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CASABLANCA

Casablanca located in the central-western part of Morocco and bordering the Atlantic Ocean, is the largest city in Morocco. Apart from the Atlantic coast, the Bouskoura forest is the major natural attraction in the city. It is also the largest city in the Maghreb region, as well as one of the largest and most important cities in Africa. Casablanca is Morocco's chief port and one of the largest financial centers on the continent. The Port of Casablanca is one of the largest artificial ports in the world and the second largest port of North Africa. Casablanca also hosts the primary naval base for the Royal Moroccan Navy.

Country Morocco
City Casablanca
Population 3.36 million
Co-ordinates 33°32′N 7°35′W
Time Zone UTC+1 (CET)
Official language Arabic&Berber
Climate:

Casablanca has a warm summer. The cool Canary Current off the Atlantic coast moderates temperature variation. The city has an annual average of 72 days with significant precipitation, which amounts to 412 mm per year. The highest and lowest temperatures ever recorded in the city are 40.5 °C and −2.7 °C respectively.

Best Time to Travel:

July and August are the best months to visit the city as these are warm and comfortable. The fall months can be extremely rainy and can also lead to road blocks. Therefore one should strictly avoid making trips to Casablanca in November-February.

Attractions:

  • Hassan II Mosque: Hassan II mosque dominates the entire city. Finished in 1993, it is the second largest mosque in the world, covering two hectares in size with the world's tallest minaret. Astonishingly intricate decoration covers every centimeter of surface. The location, right on the tip of the rocky bay above the ocean, is thoroughly dramatic.
  • Medina: Although Casablanca's old city district may not have as much exotic atmosphere as the medinas of Fes and Marrakesh. Authentic tradesmen sell their wares to shoppers, with the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker all accounted for. It's a rambling and ramshackle neighborhood with an authentic residential feel, and a great place to experience the pulse of Casablanca life. There are also some interesting holy men koubbas (shrines) in the medina's southern section.
  • Place Mohamed V: Place Mohamed V is the central plaza of Casablanca. It is home to many of the city's important official buildings, including the main post office, Palace of Justice, Prefecture, French consulate, and the main Bank of Morocco. The square has a central fountain and well-tended gardens.
  • Corniche: Casablanca's Corniche in the Ain Diab suburb is the city's vortex for those who want to see-and-be-seen. Much of the shoreline is now home to luxury hotels and restaurants. During the day, the many beach clubs here do a roaring trade with sun worshipers lapping up the rays and splashing in the club swimming pools. Further along the shoreline is the public beach.
  • Cathedral du Sacre Coeur: This graceful cathedral was built in the 1930s, and its architecture is a harmonious blend of both European and Moroccan style. If you're lucky, the guardian will allow you inside where you can capture a sense of this building's past glory. Nearby is the Notre Dame de Lourdes, a church lit by a vast stained glass window covering more than 800 square meters.
  • Central Market: Casablanca's bustling central market is a must for tourists who want to throw themselves into the midst of city life. Right in the city center, the market is where locals come to buy and sell - be it housewives bartering for vegetables, or grocers yelling out their special deals. You'll find everything here from plastic bowls to Morocco's famous slippers.
  • Mohammedia: This sleepy seaside city offers some fine beaches, and is a relaxing alternative to staying in Casablanca. On the coast, it's all about the beach. Cafes and restaurants here bustle with activity on summer weekends when half of Casablanca seems to escape to Mohammedia's sand.
  • Safi: Safi is the town's most recognizable monument. Safi is Morocco's most famous ceramic center, and once you've visited the fortress, Safi's medina is a great place to spend an afternoon.
  • Oualidia: This charming seaside village has a chilled-out vibe that's perfect if you're worn out after visiting Morocco's imperial cities. The lovely beach and the Saadian era Kasbah are reason enough for a trip here, but for many others Oualidia is all about the oysters. Local restaurant menus list oysters and plenty of other seafood pulled fresh from the sea.
  • Azemmour This village has a history stretching back to Punic times, and a wonderful handful of sites showcase that long tenure. The adobe ramparts encircling the medina area are an obvious attraction and they connect to the Kasbah that dates from the 16th century. The beach is one of the best along the Atlantic coast.
  • El Jadida: El Jadida is packed full of interesting things to do and is surrounded by beautiful strips of sand, perfect to flop onto when you've dosed up on history. In the Citadel area you can scramble up onto the walls for excellent sea views and then visit the old prison.

Nightlife:

There are plenty of dive bars in the center of town, but these lack charm and are off-limits for all females except prostitutes. In general, the bars in the larger hotels, especially the Hyatt Regency or Sofitel Tour Blanche – or trendy restaurants such as Le Cabestan are better choices.

  • Sky 28
  • Well-made expensive cocktails, live music sets and DJs with a fondness for rhythm and blues are the hallmarks of this ritzy restaurant, bar and club on top of the Kenzi Tower Hotel.

  • Maison B:
  • As glam as Casa's club scene gets, this place near the Megarama cinema complex has a restaurant serving Mediterranean and Asian food and is particularly popular in the warmer months.

  • Social Club at Le Cabestan:
  • Le Cabestan is party central on Saturday nights, when local and international DJs choreograph moves on the downstairs dance floor and the city's young and beautiful work hard to see and be seen.

  • Cafe Imperial:
  • Greatly benefiting from its location on a corner opposite the park behind the Mahkama du Pacha and around the corner from famous Pâtisserie Bennis Habous, this pleasant cafe has a sunny front terrace.

  • Le Trica:
  • This American-themed bar-lounge is set over two levels but still gets jam-packed on Friday and Saturday nights when the DJ spins techno. It's also a popular place to watch big football matches on the big screen.

  • Le Trica:
  • Popular with well-heeled local 30-somethings, this bar just off Blvd d'Anfa offers burgers, Caesar salads and other international favorites. Beer is the tipple of choice and the DJ spins funk, pop and rhythm.

  • Café Alba:
  • A hint of colonial elegance and a female-friendly atmosphere differentiate Café Alba from the vast majority of cafes around town.

  • VIP Club:
  • On a hill next to the Ain Diab tram terminus, this long-established and expensive venue has a more inclusive vibe than many clubs in the city. There's a large dance floor.

  • Armstrong Legend:
  • This small place is one of the few clubs in town where you can dance to live music; bands concentrate on '80s and '90s rock covers.

  • Petit Poucet:
  • A die-hard relic of the 1920s, this bar and cafe was where Saint-Exupéry, the French author and aviator, used to spend time between mail flights across the Sahara.

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Royal Air Maroc Flight Schedule of Casablanca (CMN)

*Direct flight to Casablanca (CMN) from terminal 2
Manchester Airport (MAN):
Operating Days: Tue, Thu, Sat
Departure MAN: 4:00 pm
Arrival CMN: 8:20 pm
Return Flight
Departure CMN: 12:25pm
Arrival MAN: 3:00pm
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