Casablanca: Top tips for first-time visitors

9 January 2019

Are you dreaming of your next warm getaway? Let us introduce you to the Moroccan gem of Casablanca.

The city offers a wonderful blend of traditional life with a sharp cosmopolitan contrast; it is lively, artistic and truly a feast for all the senses. 

Located in the western part of Morocco and bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Casablanca is one of the largest cities in Africa, with a vast array of neighbourhoods to explore. The Mohammed V airport is 20 miles from the city and is well connected to the centre by train. 

These are our top tips for first-time visitors to Casablanca!

Get lost in the Old Medina of Casablanca

Flights to Casablanca

Between the port and the iconic Hassan II's Mosque sits the Old Medina, the oldest part of Casablanca which bears the last remnants of the city of the pre-twentieth century. 

This neighbourhood offers a maze of labyrinth-like streets full of souqs and bazaars. It’s here where you can readily haggle to your heart's content for the perfect Moroccan souvenir. Traditional wares such as patterned rugs, leather textiles, clothing and aromatic spices are in bountiful supply. Even if you don’t plan to buy and just watch the surroundings, the place becomes an unforgettable experience.

Stroll around the Habous Quarter

In the Southeastern part of the city, Casablanca’s New Medina or Habous Quarter (Quartier Habous) was built in the 1930s by the French and to this day remains one of the most distinctive spots. 

Characterized by its small tree-lined squares, neat alleyways and elegant arcades, meandering around the Habous’ vicinity unravels a fascinating mix of French colonial buildings and traditional Maghrebi architecture. This picturesque neighbourhood is often referred to as the new Medina of the city as the area also has markets, though a little quieter than in the Medina. 

Soak up a spectacular view

Flights to Casablanca

Cross the Place des Nations and head West through the Medina and you will find the impressive Hassan II Mosque at Sour Jdid. The staggering Mosque is one of the largest in the world and can hold 25,000 worshippers and a further 80,000 in the courtyard. It took over seven years and 10,000 craftsmen to construct the Hassan II Mosque, but the result is a beautiful modern tribute to the former King of Morocco.

Note that entrance for non-Muslims is via a guided tour only. 

Relax on an urban beach

Hop on a West-bound tram and you will find yourself in the upmarket beachside district of Ain Diab. The area is flanked by the Corniche, a boardwalk seaside promenade edged by bars and restaurants. Join the locals by heading to one of the many private beach clubs for a refreshing dip in the sea. Why not hit the waves along with the many surfers there too? 

Flights to Casablanca

There’s no reason not to put this Moroccan jewel at the top of your bucket list. Booking flights to Casablanca from Malta has never been so easy with Air Malta’s direct flights twice a week. It’s time to explore the enticing white city for yourself! 


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