This is one of the biggest cities in Africa. Casablanca has been built on contrasts, embracing multiple cultures. This place is about the buzz, the mess, the smell of good food, the shoes, lots of leather products, palm trees, markets, beautiful sunsets, hibiscus flowers, donkeys, trains, French, Amazigh, Arabic, Jewish, amazing fresh yogurt … and the big mosque. How could I forget about the bread ! They also say you have to try the hammam, so go for it, it’s intoxicating, it is something you would really need, believe me 🙂 ! I’ve been to the hammam in Fez and I wish those bathhouses existed everywhere! A lil bit of shock and beauty!
Out of all you can experience in this busy place in the north of Africa, my favorite are the rhythm of the waves and the intensively red hibiscus flowers! Yeah, I think the waves are special in Casablanca!
This is a view over the Old Medina on a rainy afternoon, looks like it could shelter a million of people!
The Old Medina is full of bakeries and little places to get some food. Merhaba, Merhaba, be brave, get in there, but be cautious!
I really loved the sense of family and community in many places around Morocco. People would cook food for the whole family and neighbours and would carry food around from house to house! There is the buzz, people would be called for food whenever it is ready, it feels exciting! Some women would do the dough for the bread, would cover it and would leave it outside their door, somebody else just passing by would pick it up and would bring it to the bakery! Everyone is connected!
The Grande Mosque Hassan II is situated in a very beautiful place near the ocean. It looks historical, however it is quite new, being completed in 1993.
They bargain, yes, but it is fun! I think the merchants would be more disappointed if you would buy the shoes at the price they ask for it initially. If they can hold you around for a bit longer while bargaining – that’s it, you won! So make their day, introduce yourself to the bargain!
This restaurant is not far from the center, neither from the Grand Mosque. It is called La Sqala and here you can try some tagine. They have live concerts and cultural shows sometimes! A great place to eat and enjoy your evening! Couscous is served on Fridays only, if I’m not mistaken! Btw, Morocco is a great country for vegetarians, vegetables have never tasted better anywhere else for you guys, I guarantee!
You better get hungry as much as possible in Morocco, cuz they’ve got good staff for you!
Casablanca was only a stopover for me while I was traveling in Morocco, I wouldn’t stay so much there, as the country has so many unique places to see. Definitely visit the mosque, it is really beautiful!