Ourika Valley day trip from Marrakech
How does a day tour to see the Atlas Mountains and explore the Berber countryside sound? Perfect! This Ourika ...
The port city of Casablanca is located at a distance of 240km North of Marrakech. Your day trip from Marrakech to Casablanca is a chance to see the old port of the city. If you are an architecture buff, you will appreciate the French colonial style and the Spanish Mediterranean style, Moorish, and Art deco style that combines in Casablanca. Enjoy a trip to the Hassan II Mosque with its majesty minaret that are 210 m tall.
You have to get up early to meet your driver for an early pickup at (0700AM). In three hours of driving, this motorway stretches out to the fertile Gharb plains. The roads can get crowded sometimes, but it is nothing to worry about. There is a rest area halfway through so you can make a short stop to relax and use the restrooms.
When you arrive at the destination, your guide will take you in the vehicle and share with you the best places in the city of Casablanca.
The Hassan II Mosque is the largest and most legendary mosque in Morocco. The minaret of the mosque has a staggering height of 210 m touching the sky. A French architect designed this mosque and took almost 6 years to complete. The architect wanted to design a building that was in harmony with the surrounding environment and Islamic architecture. In the evening, stroll through the Corniche of Casablanca and enjoy a walk on the seaside. The place is located in the neighborhood of Ain Diab. You will find a lot of restaurants, clubs, cafes, and hotels there. Stroll along the seaside and have a cup of mint tea.
The Medina of Casablanca will be your next stop. The (old city) is not as old as Marrakech or Fes, but a large part of it remains residential and has small streets.
The city is known for its magnificent structure, a majestic Roman Catholic Cathedral, completed in the 1930s. The building is a solid mass that towers over the city, designed by French-born architects. We will move on to visit the United Nations Place, with its modern art deco architecture. We will proceed to the Palais de La Justice in the Arab league square.
Experience the atmosphere of Rick's Café like in the movie "Casablanca" and have a delicious meal at an affordable price. The café is located inside the hotel. Just ask at the reception for a table reservation, and we will hold it for you there before the start of your tour.
Once you leave the casbah area and the residential area you'll find yourself on a bumpy road with little traffic. The road will take you around the mountains and will take 3 hours to get to Marrakech.
Your driver will drop you at the hotel at the end of the trip and your trip from Casablanca to Marrakech ends here.
The most famous scene of "Casablanca" takes place in Rick's Café but the movie was filmed in a studio in California, not in Casablanca. To experience the real "Casablanca" you must go to Rick's Cafe and drink a glass of whiskey with a French captain and remember the good old days.
Yes, non-Muslims can visit the Hassan II Mosque during the time for a guided tour. Muslim mosque is open for five prayers and a special Juma (Friday) prayer.
It takes almost 2 to 3 hours to travel from Marrakech to Casablanca. The best way to go there is through the motorway (A7).
Most people skip their visit to Casablanca and continue to go to Marrakech. However when you are passing by make a half-day visit to the ART DECO building and Hassan II Mosque in the city center. A lunch break is must have at Ricks café.
There is no special dress but the men and women should wear a dress that will cover their shoulders and knees. You will be needed to remove your shoe while visiting the mosque.