More than a vast economic capital, this exceptional Arab place named Casablanca is an endless source of amazement. Modernity dances a haunting waltz with tradition, with its juxtaposition of contrasting buildings. Colorful souks stand alongside old-fashioned neighborhoods and venerable high walls rub shoulders with amazing buildings like Levy Bendayan.
With an avant-garde spirit that's mirrored across the whole city, this architectural feat is a great testament to the eclecticism that prevails in this city. Considered in the 20s and 30s as a haven for architects from right across the world, "Casa" demonstrates an aesthetic diversity that's unique in the Arab world. Your eyes will quickly be averted upwards to admire the abundance of Art Deco facades such as that of the Excelsior Hotel.
Once there, it's the central market that will really allow you to appreciate the character of the city. All of Morocco converges in this colorful square where travelers are stunned to discover a profusion of scents, of the orient and of spices, fruits and vegetables all set out in pyramids.
It makes for an awakening of the senses that marries perfectly with a refreshing mint tea, a pleasure and tranquility that can be prolonged with a visit the Arab League garden. This quiet green space is a favorite place for a stroll in Casablanca for those seeking some shade in the middle of the palm groves. But it's when you stop in front of the mosque of Hassan II that you suddenly realize the architectural immensity of this city.
As the third largest mosque in the world, the mosque of Hassan II is a monument whose size and splendor make it an architectural masterpiece. Spectacular from the outside, thanks to its proximity to the sea, this Muslim jewel is breathtaking when you walk through its doors and it unveils its spiritual and captivating decor. Between sea and sky, the building and its huge minaret - the tallest in the world - is as fascinating as Casablanca itself.