“Casablanca is one of the most famous cities visited by first time travelers to Morocco,” according to Travel Exploration’s The Best of Morocco Exploration site. With a population of six million, Casablanca is the largest city and port in Morocco. This beautiful city was settled by the Berbers in the 7th century. Afna is a small independent kingdom in the Casablanca area around the time that it was settled, but was conquered by the Almoravids in 1068. Casablanca was modeled by Marseilles when the French landed it in 1907. This is why it's the most European of Morocco’s cities. When visiting Casa (as it is referred to by Moroccans), you can tour the new town or the old medina.
Here is how you can tour Casablanca in one day:
Morning: Start your morning off right with coffee and baguettes at a cafe. Parc de La Ligue Arabe is a cafe in Casablanca with a huge garden lined with tall palm trees, ficus, arcades, pergolas and flower beds.
After breakfast, you should head north to the old medina and go through Place Mohammed V and Place des Nations Unies. These are the main focal points of Ville Nouvelle, Casa’s new town. You will also see French architecture in Place Mohammed V.
Afternoon: Head to the monumental fountain to take a rest and enjoy Moroccan music. After your music break, you should head to Place des Nationes Unies, which is lined with beautiful apartments, shops, and restaurants. After this, take out your camera to take pictures of the famous clock tower, art deco hotels, columns, zellij tiles and geometric carving on Boulevard Mohammed V.
For a lunch break, you can enjoy delicious food at an international restaurant by Casa’s port, the Corniche. After lunch, head over to the Mosque of Hassan II’s where you’ll experience beautiful views overlooking Casa in the residential afna quarter.
Evening: End your day by visiting The Parc de la Ligue Arabe, which is the city’s largest public park. You’ll end the day by visiting the beautiful Cathedrale du Sacre Coeur, located at the end of the park. This completes your one-day Moroccan adventure!
Below is a video where you can see Casablanca and other Moroccan cities, like Fes.