Play it again Sam! Maybe you’ve seen the classic film from 1942 which glamorizes the namesake city. I hate to burst your bubble, but the entire film was shot on a sound stage in LA. That doesn’t mean a visit to this city in Morocco lacks classic charm, in fact, Casablanca is brimming with it!
It might seem easy to feel overwhelmed on a first visit to this amazing town. But if you’re visiting via cruise ship, some of the top sites are easily accessible with a short walk.
Stop 1 – The Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco.
If you feel like walking and you’re not going to cab it over to the mosque, its easily found by exiting to cruise port area and taking a right, walking about a mile along the road and you’ll walk right into it.
The architecture here is incredible and a must see on any visit to Casablanca. Its big. Enough space here for over 100,000 worshippers. Thankfully I paid a visit on an off day and was lucky to have the place nearly to myself. Its free to visit.
Stop 2 – Ricks Cafe
Like I mentioned, the classic film Casablanca was shot in LA, but there are spots which capitalize on tourists out looking for the usual suspects! If you’re cabbing it or walking to the Hassan II Mosque, you’ll pass right by here, so why not stop in for a cocktail! The restaurant is designed to recreate the cafe in the movie, and they got all the details right!
Stop 3 – The Spice Market and the Old Medina
You want an exotic experience in a far off land, then head over to the spice market! Vendors of all variety can be found selling their wares – everything from clothing, household items, souvenirs, even pets and of course spices of all kinds! Locals cooking kabobs or fresh squeezed orange juice line the narrow alleyways. People jostle to get the best deals and the smell of street food mixed with the spice aroma will leave you feeling like you want to play it again!