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Casablanca is a recognized city name because of the iconic 1942 film “Casablanca”. While Morocco is full of exciting destinations, Casablanca has cool sites from the film that can be visited along with its own experiences, markets and cultural significance that make it worth staying a few nights. Its location also makes it a great base for venturing to other cool places like the Sahara Desert or Marrakech. So we are singing the praises of ole Casablanca, by listing the best adventures nearby.
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Like any good tour list, let’s begin with one that will immerse and educate travelers about the city. Highly rated, guides will weave through well-known streets while stopping at more overlooked attractions. Fans will be delighted to stop by the cafe used in the movie that helped make Casablanca a household name. Tastes of fresh baked goods and other local treats enhance this experience further, making it a well-rounded look into this Moroccan nook.
With transport from Casablanca to Marrakech, this adventure is perfect for getting a taste of Morocco’s most colorful city. The old town features twists and turns, with shops and vendors around every corner. A camel ride is included and is something certainly worth trying once. You’ll get to munch on native foods while enjoying a swift yet memorable sweep through Marrakech.
You could take it several steps further with this doozy of a trip through the most prominent sites of the country, including Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, Fes, the Sahara Desert, World heritage kasbahs, Marrakech and Essaouira. For 10 days guests will be drenched in history, cuisine, and stunning desert scenery—it’s the full experience. All major necessities, like food, lodging and camels (of course), are included.
How cool would it be to trek the Sahara Desert for a couple of days, camping amongst the red sands for a night? It’s an experience one will never forget, riding camels through this iconic dry stretch. Departing from Casablanca, the trek ends in Zagora.
Chefchaouen is known for striking blue washed walls that contrast vibrantly against other colors sprinkled through the endearing city. This tour takes guests from Casablanca to the Instagram haven, but be sure to just reflect on its beauty sans the iPhone at times.
Fez might be the coolest gem of a city in Morocco. Medieval history is still ever-present, and the old town medina has been dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within a day trip, guests can enjoy a transfer from Casablanca to Fez. Zaouia of Moulay Idriss II, the Kairaouine Mosque, and Bou Inania Medersa are some of the prominent sites you’ll enjoy.
Exhausted from walking literally everywhere around the city? Riding a scooter around Casablanca is a complete breath of fresh air after traversing on foot for the majority of your time in Morocco. Each scooter is simple to use, even if it’s been a while since you’ve hopped on one. They are autonomous, so zipping around is effortless. The tour lasts a bit over four hours.
There is a variety of great culinary adventures and cooking classes in Casablanca, but we love this one because it’s raw, honest, and delivered by a Moroccan mom who knows her stuff when it comes to traditional cooking. First, some time is spent browsing the market for fresh meat and vegetables that will go into the handmade couscous you’re about to learn how to make. Eggplant caviar and a delicious pepper salad will also be on the menu.
A reflection of countless cities can be found throughout the street food circuit, and in Casablanca, this bustling scene is predominantly in the Habbous neighborhood, a historic nook overflowing with native food stalls and eateries. Breads, spices, authentically prepared meats and veggies—those are just a few of the treats to be tasted. This exciting outing guides foodies to the best of the best and includes tastings of complexly spiced traditional goodies.
An interesting combination of modernity and tradition, guests will be taken via car from Casablanca to Marrakech, to ride all-terrain vehicles through some of the open lands surrounding the city. After the adrenaline rush, you’ll get to wind down at an age-old hamam, also known as a Turkish bath/spa. Bathe within the beautifully surrounded pools and pamper yourself with a massage.
A high-speed train runs from Casablanca to scenic Tangier, making it possible to include this extra stop along your trip. Each city in Morocco has its own intricate details and features to be offered, so the more you see, the more depth the experience. It will be a long day, as the entire trip will be 10 hours, but it will be so completely worth it.