At the Crossroads of Cultures

Cosmopolitan Casablanca

Casablanca is an enigma for historians. Whiles its origins are shrouded in the mysteries of time, the neighborhoods that shape it and the monuments that define it have much to say about vast swaths of its history.

When you explore the port, check out the Sqala Bastion, a fortified complex from the 18th century that is now a chic restaurant-cafe where diners flock to enjoy delicious local dishes. Venture a stone's throw from the port into the narrow streets of the medina. It was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake, which makes it the newest medina in the country, as well as one of its most original: within its walls, Arabic-Islamic architecture mixes with European inspiration. In the midst of this eclectic esthetic, artisans still bring life to the district with their daily labors.

An entirely different setting awaits you downtown. Here, the unique urban design, the wide boulevards and the expansive plazas bordered by Art Deco buildings evoke the former colonial occupation.

Of course, no visitor should miss the solemn Hassan II Mosque on the ocean shore; it is one of the biggest and most beautiful mosques in the Muslim world. Walk over the threshold and marvel at the interior decor featuring precious woods, marble and onyx. Look at the pillars and ceilings and admire the symmetry of their arabesques and zelliges. Everywhere you look there are scrolls and embellished doors. It is a wonder.

Meandering through Casablanca, the White City, takes you on a journey through time and space that introduces you to a place shaped by myriad influences.