The population of Casablanca is 3.2 million people. The city is located 91 kilometers southwest of Rabat. The city is located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. While Rabat is the official capital of the country, Casablanca is the industrial and business center of Morocco. In addition, Casablanca is the largest Moroccan city. In terms of area, in Africa, it is second only to Cairo. Casablanca is the epitome of modern Morocco. Its atmosphere and appearance are reminiscent of the cities of southern Europe. The largest banks and companies are located in Casablanca. There are many European clothing boutiques here. The nightlife of the city is very rich.
Attractions of Casablanca
The Hassan II Mosque is located in the northeast direction from the Old Medina. It is possible to visit it only as part of an organized group, which is formed right on the spot. It is allowed to take pictures and take pictures in the mosque. The mosque is a symbol of modern Casablanca – its main attraction. The mosque is the most luxurious and grandiose Muslim temple, built in the 20th century. It ranks second in size after the Al-Haram Mosque, located in Mecca. 5,000 women and 20,000 men can pray in the temple at the same time. The area near the mosque can accommodate about 80,000 people. The minaret is 200 meters high.
The old medina (Medina is the Old City) of Casablanca is very similar to the medinas of other Moroccan cities. Here you can see the Jewish quarter, poor locals, as well as many small cafes, mosques and shops scattered along the narrow streets. Tourists in the Old Medina always remember local cats. There are a lot of them here. An interesting attraction of the Old Medina is the Marrakech Gate.
Not far from the age-old tree of the cube stands the Dar el-Makhzen mosque. Its construction was initiated by Sultan Mohammed bin Abdullah. Near the ocean is the bastion Skala. It was built in the 18th century. In the bastion there are remarkably preserved cannons.
Museum of Moroccan Judaism. The exposition of the museum acquaints visitors with the main events in the history of Jews in Morocco. It shows relics and household items of Moroccan Jews.
According to A2ZGOV, Rabat is the capital of Morocco. The population of Rabat is about one and a half million people. The city is the political, administrative and cultural center of the state. It houses the main residence of Mohammed 6, all foreign embassies, as well as the ministries of the country. Rabat is a pretty quiet city. There is a huge number of gardens and parks. The city is one of the “imperial” cities. His story is very interesting. In terms of the number of inhabitants, Rabat is second only to the economic center of Morocco – Casablanca. The capital is located on the Atlantic coast, more precisely, on the left bank of the Bou-Re-greg river. Rabat and Saleh, which is its satellite city, form the province of Rabat-Sale.
Sights of Rabat
Kasbah Udaya rises on the south bank of Bou Regreg. It can only be accessed from Ta-riq-al-Marsa street. To do this, you need to go through the Bab al-Kasba gate or the Udaya gate. Sultan Abd al-Mumin from the Almohad dynasty began to build a fortress for military purposes as early as 1158. Later it was used by pirates to defend the mouth of the river from attacks by European warships. The name of the Kasbah comes from the name of the Udaya tribe. During the reign of the Alawites, representatives of this tribe formed the garrison of the fortress. During the construction of the Kasbah, clay, common in Morocco, was used as a building material. In addition, shell rock was used, which was brought from the ocean coast.
The Kasbah is a labyrinth of narrow, clean streets lined with white buildings. Shutters, doors and the bottom of buildings are blue. It will be very interesting to look at the details. For example, door handles are made in the shape of Fatima’s hand, and an iron ashtray fly is placed on the doors. Often these little things seem like real works of art.
Sights of the surroundings of Rabat
The Ethnographic Museum is 4 kilometers away if you walk in the direction of Kenitra. The museum was made from an old factory thanks to Mohammed Abdallah Belhazi. The area of the museum is 5 thousand square meters. The museum is recognized at the state level, despite the fact that it is private.
Exotic Plant Gardens were established in 1951. At the present time, about one and a half thousand varieties of representatives of the flora of the whole world have been collected here.
The Temara National Zoo is a well-maintained zoo with cafes and rides on site. Locals often come here not only to see the animals, but also to buy fresh seafood. North of the Exotic Gardens is the Plage de Nation. And 15 kilometers south of Rabat there is Temara Beach. Tourists visiting Morocco often visit the Mamora eucalyptus forest. Its area is 134 thousand hectares. The best time to visit the garden is spring.