While it is the commercial and economic heart of the nation, Casablanca also effortlessly juxtaposes the ancient with the modern. One of the most popular places to experience the spirit of the city is Old Medina (Bab Marrakesh), a small, traditional walled town in the north of the city.
The Mahkama du Pacha is a Hispanic-Moorish building that houses more than 60 ornately decorated rooms adorned in Moorish artwork. Delicately carved wooden ceilings, stuccoes and intricate wrought-iron railings are complemented by dazzling tiled floors, making this essential to your itinerary.
King Hassan II Mosque, while of relatively recent construction, is nevertheless an imposing structure. Commonly cited as the fifth largest mosque in the world, its minaret, at 210 metres, remains the world’s tallest.
To see just how influential the French were in Casablanca, head to The Quartier Habous, also known as Nouvelle Médina. Constructed in the 1930s to solve a critical housing shortage, it is a sublime blend of the French and Moroccan cultures. It has a wide selection of bazaars, bakeries, cafés and boutiques, and although it is a slightly more modern twist on the classic Casablanca, it is still worthy of a visit.
When you travel to Casablanca you’ll discover a rich variety of early 20th-century architecture, primarily designed by French architect Albert Laprade. He created the city’s Central Park, a serene open space to rest your weary limbs. One of Laprade’s finest additions to the city is the Phare d'el Hank lighthouse. Views from the top of the tower are a spectacular reward for the arduous climb.