Morocco’s largest city and capital respectively – do not have the wow-factor of Marrakech. Nor do they have the hordes of tourists. Casablanca features interesting art deco architecture, an attractive corniche and a humming nightlife. Rabat is more sedate but has a star attraction – the old Kasbah des Oudaïas, perched high above the Atlantic rollers. Read more.
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With over four million people, Casablanca is Africa’s second largest city and the commercial and industrial centre of Morocco. It is a sprawling modern conurbation. The only remnants of Casablanca’s past are the 18th century sqala on the seafront and a tiny walled medina. Neglected for many years by tourists, Casablanca is attracting growing interest. It’s a city for devotees of Art Deco architecture (concentrated around the marché centrale) and for visitors who want to feel the pulse of modern, cosmopolitan Morocco.
On a holiday in Casablanca, a must-see monument is the stupendous Hassan II Mosque – the second-largest religious building in the world and one of only two mosques in Morocco open to non-Muslims. It is situated at one end of Casablanca’s famous corniche, a long curving ocean front of fish restaurants, beaches and marinas. There is a wealth of hotels in Casablanca, whether you're looking for a luxury hotel in the city or a riad holiday with a bit more authenticity on a tighter budget.