If you thought 3 hours from Marrakesh to Essaouira was a long ride, wait until you hear this.
From Essaouira to Casablanca, it’s a 7 hours bus ride! Ouch.
You got 2 options.
First called Anfa, the name Casablanca is derived from the Portuguese who bombarded and invaded the city back in 1468. Casa Branca” meaning “White House”. The Spaniards, having control over Portugal during 1580 and 1640, rename Casabranca, “Casa Blanca”. The history of Casablanca shows a real influence from colonialism.
Much more westernised than what I have seen in Morocco, and will prove to be rest of the country, Casablanca is a dynamic, rich and vibrant town. Skyscrapers, huge advertising boards, supercars, fashion, all have sight in Kasa.
Richer than his counterparts, largest and most populated city in the Maghreb, one of the artificial largest port in the world, Casa is an economic super-puissance and one of the largest financial place in the world.
In terms of photography spots, I suggest at least those 4 places.
Mosque Hassan II
Completed in 1993, it is the largest Mosque in Morocco and the 13th in the world. His minaret is the tallest in the world at 210m. A total of 105 000 worshippers can pray at the same time inside or on his grounds.
No doubt my number one place to photograph in Casablanca and among the top 3 in Morocco.
Mahkama du Pacha
Parliament building constructed between 1948 and 1952, it also houses the Court of Justice. To admire this beautiful architecture, surely influenced by the Moorish, you will need a guide.
Place Des Nations Unies
Like many Moroccan cities, Casablanca is build with an old medina and a contemporary city centre. The United Nations Square is the bridge between the two.
Roman catholic church built in 1930 by a french architect, today, the cathedral is a cultural centre open to public, and thus, since the Independence of the Maroc in 1956.
Next Episode: Rabat…