Holidays to Casablanca

Holidays to Casablanca

While overshadowed by more popular cities, the port city of Casablanca – or Casa to the locals – is a vibrant example of modern Moroccan life. Undeniably the commercial capital of the country, there’s still a distinct charm: the city’s French colonial legacy can be seen in the Mauresque architecture of the old medina, a blending on Moorish and European art-deco styles where wrought-iron balconies sit alongside richly coloured tiles. Wander the labyrinthine alleyways of the Habous Quarter, pop into the souks and pick up handicrafts to take back home and walk along the Corniche in the evenings and look out over the Atlantic Ocean.

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Casablanca Travel Information

There are daily direct flights from London and Manchester to Casablanca.

  • Currency: Moroccan dirham 
  • Time difference: None – same as the UK 
  • Flight from UK: Around 3 hours and 30 minutes 
  • Visa: None for British citizens 
  • Language: Arabic 
  • National drink: Mint tea 
  • National dish: Couscous

Travel Tips & Advice for Casablanca

Casablanca Activities

Casablanca’s most notable landmark – and tourist drawcard – is the Sour Jdid Mosque, the largest in Morocco and one of the few open to non-Muslims thanks to hour-long English language tours. Learn a little of the history and construction of the Habous Quarter on an architectural tour or hit the beach – either swimming, surfing and sunbathing along La Corniche or by paying entry to one of the beach clubs.

Casablanca Food & Drink

It is said that food served up in the restaurants of Casablanca is consistently good, almost as good as home-cooked meals! Dine on aromatic and subtly spicy couscous and tagine dishes, feast on seafood pulled straight from the Atlantic Ocean and sip sweet mint tea no matter what time of the day. And for a touch of Hollywood glamour head to Rick’s Café, named after the bar from 1940s the black-and-white movie, Casablanca (what else!)

Casablanca Attractions

Be sure to spend time in the Place de Nations Unies, the city’s largest square where the old and new quarters collide and lined with restaurants and shops. Catch the music and water fountain show in the Place Mohammed V, gaze upon the exterior of the Royal Palace – closed to the public and see an impressive collection of Moroccan decorative art at the Abderrahman Slaoui Foundation Museum. Want to escape the hustle and bustle? Head to the green oasis of Park ISESCO.

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