Visit one of the biggest Mosques in the world, and a modern medina in this port city.
Depart form Rabat at 8.30 am for the 1 hour drive to Casablanca.
Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city and the country's main port, resulting in some gritty and industrial-looking neighborhoods. It also means that Casablanca is perhaps the most cosmopolitan of Morocco's cities, with nightclubs, fast food chains and high end boutiques.
Casablanca is often the first stop for international passengers flying in from afar, and the city is basically used as a transit point. But before you dismiss it entirely and quickly move on to Fes, Rabat or Marrakech, you must stop to visit the Hassan II Mosque, which could be one of the most beautiful buildings ever built.
10am: visit the Hassan II Mosque - the biggest mosque in the world after the one of the mecque, with room for more than 100,000 worshipers. Inaugurated in 1993, it took 6,000 traditional Moroccan artisans five years to build this magnificent mosque, with its intricate mosaics, stone and marble floors and columns, sculpted plaster moldings, carved and painted wood ceilings. Non-Muslims are not allowed inside, but there's plenty to marvel at on the outside, and official tours do allow you access to some areas.
The Corniche - Sometimes referred to as the "South Beach of Morocco", or the "Black pool of Morocco", the Corniche is basically a boardwalk lined with restaurants and nightclubs. It's where local folks go to relax and have fun. Take a stroll down the Corniche if you've spent time inland and want to enjoy the sea breeze. It's a little out of the centre of town, so a taxi drive is required (not included).
Continue to the Place Mohammed V - The main square has a large fountain and is surrounded by lovely examples of French colonial architecture. It's not a destination as such, but if you stumble upon it, you'll enjoy a rest to watch the working world go by and maybe feed a pigeon. The main post office is here, as well as the French consulate and several large banks.
Habous area, situated 3km away from the city centre, is unique in Morocco: a new medina designed according to the traditional model. Initially, it was intended for the rural population coming to work in Casablanca.
5pm: return to Rabat
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