Most of you might have seen Casablanca the famous American movie of all time. So, the chances are you know about the Moroccan city Casablanca too. Casablanca is home to one of the largest artificial ports in the world. It is located in the central-western part of Morocco on the Atlantic Ocean. Casablanca has grown to become one of the largest cities in Africa. It has become one of the biggest financial centers in the region. Casablanca has many things to offer to the tourists when it comes to traveling.
Interesting things about Casablanca:
Casablanca is famous for being the gateway to Morocco. It has the international airport so those who come to Morocco by air they land in Casablanca first. It is the largest city in Morocco, but the capital of the country is Rabat. It is said that Casablanca is not as exotic as the Fez, Marrakech, and Rabat so, most tourists don’t come to visit Casablanca. They believe that there is no point in spending days in the city when there is nothing interesting to see and do.
But the fact is Casablanca has a lot of things to offer to the tourists. You will enjoy your stay in the city if you are coming for the first time. Before discussing the tourist’s spots in the city, here are a few interesting things you should know about Casablanca:
- Famous for American movie:
Casablanca is famous for American romantic movie “Casablanca” as already stated in the beginning. But what most people don’t know that it was not even filmed in the real city. They filmed it miles away in America so it wouldn’t be right saying that it truly depicts the real city.
- The largest city in the country:
Do you know that Casablanca is the largest city of Morocco? Yes, it has a population of 3.3 million in just 149 square miles. It is interesting to know that Casablanca is not the largest city in Morocco only but the entire Maghreb.
- Destroyed in an earthquake:
Many of you might not be aware of the fact that in the year 1775, Casablanca was largely destroyed in an earthquake. Sultan Muhammad Ben Abdallah rebuilt the city.
- Tallest minarets in the world:
It is quite interesting to know that Casablanca has the largest minarets in the world. Hassan II mosque is a masterpiece of Moroccan architecture. It is the 7th largest mosque in the world, and it has the largest minarets in the world. It took nearly 6 years to build the mosque. The mosque has the capacity to hold over one hundred thousand worshippers at a time.
- Home to pirates:
Casablanca was once home to pirates. Then in the year 1468, Portugal attacked the city and got control of it.
- United States airbase:
Do you know that Muhammad V international airport was used as United States airbase? It was operated from 1951 to 1963. Then the United States decided to leave, and now the airport is used for commercial flights.
- The economy of Casablanca:
Marrakech and Fez are indeed considered more exotic cities than Casablanca when it comes to traveling. But it is also true that Casablanca does better in the economy than any other city of Morocco. It has one of the highest GDP in Africa. It is a commercial city where people come to seek their fortune.
Casablanca as “not too touristy”:
When it comes to traveling, most people skip Casablanca as they believe that it is not worth visiting. It is true that there is a lot more to see in the other cities of Morocco. But you can’t ignore the charm and charisma of Casablanca as well. The town offers a lot to those who come to visit it for the first time.
Casablanca has a beautiful blend of modern and traditional culture. You would see the local markets that give a sneak-peak of old Morocco. You would see modern malls that are the masterpieces of architecture in the city and have outlets of almost every famous brand. There are museums in the city that shows the culture of the races that lived in the city centuries ago.
For art lovers, there are art galleries too, where they can have a good time. Also, there are historical places to visit, such as the royal palace. You can have a good time at beaches as Casablanca is home to beaches. There are numerous restaurants in the city where delicious traditional Moroccan, as well as international cuisine, is served.
In short, don’t believe those who say Casablanca is not worth visiting. Do not keep your expectations high as Casablanca is a commercial city. But you will not be disappointed at all while exploring the streets of Casablanca. So, whenever you plan to visit Morocco, plan to stay in Casablanca for a few days.