Even though its Morocco’s largest city, one day in Casablanca is still enough time to tick off the highlights. To maximize your time, choose a tour that takes you to several historic neighborhoods or opt for a private tour to devise your own itinerary. Here’s how to spend one day in Casablanca.
Casablanca’s central landmarks are dazzling yet dispersed; a tour lets you cover more ground without navigating public transport. Tours typically cover French colonial architecture in the Habous quarter, the Royal Palace of Casablanca, Mohammed V Mosque, and the walled Old Medina.
Pass by United Nations Place and Mohammed V Square and make a photo stop at the grand Sacre Coeur Cathedral. Time your arrival at Marché Central—Casablanca’s main food market—for lunch. For greater insight into Moroccan cuisine, food lovers can book a guided market and tasting tour, combined with either a seafood lunch or cooking class.
Casablanca’s star attraction is undoubtedly the Hassan II Mosque, located on a cliff that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Tours of the interior must be booked in advance, so plan ahead to avoid disappointment—many Casablanca sightseeing tours include a tour of the mosque, which saves the hassle of booking independently.
Afterwards, tours tend to continue along the Ain Diab Corniche, the scenic boulevard that runs along the seafront, and stop to visit the shrine of Sidi Abderrahman. Further south, the Lalla Meryem and Ain Diab beaches offer sandy shores, where you can relax, sunbathe, and cool off with a swim. Opt for private tour if you want to explore further or enjoy extra time at the beaches.
Stick around to watch sunset from the coast, then head to one of the many beachside bars or restaurants for dinner or drinks. Travelers looking to party can find some of Casablanca’s biggest nightclubs along the waterfront, where you can drink and dance into the early hours.
Alternatively, head back to the city for a cocktail at the elegant Sky 28 bar. Located on the top floor of the Twin Centre tower, it affords panoramic views of the illuminated city.