How to Spend 3 Days in Casablanca
Casablanca is Morocco’s largest city but with three days, there’s time to cover the highlights and explore further afield. To maximize time, opt for tours that combine multiple sights or day trips that visit two cities in one day. Here’s how to spend three days in Casablanca.
Day 1: Sightseeing in the City
Start the day with a walking tour of Casablanca’s main food market, the Marché Central, for an introduction to local life in Morocco. Food lovers can combine a market tour with a seafood lunch or sign up for a cooking class that reveals the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine.
A half-day sightseeing tour offers a stress-free way to explore dispersed central neighborhoods such as the Habous quarter, with its Royal Palace and French colonial architecture, and the Old Medina. Keep your camera handy as you wander United Nations Place and Mohammed V Square before taking a peek inside the Sacre Coeur Cathedral.
In the evening, a visit to Rick’s Café—a replica of the café in theCasablanca movie—is a must but for the best views, indulge in a cocktail at Sky 28, the city’s highest bar.
Day 2: See More of Morocco
Three of Morocco’s imperial cities—Fez, Marrakech and Rabat—are reachable on a day trip from Casablanca and options for visiting are plentiful.
You can head to nearby Rabat and spend the day exploring the Moroccan capital, where attractions include the Hassan Tower and Mohammed V Mausoleum. Or, a little further afield, Fez is famous for its UNESCO-listed medina, and a walking tour of its colorful souks—in particular the much-photographed tanneries—is a must for day-trippers. Alternatively, a visit to Marrakech offers the chance to shop in Morocco’s most renowned souks, sample Moroccan cuisine at Jemaa el-Fna square, and take a camel ride in the desert.
For the best value, look for a tour that includes hotel pickup and lunch, or choose a private tour to enjoy the flexibility of a personalized itinerary.
Day 3: Explore the Corniche
The Ain Diab Corniche road runs parallel to the Atlantic coast and boasts numerous lookout points. Full-day tours allow you to soak up the scenery without having to worry about navigating and keeping your eyes on the road. A staple sight on these tours is the Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca’s most photographed landmark and one of the largest mosques in the world. The view from the outside is stunning but to visit the interiors, a tour guide is essential.
Continue along the Corniche to the sandy beaches of Lalla Meryem and Ain Diab. Right next door is the gigantic Morocco Mall (Africa’s largest mall) which has a huge selection of shops, restaurants, and cafés, as well as a cinema, ice rink, and aquarium.