Casablanca Travel Guide
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- 98%Family Travelers
- 79%Adventure Travelers
- 67%Business Travelers
- 65%Art & Design Lovers
- 63%Nightlife Lovers
- 63%Budget Travelers
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- CasablancaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4
This is primarily a business destination, not so much a tourism destination, but it definitely is interesting, giving a serious taste of Moroccan city life. The traffic is wild and chaotic, but obviously has it's own flow if you know how to handle it. Hotels are often full at just about any time of year, so book early if you have a specific preference. During my stay, as we roamed the city streets, there was nary a tourist in sight, until we came to the coastal Corniche area, with it's clubs and cafes, near the Mosque Hassan II. Despite the apparent lack of western tourists, the locals clearly know what they are when the see them, so expect to be befriended and offered "help" by many. Of course, compensation is expected. Many goods are available at excellent prices compared to the west, but it's a good idea to scope out prices for things you might want to buy before shopping, maybe asking typical prices at your hotel. As a foodie, I had fun sampling the offerings from the many carts and stalls in the Old Medina - spicy escargot, egg sandwich, fried fish, sausage sandwich, traditional Harira soup, and more - but it's probably not for the 'delicate-of-stomach" and faint-hearted. Also, definitely try the lamb in Morocco, Good to note that photography is somewhat foreign, and it's recommended to either ask permission before shooting, or to shoot under-cover. In some cases it's worth it to hand out a couple dirhams as a thank you. Getting a taxi can take a while, but if there's room, you might get one shared with you. Always make sure the driver turns on the meter, and don't let them quote you a price unless you already know it's a fair one. Buses aren't recommended transportation for non-locals, unless you have a local guiding you, like we did. By the end of 2012, the new tram system should be in service, hopefully alleviating some of the crazy traffic and packed buses. Although this isn't a typical tourist spot, there is plenty to see and do, from street culture to high end hammams.Recommended for:
Casablanca does have a bit more to recommend it than many visitors give credit, but I've been there several times and still haven't been charmed by it. It's too big to walk around very easily, which makes it hard to deal with. Still, a couple of bonuses: cab drivers are for the most part honest (always nice), and now there's a tram system, so I'm looking forward to going back and using that. Also, the old downtown area, with its gorgeous Art Deco buildings, is worth seeing--the tram now runs down the middle of the biggest, grandest avenue.Recommended for:
- CasablancaMember ofLocal CultureFamily TravelersGreen Travelers+ 2
I had a higher expectation of Casablanca given the name was quite 'popular' - unfortunately, the city has not been developed much in the past twenty years. Some buildings look drab and need refurbishment badly. Had I known this, I'd have skipped staying overnight at Casablanca and could have gone directly to the more cheerful Rabat
Casablanca is the place I landed first at Morocco. The city is all in white colour with very long beaches. Markets, ruines and government departments are there. Famous for tourism, leather and nice weather. Other places I visited at Morocco are Faze, Meknas, Al Mohammadia, Tangea, Rabat.
- CasablancaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
Casablanca is Morocco's largest city as well as its chief port. A small independent kingdom, in the area then named Anfa, arose around late Roman time in response to Arab Muslim rule, and continued until it was conquered by the Almoravids in 1068. During the 14th century, under the Merinids, Anfa rose in importance as a port. In the early 15th century, the town became an independent state once again, and emerged as a safe harbour for pirates and privateers, leading to it being targeted by the Portuguese, who destroyed the town in 1468. The Portuguese used the ruins of Anfa to build a military fortress in 1515. The town that grew up around it was called "Casa Branca", meaning "white house" in Portuguese.
- CasablancaFirst to Review
Hayal kırıklığı. Bu şehrin her anına sinmiş bir hayal kırıklığı kokusu var.
Benim açımdan da çok büyük bir hayal kırıklığı olduğunu söylemeliyim. Çünkü burası "Marakeş"... Daha oryantalist, daha çok doğu mistisizmine sahip bir şehir bekliyor insan. Ama karşımdaki, yıllarca sömürüldüğünden ötürü olsa gerek, geçmişini kaybetmiş, dilini kaybetmiş başı önünde yürüyen insanlarla dolu, sarımtırak renkli bir havaya sahip (çöl havası olsa gerek), nereye baksan terkedilmiş gibi duran bir şehir.
Otelin resepsiyonuna soruyoruz, nereyi gezebiliriz burada diye, 2 yer gösterebiliyor bize, biri hediyelik eşya satan kapalıçarşının boyut olarakta,kalite olarakta 10'da biri bile olamayacak birkaç sokaktan ibaret olan "Habus", diğeri ise dünyanın en büyük ikinci camii olan "2. Hasan Camii". Habusa gidiyoruz, deve derisi kokusu var her yerde. Fas'a özgü bu deriden yapılan terliklerden başka birşey de bulamıyoruz. Hayal kırıklığıyla otele geri dönüyoruz.
Eski şehir, bir duvarla ayrılmış yeni şehirden; tek ortak noktaları çanak antenler. İş yerindeki bir bayan uyarıyor; "Buradan uzak durun; yanınızda da değerli bir eşyanızı taşımayın!"
Reklamlar Fransızca, orta-üst sınıf sadece Fransızca konuşuyor; Farsça konuşanına rastlamadım daha. Ne yazık. Çok yazık bu ülkeye.
Hiç bir zaman devletlerin savunucusu olmadım ancak insan bir düşünüyor, cumhuriyeti kuramasaydık biz ne halde olurduk dye; çünkü Fas bunu simülasyonu gibi...
Köhnelik, çürümüşlük, "hayal kırıklığı kokusu" maalesef iklimden kaynaklanıyor biraz da. Binaların dış cephe boyaları uzun süre dayanamıyor, sanırım hem nem, hem de kum fırtınaları yüzünden; her bina eski bina burada, görüntü olarak...
Hani nerede o ünlü filmdeki güzel şehir? Hani nerede romantizm?
Şu büyük camiyi daha göremedim, görürsem onu da yazarım. Ama şimdilik, bu şehirden bana kalan, kocaman bir hayalkırıklığı...
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