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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 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.
Casablanca is teeming with shopping spots. In your wanderings, you will have no difficulty in seizing the opportunities to fly and to hunt here and there sometimes the last object in the fashion of a big sign sometimes a craft piece finely cut. Proof that shopping, like the city, has a double face, the tradition of Moroccan craftsmanship and that of major international luxury brands. Download the shopping guide by clicking here.
One can quickly get a taste for lazy strolls behind the ramparts of the old medina, that host a market full of treasures. In this souk with multiple entrances, don’t be surprised to see handicraft objects, small chests, and other leather goods pieces, leather jackets, traditional sandals, jellabas, gandouras and caftans displayed alongside jeans, t-shirts, dress shirts and other modern clothing items. Don’t hesitate to take a break and stop at the Sqala for a bite to eat or at one of the restaurants in the port if you enjoy eating fish.
At the end of the Corniche, a stone’s throw from the Sindibad park, this ultra modern shopping mall has turned into the new “lighthouse” of Casablanca. Humongous, it accommodates 250,000 m2 of stores and boutiques of many international brands, including the most exclusive. The ultimate shopping destination, the Morocco Mall is also a beautiful spot where great moments can be enjoyed, with its fast-food restaurants, its movie theater and its huge aquarium. If you are passing through Casablanca, make sure you plan a stop at the Morocco Mall; Interactive map of the mall
Close to the Megarama and a walking distance from the Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca, it is both a high-end shopping mall and an audacious real estate development that reinvents the Casablanca art of living. Hundreds of stores chose to establish themselves in this beautiful space where it is truly a pleasure to shop and where endless activities are offered.
In Casablanca’s city center, between remarkable old buildings with an art deco architecture, there is a small pedestrian street: rue Prince Moulay Abdellah. It is named after an eminent member of the royal family. In this neighborhood, the old buildings dating back to the 1930s face more modern Moroccan streets.Here, the popular Morocco reclaimed its position,blending two cultures and two architectural styles.
This neighborhood, which was very popular in the 1920s, represented the modern lifestyle of the people of Casablanca, up until the 1970s. Some shops, such as Maison de blanc, are real institutions and all the inhabitants of Casablanca still goes there for home linen.
In terms of shopping, women have a choice of several Moroccan stores, such as Keito, a ready to wear store, Diamantine for more traditional clothing, Bigdil for accessories, and Armel and Au Derby for shoes. The Yves Rocher store located in the middle of the street was one of the first to see the light and is still a reference today. Several jewelry stores can also be bound in the neighborhood. Men have their fair share of stores as well. Indeed, rue Prince Moulay Abdellah hosts several suit and shirt shops that sell items at very affordable prices. They cater to every taste, both in terms of styles and colors. Célio also opened a store in this lively, popular street.
A vibrant neighborhood, it shows a different facet at night, with its many bars and restaurants that appeal to a young, trendy population in search of authentic places. One can have dinner in places dating back to the past century for a nostalgic atmosphere.Restaurant owners have made a point to keep a generous, tasty cuisine. Hence, you can try t aditional French cuisine, enjoy delicious tapas, and even honor Moroccan dishes.
It should be noted that Prince Moulay Abdellah neighborhood is full of prospects, thanks to its rehabilitation project. The lighting, public facilities, and facades have been remodeled to offer beautiful trolls whilst being steeped in the history of the neighborhood and what it was like in the past.
The fresh, shrewd look of Casablanca designers gives rise to modern, refined collections, where the designs and materials break free
from the traditional codes. This new fashion appeals to young, trendy customers. Casablanca designers now display their work in concept stores, shops, corners and showrooms all over the city. Caftans, gandoras, jellabas, jabadors, and serouals are reinterpreted, and in parallel, the ready to wear collections break free from these Moroccan lines. The handmade cloaks by Ghita Lahrichi, the babouches of Zyne, and the leather jackets by AD Fashion are worn in everyday life.
Moroccan haute couture is also doing wonderfully, its designers reinvent traditional fashion with designs that beautifully combine modernity and tradition. A masterpiece in the wardrobe of elegant Casablanca women, caftans represent the emblematic figure and know-how of the Kingdom’s best craftsmen. Synonymous with elegance and refinement, they require hours of work and all the pieces that compose them are handmade.
It is this well alive and contemporary crafts heritage that gave the city of Casablanca its excellent designers. Today more than ever, designers offer real combinations: Albert Oiknine for an authentic caftan, Said Mahrouf for refined lines, and Lina Cahill with her contemporary
touch. They all export their work and have conquered the catwalks from Paris to New York, from London to Amsterdam. Haute couture, ready to wear, jewelry, leather goods, and shoes artists: there are artists in all fields to the greatest delight of informed fashion addicts!