The Highlight of Casablanca

download (15)With a population of around 4 million people, it is one of the largest cities located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Africa. It developed from a small fishing town at the beginning of the 20th century to a huge commercial and cultural center in Northern Africa. Many tourists who travel to Morocco would pay Casablanca a visit due to its marvelous blends of various architecture, culture, and artistic elements.

Today we will be pointing out to some of the most marvelous highlights of the city of Casablanca commonly visited by several tourists spending their vacations in Morocco.

The Cornish of Casablanca

One of the most distinctive features of the city of Casa is the Cornish, or this street that is attached with the coast of the Atlantic Ocean of the city. This is one of the most popular places for the locals and the tourists who travel to Morocco in the city of Casablanca. It is the place that never sleeps and that is vibrant with action 24/7.

Thousands of people would be around the Cornish of Casablanca in different times of the day. Some vacationers who spend their holidays in Morocco would enjoy some swimming, chilling out, and some water sports in the beaches of Casa. Moreover, there are dozens of nightspots including restaurants, discos, and nightclubs where guests can enjoy a drink or go dancing.

The Mosque of Al Hassan II

The Mosque of Al Hassan II is the largest mosque in Morocco and Africa, and the seventh largest mosque in the world. It is featured with its wonderful towering minaret that is 210 meters in height. Many travellers who tour Morocco would admire the mosque at least from outside.

The mosque, that is also considered the largest religious building in the world, was constructed in 1993 after six years of building processes during the reign of Al Hassan El II, the king of Morocco. The prayer area of the mosque can accommodate up to 25,000 worshipers. This is besides 80,000 other worshiper in the open courtyard of the mosque. Many travel packages to Marco include a visit to the Mosque of Al Hassan II in Casablanca.

The Mohamed V Square

The Mohamed V Square is the center of the city of Casablanca. The location of this famous square was never chosen by coincidence. This was where the first Europeans walked when they arrived in Casablanca in 1907. This is why the square has a Moorish Islamic feeling and mood. The Mohamed V Square is often included to many tours to Morocco.

The square is famous for its impressive European style buildings, the large fountain, and the pigeons that many tourists enjoying their holidays in Morocco commonly feed and take photographs with.

The Royal Palace of Casablanca

The Royal Palace of Casablanca is the residence of Mohamed VI, the king of Morocco and it is considered one of the most popular highlights of the country often explored by tourists who travel to Morocco. The palace is popular for its marvelous design and architecture.

The Old Medina of Casablanca

The City of Casablanca was surrounded by some fortified walls that were constructed at the end of the 18th century as the first section of the old Medina. However, many of the section we view today were constructed at the beginning of the 20th century. Today many travellers who tour Morocco would visit this section of the city to have a wonderful walk around the monuments and to buy some remarkable souvenirs.

 

The City of Marrakech in Morocco

download (1)Marrakesh is the largest Moroccan city in terms of population and it is located in the center of the kingdom. The population of Marrakech was estimated to be around 900 thousand inhabitants in 2012. This is in addition to a large number of tourists who visit the city as part of their travel package to Morocco.

There are no historical records, in fact, that explains the name of the city of Marrakesh. It was described as the red city, the vast destination that blends the heat, the shades, the ice, and the palms all together. This distinctive ambience of the whole country grabs the attention of several vacationers to spend their holidays in Morocco.

Perhaps the most interesting sight in Marrakech is the Jemaa el-Fnaa Arena. This is where travellers who tour Morocco watch snake charmers, story tellers, musicians, in addition to many other types of Moroccan folklore that represents the traditional heritage of the country.

The Jemaa El Fnaa was added to the UNESCO world heritage sites in 2001. In fact this square was established with the foundation of the city in 1070 AD. Since that date, Marrakesh became one of the most remarkable cities almost included in all tours to Morocco.

Located at the heart of the city of Marrakech, Al Koutoubia Mosque is another interesting historical monument explored by many travelers who tour Morocco. The word Koutoubia is actually derived from the word Koutoubien, or the books’ sellers market.

The complex in fact consists of two ancient mosques. The first was established in 1147 on the ruins of a much older palace that belonged to the Moravids dynasty. The other was constructed in 1158 with 17 arcades coming out of the main prayer area that are directed towards the Qibla. The mosques welcome a lot of tourists who travel to Morocco.

Another notable historical site in Marrakech is the Saadian Tombs. Established in the middle of the 16th century, this ancient necropolis hosts the buried bodies of most of the Saadis dynasty and their family members. Due to its wonderful decoration and historical significance, a visit to the tombs is usually included in many tours to Morocco.

The style of decoration and outline of the Saadian tombs were influenced by the Marinid tombs and mausoleums that were founded in Fes and Chellah. The decorations are featured with their Gypsum and tiles’ works that are characterized with the mixture between the Western and Andalusian styles of art and architecture that amaze travelers who spend holiday in Morocco.

The old walls and gates of Marrakech are among the most wonderful monuments included in many tour packages to Morocco that include a visit to the city. There is for example the Dekala Gate that consists of two large towers with an entrance gate in the middle that leads to the ancient city. The Dekala Gate is one of the major entrance points to the ancient city.

There is also the Agnaou Gate that was established by the Almohad Dynasty, among many other gates, to protect the Qasba of Marrakesh. This gate is distinguished with its amazing style and marvelous architectural elements. Many travelers who spend their vacations in Morocco often visit this gatein particular.

There are even many more interesting places for travelers who tour Morocco to explore in the amazing city of Marrakech, the romantic city nicknamed as the red city full of amazement and interesting places to visit.