The primary hub for the storied city of Casablanca is the Mohammed V International Airport (CMN), and is the busiest airport in the country. As such, you’ll find that this is a well-equipped airport, with information desks, public telephones, ATMs, bureaux de change (though this service must be used before you go through security), several shops, and numerous restaurants and cafes, a first aid clinic, and access to WiFi in the VIP lounges.
The airport is located 30km from Casablanca, and you can take the train into the city that is convenient and fairly fast (at 45 minutes), or take a taxi instead. You have to haggle for your fare when you hop in a cab in this city, but aim for 250MAD ($34).
Travelling from Australia to Casablanca can be done with British Airways, Air France, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, Emirates, Qantas, Turkish Airlines, and others.
Why visit Casablanca?
Casablanca, made forever immortal by the 1942 Hollywood film, is a city that lives and thrives as Morocco’s contemporary powerhouse. Wheeling towards all things modern, travellers can still find the old heart of this city pop up in its gorgeous mosques and Mauresque style buildings that harken to another time. But Casablanca is for the young, so engage in the best of this dynamic city by indulging in its cuisine, seeing its art galleries, and dancing the night away in Casablanca’s bars and clubs.
Things to do in Casablanca
Most people travelling internationally will fly into Casablanca, but you must make sure you don’t skip it in favour of Morocco’s coastal resorts or storied medinas of older cities, as Casablanca has tons to offer. See the Hassan II Mosque, an intricately designed house of worship that also is home to the world’s highest minaret. This mosque dominates the city’s skyline, and is definitely worth a visit.
Then wander through Casablanca’s own medina, which is a jumble of twisting laneways that will take you past tiny shops, little restaurants, and curiosity boutiques. But if you really want to shop, go to the central market, where you can find freshly made slippers, beautiful fabrics, and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Then leave the cramped confines of the busy market for the open spaces of Place Mohamed V, the main square of the city, and see important government buildings that populate the plaza. Or head instead for the sea, where there are lots of hotels and restaurants, and a lovely stretch of golden beach where you can jump in the sea if you are in need of cooling down after a day of touring.
Best time to visit Casablanca
· Autumn, into winter and then spring (November to May) is the best time to visit this city, as the temperatures are perfect for sightseeing. Expect the days to average 16-20°C, with it getting progressively warmer as you get closer to the summertime (June-August).
Arriving in Casablanca by plane
· You will be subject to a stop when travelling to Casablanca, usually in Dubai (DXB) or Doha (DOH).
· Moroccan Dirham (MAD).
· You can enter Morocco without a visa if you hold an Australian passport, and your leave to stay will be valid for three months. Visit the Smart Traveller site dedicated to travel in Morocco for the most up-to-date information on travel to this country.
Please note that information is correct as of December 2016
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