Casablanca – The modern face of Morocco
The name Casablanca ignites romance, fervor, and passion among western travelers. The 1942 flick Casablanca might be to blame, because it has been a highly revered romantic movie. The city of Casablanca, though, is quite different. The love one can expect here would be from the locals, who are known for their loving hospitality.
Casablanca is the economic capital of Morocco, and their third largest tourist destination. It is spread along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, and therefore a heaven for tourists wanting to relax at coastal or beach resorts. Westerners and other international travelers get drawn to this city the most in Morocco because it is more cosmopolitan and open to liberal lifestyle as compared to the other cities in this relatively conservative nation.
Casa, as it is fondly called, may be one of the most modern and architecturally advanced cities of Morocco, but what makes this place so beautiful is that it still displays significant signs of the colonial times. It was home to the French colonialists until a century ago, and they had hired French architects to design this city just like the city of Marseille in France. As the city started developing into an industrial hub, a lot of new, modern structures started cropping up. The city of Casablanca gives a feel of being a modern cosmopolitan, whilst retain the old-world charm.
Casablanca is home to the Hassan II Mosque, which is one of the only few mosques in Morocco that allows non-Muslims. It is ginormous and is also one of the most artistic and well-built mosques in the world. Another beautiful place that talks about the openness and diversity of Casablanca is the Museum of Moroccan Judiasm. It is the only Jewish museum in an Arab nation, and one of the only two in a Muslim nation.
There is a lot to do in this city, right from enjoying the Art Deco Tour where one an appreciate the French architecture in downtown Casablanca to shopping at the Morocco Mall. After all, you would want to take back some souvenirs for your family and friends back home, wouldn’t you? If you feel that you are tired after visiting all the touristy places, you should head to Ain Diab, or la Corniche, the perfect beach spots to relax and unwind. Given Casablanca’s location along the Atlantic, you can find a good weather to enjoy some quiet time at the beach.