Casablanca or just Casa is not a place you want to visit if you can avoid it. It is not particularly pretty and has nothing that can be call a must-see. It is just the economic center of the country. Many travelers end up here because of the flights but if you have the chance to flight straight to Marrakech I would recommend it. People spending 24 hours here can kill some time with the following attractions.
Hassan II Mosque
Hassan II Mosque is the main attraction of Casablanca.
It’s the second largest mosque in Africa. It’s best to come in the afternoon then go to the Sky 28 (restaurant with great views) for sunset but if you don’t want to spend money on it then stay at the mosque for sunset. I recommend taking taxi to get here and back.
Sky 28 is a restaurant (pub!) with the best views of Casablanca. It could be called “the viewpoint of the Mosque”. It is located on the 28th floor of the tallest building in town. It is part of the Kenzi Tower Hotel.
Food takes long time to be ready but you come here for the view more than the food so it shouldn’t be a problem. They do sell alcohol which is not cheap in Morocco but here it’s even more expensive.
If you decide to dine here you are looking at a 40-50 USD/pp bill or you can get some light food / snacks (~10 USD) to share and some drinks. The local wine (yes! Morocco produce alcoholic drinks) cost 30 USD the bottle and will last long enough to enjoy the sunset for about 25 USD/pp total.
Whatever you chose you must get a seat next or close to the window looking at the mosque otherwise it will be a waste of money. Make a reservation.
Around Cathédrale Sacré Coeur there are parks, government buildings, consulates and such. Good starting point for the day, moving forwards to Mohammed V Square then keep walk on the Boulevard Mohammed V, the most important street in town.
The boulevard has a very interesting design with the central area that looks a road but its only for the tram, followed by the road for vehicles then the sidewalk which is a wide gallery to get shelter from the sun and get tons of street sellers.
The boulevard starts on the United Nations Square near the medina (old town) then goes east not much (at least the interesting part) I would say not walking much further than the roundabout. Halfway you’ll find the Central Market which might be very interesting for some, not so much for others but without a doubt very local.
Medina of Casablanca
The medina of Casablanca is pretty but nothing you won’t see 10 times prettier in Marrakech or Fes. Visit this one only if you have the time to spare. Don’t go too deep inside. The narrow paths can get very tricky and you might end up lost before you realize. Forget about relaying on the GPS.
Casablanca The Movie
Sad truth for the fan. The movie Casablanca was not filmed here. Not even one scene. It was all shot on a set in Hollywood.
You will find Rick’s Café like on the movie but it was inspired from the movie, not the other way around.
The city from the movie was inspired by the city Tangier on the north of the country.