Most of the tourists consider Casablanca as a transit point for their visit to other popular Moroccan cities like Marrakech, Fes, Chefchaouen, and others. But, Casablanca requires your attention. The city is a blend of “old and new” scattered across the city– from traditional Medina to nightclubs and beaches to relax on your laid-back holiday. Here’s a quick rundown of facts that you should know before you leave for Casablanca.
Quick Facts to know before Casablanca Trip
When to go?
Thanks to its geographical location on the Atlantic coast, its winters are mostly rainy but mild. Tourists looking for pleasant weather can plan their visit in April/May or September/October. During this time you’ll experience the best weather with pleasant temperatures.
Attend the Mawazine Festival
The Mawazine Festival in Rabat draws quite a few musicians as well as visitors from all around the world. This Moroccan international music festival is held annually in June. The concerts held are both free to the public as well as ticketed.
P.S: Casablanca to Rabat is approx. 90 kms and takes 1 hour to reach by private transport.
What to eat?
Of course, seafood! It is a major part of Casablanca’s culinary flavor. Don’t forget to try fried or grilled mixed seafood or fish tagine served with olives, tomatoes, peppers, and lemon wedges. Lamb is popular in Casablanca and is often cooked on an open fire or boiled and served with a bowl of soup. Harira soup made from lamb is very popular among tourists.
What to buy to bring home?
For a quirky gift for your friends, you can buy a Rick’s Café t-shirt. There’s no such café in Casablanca, but it just got popularity for the iconic movie called Casablanca. The other souvenirs you can buy include rugs, carpets, traditional clothing, shisha pipes, lanterns, pottery, babouche, etc.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Use the Tramway which is very affordable and connects most of the popular attractions that tourists want to visit. It’s easy and environment friendly compared to taxis and it also helps you avoid traffic.
- If you’re taking taxis, try to hail within a short distance from tourist attractions or railroad stations to get better a fare. Avoid being scammed by knowing the fare to your destination either researching online or asking locals.
- Alcohol is legal. Tourists can find many bars and dining outlets serving wine, beer, and alcohol. Drinking on the streets of the city is illegal.
- If you have been invited to locals’ house, remember to remove your shoes before stepping into the house.
- Don’t forget to keep an eye on your belongings especially in public areas. It is advised not to leave any valuables inside the cars.