The port town of Casablanca on the northwest coast of Morocco is the country’s largest city, with a population of more than five million. It’s Morocco’s industrial giant; a very Western city, full of shopping malls and office buildings. Travellers may book flights to Casablanca hoping to find the town of the famous film. In fact, this was shot entirely on location in the United States and bears very little resemblance to the actual city. But among the city’s commercial core, older, traditional Moroccan buildings remain.
The most famous of these is the huge Hassan II mosque, a must-visit for any tourist. The old medina has recently been restored and is now attracting more tourists than it used to, though it is still not as impressive as those in Marrakech or Fez. The French New Town, however, is one of the most beautiful in Morocco, with many stunning Art Deco buildings. Many holidaymakers arrive from Casablanca flights as a stop-off to other destinations such as Rabat or Fez. The town is a convenient departure point for much of north or western Morocco, but is well worth exploration in its own right for a few days at least.
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