Off-The-Beaten-Path Casablanca

While visiting Casablanca, consider exploring a bit off the beaten path. Although many assume the Medina (old town) is a must-see, Casablanca's is "only" around 200 years old—much newer than Fes and Marrakech. If you’re visiting those other cities, you don't need to spend much time in Casablanca's Medina. Instead, venture out of the old town and visit some of the city's hidden gems and where the locals tend to congregate.

Although Casablanca’s old Medina isn't a big attraction, its “New Medina” certainly is! Known as The Hobous,  this neighborhood was established in the 1930s by the French, contrasting nicely with its old town. Here, you can walk around the charming streets and admire art deco architecture. Pop into some artisan shops to browse local crafts, including olives, textiles, and spices.

Next, meander over to Mohamed V. Square, an airy plaza featuring tall palm trees and French Colonial architecture. Stroll around the gardens, enjoy the fountain, or relax on a bench to people-watch. If you'd like to take a longer walk, you'll find Arab League Park nearby, home to 30 acres of walking paths and green spaces. Bordering the park on its northwest side is the Sacred Heart Cathedral.

After your stroll, grab a coffee, lunch, or a drink at the famous Rick's Cafe. If your main reason to visit Casablanca is to follow Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart's footsteps, then the iconic cafe is a must-see. Once inside, you'll recognize the scene in the legendary film!

Casablanca is set on the Atlantic Ocean and offers a scenic beach promenade, perfect for a stroll. You can join the locals in the late afternoon and follow the Boulevard de la Corniche between two of the city's beaches. Often called Morocco’s “Miami,” you'll find several buzzy cafes, restaurants, and bars along this stretch to grab a sunset drink or dinner. You can also visit the El Hank Lighthouse and enjoy views of the Hassan II Mosque as it starts to glow at dusk.

Itineraries with Off-The-Beaten-Path Casablanca

Casablanca, Chefchaouen, & Fes - 4 Days

Enjoy northern Morocco's top cities with this 4-day loop from Casablanca. Wander the blue streets of Chefchaouen in the Rif mountains before stopping in the Roman town of Volubilis. End your quick trip in the culture capital of Fes as you roam the winding souks of the medina, visit local artisan workshops, or try your hand at a cooking class.

Moroccan Cities: Casablanca, Rabat, Fes & Marrakech - 6 Days

Discover Morroco's historic and modern cities on this 6-day tour of the country's urban centers. You'll get a sense of Morocco's evolution across the centuries, from its Roman ruins in Volubilis to its modern commercial capital, Casablanca. You'll also visit  the seaside splendor of Rabat — which showcases the influence of French-colonial heritage — as well as the exquisite Imperial City of Meknes. Finally, you'll immerse yourself in Marrakech, the "Red City," where you'll be welcomed with fantastic cuisine, a bustling Medina, and gorgeous architecture.