While it is the commercial heart of the nation, Casablanca also showcases an effortless contrast between ancient and modern. Feel the city’s vibrant spirit at Old Medina (Bab Marrakesh), a small, antiquated town in the north.
Continue exploring Casablanca’s history at Mahkama du Pacha. This Hispanic-Moorish building houses more than 60 ornately decorated rooms adorned with Moorish artwork. Be mesmerised by delicately carved wooden ceilings, stuccoes and intricate wrought-iron railings – all complemented by dazzling tiled floors.
Uncover more fascinating architecture when visiting a variety of early 20th-century structures, primarily designed by French architect Albert Laprade. He created the city’s Central Park, a serene open space where you can unwind amidst lush greenery. One of Laprade’s finest additions to the city is the Phare d'el Hank lighthouse, featuring spectacular views from the top.
Another imposing edifice in Casablanca is King Hassan II Mosque. One of the biggest in the world, it welcomes up to 105,000 worshippers. Its towering minaret, measuring a staggering 210m, remains the globe’s tallest.
After admiring the city’s captivating sights, meander through The Quartier Habous, also known as Nouvelle Médina. Dating back to the early 20th century, this neighbourhood is a sublime blend of both French and Moroccan cultures. With its wide selection of bazaars, bakeries, cafés and boutiques, it offers a modern twist on the classic Casablancan experience.