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Casablanca

Casablanca is a modern city with a rich heritage where the various arts, cultures and old traditions can live harmoniously together.

The old medina

The Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah reinforced the medina's ramparts in 1770. The Sqala symbolizes his reign. You will have a fine view of the medina and the port from this stronghold, now converted into a restaurant. The port was built at the turn of the 20th century and is protected by a 3180m long artificial pier. The El Hank lighthouse, built in 1920 to facilitate access to the port, symbolizes the city's economic success. A very busy market is held in Place de la Comédie, to the west of the medina, where you will also find a pleasant public garden where the koubba (shrine) of Sidi Bou Smara is situated. Before you leave the medina by the impressive Bab El Mersa, the navy gate, visit the Sidi Kairouani sanctuary which is near Tnaker Street.
 
Currency
Moroccan dirham (MAD) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of MAD  200, 100, 50 and 20. Coins are in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5 and 2 centimes. 1 EURO is about 10.8 MAD.
The Moroccan dirham (MAD) is officially designated a closed currency, meaning it can only be traded within Morocco. The import and export of the currency is tolerated up to a limit of MAD1000. Currency purchased during a visit to Morocco should be converted back before departing the country, with the exception of the MAD1000 level. You're advised to keep the receipts of currency exchange, as these will be required for the conversion back to foreign currency before departure.
 
Temperature
December is one of the cooler months of the year in Casablanca although temperatures remain fairly mild. The average temperature on any given day in December hovers around 56°F (14°C). This average temperature takes into account a potential low of 46°F (8°C) and a high of 68°F (20°C). While it is advised to pack layers to anticipate this range, most of the low temperatures will occur overnight. Despite the cooler temperatures, travellers will get to enjoy around eleven hours of sunshine each day in Casablanca. The region sees only 20 millimetres of rainfall throughout the entire month. Much of this falls over the course of seven days so the precipitation is not heavy.
 
Transportation and Moving In Morroco
 
Airport:
Casablanca main airport is Mohammed V International Airport
 
By Air:
If your time is short and you want to get around quickly, air travel is a good option but it is expensive. Royal Air Moroc flies most domestic routes and you can look at their website to check fares and schedules.
 
By Trains:
Trains in Morocco are among the best in Africa; fares are cheap and trains are efficient and comfortable. You rarely have to book in advance, which is good since you can't book trains outside of Morocco. Trains travel between Tangier, Meknes, Fes, Oujda, Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakech. For more information see  Train Travel in Morocco.
 
By Bus:
There are three national bus companies that operate between most major towns and cities in Morocco. They are SupratoursCTM and SATAS. According to recent traveler accounts on VirtualTourist.com SATAS doesn't have a very good reputation. Since Morocco's rail network doesn't extend to some popular destinations like Agadir and Essaouira, you'll probably use a bus service while traveling around the country. Long-distance buses are comfortable and usually air-conditioned.
You can buy your tickets at the bus depot. CTM has recently moved to a computerized booking system so you can book all your bus tickets for anywhere in the country at any CTM office. Supratours buses are handy if you are traveling onward by train since it is run by the same company. They stop at every train station. City buses are another breed of vehicle all together and it's probably easier to take a "petit taxi" to get around town.
 
By Taxi:
You'll usually see two types of taxis in most major Moroccan cities, "big taxis" (grand taxis) and "small taxis" (petit taxis). The grand taxis are shared taxis and will cover longer distances. The petit taxis work like regular taxis everywhere. If the meter doesn't work, negotiate your fare in advance. If you don't have a lot of luggage, then always opt for a petit taxi for trips around town. It is much cheaper.
 
Renting a Car:
Renting a car in Morocco is not cheap, Most of the major car rental agencies have offices in Morocco and there are plenty of online car rental portals to book from, Car Hire Express is just one of them. The roads in Morocco are quite good but be aware that the distances between major towns can be significant. This distance finder should help you plan your trip.
 
See getting around Morocco for more information.