Top 5 Must Do's in Casablanca

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If you are planning a trip to Morocco, there are a few things you should put at the top of your to do list. Here are the top 5 Casablanca must do's.

Hassan II Mosque

This is the only mosque in Casablanca that non-Muslims can enter. This magnificent mosque is the second largest mosque in the world, Mecca being the largest. The grounds are immaculate and the minaret is impressive with a light that can be seen over 20 miles away. The inside of the mosque is massive with a capacity for 25,000 and it has a retractable roof. Tours operate around the worship schedule, last about an hour and depart at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Kashbah Boulauane

Located on the Wadi Oumer Rbia river, this is an opportunity to view an 18th century Moroccan castle. Built by Moulay Ismail, the Kasbah reveals incredible mosaic tiles and architecture of the area and period. This is also where Sidi Mancar, honored saint of Casablance, is buried.

Agadir Beach

The gorgeous white sand beaches of Agadir are lined with trendy shops, clubs, restaurants and cafes. Some visitors describe Agadir Beach as very similar to Miami Beach in the United States, but there is one thing you can do on Agadir Beach that you will not find in Miami. You cannot rent and ride a camel on the beach in Miami.

Old Medina

Originally a town of 2 districts--1 for the Moroccan Jewish population and the other for the administrative buildings and administrative residences--the town still displays some of the historical architecture, but today it serves as a bazaar with artisans and shops for crafts, shoes, leather items, spices, dried fruits and foods. If you shop in Old Medina, be prepared to bargain as the locals enjoy haggling for sales. This is the perfect place to find that special gift for someone back home or for yourself to remember Casablanca.

Square of Mohammed V

The Square of Mohammed V is the business center of Casablanca and is where most of the government buildings are located. Although some of the architecture reveals a touch of traditional ornamentation, most of these buildings were built during the 20th century, unlike most of the other buildings in Casablanca, which were built much earlier. At the center of the buildings is a fountain that takes on a life of its own when it gets dark as dancing lights and color create a magical presentation.

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