Casablanca – Morocco’s economic and cultural capital
An Introduction to Casablanca
This sprawling city, the largest in the Maghreb, is not one that most tourists stay in for long. It lacks the exotic charm of many of Morocco’s other cities but has huge importance and is definitely looking to the future.
The city is a victim of its own success as its rapid expansion still attracts the rural poor searching for the opportunity of a better life but often getting no further than the bidonville or huge shanty towns.
Casa, as it is known, also boasts North Africa’s largest port, home of the Moroccan Navy but its true treasure is the Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest in the world. The build statistics of this stunningly beautiful building are absolutely incredible and, as one of the few Moroccan mosques non-Muslims are allowed into, it definitely shouldn’t be missed. Beyond simply impressive – it needs to be seen to be believed.
Casablanca – looking to the future.