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Map of Casablanca

Information of interest

Currency: Official currency: The Dirham (Dh) is the Moroccan currency (1 Euro = 10 Dirhams)

Population: 33 million inhabitants, approximately.

Electricity:: 220 V

Official language: Official language: Arabic, even though in daily life the Berber dialects are used

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Destination information

Country

Morocco is the most exotic country in the Maghreb, and is highly authentic. It is the ideal destination for unique and enriching experiences. Enjoy a mint tea while watching people going to the souqs, centres of commercial life in Morocco, strolling the old back streets of the Imperial cities, touring on the back of a dromedary (a camel) in the great South or trekking through the Atlas Mountains.

If you like art, you will be pleased to discover its museums, situated in magical places, true reflections of the history and the artistic and artisan richness of the country.

And, at sunset, in all the squares in cities and towns, discover the story tellers and animal charmers. This is where the popular culture really thrives, a living culture.

Description of the area

Casablanca embodies the modern Morocco, that lives side-by-side in harmony with its rich history. Towering skyscrapers and wide avenues stand out next to the old buildings.

Life in modern Casablanca is a reflection of the vibrant neighbourhood of Mâarif. This poor old area has transformed itself little by little into one of the most relevant neighbourhoods of the city. The golden youth of Morocco frequents its streets full of luxury businesses and fashion establishments, dominated by the twin towers of the Twin Centre. Anfa, a chic neighbourhood of Casablanca that also deserves a visit.

Come to admire the sunset or cool down in a terrace by the Ain Diab coast, it is still a great classic. Further on in the evening, the clubs are in charge of cheering up this city that never sleeps.

Moroccan gastronomy

Moroccan cuisine is characterised by the refined combination of vegetables, aromatic spices, delicate fish, tasty meats and sun-soaked fruits.

Mint Tea. Infusion made of mint that is used to relax, revitalise and pick you up. Enjoyed at any time of day. Couscous. It is the most well known traditional dish. It is made from steamed semolina accompanied by vegetables, meat or fish

Tagine. A meat, chicken or fish ragout served with stewed vegetables

Mechoui. Lamb roasted slowly on a barbecue or in the oven so that the meat melts in your mouth.

Pastille. A fine filo pastry stuffed with pigeon and almonds. It is the famous Moroccan "sweet and savoury" dish.

Visits

Mohamed V square, situated in the heart of the city between the ancient medina and the modern city

Ancient Medina. Ancient city partly surrounded by sixteenth-century walls, including: the Bad Jédih and Bab Marrakech gates, the Sidi Kairouani sanctuary, the Scala, the old 18th century bastion and the Ould el Hamra and Dar El Makhzen mosques

The Mahkama du Pasha (courthouse).

La Corniche, a beautiful example of traditional Moroccan architecture lies on Boulevard Victor Hugo. The esplanade and coast road lead to Anfa, a residential area of magnificent villas

Arab League Park. Pleasant green space in the midst of an urban setting

Hassan II Mosque. It is the largest mosque in the world. Its minaret is also the world's tallest at 210 metres. The mosque's location, overlooking the ocean, was chosen by Hassan II in referral to the Koranic verse: "The throne of Allah was built on water". It is one of the few mosques that non-Muslim tourists can visit.

Shopping

You can start your shopping trip through the Bad El Jedid gate in the ancient medina. This door opens on the Tahar-El-Alaouiboulevard, a long market that winds along the old walls. The colourful stalls and street stands come one after another.

In the Habous district, you can find lively souqs with leather craftsmen and tinsmiths at work. These artisans work with metal and, in full view of everyone, they make a variety of objects such as engraved trays, lanterns, teapots and all types of kitchen utensils much appreciated by Casablanca residents.

The financial capital of Morocco also moves to the rhythm of Western fashion. The main international jewellery and prêt-à-porter companies also have stores here. They are primarily situated in the select Gautieror Mâarif neighbourhoods and also along Anfa boulevard.

Bartering is an essential part of Muslim culture, therefore, the prices are as variable as each client. Our tip is never to pay more than half of the initial price and to compare in several stores.