Casablanca offers its share of Moroccan culture and sights to see, but it pales in comparison to some if it's neighboring cities. Explore Casablanca and the surrounding cities for the best sights in Morocco.
Local tourist offices provide information about the Morocco, maps, hotel and hostel bookings, information about getting around on public transport, tours, and how to find the best deals in the Morocco. The official tourism site for Morocco is http://www.visitmorocco.com and for Casablanca http://www.visitcasablanca.ma/.
Tourist Information Office
Casablanca Tourist Office
Zakat is the giving of alms and one of the five pillars of Islam. Many Moroccans give coins to beggars as giving alms brings baraka, or blessings from God. A common "donation" is 1-5 dirhams is, but it is not mandatory to give. You may say "Allah yasahel" (may God improve your situation), or just smile and keep moving.
Hassan II Mosque
The Old Medina
Ville Nouvelle (New Town)
Parc de la Ligue Arabe
Mahkama du Pacha
Other Moroccan Cities
There is a range of tours with different focuses, price points, and modes of transportation. Many inexpensive tours start at the larger hostels, and most accommodations will have pamphlets.
Day Tours are available to visit specific attractions or just as a day guide. Guides organize one to four day treks in the Sahara .
Beware informal guides you find on the street. They may offer services for free and than charge an exorbitant fee.
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There are many events and festivals in Casablanca of both religious and cultural significance. Moroccans are warm and welcoming people that will easily invite your participation.
Independence Celebration - This festival on January 11th commemorates Morocco signing the Proclamation of Independence. A celebration is also held in November.
Almond Tree Festiva - Rejoicing in the end to the winter rains, this festival welcomes white budding flowers on almond trees. Held in Tafraoute, Morocco, "The Almond Capital", people enjoy the trees in full bloom.
Urban Culture on Stage - A non-religious festival, this event showcases covers different genres of music including rap, hip-hop and fusion.
Fatih Mouharam - The Islamic New Year is celebrated across the country. Alcohol is unavailable and there is dancing and celebrations.
Eid el Arch - Commemorating the coronation of King Mohammed VI, this national holiday is filled with live music, dancing and shows at various venues.
Eid el Mouloud - Celebrates the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed.
Boulevard des Jeunes Musiciens - Known in English as the "Boulevard of the Young Musicians", this festival is dedicated to the youth. Held over 4 days, the festival offers all genres of music from traditional Moroccan to Western styles.
Marrakesh Popular Arts Festival - Outdoor venues come alive for this popular festival of traditional folk performances. Berber musicians, dancers of the High Atlas, Andalus-inspired musicians of the North, trance-inducing music of the Southern Gnaouas, and belly dancing are all celebrated.
Asilah Arts Festival - An annual cultural extravaganza, this festival takes place in the first two weeks of August. Artists from around the world gather and decorate an entire wall at the Medina.
Ramadan - Ramadan falls on dates according to the Islamic calendar and changes year to year. It is the most important celebration of the year. Office and banks hours are decreased and Muslim followers are restricted from eating during daylight hours. Alcohol is also largely unavailable. After nightfall, feasting and celebrating are underway.
Eid al Fitr - This festival marks the end of Ramadan and is one fo the most important holidays of the year. It is a time of joy, family, feasting, praying and gift giving.
Révolution du Roi et du Peuple - The King and the People's Revolution Day is a public holiday with parties and festive activities at different venues across the Morocco.
Imilchil Marriage Festival - Imilchil is located in the lake plateau of the Middle Atlas Mountains in Morocco. This quaint Berber village has a well-preserved history. The surrounding tribes, Ait Sokham and Ait Bouguemmaz, gather in an annual collective marriage where women search and choose their husband. The fiancé part of the festival is staged on the site of the tomb of the Oldman, who is venerated in the high atlas. About 30,000 people from the mountains assemble under tents for three days with their flocks, their horses and camels.
Date Festival - A popular festival in the northern town of Erfoud, this three-day event is the setting for a million date-palm trees. There is music, dancing and feasting.
Fête de l'Indépendance - This festival commemorates Morocco breaking free from French colonial rule on November 18th, 1956. Festivals celebrating independence actually occur 5 times throughout the year with celebrations on January 11th (the Proclamation of Independence) and November 18th as national holidays.
Christmas - The small Christian population celebrates the birth of Christ on the 25th and the days leading up to it.