Casablanca Day Trip From Marrakech
Table of Contents
- Sights to See
- Activities to Do
- Restaurants to Try
- Other Details
- Frequently Asked Questions
Sights to See
Being Morocco’s largest city, Casablanca offers a multitude of sights to appreciate. From picturesque beaches to other epic monuments, there’s something for everyone. Here are some unforgettable places to visit:
- Hassan II Mosque: This looming structure is located in the heart of Casablanca and is the most visited tourist attractions in the city. Its unique architecture, crafted with a combination of Indo-Saracnic and Art Deco style, and the largest minaret in the world makes it a sight to behold.
- Anfa Ferry Port: An exciting and recreational area by the coast is Anfa Ferry Port, popular for beach-goers and fisherman alike. The beach area has a collection of authentic food stalls, shops, and activities one can partake in.
- Corniche: Casablanca’s Corniche, or beach-front promenade, is great for walking and is known for its lively atmosphere. Reaching from the Hassan II Mosque to the Anfa Ferry Port, the Corniche is lined with vibrant restaurants, cafes, and often hosts musical performances and events.
- Moulay El Hassan Square: Moulay El Hassan Square is the historic centre of Casablanca and features the street market, Place des Nations Unis. It is frequently the site for cultural and religious festivals, and home to a significant number of historical sites.
Activities to Do
In addition to the sightseeing and exploration, Casablanca is especially suited for enjoying activities in the bustling city. Here are some fun activities to consider:
- Diving: With the city being located on the Atlantic Coast, and plenty of temperate beaches, Casablanca is a great place to learn how to dive or to simply enjoy snorkeling. Lessons are also provided for both activities.
- Shopping: a trip to Casablanca is not complete without visiting the iconic Habous district. A popular souk, or market, awaits you, selling everything from textiles to ceramics. There’s plenty of local goods to explore and buy here!
- Casablanca's Nightlife: A great way to experience Casablanca’s culture is to visit the city’s galleries, theaters, and of course, nightlife. The clubs offer a great escape from the bustle of the city and a great experience.
- Yoga: From the Hassan II Mosque to the Corniche, Casablanca has many different yoga studios, offering outdoor classes in such settings. Even yoga classes on the beach and rooftop classes are available.
Restaurants to Try
Whether you’re looking for a candlelight dinner or fancy brunch, Casablanca offers a wide selection of restaurants specializing in local dishes. Here are some great places to venture to:
- La Marée: La Marée offers a cozy atmosphere and has a delightful selection of fresh seafood and steak. It’s perfect for a romantic night out, and you can even enjoy live music.
- Balcon du Rif: Balcon du Rif is a local favorite and offers traditional Moroccan dishes such as tajine, couscous, and tagines.
- Les Jardins du Monde: Les Jardins du Monde is known as an exotic restaurant featuring a unique variety of international cuisine. Here, you can sample a fusion of flavors, from Mexican to Asian and more.
- Le Mirliflore: Dine like royalty at Le Mirliflore, a modern, stylish restaurant. Aside from its beautiful setting, you can enjoy a tasty variety, from Provençal-style dishes to Mediterranean-style.
Getting to Casablanca from Marrakech is quite easy with a direct 2.5 hour flight from Marrakech’s Menara Airport. Casablanca's Mohammed V International Airport is the busiest in Morocco and services most major airlines.
Once arriving, there is an abundance of transportation options from the airport to the city centre. Of course, taxis are available, though we’d recommend taking the hop-on bus service (Casa-Port). This service is discounted for students and is a convenient way to get around the city.
Casablanca is a great destination for anyone wanting to explore Moroccan culture and appreciate the local sights, sounds, and cuisine. While it is still overshadowed by Marrakech and Fez, the city has plenty of attractions and activities to make the visit worthwhile.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much does it cost to get to Casablanca from Marrakech?
A: The fare typically ranges from $20 to $150, depending on the time of day. The cost will also change depending on the type of transportation you choose.
Q: Is there an easy way to get around Casablanca?
A: Casablanca is a big city, but you can easily get around with the hop-on bus service (Casa-Port). This service is discounted for students and is a convenient and affordable way to get around the city.
Q: What places should I visit in Casablanca?
A: Casablanca is home to a variety of attractions, from the iconic Hassan II Mosque to the picturesque beaches. There are plenty of places to visit, such as the Habous district, the Moulay El Hassan Square, and the Anfa Ferry Port.