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Casablanca: Relishing the Unconventionality

Posted on September 1, 2010 | Travel Destinations10 Comments

A wise man said: ‘My favorite destination is the place I’ve never been earlier.’ For those who find a life in the unconventionalities of monotony can definitely look forward to Casablanca. Not a tourist destination in the literal sense, but it is the fast pace along with a rich cultural heritage that sets the place apart.

A lot of travelers embarking the Casablanca lands treat the place simply as a stop-over haven in between their flights or trains; however, Casablanca certainly deserves its due attention. Though, it is admitted that Casablanca may not be as exotic and vibrant as the many other cities of Morocco; but being the economic hub along with being the cultural epicenter, a trip to Casablanca is sure to be unique in its own right. Not entirely a vacation spot, but to spectacle the legacy and the cultural vibe of the city that is ever moving and fast paced, wandering about soaking in the unconventionalities can also quite be stimulating.

Casablanca city

It is the place where moolah matters dominate, where the aesthetics can find a soul in the contemporary art scene that keeps the city alive, and for the fashionistas, Casablanca is up on the map of the trendy world.

It is the period of the French Protectorate that added hot wheels to the city which brought about express developments. Casablanca can also be compared by the tinsel town which attracts small town folks who yearn to make it big. A lot of them have quite been able to pull off their dreams and live a life of luxury, while, many more of them, still dream of that lifestyle living by the dark and ignored corner of the city.

While the other cities of Morocco still have a particular culture of the yesteryear, the Casablanca city folks display a progressive attitude, adopting the lifestyles of the guest. From the dressing sense and the social culture, the western ways are apparent in their approach. With a pulsating night life, an array of leading restaurants, thronging beaches, men and women hang together sans the intrusion of orthodox temperament. However, it cannot be entirely attributed to Europe for such evolved ways. By the passing days, the people from Casablanca are coming to terms with the richness of their cultural heritage and a vibrancy not to be found elsewhere.

Casablanca  beach

However, apart from the bling bling, there is due contrast found in Casablanca. Snarling traffic-jams, bubbling social issues, and poverty as against the backdrop of well managed gardens and parks, outstanding architectural styles provide a backdrop of contradiction.

Casablanca does not shy away from presenting this picture, though, and to define perfection itself is contradictory. Revel in the twisted picture of Casablanca, a city which is on its way of transition into the western ways, slowing striking a balance with its rich cultural past.

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  • Drew Wilson says:

    True! Casablanca is so contrasting…..

    Captain Renault: What in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?
    Rick: My health.I came to Casablanca for the waters.
    Captain Renault: The waters? What waters? We are in the desert.
    Rick: Haha..I was misinformed..

    Nice post on Casablanca!
    Thanks :-)

  • Alex Parkes says:

    Casablanca is Morroco’s economic and cultural capital..

    Casablanca is where money is being made, where best art galleries are showing the best in modern art , where industry is, where the fashion industry blooms..

    This place i sos romantic, charming and exotic..

    I’m completely in love with it!

  • Matthew Philips says:

    Bring Imodium and baby wet’ll need them no matter how strong you think your constitution is..!

    It is important to drink bottled water everywhere..there are numerous brands around which some taste terrible-the brand that we found to be good was Sidi Ali..If you are away from the sea coast don’t eat sea food as the methods used for transportation are doubtful..!

  • Xenia says:

    Casablanca completely opposes itself in this respect that..You’ll be suffocated by the traffic jams, fore-frontal social problems and slums..On the other hand it has well kept wide boulevards,clean and well maintained parks for public, and awe-inspiring colonial architecture!

    The Hassan mosque II is the most modernist landmark of Casablanca….!

    Thanks for the nice read!

  • Cecil Fernandes says:

    The unclear face of the local suburbs is a sharp contrast to the modern city center…The entire city is covered with pollution and I don’t care about poor’ attitude..

    Only the mosque is worth seeing and non-Muslims aren’t allowed to enter..You can see it from a distance which is fine..

    Casablanca has a fascinating historical past!

  • Angie Williams says:

    I had been to Casablanca on a guided tour and they do allow non-Muslims in the mosque if on a a guided tour .At Casablanca guides speak in many languages and can tell you the story about mosque in a way that you’ll be fascinated..

    One thing you need to watch out for is that there is no fixed taxi service in Morocco..Always ask the doorman to wave a taxi for you from the patio..

  • Barry Moore says:

    The places you must visit for a max of two days stay here are:

    The new mosque- Completely awesome and definitely worth a visit
    The old median- Interesting and worth a visit
    The Habous-Interesting but go to the old medina first.
    It is really easy to lose your way in Habous so make sure you know the directions or have a guide..
    If you find yourself lost here then most probably you’ll be reaching the meat market..not for the faint-hearted..This was a real eye-opener

  • Frootie Thomas says:

    In Morocco a tour is a must..Not really good for those seeking romance except the mosque..
    But for those seeking adventure its fine..But only for a maximum of 2 days..

  • Martin McPherson says:

    Thanks for the post and the discussion..Found them really helpful..!

    Keep posting! :-)

  • Charles Whitefield says:

    Found your post useful and interesting and the discussion too!

    Thanks a lot :-)

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