Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city, principal port and financial capital. Although it is widely known for the romantic notions portrayed in the eponymous 1942 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca is much more than nostalgic romanticism; it is a thriving economic centre filled with sophisticated venues for the arts as well as eateries and nightclubs to satisfy the yearnings of every visitor.
Casablanca is a must-visit city rich in history and architectural heritage. It is at once ancient and modern, simultaneously displaying its past while dynamically moving into its future. Upon entering the city from the airport, you will note that building styles in the business district range from Mauresque and Art Deco with Islamic influences to fiercely contemporary. As you enter the metropolis, the Technopark and Casanearshore Park will greet you; as you travel around on foot, you will discover a rich blend that characterises the city overall—from the antiquity in the old city, to the Art Deco furnishings in the Post Office in Place Mohammed V square, to the modern sprawling Hassan II Mosque, consecrated in 1993.
Investigate inside those Art Deco villas—many of them now house museums and art galleries. Check into events listed by La Fabrique Culturelle des Anciens Abattoirs de Casablanca, a centre for concerts, dance influenced by funk and hip-hop and art expos by local masters. After exploring the streets and boulevards, rest and delight in the French cuisine of the chic Le Cabestan restaurant or the Mediterranean fare of Bleu, both offering superb dining and remarkable views of La Corniche waterfront on the Atlantic. Then experience the splendour of a Moroccan sunset while you dine.
People and Traditions
The Moroccan people embody the pulse of the nation. They continue to embrace their rich Berber heritage while enthusiastically becoming immersed in the fast-paced rhythm of international business and trade. Meanwhile, their songs of worship fill the air. Almost 99% of the population practises Islam.
In the cities, souks (open-air markets) are a way of life. The locals in Casablanca sell a variety of Moroccan goods that capture the traditions and beauty of life in this timeless city. The Moroccan people are friendly and vivacious and are known to extend a warm welcome to their visitors.
The climate in Casablanca varies considerably from season to season. It is quite cold in winter and can be extremely hot in summer. December, January and February are the coldest months with an average temperature of 13°C. July, August and September are the hottest with an average 23°C. Spring and fall average 18°C. February is the rainiest month. Travellers to Casablanca should bring an item or two of warmer outerwear, even when visiting in summer, as nighttime temperatures can drop significantly. Western style of dress is typical throughout the city. Dress in the way that is most comfortable for you.