Few places in the world can match the charm and excitement of this iconic destination...
The Moroccan city of Casablanca is right up there on many travellers' to-do lists. There’s even a Rick's Café that plays “As Time Goes By” night after night for guests, but outside the confines of cinematic history, this North African gem is an epic destination in its own right.
Since the days of French colonialism, Casablanca has been the place where cultures collide. So once landed at either Casablanca Airport (CAS) or Rabat International (RBA), don't be surprised when you are immersed in a land of new colours and aromas that take the senses by surprise.
This feeling will be repeated many times during holidays in Casablanca – especially if you take in some of the many bazaars and spice markets to get a true understanding of the sights, sounds and smells. The medina, or old walled part of the city, is crammed with shops and boutiques stacked high with local wares and crafts. But it would be wrong not to visit one of Casablanca's splendid beaches too.
When it comes to where to stay while on Casablanca holidays, the good news is that some of Morocco's finest hotels can be found in Casablanca, and you will easily uncover some inexpensive luxury if you look away from the main tourist tracks. Many hotels also come with elaborate spas and traditional hammam steam baths that are the perfect place to recharge your batteries for the evening ahead.
And once you’re ready to head out, you’ll find restaurants offering up both traditional tagines and more modern Moroccan cuisine that comes with an elegant French twist. Those looking for after-dinner fun can then head over to the Corniche, where the boardwalk is dotted with bars and nightclubs that wouldn't look out of place in a British seaside resort. Don't wander too far off the beaten track at night though, as some neighbourhoods are considered no-go areas for tourists.
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Summer brings tourists seeking sunshine, while winter mainly attracts those looking to experience North African culture...
August is the hottest month in Casablanca where dry – but often humid – summers mean temperatures regularly push towards the 30C mark, while evenings are a pleasant 17C. Winters are surprisingly cool, however. Temperatures in January often fail to break 18C in the daytime before dropping to a chilly 7C at night, while rains also affect January and December.
Cheap holidays to Casablanca are available throughout the year, with prices likely to drop during the cooler months between autumn and spring.
Holidays to Casablanca often coincide with an annual event or two – pop along and create extra special holiday memories...
Mousseum of Sidi Mohammed Ma al-Ainin; May: Each May, nomadic tribes of the Sahara – known as the “Blue People” – flock to Casablanca to trade their traditional crafts and clothing.
Casablanca Festival; July: Cinemas, theatres and beaches are transformed into places of celebration as the city is turned over to art and culture during this fascinating event.
Festival of Fantasia; September: It takes more than two hours to travel to the city of Meknes, but the journey is well worth it to witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of some of the most impressive horsemanship you’re ever likely to see.
Relive an all-time classic film or make your own mark on Casablanca – there are plenty of things to do here...
Shopping: Casablanca's bustling craft shops, the best of which are found adjacent to the medina, are full of lovely and unusual souvenirs.
Romance: Head for Rick's Café where you can dine on movie-inspired dishes inspired by the classic film.
Grown-up families: A guided tour of the jaw-dropping interiors of the splendid Hassan II Mosque will enthral visitors of all ages.