Casablanca is a port city located 240 km north of Marrakech. Take advantage of this full-day excursion from Marrakech to get a glimpse of the French colonial heritage clearly visible in the center of Casablanca: Moorish and Art Deco styles blend in unique harmony. Witness the majesty of the Hassan II Mosque which stands above the Atlantic Ocean with its 210 m high minaret.
Meeting at your hotel or riad for an early pick up ( 07h00 ) in Casablanca.
Enjoy a comfortable 3-hour drive along the highway crossing the fertile plains of the Gharb. A halfway stop will be made at a rest area before continuing to Casablanca.
Upon arrival in the metropolitan city, you will meet your local guide who will join you in the vehicle to begin your tour of Casablanca.
You will first go to the legendary Hassan II Mosque. As you approach, you will see its majestic 210-meter high minaret dominating the sky. The mosque was designed by a French architect and took 6 years to build. The building mixes Islamic architecture and Moroccan elements.
From here, continue to the Corniche of Casablanca located in the seaside district of Ain Diab. It is famous for its trendy clubs, restaurants, cafes, and hotels. Enjoy a stroll along the seafront, and perhaps a coffee or a cup of mint tea at leisure. Your next stop will be Casablanca’s medina. Although it is not as old as the medinas of Marrakech or Fez, much of it remains residential, with its narrow streets.
From here, you will continue to downtown Casablanca to visit the Sacred Heart Cathedral, which was built in the 1930s by French settlers. Then we will head to the United Nations Square, where we will see art deco buildings on the sides of the street. We will then continue to Arab League Square, which houses the Los Angeles Courthouse. You can choose to have lunch at your leisure at the legendary Rick’s Café, designed to recreate the gin bar from the classic movie “Casablanca”. Just let us know when you make your reservation so we can reserve a table for you.
At the end of your visit to Casablanca, drive past the chic residential area before taking the highway for a relaxing 3-hour drive back to Marrakech.
Your day trip to Casablanca from Marrakech will end with a drop off at your hotel or the nearest access point to your riad for cars.