“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine” – Rick Blaine.
The Moroccan city of Casablanca dates back to 1515 when the Portuguese built a settlement here comprised mainly of whitewashed houses. Casa blanca literally translates as white house, though it was actually the Spanish who named it so during the eighteenth century.
I’ve always loved the movie Casablanca. Thus this fascinating Moroccan city had been on my bucket list for years. Especially as you can go and have dinner at Rick’s Cafe, a five star restaurant modelled on the bar in the movie.
For me, this was reason enough to visit the city. However, there’s way more to Casablanca than fine dining. Firstly, there’s the small matter of one of the world’s most impressive mosques. Furthermore, I loved the laid back feel of the city’s sleepy squares, dusty backstreets and cosy cafes.
You’ll also discover a vibrant market scene, including the Old Medina, Maarif Market and Habous Olive Market. For city views, hit the rooftop of the decaying Casablanca Cathedral.
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