Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco
Look up into the sky, and you'll see the Hassan II Mosque looming over the medina, Casablanca's old city. It towers over Casablanca — which isn't surprising, as it is the second-largest mosque in Africa and has the world's tallest miranet. It's an epicenter for prayer and can fit 25,000 worshipers inside as well as an additional 80,000 in the courtyard. This truly spectacular sight is one of the best things to see on cruises to Casablanca, Morocco.
A local olive oil market in Casablanca, Morocco
If you want to spark all your senses, you have to spend some time in the souk. The most authentic one in Casablanca is the old medina. When you arrive here, you'll probably feel overwhelmed by everything around you. Take in the colors and smells of the produce, the flowers and dried fruits, as well as the sounds of everyday life happening around you. If you're brave enough, try haggling for a souvenir to bring home.
One of the best things to do in Casablanca, Morocco, is to head to Rick's Café — where you'll feel as if you've entered a movie set. This fictional cafe was set up in 2004 and really does make you feel like you're in the classic movie "Casablanca." This upscale restaurant has a tasty seafood menu and, of course, a baby grand piano. If you're lucky, perhaps someone will start playing a tune.
The local food here is a combination of fresh seafood, Spanish-inspired dishes and Moroccan classics like tagine. There's something for everyone. For savory lovers, the snail soup is best from a local street food vendor. Each stall serves a slightly different version of the soup, and recipes are guarded like precious treasures. If you're looking for something sweet, try zaazaas. This Moroccan delicacy is a layered dessert filled with banana, raib (yogurt), chopped nuts, avocados, dates, sugar and milk.
A cruise to Casablanca, Morocco, is not complete without a visit to a souk. But if haggling isn't your thing, you can also head to a secondhand market like Soco de Moina, where you can find just about anything! If you're looking for a more traditional souvenir, keep your eyes out for handmade rugs, colorful textiles and hand-painted ceramics, all of which can be found throughout the city.
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