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Casablanca is the Industrial and Economic heart of Morocco, as well as being the largest city inside the country. The city of Casablanca is also one of the best preserved cities in the country. The French colonial legacy makes walking through this city like a movie. With flavourful cuisine, culture and architecture this Moroccan gem is a city you would never forget. Its charm has been said to have won over many hearts.

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Why visit Casablanca

  • Embark on a taste journey through Casablanca, filled with such variety and a mixture of flavours spots like La Bodega is an unmatched Spanish culinary adventure that can only be experienced in this city.
  • Explore and learn more about the culture in this city by visiting the Mosque Hassan II which offers visitors a rare opportunity to take a tour through this architectural wonder.
  • Immerse yourself in this city by visiting Casablanca medina which gives visitors the opportunity to experience the daily life of the city’s Moroccan residents.
Currency:
Moroccan Dirham (MAD), divided into 100 Santimat.
Time Zone:
Standard time, UTC +0 (Casablanca is two hours behind South Africa).
Dialing Code:
00 + 212 + Local Number
Driving:
Drives on the right
Adaptor:
Type C/ E (Voltage: 220V- Frequency: 50Hz)
Airport:
Casablanca Anfa Airport – CAS

The best time to visit Casablanca is November to May. During these months the weather is not too hot for walks and sightseeing.

The most spoken language in this city is Moroccan Arabic. Berber serves as a language in many rural areas of Morocco, although Berber is not used by the locals when writing.

  • Casablanca is home to the world’s tallest minaret.
  • This city has the world’s second-largest swimming pool.
  • Casablanca means ‘white house’.

Casablanca has developed significantly from its days as a small fishing village to its modern day standing as the largest city in Morocco with a population of nearly 4 million people. It also has the world’s largest artificial port. The city is the perfect location for those in search of a liberal Moroccan experience. Nightlife is thriving as is the tolerance of alcohol consumption which is against the norms in greater Morocco.

A must see neighbourhood in the city is the Corniche which is next to the North Atlantic Ocean. The area was famous many decades ago as one of the most popular resorts in the country, though the area is not quite as popular with tourists now. The Corniche is also the best place for those who are searching for Western food chains with a range of different options available. There are also a number of fantastic locally owned cafes which command fantastic views of the sea.

The nearest beach to the city is the Diab Plage. This beach is free to enter and food is available on the beach from a number of vendors. An easy way to reach the beach is the Casa Tramway.

Moroccan cuisine typically involves a mixture of Mediterranean, Arabic, Andalusian, and Berber flavours. Morocco produces a range of Mediterranean fruits and vegetables and even some tropical ones. The traditional dishes in the city of Casablanca are mostly served with couscous, locals are big meat eaters which is also why most of their dishes include chicken or red meat.

The best restaurants to try out when visiting Casablanca include:

  • Restaurant Al-Mounia
  • Taverne du Dauphin
  • ILOLI
  • EL CENADOR

The most followed religion in Casablanca is Islam. The vast majority of Muslims in Morocco are Sunni belonging to Maliki School of jurisprudence. This city is home to many mosques including the Hassan II Mosque which is the largest mosque in Morocco. Due to the fact that there is such a big Muslim community it is often considered to be a very conservative place, especially with regards to the way in which locals dress. This is a very modern city with a rich heritage where old and new traditions manage to live in harmony, the locals are extremely welcoming and friendly and religion is something that is respected in this city.

This is a very safe city to visit, although it is advised to remain vigilant at all times as precaution from petty crime that takes place in this city from time to time.

South Africans must apply for a Single Entry Visa for Morocco and have a valid passport with at least six months remaining on it.

Address: 34, Rue Des Saadiens-Hassan, Rabat, Morocco.

Telephone: +212-537-689159.

Email: safricamissionrabat@gmail.com

Fax:(+212) 537 706 756

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Casablanca
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 41.47
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 41.47
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 18.31
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 10.16
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 46.30

Source:numbeo.com

Casablanca Anfa Airport – CAS

Food and beverages:There are several takeaways as well as a number of shops which provide food and drink options at Casablanca Airport. No international chains are visible.

Currency Exchange:There are a number of money changing services available upon arrival. It is recommended that visitors have either USD or Euro’s to exchange into local currency.

Lost luggage:Lost Luggage should be reported directly to the travellers’ airline opposed to the airport. Luggage lost inside the terminal building may be reported to airport staff.

Car hire:Europcar and Sixt offer car rental service at Casablanca Anfa Airport – CAS.

Airport hotels:The Atlas Airport Hotel is the closest hotel to the airport, with several others being found slightly further away.

The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart.co.za takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.


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