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Casablanca

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Understand
Casablanca is now Morocco's largest city with a population of almost 4 million and also boasts the world's largest artificial port but no ferry service of any kind . Casablanca is also the most liberal and progressive of Morocco's cities. Young men flirt brazenly with scantily-clad women, designer labels are the norm in the chic, beachfront neighbourhood of 'Ain Diab and many young Moroccans speak to each other exclusively in French.
But not everyone is living the Casablancan dream. Tens of thousands of rural Moroccans who fled the drought-ravaged interior to find work in the city are struggling under high unemployment rates and expensive housing. The poverty, prevalent in slums on the city's outskirts, has led to high rates of crime, drug use, and prostitution and the rise of Islamism.
Casablanca is a mixed bag of Moroccan extremes.
Buses to the center leave regularly (~4 Dh).
There is also '''Aeroport Transport:Casablanca Airport Car Service'''Best Service Right Price [http://www.aeroporttransport.com] +(212) 676-768-189.email="[email protected]"
===By train===
===By tram===
 The first tram line is set to Open opened in December 2012. The tram works from 6 AM to 22:30 PM during the week.End-to-end journey times are put at 60/70 minutes.The 31-kilometre line links some of main neighbourhoods of the city, and includes 48 stop stations. Two of the stations, '''Gare de Casa-Voyageurs''', and '''Gare de l'Oasis''' are located in front of train stations. Here is a map url="http://www.casatram.ma/sites/default/files/pieces/plan-casa-tram-agence.png" 
===By bus===
* '''The King Hassan II Mosque''', Blvd Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah, Tours Sa-Th 9AM, 10AM, 11AM and 2PM. A relatively recent mosque. It's the largest in Morocco and the third largest in the world, with the tallest minaret in the world. It is one of the two main mosques in Morocco open to non-muslims. Beautiful interior complete with water features, a roof that opens to the sky, a ''huge'' hammam in the basement (not in use), and beautiful tile work. Worth a trip to the city.
[[Image:Mosque.jpg|thumb|300px]]
*'''Old Medina''', ''North of of the Place des Nations Unies'' There is a small traditional walled town in the north of Casablanca. If you are in town it's be worth a visit, but it's nothing compared to the glories of Fes or Marrakesh.
*'''Central Post Office''' Come here to send your postcards in style! Built in 1918 the facade of this building is composed both of round and rectangular shapes. Once you approach you will get a good view of the excellent mosaics.
*<see name="Rêve de mon œil" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">This art gallery exhibits a bizarre collection of modern welded sculptures by artists from all over Morocco. </see>
*<see name="Octagon Square" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">This is one of the best places to see modern Morocco. Businessmen come out in droves at lunchtime to have their food in the sunshine on this modern city square. Great chances to take beautiful scenery shots too. </see>
 
 
==Do==
Restaurants in Morocco are like restaurants in Spain - they don't open until around 7pm at the earliest, and most people don't eat until much later. Be sure to call first and make sure your restaurant of choice is actually open.
===Budget===
* '''Al Mounia''', 95 Rue Prince Moulay Abdullah, ☎ +212 (0) 22 22 26 69. This restaurant has an excellent courtyard with a hundred year-old tree. The main drawback is that since this restaurant is listed in most guidebooks, it fills up with tourists at an early hour. The cooking is mostly traditional Moroccan foods, with some of the best couscous in the country. There is also an extensive wine list.
 
* '''La Cocina'''; 55, Rue Mustapha el Manfalouti, Gauthier, a 20m de Zerktouni, ☎ +212 (0) 522 463369. The real spanish taste in Casablanca.
Located in the center of Casablanca, this restaurant offers a variety of Spanish dishes, very good rice and paellas dishes and a great selection of authentic Spanish tapas and local and imports wines and beers. Open from noon until midnight without interruption, its nice decor and friendly service make it a must in Casablanca.
===Splurge===
* '''YoSushi''', 12 Rue Mohammed Abdou, ☎ +212 (0) 22 98 11 90. Sushi is catching on in a big way in Morocco. This little place, on a side street near the prefectural police headquarters, is one of the best. New, clean, and trendy, you're unlikely to find anyone in it before 10pm. They serve all the sushi classics- Nigiri, Sashimi, Hosomaki, Maki, Futomakis, and assorted other fish items. Though tasty, it can get expensive if your aim is to fill yourself up. Not very many options for vegan diners.
 
* '''Thai Gardens''', Ave. de la Cote d'Emeraude, ☎ +212 (0) 22 79 75 79. This swanky restaurant is a little out of the way, in the upscale Anfa neighborhood near the Corniche. Petite taxis run about 20 DH from the city center, but there is no better asian restaurant in all of Casablanca. The spring rolls are delicious, with fresh mint inside, and the Pad Thai is as good as you'd get in New York. The beef fillet with hot sauce alone is worth the trip. Excellent selection of Moroccan wine but only 3 beers. Main dishes run around 140 DH.
==Drink==
*<sleep name="Sheraton Casablanca Hotel & Towers" alt="" address="100 Avenue Des F A R" directions="" phone="212 522 43 9494" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="1,800 MAD" lat="" long="">This modern hotel houses 6 bars and restaurants and the popular nightclub, Caesar's. There's also an outdoor pool and a fitness center. </sleep>
 
 
*<sleep name="Hôtel les Saisons" alt="" address="19, rue El Oraïbi Jilali (ex. rue de foucauld)" directions="" phone="212 022 48 18 98 - 022 49 09 01/27/28/29" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="€ 65" lat="" long="">Luggage service, Concierge, Telephone, Internet, Fitness, Lounge bar, Cities Reestaurant Individual safe box, Mini bar, Room service, Laundry, Hair Dryer, Cable TV, Air conditioning</sleep>
==Contact==
* [[Image:Uk-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="United Kingdom" alt="" directions="" address="Villa Les Sallurges
36 rue de la Loire – Polo" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://ukinmorocco.fco.gov.uk" ></listing>
* [[Image:Fr-flag.png|20px]] <listing name="France" alt="" directions="" address="1, rue du Prince Moulay Abdallah" email="" fax="" url="http://www.consulfrance-ma.org" ></listing>
==Get out==
The majority of travellers leaving Morocco from Casablanca will leave from the Mohammed V airport (accessible by trainhttp://www.oncf.ma.) Leaving Casablanca for other Moroccan cities is likely to be by rail: the main train station is Casa Voyageur (as opposed to Casa Port, which is a special side stop not served by many trains.) Grand taxis are the best way to exit the city for smaller outlying villages. There are no boat or ferry services available in Casablanca.You may take Supratours or CTM coaches that travels through out Morocco.http://www.ctm.ma/
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