Casablanca or White House in English, is the largest city of Morocco, on the Atlantic coast of the country, and one of the largest in North Africa. It has about 5.5 million inhabitants. It is the largest port and the largest industrial and commercial center of Morocco. The city has a main square, from which radiate various avenues. In general, the buildings are a French version of Arab-Andalusian architecture, white with simple lines, being of particular interest to the area of the United Nations Plaza, where are the largest infrastructure.
It was completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1755. At that time settled in the city many Spanish merchants passing White House to be known as Casablanca. It was occupied in 1907 by the French who promoted its development.
During the Second World War, in January 1943, was the scene of a conference between the US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Casablanca has one of the largest artificial ports in the world, being an important place of business and commerce. The main industries are fishing, the glassworks, the furniture, the materials of construction and the tobacco. There are several areas of trade, where they are sold for various types of products, in particular the craft.
The winter as well as in all the cities of North Africa is with temperatures not too high, but also not low. The summers are not too hot, but very dry.
The climate of Casablanca is comparable to that of San Francisco (United States), Santiago (Chile), in Melbourne (Australia) or from Cape Town (South Africa).
During the summer, the rains and masses of heat are very rare. The climate of the city is Mediterranean.
Casablanca is the third largest tourist city of Morocco, being mainly a business city, because it is the economic capital of the country. Even though it is less visited than Marrakech and Agadir, the city wants to extend the stay of the visitors that on average is two days.
Places to visit
- Children of the Arab League and Yasmina;
- Museum of Villa des Arts;
- Neighborhood of the Habbous (الحبوس) or New Medina with craft shops;
- Place Mohammed V: around the square develops the Wilaya de Marrakech with the Belfry Tuscan-inspired and the
- Palace of Justice of Arabic-andalusian and a great source ;
- The Great Mosque Hassan II, built between 1986 and 1993. Famous for the great minaret of 200 m, and then of the
- Mosques of Mecca and Medina, the third largest in the world;
- The old Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Casablanca;
- The old medina (Bab Marrakech);
- The many facades ” Art déco “, in particular along the avenue Mohammed V, Boulevard 11 Janvier, etc.;
- The central market;
- The marginal road and the beaches (Dar Diab);
- The marabout of Sidi Abderrahman;
- Ghallef Derb: a large flea market, a kind of market that recalls the stories of Ali Baba, outdoors;
- Twin Center Casablanca : two towers of 28 floors with 115 m of height and with a commercial center of 130 stores in 3 floors, in full Maarif, the commercial district of Casablanca;
- Megarama:, cinema complex;
- Festival du Boulevard des jeunes appartement Au-dessus: festival de musique annually to the Casablanca;
- Festival of Casablanca: annual festival organized by the municipality.