a VirtualTourist member from Newcastle under Lyme asked on Mar 6, 2014
best things to do and see????
Regardless of anyone's religious affiliations, the Hassan II mosque is well worth a visit. The workmanship is exquisite and the sheer size mind blowing. Closed Friday.
Depending on your tolerance level for hassle and perhaps where you have been before the market in the centre of the city is interesting.
I'm a big Casablanca fan, whereas most tourists just pass through on intercontinental flights and exit as quickly as possible, I spent some time there investigating the new tramway system last year, and was not at all disappointed, in fact "Casa" has now significantly improved since my first visit there about twenty years ago, the most significant improvement is the tramway system, even if you don't want to use it (and why not?) by just following the unrestricted tramway lines on foot you can traverse most of the more interesting parts of the old French Colonial city and totally escape from the nightmare traffic congestion. I also noticed that a government-ordered clean up of all the old French "Mauresque" buildings made for some spectacular photo opportunities, around the city centre. The main attraction is of course the Hassan 2 mosque, but nearby is also the very 'chic' Rick's Cafe, expensive, but worth a visit. As your time off the cruise liner will be limited, you can download a Google map by entering "map casablanca morocco" into the search engine of your computer, then enlarge it and print out a copy to take with you for orientation. There is no shortage of small red "Petit Taxis" buzzing around desperately looking for fares ( the new tramway system has seriously adversely affected their business) but always insist that the driver turns on the meter (compteur) otherwise be prepared for a lot of financial negotiation as to your intended destination! You can find more detailed information on my Casablanca page, the ancient Medina is well worth a walkabout in daylight and will give you a sense of the real city, not the "Hollywood one!" Benny.
I'd say skip Rick's and go to Le Dauphane... especially if there is a cruise ship in town! Love the old art deco quarter - and the central market is well worth a wander (before it closes at dusk).
I'm not a fan of the Hassan II - too big, too brash - but as it's there...
There's also a very lively, very late nightlife centred around the Corniche.
my top recommendation is always the Hassan Mosque and the views from its spot beside the sea....for people who take the time to investigate into the facts of the mosque (and despite that it cost an enormous lot and pretty much everyone in Morocco had to contribute to the cost of it its an amazingly impressive building as a result) and also get to know Morocco, it was built using quality materials found around Morocco such as cedar, granite marble...and classic Andalucian/Moorish art and techniques.