the rhythm of local life.
Sightseers love ‘Rick’s Café’ – a real-life replica of the bar frequented by Bogart and Bergman in the on-screen Casablanca. The film plays on silent repeat as visitors sip drinks, surrounded by Syrian arches and flickering lamps.
Along the coast, a pristine beach stretches on for miles, with a devoted pack of surfers in permanent residence. The vast Hassan II Mosque sits down by – and partially on – the turquoise ocean, welcoming Muslims and non-Muslims alike to its intricate inner sanctum.
The temperate months between November and May make a wonderful time to discover Casablanca. From June all the way to October, temperatures simmer around 30 degrees celsius, with slight relief from the Atlantic sea breeze. July is right at the peak of the heatwave, but also brings unmissable celebrations like the Festival de Casablanca and Feast of the Throne.
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