Only in the city for half a day, Casablanca was a stop for my tour between Marrakech and Rabat.
I hadn’t heard wonderful things about it from past clients and travellers alike (and while I didn’t get a chance to see much of the town of course) however, I thought the coast line area on offer here was actually quite a nice place to spend the afternoon.
You’ll find the world’s 7th largest mosque and the biggest on continental Africa, Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca which was the reason we came to visit.
A grand feat of architecture, its minaret is equivalent to 60 storeys and is the biggest of its kind – anywhere.
The building is a mix of traditional Islamic architecture with Moroccan elements and is truly stunning to behold, inside and out.
From the prayer hall you can see out to the Atlantic since the mosque is situated alongside the coast.
I was also surprised to find that the floors underneath the fully retractable roof are in fact heated also – pretty fancy!
After touring the mosque my group stopped for lunch at a restaurant by the ocean meaning we were treated to some great views while we ate.
On the drive out of town we passed Rick’s Café from the famous Casablanca film starring Humphrey Bogart which if you’ve seen the movie too and enjoyed it, will also get a little excited about!
With so many fantastic places to visit in Morocco I can understand why many don’t rate Casablanca too highly, but if you’re in the area or passing through definitely try and visit the impressive Hassan II Mosque if you are able to, for it is quite an impressive site.