If you are a fan of classic cinema, then chances are you have seen the 1942 film Casablanca starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart. At the time this movie was an explosive love story during World War II but the backdrop being Casablanca, Morocco was a major contributor to the beauty of the region. Or it should have been if the film was actually filmed there, which is wasn’t. It was all filmed in a studio! But Casablanca itself is a stunning place and if you get the chance to wander around then these are some must-see things to do there.
Casablanca is actually the business center of Morocco and is often bypassed in favor of Marrakech for the markets or Rabat for the ocean. But it has its own charm, especially because of the French colonial architecture that is dotted throughout the city amongst the traditionally Arab buildings. The cuisine has also taken on a Euro-Arab flair which makes it a delight for the senses.
What To See
The second largest mosque in the world was built here back in 1993 and has since become one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. It sits right on the edge of the ocean and green and sand colored hues of the walls are particularly striking. But what makes this an excellent spot for any tourist to visit is the fact that it is open to all, you do not need to be Muslim to enter it but you must be on a guided tour. After wandering around here on a hot day you will likely want to cool off in La Corniche which is an area with outdoor pools and beach clubs, so don’t forget to bring your swimsuit to catch some rays. As you can imagine, this city is fairly liberal but always dress modestly when entering mosques or other religious areas, including the medina.
Where To Stay
There are many luxury hotels for you to stay at in the commercial capital but there are a few standouts. The Hotel Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche is in a class of its own. It is within walking distance of the Mosque and other major attractions as well as featuring a view of the Atlantic Ocean and a pool that looks out over it. The rooms are furnished in a Moroccan chic style which will remind you of where you are while still having all of the creature comforts of home. This will be a stay you won’t forget and you may just find yourself curling up at night watching Casablanca to hear the famous line delivered by Bogart, “Here’s looking at you kid.”