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Written by Ivy Kershaw

Oct 6th, 2018
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Casablanca can give you the impression that it’s the capital of Morocco and not Rabat. This is the largest city of the country and a hub of economic activities, which clearly explains why so many young Moroccan individuals arrive here seeking their fortunes. When compared to other cities of Morocco, Casablanca seems to be a modern city that houses several businesses and industries. Its port is one of the world's largest artificial ports and has the Royal Moroccan Navy's primary naval base. The warm summer Mediterranean climate of this Moroccan city creates a pleasant atmosphere for you to venture outdoors, go sightseeing, and enjoy some exciting activities.

 

Charming architecture

Most of the buildings here reflect the Mauresque style of architecture, which blend the French colonial design and the traditional Moroccan styles. In the early 20th century, many buildings were constructed in Casablanca using this style of architecture. Some of these buildings have still been maintained in a fairly good condition with restoration works carried out on a few of them. During your holidays to casablanca, you'll get the opportunity to explore such buildings at certain places like the boulevard Mohammed V and avenue Lalla Yacout.

 

Desert trips

You can enjoy trips to the Zagora desert from Casablanca that are offered by some of the local tour operators. These trips give you the chance to enjoy camel trekking and an overnight stay in a Sahara desert camp. You can move beyond the city and explore the local customs and traditions by meeting the locals on the way. Some of these tours allow you to visit other cities of the country, such as Marrakech and Fez. This can be a good way to explore many of the important places near Casablanca, such as the Atlas Mountains, the medina of Marrakech, and the UNESCO World Heritage sites like Ait Ben Haddou and Taourirt Kasbah.

 

Fantastic beaches

During your time in Casablanca, you can explore some beaches that are located in and around the city. Among them is the Ain Diab Beach, which is located in the commune of Ain Diab. You can find beach clubs and cafes nearby while taking a stroll on this beach. Located at a distance of about 20 kilometres north of Casablanca is the serene and beautiful Monica Beach. It is a perfect place for tourists who wish to move away from the hustle-bustle of the city. Upon travelling 20 kilometres south of the city, you'll get to explore the Babaloo Beach located in the Tamaris village.

 

Delicious dishes

When you're in any of the hotels or restaurants of this city, you'll get to savour some of the mouth-watering treats from the Moroccan cuisine. One of them is 'Tagine', which a traditional stew prepared using meat cooked with a blend of spices. A vegetarian version of it uses a selection of vegetables instead of meat. The Harira soup is yet another delicacy prepared using lamb, chickpeas, lentils, and tomatoes with the addition of lemon juice and chopped coriander. You'll also like Zaalouk, which is a type of salad made with cooked vegetables including carrots, tomatoes, and green peppers and is seasoned with garlic, paprika, and a few other spices.

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