Morocco, located in northern Africa, is a destination that stimulates the senses. With a blend of Islam and African, there are vibrant colours everywhere, the food is some of the best in the world and the architecture quite amazing.
Casablanca is Morocco’s cultural and economic centre and probably more open to western ways than anywhere else in Morocco. It is the biggest city and a city of contrasts with poverty stricken shanty’s beside amazing colonial architecture, traffic chaos and jams alongside wide boulevards, and drab suburbia standing in stark contrast to art deco architecture and the towering and intricate Hassan II Mosque.
The town is basically a big commercial and industrial city and its medina (market) is nothing in comparison with those of Fez or Marrakesh. If you arrive in Casablanca, you might consider heading north to Rabat (100 km) or south to Marrakech from the train station in the airport. However, there are some interesting sites to see in Morocco’s largest city.
Tourists coming to Casa expect to find a romantic town, as depicted in the classic Humphrey Bogart film of the same name. They will soon be disappointed. The film was actually shot in Florida. The only thing that will remind them of the film, are the piano players in the bars of the more fancy hotels. They will play the theme from the song all night long.
One afternoon is generally more than enough to see all that the average traveler would want to see.
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Special thanks to my friend Ana Conceição that came with me.