Welcome to Casablanca’s cruise port guide. Most travelers associate Casablanca with the Marrakesh Express and the movie Casablanca although the reality is often much different. Most people love Casablanca for everything it is. A big raw city with its busy dirty Medina, the incredible mosque and its true fascinating Islamic heritage. Casablanca is something to prepare for. Most cruise ships visit it in combination with the Canary Islands and compared to this you are stepping into a whole new world. It is different. Different from anything you would expect. You have tons of options on what to see and do and why not fall into this captivating culture by just embracing it. Staying in town is a good option as Casablanca is where you would get a real feel for daily life in Morocco. There are so many neighborhoods to explore that are all different from one another. Take in the culture, the smells, the food and the way of life. Hopefully this is something that you are open to and if you are, you can get carried away in a city like this. The true Morocco is waiting for you here.
The port of Casablanca is massive. It is Morocco’s biggest port and it is even one of the largest artificial ports in the world. As you can already see from your ship it is a busy port that serves mainly the container ships.
When in Casablanca you have the opportunity to go visit Rabat. This is definitely a city that has more charm than Casablanca. You’ll feel it’s more a traditional city compaired to a business city like Casablanca. Rabat is where you can get acquanted with some of the most important landmarks of the country like the Kasbah, Hassan tower, Mausoleum of Mohammed V. From port it is 90 km / 1 hour 15 min drive to the north east. Visit it with the train.
On the Place Mohammed V you will find the most prominent and important buildings of the Casablanca like the law courts, the splendid wilaya, the bank al-Maghrib and Ministry of Defence building. From port it is 3,5 km / 45 min walk to the south.
This brand new train station stand right at the exit of the port that is about 2 km walk from the ship. Catch the train to various destinations like Rabat. Check the train schedule on http://www.oncf.ma/Pages/Accueil.aspx
The Central Market in Casablanca is a bustling market to experience. It is a feast for the senses. Befriend a shop owner or two and get acquanted with the friendliness of the locals. See the fish straight out of the ocean, pyramids of fruits or smell the meat that still recognizable on its hook. From port it is 3 km / 35 min walk to the south.
The largest mosque of Morocco is open to non-muslims and this is simply an oppurtunity that you have to take. It truly is one of the most beautifull mosques in the world. It is right there in the list with the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Get a guided tour inside starting at 9am, 10am, 11am and 2 pm. From port it is 4,5 km / 50 min walk to the west.
This Catholic construction has been dominating the neighboorhood since 1930. Casablanca is not only home to the muslims but also catholics and there are several buildings to prove this. This cathedral is no longer in use for religious purposes, but nowadays they often have interesting exhibitions inside. From port it is 3,5 km / 45 min walk to the south west.
The Medina is the area of town that has to be manditory to see on a 1st time visit. This is the old town. It basicaly is one gigantic market in the twisting and turning streets of old Casablanca surrounded by the old city wall with its 4 gates. Buy your local souvenirs here. From port it is 2,5 km / 30 min walk to the south west.
Casablanca cruise dock is located in the port of Casablanca which is one of the largest in Africa. There are limited facilities at the dock. Aside from your ship’s shore excursion busses and taxis there is little there. Read about your options on transportation and what to see and do in our Casablanca cruise port guide.