Look for the spectacular Hassan II mosque when you approach the port.
There are no facilities at the dock and the city center is only about 1000 -1250 meters away depending where you are docked, so you can easily do it on foot. However, it is through an industrial area and therefore not an appealing stroll. If it is hot, and it often is, walking is not recommended
The city of Casablanca provides free shuttle services to the center of town, but not all cruise lines take advantage of this! Is it because they want to sell their own tours?
NCL and Olson are shuttling you free to town. Costa and MSC do not and leave you no choice to negotiate with one of the taxis waiting at the dockside. About 10 euro to the center of town, often cheaper on the way back to the ship. No meters, so negociate!
Situated on the Atlantic, Casablanca has one of the largest artificial ports in the world.
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Cruise calendar for this port.
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Hassan II mosque: the French Michel Pineau planned and designed a colossal temple destined to be, because of its dimensions, the second Mussulman temple of the world, after the mosque of the Mecca. It's prayer hall van hold 25.000 people.
Just back from the waterfront is the old medina, which has some lovely examples of Moorish architecture.
The city of Casablanca for the rest is not particularly interesting.
No commercial excursion companies operate near de port.
Walking to the Medina and exploring the city from there is your best bet, it is difficult to get lost as you will see the harbor almost from any point.
Note: the streets and alleys are pretty steep and paved with cobblestones.
The most popular ship's excursion is a trip through the desert to the 11th-century city of Marrakesh. It's famous for its palaces and gardens and a fascinating marketplace where snake charmers, jugglers, acrobats, fire-eaters and fortune-tellers crowd the streets. Marrakech is amazing. It is much more interesting than Casablanca. You definitely need a tour. It is quite far from the port and will be a tiring day. The countryside is worth seeing. Doing Marrakesh on your own, is best done by train.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Casablanca's Central Market lies just inland from the port: head left along the Boulevard Maoulay Abderrahmane and then turn right to Avenue Pasteur.
Currency is Moroccan Dirham (MAD). This currency is divided into 100 centimes.
It is forbidden to export Moroccan money and it is not possible to exchange it; therefore, you should try and spend all your local money before you leave.
There are no restrictions on the amounts of foreign currencies imported. There are banknotes of 10, 50, 100 and 200 DH. In the cities banks have cash points and they are open between 8 and 11,30 a.m. and between 2 and 4,30 p.m. In the summer they sometimes don't close at lunchtime.
Most hotels, restaurants and antique shops accept credit cards.
Language: Arabic, Berber and French.
A phrase book of Arabic or French can be handy.
Internet cafes are open late and are numerous and charge very reasonable fees. The keyboards look international but are not! You will have to ask for assistance.
emergency phone numbers: Police: 19; Fire Service: 15.
Shops are in general open 7 days a week with no set opening hours. On large national and Islamic holidays, they stay closed and Casablanca has little to offer.
The biggest event on the Moroccan calendar is the month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast during the daytime and feast at night. Most restaurants are closed for lunch (with the exception of those catering specifically to tourists) and things generally slow down. Traveling during this time is entirely possible, and the restrictions don't apply to non-Muslims, but it's respectful to refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public during the fast.
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