Morocco – Part 1 (Casablanca)

In April, we explored Morocco on a G Adventures & National Geographic Journeys tour for 14 days. It was a very busy schedule with lots of driving and exploring so I didn’t have time to blog while on the road but did try to post on Instagram as much as possible. Once I got home, it took some time to whittle it down from over 4000 images to finally start sharing my experiences. First up is Casablanca. Our tour didn’t include any sight-seeing in Casa (as the locals call it) so four of us met up with a local guide a day early and explored the old medina (the old walled city) as well as “la nouvelle ville” (the new city) that even includes some lovely art deco architecture. At the end of the tour the guide dropped us off at the Hassan II mosque. The 2nd largest in Africa that also boasts the 2nd tallest minaret in the world at 210m (690ft). It is also the only mosque in Morocco that allows non-Muslims to visit. It can hold up to 25,000 worshippers inside and over 80,000 more on the grounds. It is also impressive considering construction began in the late 1980’s and was completed in 1993. While many people told me to skip Casablanca, I’m really glad I didn’t! Next up – Meknès and Fez.

By the way, I’ll be heading back to Morocco in September of 2022 and am very excited to explore a few new areas. Go to the tours page for more information.

Casablanca (pre-tour)

6 thoughts on “Morocco – Part 1 (Casablanca)”

  1. I found the article by accident, it’s nice and interesting to read the adventures of others in Morocco. There is nothing better when, like me, you are planning a trip. Congratulations on the article, I take this opportunity to ask you something. At Christmas and New Year I will travel with my family, my wife and our two children aged 9 and 10 in Morocco. We are customizing our trip with excursions and we wanted to know if you would recommend this excursion or if you have others to recommend.
    thank you

    • Hi Paul!

      I think your family will love Morocco! It will be a long day but the scenery is quite spectacular going through the Atlas Mountains. It was quite cold when we stopped along the pass at higher altitude even in April so dress warmly in layers! Enjoy your trip!


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