Xanadu is located in the suburb of Ain Diab, the liveliest quarter of Casablanca during the night. It is a bit far from the center of the city. It's a 5-euro taxi ride on the way back (because after 8 pm they charge 50% more) and be careful to only take an official red taxi ... Xanadu is next to several bars and nightclubs, is a place for the young, where they play Eastern music, danse, Egyptian, Lebanese, Moroccan and Algerian ... Also international hits. The place is decorated in an oriental style too. The drinks are very expensive. There are girls there who want foreigners to pay for their drinks. It's a unique environment, one you'll find in many bars in the neighborhood. Xanadu is open until 3 am, then there are some afters but the ambience changes a lot.
Jdid Souq means the new market. It is a shopping street in the Habous area in Casablanca. I like to go for a walk in this neighborhood because it is very authentic, while the old medina is more touristy and only sell bad products and designer ripoffs. Here Moroccans come to buy household objects, like tagines dishes, serving dishes, to boil couscous semolina ... And to decorate their home simply. The prices are lower and therefore do not need to barter, most foreigners coming are workers living in Casablanca so traders do not try to inflate prices. Ask a taxi to take you to Habus and then ask for Souq Jdid.
This is in the neighborhood of Habous, the new medina of Casablanca. It means King Street, and is named because it is near the royal palace, the residence of Mohamed VI when in Casablanca. The street is busy, the Habous are a kind of community center where each vendor is also joint owner of the building, and participates in the decisions of the district. Here you will find good prices, between the arches of the street, where they are selling clothes, you can get to a tailors shops, and also bring your favorite dresses to fix, if they are a bit old, they do it very well. Sometimes I bring old shoes or pants which come back as good as new.
The amnesia of Casablanca is in the neighborhood of Ain Diab, beside the sea. It's a pretty big club and disco, and I think it is based on the same concept as France and Ibiza. It is airy, with fountains, palm trees and all in all it is pretty nice. It is very crowded on the weekend, and during the summer they succeed to get prestigious DJs from Europe. The clientele is young. For a taxi home from the Corniche they will charge you 50 dirhams to get downtown.
The royal palace of Casablanca is in the neighborhood of Habous, the medina or "new city" constructed in 1920. The plaza in front of the palace is forbidden to the public and there are guards on site. We went on a Friday and the guards had gone to pray. We thought we´d be able to enter but access was still denied within the palace. You can only imagine how the royal family lives. This palace is the second residence of the king since he lives primarily in the political capital, Rabat. When visiting Casablanca, he stays here. He has hosted many important personalities in this palace, just like his father Hassan II ve hosted Pope John Paul II in 1985 during his first visit to the Islamic country. It is an architectural gem sprawling across several acres but from the outside, you can unfortunately only see the concrete walls put up to protect the sovereign.
This was the starting point of many of my Moroccan adventures. Traveling by train in a country like Morocco still retains the charm that this mode of transport used to have in Europe. Trains are an ideal way to travel around the country: they are clean, relatively cheap and comfortable. It is also a good opportunity to meet the local people and interesting foreigners (and also for romantic liaisons!).
I found this to be a beautiful sandy beach, situated very close to Casablanca. This beach is located in the Atlantic Ocean. It has a low tide, and all the local villagers go there at dawn in order to collect mussels and Sarre fish, mullet or sea bream. It's a lovely place.
Watch the sunset in Mohammedia while enjoying the beautiful views of the Mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca all while enjoying oysters and mint tea . During your trip to Casablanca, you should go to the medina and buy lots of gifts.
Fantasy, also known as "Powder Games" or "Tbourida" is an equestrian event that takes place in various parts of North Africa. It's done in Morocco in order to simulate a military assault cavalry. These careers are short-lived among the horses that compete in it. The goal of the event is to finish the race by firing a shot into the air at the same time, so that you only hear one of them. Then, the intensity of the women's boats will determine who the winner is.
I love walking through the streets of the Medina neighborhood in Casablanca. Many of its visitors only venture out to Bab Marraksh, Marrakech's front door, where they sell imitation designer goods and cheap souvenirs. If you walk a little further, you'll find a popular neighborhood. Medina is a poor neighborhood in Casablanca. Many people say it's unsafe, but that's not true, don't worry. Children play in the street, old people chat in parks, there's a village feeling inside of a big city. Medina was abandoned by the rich families due to the complete lack of hygiene. Some of the older homes don't let any light in, so the houses tended to stay fairly damp, which allowed disease to spread. Now, it's where the poorest of the poor go, people from the country, when they've decided to try their luck in Casablanca, by renting a small room in Medina. There are a lot of places that have lost their splendor, but they still have some remnants of the past.