Two years ago, I was invited to take part in a press trip to discover the south of Morocco. It was an unforgettable 4-day trip. Our small group consisted of three journalists and a Swiss tour guide who had been offering exclusive Morocco tours for 20 years. We flew from Zurich to Casablanca with Air Maroc, arrived there in the evening, checked-in in a hotel and had a delicious dinner at a fish restaurant. The next day, we had to get up at 4 am to drive to the airport and take a small plane to Ouarzazate. Even though I have hardly seen anything from Casablanca, I hope to be able to get back one day to discover the city, its inhabitants and its culture. In the meantime, I’d like to share a video with you by The New York Times. It will give you some ideas on how to spend a weekend in Casablanca, Morocco.
VIDEO: 36 HOURS IN CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
(Above) In this video, The New York Times recommends the Al-Mounia restaurant. Opened in 1958, Al-Mounia offers typical Moroccan dishes like pastilla, couscous and tajine. The Patisserie Bennis Habous sells Moroccan pastry. If you love old Hollywood movies, you must take a drink at the famous Rick’s Café.
The Habous quarter is kind of a city of Fez inside Casablanca. It was built by the French to transfer people from Fez to Casablanca. It reflects the authenticity of Moroccans.
A WEEKEND IN CASABLANCA, MOROCCO
(Above) The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca was completed in 1993. It is the largest mosque in Morocco and the highest religious monument in the world (the minaret is 210 metres high).
Photos: Courtesy of Visit Morocco, Office du tourisme du Maroc, L’Officiel Maroc
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