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Casablanca Travel Guide

INTRODUCTION:

Casablanca is the largest city of Morocco and the hub of country’s economic activities. Most of Moroccan industry is based in Casablanca, thus the city is fast becoming highly populated as people come here to search for jobs. Thus, it is the most prospered city of Morocco. The population of Casablanca, according to the most recent census, is around 4 million.

Compared to all other Moroccan cities, Casablanca is the most open-minded of all. Dressing up in designer labels, no strictness upon women for covering themselves entirely and eating out in restaurants is highly uncommon in Morocco. However in Casablanca, these cultures are extremely popular. Most of the youngsters of the city are found speaking French.

The beaches of Casablanca are highly liberal where scanty dressing is wide spread and men flirt with women, very openly. However, a Moroccan touch still remains in the city and Casablanca becomes a melting pot of Islamic and European cultures. Mohammed V International Airport serves the city and cheap flights to Casablanca are offered by almost all major international airlines. 

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

King Hassan II Mosque:

King Hassan II Mosque is the largest mosque of Morocco and the third largest in the world. It is one of the two mosques in Morocco which non-Muslims can visit. The mosque boasts a beautiful Moroccan architecture, world’s highest minaret and an unparalleled interior, totally stylized with Islamic arts and calligraphy. The fountains at the mosque and the arches, all are worth noticing. This is one of the places in Casablanca where cameras can not be kept shut. There is a Hammam in the basement which is no longer in use but its construction and Islamic art is worth noticing.        

Old Medina:

This is an ancient walled part of Casablanca, a place of great interest to history lovers. Old Medina is home to a number of historical features and buildings including the famous clock tower. The Mosque that was destroyed by the Portuguese in the 15th century and re-built in the 18th century is worth a visit and so are the graves inside it. The grave of a blind noble, Omar Bin Haroon, is one of the attractions of the mosque. In addition, the traditional Moroccan lifestyle and shopping amongst colorful shops in narrow alleys provides a pleasing experience.

The Croniche:

The Croniche is an address for hi-fi travelers. It is a neighborhood on the coast of Atlantic Ocean, overlooking the King Hassan II Mosque. The Croniche is where many hotels, bars, up-scale restaurants and cafes as well as many entertainment venues line the streets. A western-style theater has also been introduced to the neighborhood. Newly built world class hotels are also near to the area and it is simply mind blowing to stay in a room or eat in a café with a view of the ocean.        

The Shrine of Sidi Abderrehman:

Sidi Abderrehman was a Moroccan poet who died in the year 1568. His poems are known, even today, in all the countries where Arabic is understood. The shrine has been constructed in Islamic architecture, hence comprises intricate designing and decoration works. Non-Muslim visitors are not allowed to visit the shrine but Muslims from many parts of the world often cash Casablanca flights to visit the shrine.     

Hammam:

An organization known as Solidarité Féminine runs a Hammam, better known to West-Enders, as Turkish baths. It is one of the cleanest Hammams in the country, initiated and run totally by Moroccans. The staff at Hammam includes single mothers who find it hard to earn their livelihood while the earned money also goes to charity. Hence tourists are advised to take the pleasure of Turkish bath for a noble cause during their visit to Casablanca.  

There are innumerable and world class eateries available throughout the city. Cuisines from many different parts of the world can be found here; hence tourists never hesitate getting on flights to Casablanca. Beer and alcoholic drinks are also widely available and there are many places where women can drink comfortably.

WEATHER:

1ST Quarter:

The first three months of the year see good temperature conditions in the city which ranges from 17oC in January to 21oC in March through 18oC in February. However, the month of January can experience temperatures as low as 7oC while February and March enjoy the bearable conditions at 15oC and 12oC respectively. It is one of the drier time of the year with no rainfall in February and March and 4cm in January. For all 3 months, rains last no more than 6 days. It is hard to find flights to Casablanca at this time of the year as sit is a favorable time of visit for most tourists.   

2nd Quarter:

In the second quarter, temperatures rise up to 21oC, 22oC and 24oC in April, May and June respectively. The lowest average temperatures during these times range from 12oC to 18oC and rainfall is seen by the first two months of the quarter. The last month is dry. The month of April often sees 12 rainy days but in May, there are no more than 5 rainy days.

3rd Quarter:

The third quarter is the driest part of the year with scarce precipitation only in August and September while July remains dry. Rainy days are highest in September at which are no more than 4 while July sees, at an average, 2 rainy days.

4th Quarter:

Comes the last quarter of the year and brings along heavy downpours. 6cm in October, 2cm in November and slightly more than 1cm in December rain falls during this time. Along with April, December sees the highest number of rainy days which is approximately 12. Maximum average daily temperatures are 22oC in October and 19oC in the following two months while the lowest temperatures are 15oC, 11oC and 19oC in October, November and December respectively.