Help Heather Fisher with their trip plan: Going to Casablanca, Morocco
I'm going to Morocco for 8 days and arriving in Casablanca first. So far I've gotten the impression that it's more of an industrial metropolitan city and easily "seen" in a few days. I don't know when I'll have a chance to return to Morocco so I want to dive into culture, colors and adventures within the 8 days. I guess my question is should I skip Casablanca and head straight to Marrakech? I've also heard Essaouira is beautiful and worth a visit? Any other spots in this area? I don't want to venture further than 3-4 hours from Casablanca as I'll eventually fly out from there. Any tour or excursions you really enjoyed? Thanks!
From the trip, Going to Casablanca, Morocco
If I were you, I'd bookend my trip with Casablanca - a day at the beginning and a day at the end. You're gonna have to be there anyway and there are a few things worth seeing.
I agree that Casa is not immediately lovable (though Baxter's rec of the Art Deco district, below, is good). This restaurant, however, is pretty stunning--one of the best places I've eaten all over the country. AND Casa now has a tram, which could make getting around easier (and cooler). If you have a long flight to Morocco, I think it's worth staying a night in Casa just to get acclimated.
Another Casa sight. It's pretty staggering.
In case you need a hotel in Casa. Other times I've stayed in Casa, I've just used hotel points at the big chains, which are perfectly adequate too...
I'm so excited! Thanks everyone for your tips... my trip starts in 5 days!