The modern city of Casablanca was founded by Berber Fishermen in the 10th century BC and was subsequently used by the Phoenicians, Romans, and the Merenids as a strategic port called Anfa. The Portuguese destroyed it and rebuilt it under the name Casa Branca, only to abandon it after an earthquake in 1755. The Moroccan Sultan rebuilt the city as Daru L-Bayda and was given its current name of Casablanca by Spanish traders who established trading bases there. The French occupied the city in 1907, establishing it as a protectorate in 1912 and starting construction of the ville nouvelle, however it gained independence with the rest of the country in 1956.
The Mosque Hassan II
A relatively recent mosque. It’s the largest in Morocco and the third largest in the world, with the tallest minaret in the world. It is one of the two main mosques in Morocco open to non-muslims. Beautiful interior complete with water features, a roof that opens to the sky, a huge hammam in the basement (not in use), and beautiful tile work. Worth a trip to the city. 5 minute taxi ride from the hotel or 15min a walk.
Tours Planning: Saturday-Thursday: 09am, 10am, 11am and 02pm (120 MAD per person).
Casablanca’s Medina is located near to Casa Port Train station, the harbor and Hassan II mosque. (5 minutes a walk from the hotel). Feel free to negotiate before purchasing.
Also called “New Medina”, this “New town” was built by the French at the same time as the city center Medina. The habous is calmer, cleaner, and more relaxing, away from the hustle and bustle of traditional Moroccan Medinas. (20 minutes taxi ride from the hotel).
As you walk from the hotel to the city center you can admire all the art deco styles. Most building’s architecture was designed by the French in the 30s, giving the city an architectural coherence that is quite remarkable. (10 minutes a walk).
The Ain Diab Corniche
This commune is famous by its touristic activities. It is a great choice for travelers looking for nightlife and food. It is also know for hosting a round of the Formula One world championship in 1958. It has recently been renovated.(5 minutes taxi ride from the hotel).
It is the second largest shopping center in Africa with 200 000m² of floor space in Casablanca, Morocco. Morocco Mall, which opened on December 1, 2011, features a massive 1,000,000 liter aquarium that contains over 40 different species of fish. The aquarium is called "Aquadream". Visitors have the opportunity to take a ride through the center of the cylinder shaped aquarium with a 360-degree view of the sea life. Visitors can also go scuba diving with a professional instructor inside the aquarium. (15 minutes taxi ride from the hotel)