Romance within the air and lengthy alleys crammed with white villas – that’s what many guests consider Casablanca. Oh no, no that’s not that film. Rewind! Once they come, they expertise one thing fully totally different; crowded streets, tall buildings, and a horrible site visitors jam. Don’t get me fallacious, Casablanca may be good, however it’s important to know the locations to go to! Generally I hate this metropolis, generally I adore it. When somebody asks me to indicate them round, I at all times attempt to deal with the most effective, non-touristy spots. Casablanca is a jungle. If you happen to’re planning to come back right here, I’ve some suggestions for you; which locations to see to really feel the spirit of the town. Let me unveil the thriller for you and take you for a tour across the metropolis.
Habbous vs Medina
Years in the past Medina used to function the town heart. You’ll go to highschool there, get your garments tailor-made there, get grocery procuring out of your neighbour, or pray within the close by Mosque. These days the Previous City is only a tiny a part of the massive metropolis of Casablanca, and a small a part of it is usually a vacationer attraction. Don’t neglect to go for a scrumptious, thick avocado, nuts and dried fruits smoothie (jus d’avocat fruits secs) in certainly one of its juice bars, in Darija referred to as “Mahlaba”.
Alternatively, you could take a taxi all technique to the district of Habbous. It’s an outdated metropolis surrounded by partitions, similar to medinas. Habbous is sort of removed from the town heart so not too many vacationers go there. The place is split into numerous markets: olive market, sorcery market, clothes market… Yow will discover all the pieces there, from useless birds for witches and native specialties to short-term henna tattoos and pure cosmetics.
Port of Casablanca – Issues to Do
Everyone goes to the port for fish. Most individuals hit the well-known eating places and pay for it large cash. I at all times go deeper within the port and sit on a bench – the place is soiled, ugly, smelly however the meals is scrumptious. If you happen to’re into tremendously “native” experiences – that’s the place for you. The one choice is the menu of the day, they serve regardless of the fishermen catch recent. It’s often a plate of fried fish, mqila (eggs with shrimps served on a steel plate), Moroccan mint tea, bread and harissa (spicy) sauce. The meal per particular person is 25 dhs
If you happen to’re not fan of seafood, you could possibly go to the Maarif neighborhood in Casablanca. It’s trendy and fairly central. Head to Jura road and search for Ibil Snack – they serve camel meat and different Moroccan specialties comparable to harira soup or beans (loubia) and lentils (a3ieds). Be aware: camel meat is just not well-liked in central Morocco. Camel meat is eaten within the Sahara area and Ibil Snack is certainly one of not many that you just’ll discover there!
On the coast in Casablanca – Ain Diab, Hassan II Mosque and the Lighthouse
Menara (the lighthouse, positioned at Tet el Hank road) can also be an outdated army base and a few ruins. On the first sight – nothing particular. If you happen to stroll all the way down to the rocks you will notice magical locations, a wide ranging view on the ocean and Hassan II Mosque (it’s round half an hour stroll from the mosque). It doesn’t value you something however the moments you possibly can spend there are priceless. I as soon as tipped the guardian and went as much as the lighthouse. It isn’t an abnormal factor to do, but when the guardian is in a very good temper – you may give it a attempt! The place presents peace and nature, one thing that’s genuinely arduous to seek out in Casablanca.
Casablanca from the Sky
I really like seeing cities from above! I’ve found a few good spots for that motive. Drop by the Sacré-Coeur Cathedral, a spot that offers a splendid view and isn’t tapped by vacationers. Having climbed numerous steps, you’ll benefit from the cityscape: ocean, port, tall buildings and the Previous City. Sacré-Coeur Cathedral is positioned on Rue d’Alger within the metropolis heart.
To complete your journey properly, and decelerate after a day stuffed with motion, you possibly can drop by Sky28. It’s a bar positioned on the 28th ground of Twin Heart within the very coronary heart of Casablanca. It’s a bit fancy place, however the views are value each single dirham spent! An ideal technique to say goodbye Casablanca and see the town at its glory from the sky.
Written by: Monika Mizinska – Serial Polish expat. Freelance journey author and blogger behind BewilderedinMorocco.com and BewilderedSlavica.com. Skilled ESL instructor, passionate occasion planner.
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