A Stop in Casablanca

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My trip to Mali and Senegal was a few years back now. I took Royal Air Maroc in and out of West Africa, and I thought I might as well take a couple of nights (basically just one day) in Casablanca as the flights were all routed through there.

View from my hotel room.
View from my hotel room.

Yes, Casablanca, which found fame in that film called… called… the film’s title escapes me but here’s a short clip from it.

Sellers and life in the old city.
Sellers and life in the old city.

So you know, I felt that it was worth a stop just so I could say I’d been there. It was November, and it was quite (surprisingly) cool, around 17-20 degree maximums. I was looking for a bit of romance I guess – not of my own or anything like that, but just the general feel of the film. I can’t say that I got that. But hey, it wasn’t the 1940s and there wasn’t a world war going on!

Casablancan street.
Casablancan street.

I didn’t wander into any smoky bars either, instead I had a little hamburger in a shop which reminded me of the hamburger shops in Iran. The have the meat sort of on display and you can go with standard mince or other cuts, such as brains. I went with standard mince.

Casablanca's palm trees.
Casablanca’s palm trees.

Casablanca had wide streets, with palm trees, and is coastal if you’ve ever wondered where in Morocco it’s located. It was interesting to walk around, and the market section was probably the most interesting with everything on sale inside the old city itself. And there were even internet cafes to find in their surprisingly.

The Hassan II Mosque - simply breathtaking!
The Hassan II Mosque – simply breathtaking!

Hassan II Mosque 1 hassan II mosque 2

The most impressive thing about Casablanca was the Hassan II Mosque. It was large, white, peaceful and quite magnificent located on the water’s edge. It was a truly special place. Stunning columns, marble floors looking back at the city with its white apartment blocks. Quite splendid! There were parts of the city that could have doubled for many cities in Europe, it was a really interesting mix.

Casablancan Foreshore from the Hassan II Mosque..
Casablancan Foreshore from the Hassan II Mosque..
Apartment buildings in Casablanca.
Apartment buildings in Casablanca.

And that was my day, just exploring the place on foot really. I returned to fly back to London the next day from Casablanca Airport, which I remember as being rather smoky and confined. They do see a fair bit of air traffic through that airport as Royal Air Maroc does connect Europe to so many cities in West Africa. Have you spent any time in Casablanca? What were your thoughts? May the Journey Never End!

10 Comments

  1. I can imagine there being a risk of places not living up to the hype when they’ve been heavily featured in famous films – lot of people say that about the Phi Phi islands after the film The Beach but the Hassan Mosque does look stunning 🙂

  2. Casablanca is so amazing, it looks so spacious and historic at the same time! I’ve heard it is a very dangerous place but c’mon worth going there!! 🙂

  3. I have to say looks quite unremarkable – except for that incredible mosque. Wow.
    I passed through once but was just to connect onto a flight to Marrakesh. That was 30 years ago though…

    Frank (bbqboy)

  4. Moroccan architecture is so beautiful, intricate like persian, colourful like ottoman but still has its own identity! Would love to go there just to see that beautiful mosque.

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