4 top things to look out for at Casablanca!
After purchasing our 1st class train ONCF ticket to the city of Casablanca, we checked in our hotel and decided to explore the area by foot. (2) Next stop, visit the Mohammed Square V to just immerse yourself with the locals. We explored further and came across the Old Medina. Unlike in many Moroccan cities, the old part of town is surprisingly easy to pass by in Casablanca. Experiencing the pace of daily life, with kids running in the narrow streets and men smoking in cafés, you can join the shoppers in their search for traditional treasures, and find the little sights buried in the medina. After the quick tour around the city, we decided to head back to our hotel and slept through from 3pm to 8pm. Only to wake up as we were super hungry. So we braved the night, and walked around the area to find for some decent food. We had Panini Bolognese at Chrono Pizza and walked back home with Banana Milkshake in hand. Yes, we were absolutely not ready to try the Moroccan food just yet! We will get to that later y’ah!
After that, we forced ourselves to sleep back through the night to ensure that our body clock isn’t screwed up cos we definitely need to pick up pace on the following day!
PS: Now that we aren’t any younger, we decided to ensure that Day 1 will always be a scheduled sleep in/rest day especially after a long flight. I recalled the ordeal I had to go through in Paris during our Honeymoon where we were so ‘gungho’ to include activities straight after we touch down. Maybe when we are in early 20s, perhaps can sustain la. Now, we plan trips with rest day right after touch down! If you still don’t get what I mean, wait till you turned 30.
Anyways, (3) you have to see the Hassan II Mosque which was completed in 1993 and located on a platform overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This iconic Hassan II Mosque is the second-largest mosque in the world, and definitely an honour to have our hotel right in front of it. This mosque is so huge that it can accommodate up to 25,000 worshipers!
On our day 18 (last day before flying back to SG), we decided to dine at the La Sqala Café Maure which is housed in an 18th century building. This traditional Moroccan restaurant nestled in the ramparts of Casablanca’s famous medina has a superb reputation and attracts large numbers of locals and tourists alike. We looked around us and it was so obvious that all of us are tourists! Like all the tourists, we gravitate to the restaurant’s beautiful Andalusian garden which is dotted with pretty fountains and outdoor tables and umbrellas.
We had plenty of Tajine(s) in Morocco, every single meal but trust me – it was yummy and worth every penny!