Though not as atmospheric as other Moroccan cities, Casablanca is the best representation of the modern nation. This is where money is being made, where young Moroccans come to seek their fortunes and where business and the creative industries prosper.The number of construction projects currently under way here is simply extraordinary – major redevelopments include those at Pl Mohammed V and the Parc de la Ligue Arabe, and new public buildings include the Grand Théâtre de Casablanca.The city's handsome Mauresque buildings, which meld French-colonial design and traditional Moroccan style, are best admired in the Downtown area. Visitors who spend time there, in the Quartier Habous and in the beachside suburb of Ain Diab are sure to get into the local swing of things and realise that this old pirate lair is looking towards the future, embracing the European-flavoured urban sophistication that has underpinned life here for the past century.
Sights in Casablanca
Hassan II Mosque
This flamboyant building was built at enormous expense to commemorate the former king's 60th birthday. Set on an outcrop jutting over the ocean and with a 210m-tall minaret that serves as the city's major landmark.
Moroccan Jewish Museum
The only Jewish museum in the Arab-speaking world, this institution is set in an attractive garden villa that once functioned as a Jewish orphanage. It traces the 2000-year history of Jews in Morocco.
Abderrahman Slaoui Foundation Museum
An attractively presented house museum with a notable collection of Moroccan decorative arts, this privately established and operated institution occupies the former home of businessman Abderrahman Slaoui.
Though lacking the medieval magic that characterises many Moroccan medinas, Casablanca’s compact 19th-century example is still worth a wander. You're unlikely to find treasures in its humdrum shops (hardware stores,…
Church of St John the Evangelist
The oldest church building still in use in Casablanca, this Anglican house of worship was built in 1906 on land owned by the British Crown. There are services at 9.30am (contemporary) and 11.30am (traditional).
Cathédrale du Sacré Coeur
Dating from 1930, this sadly dilapidated former Roman Catholic church sits on the edge of the Parc de la Ligue Arabe. An extraordinary architectural meld of the art deco, Mauresque and neo-Gothic styles.
Place Mohammed V
Surrounded by public buildings resplendent with Mauresque details, this central plaza was being redeveloped at the time of research. When reopened it will feature paving, a large fountain and palm trees.
Parc de la Ligue Arabe
If in the Quartier Habous, it's worth trying to visit this ornately decorated administrative building located between the Palais Royal and the Souq de Habous. Built in the 1950s, it has more than 60 rooms decorated …
Parc de la Ligue Arabe
This large green space was being redeveloped at the time of research and was due to reopen in March 2017. The rehabilitated park will feature promenades lined with palm trees, water features, a stadium, a skate park.
Marking the busiest entrance to the old medina, this 20m-tall clock tower is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Downtown Casablanca. The current tower is a 1993 reproduction of the original 1911 structure.
Church of Notre-Dame de Lourdes
A striking example of European modernism, this 1956 Catholic church is notable for its elongated concrete entrance and its striking stained-glass windows, which were designed by noted French artist Gabriel Loire.
Villa des Arts de Casablanca
Located in an elegant 1934 art deco villa dating from 1934, this gallery near the Parc de la Ligue Arabe is operated by the nonprofit Fondation ONA.