Boasting a romantic flair given by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman's 1942 namesake film, Casablanca is the capital of Morocco in all but name. Rabat has the honour, but Casablanca is widely regarded as the most important city due to its key economic, commercial, industrial and shipping activities.
Such activities have conveyed the city's cutting-edge 21st century feel, an attitude that is seen around Boulevard Brahim Roudaini where modern business centres have helped to create areas of fine-dining restaurants and cultural venues in stark contrast to the tiny streets of the Old Town and the bustling souks littered by dusty colonial-style buildings
Also known as Casa and Dar el Baida (Arabic), Casablanca has a lively history. This was most notable during the 15th century Portuguese occupation thanks to the country’s desire to curb piracy by using the port to launch attacks. The city was consequentially destroyed by an earthquake in 1755, an event that lessened the Portuguese interest in Casablanca, leading to the city's renaissance under the Moroccan leader Sidi Mohammed III.
Hassan II Mosque
This outstanding mosque stands on a promontory looking towards the Atlantic. With its great capacity it can accommodate over 100,000 worshipers inside and on its courtyard. Its minaret, with its 210 metres, is the world's tallest, and its floor is entirely glass-covered.
The Old Medina
The Old Medina is also called Old Town or Ancienne Medina. This is a labyrinth of narrow streets decorated with tall, dusty buildings where locals bustle about and traditional knickknacks and curiosities can be purchased.
Want to feel like you are in the movie "Casablanca"? Come to Rick´s Café where the bar from the 1942 film has come to life. With an international menu specializing in Casablanca’s fresh seafood, vegetables and fruit you can enjoy good food while listening to chill-out piano music.
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220 V, 50 Hz. Generally two-hole sockets. Adapters required.