Willing to give Morocco a try? Then plan your Morocco holidays for Casablanca. The Hollywood freaks are never gonna miss my touristy stance if they have watched the America’s black and white blockbuster Casablanca.
I agree that like me, you wouldn’t see any of the landmarks highlighted in the America’s famous shot. Definitely, you would be surrounded by the huge urban facades, lots of traffic, wringing sounds of honking horns, and the going passerby in hurry-scurry.
I wouldn’t disagree that many of us skip this metropolitan city station as the trading center stripped out of charm and cheers. But this misconception would change into a forever cheering stay.
Although the Moroccan city of Casablanca lacks the colors of bustling cities Marrakesh, Tangier, and Fez, this city Casablanca, has charms and delights of its own.
Sometimes having a nice conversation with local fishmongers and knowing about their daily catch on the port, would serve as a delightful experience alone. It would connect you with the country’s significant source of a revenue generator. This source is none other than the great fishing industry.
But this city needs your time, attention, and applause.
Some Amazing Facts about Casablanca city
To double up your Casablanca curiosity and willingness to choose this Moroccan city as your next travel target, we have scrambled up some amazing facts about this important city of Casablanca
The Biggest Trading City of Morocco
Casablanca is a huge city and serves as the biggest city in Morocco. It is a popular city in Africa with a huge population. This city also marks as the main trading port and the economical capital of the country.
This city also serves as an important business point for many trading companies working in and outside the country
A Home to the Country’s Busiest Airport
This metropolitan Moroccan city is the home to the busiest airport of the country named as Mohammad V international airport. Many visitors arrive in this country by landing at this busiest airport.
Gateway to the other Beautiful Cities
This urban city of Morocco is situated at the Atlantic coast, in the South of Rabat and North of Marrakesh. If you want a laid back escape to this Moroccan coast, then this city is a must-reach.
In addition to this, through this bustling city, you can also reach the beautiful surfing towns of Essaouira and Taghazout
A city with Considerable Colonial History
Do you know that Morocco’s Casablanca has a long history of colonialism? Yes, the city was used as a port by the Phoenician and later on by the Roman sailors with the old name Anfa.
When the Phoenicians conquered this city, they decided to name the port city as Casablanca in 1468. The word Casablanca means “White House” in Portuguese.
Much later on after the end of European rule after the earthquake, the destructive town was revamped by the Muslim ruler named Sultan Mohammad Bin Abdullah. This town was renamed by Muslim rule as ad-Dar al Bayda.
A Safer Moroccan City
Unlike the tricky pickpockets and petty money snatchers of Marrakesh, this Moroccan city is an urban place with no such local deceivers. It is populated with a comparatively opulent population. So the petty crimes are not the major concern of this city.
It is housed by the traders, businessmen and rich company owners. So you would find the police presence greater than the other Moroccan cities.
However, despite of this, take great care of your belongings wherever you head on to this incredible city.
Home to the World’s Second Largest Mosque
Yes, Casablanca is the proud possessor of the second largest mosque in the world named Al-Hassan Mosque. It is one of the most important architectural highlights of the city and the whole country.
This splendid piece of Islamic architecture overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The grandeur of the Mosque building and the whiteness of Atlantic together make up a mesmerizing scenery.
It is one of the few mosques of the city that is opened for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
This massive magnetic Muslim site welcomes 25,000 worshippers to pray in congregational prayers. It also allows the visitors to stand on a massive courtyard that accommodates almost 80,000 people.
Home to a Beautiful African Church
Casablanca also contains a beautiful white church with the name of Casablanca’s Cathedral. It is one of the amazing African churches built around 1930 under the French rule.
You can take alone stroll around its outskirts and enjoy the quietude of this must-visit place.
Please visit. But don’t share your views after your Casablanca visit.