EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT A doorway to the Past

Some cities blast you away, others slowly win you over. Seville disarms and seduces you. Its historic centre, lorded over by a colossal Gothic cathedral, is an intoxicating mix of resplendent Mudéjar palaces, baroque churches and winding medieval lanes.
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$490 per person
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12Days
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Africa
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While history reverberates all around, Seville is as much about the here and now as the past. It’s about eating tapas in a crowded bar or seeing out the end of the day over a drink on a buzzing plaza. The sevillanos have long since mastered the art of celebrating and the city’s great annual festivals, notably the Semana Santa and Feria de Abril, are among Spain’s most heartfelt.

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Destination
Departure Location
Royal Alcázar of Seville, Patio de Banderas, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
Return Location
Museo Del Castillo De San Jorge, Plaza del Altozano, s/n, 41001 Sevilla, Spain
Price includes
  • A guided tour of important places
  • Accommodation in single twin share room
  • Beautifully illustrated souvenir map
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Professionally guided tour
  • Transport to & from hotel
Price does not include
  • Current Hotel Taxes and Service Charges
  • Departure Taxes or Visa handling fees
  • Drinks & Meal on Tour
  • Excess baggage charge
  • International Air, unless expressly paid for
  • Personal expenses
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Visa arrangements

Traveling Morocco  12 days/11 nights
The highlights of the tour :
Explore the spectacular Hassan II mosque and Hassan Tower in Rabat.
Discover the ancient ruins of the Roman empire Volubilis.
Stroll around and meet locals of the unique town of Chefchaouen.
Enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of the Atlas Mountains.
Explore the heritage village and Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Dades and Ziz valleys and the impressive gorges of Todra.
Experience camel riding over the golden dunes of Merzouga and spend a night in the heart of Sahara desert.
Explore the old medinas of Marrakech and Fes with their rich history and architecture.
View and walk in the Atlantic coast of Essaouira.
Itinerary of 12 Days tour from Casablanca :
Day 1: Welcome To Morocco

Upon arrival at Casablanca’s Mohammed V airport, we will greet you and drive you to your hotel in the heart of the economic capital of Morocco.
Day 2: Casablanca – Rabat – Chefchaouen

After breakfast at your hotel. We will start our tour by visiting the spectacular Hassan II mosque – the second largest religious building in the world which is open to non-Muslims. We then set off to the administrative capital of Morocco, Rabat. In Rabat, you will visit The magnificent Kasbah of Oudayas, Hassan Tower with its uncompleted minaret, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Hassan 2 ( father of the current king ) as well as the Chellah Necropolis. After lunch, we will travel to Chefchaouen via the city of Ouazzan. Most of the drive will be over the foothills of the Rif Mountains before we arrive at the beautiful pearl of Morocco, Chefchaouen. Overnight in a Riad.
Day 3: Chefchaouen Sightseeing

After breakfast, we will start exploring Chefchaouen (known as the blue city ). It is a small charming, clean and fresh town. you’ll stroll around the old Medina with its old restored kasbah, Plaza Uta Hammam, the square at the heart of the town is really an ideal place to relax. with its steep, narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed walls, blue doors, windows, and mountains as a backdrop make from Chefchaouen a wonderful place for fascinating pictures. After lunch, you will see the natural spring water of Ras Elma. Unlike other parts of Morocco, this town was occupied by Spain. Therefore, there is much influence of the Spanish and Moorish culture. You will have an opportunity to meet with locals, wander in the souks (markets) and enjoy this amazing town. Overnight in a Riad.
Day 4: Chefchaouen – Volubilis – Meknes – Fes

After breakfast, we leave Chefchaouen and cross the Rif mountains to arrive at the ancient Roman town – Unesco World Heritage Site- we will discover its mosaic floors, basilica, temple, and triumphal arch. We then head to the Holy town of Moulay Driss ( pilgrimage for Moroccans ). After Lunch in the town, we continue our journey to Meknes where you will explore: The huge gate of Mansour, the Granary, The Swani basin, the old medina with its souks and Lahdim square where you will relax in one of its cafes. In the late afternoon, We set off for Fes. Overnight in a traditional riad in the Medina.
Day 5: Fes Sightseeing

After breakfast, you will be met with a local guide with whom you will start your city tour by visiting first the outside part of the Medina ( old city ) including The Royal Palace Gate, the Jewish Quarter ”Mellah ” – dates back to 14th Century. You will also visit the ceramics Cooperative to see traditional Moroccan crafts. Afterwards, you will cover the most important sites inside the medina with a cultural and historical interest including the superb architectural masterpiece of Bou Inania Medersa, Blue gate, the Karaouiyine Mosque, The Big Chouara Tanneries , Medersa Seffarin where people work on metal and make beautiful ( lamps , teapots..) and other decorated architectural masterpieces like Attarin Medersa and the Najarian Fountain. In the afternoon, we will take you to the tombs of Merenids to admire a beautiful panoramic view of the medina. Overnight in your Riad.
Day 6: Fes – Ifran – Cedar Forest – Midelt – Ziz Valley – Sahara Desert

After breakfast, we will travel through the middle atlas mountains. On the way, we will stop at Ifran, a small charming, clean town, known as ” Switzerland of Morocco ” because of its similarity to a Swiss alpine resort. We continue south passing through the largest cedar forest in north Africa and home to barbary monkies, we will have a chance to take fascinating pictures and feed the monkies. After lunch in Midelt, we head south via Talghomt pass admiring the beautiful views and landscapes that nature offers us. We arrive at the region of Ziz valley where we will stop for a breathtaking panoramic view for this hidden oasis filled with palm groves. Within around one hour, we will arrive Sahara desert where your camels are waiting for you. After a rest, accompanied with a guide you will ride the camels and cross the high dunes of Erg Chebbi desert, see a magnificent sunset on top of a high dune, then continue trekking towards your camp where you will sleep ( tents like the nomads use). After dinner, you’ll enjoy Berber music played by nomads around the fire and under a starry sky.
Day 7: Tour of The Dunes – Visit Nomad Families – Merzouga

Waking up early morning is ” a must to ” to see one that could be the most beautiful sunrise in your life. After breakfast, we will begin our desert excursion in the Sahara desert to explore the different parts of the desert. First, we will see the lake of Merzouga that is home to exotic birds, then head directly to the middle of Sahara desert where nomads with their animals still live a traditional life, we will sip a cup of tea with them and see how they live. Afterward, we take the route where Rally Paris Dakar used to race, then we get to Mifis mines that once used to be exploited by France, time to visit them. We continue our journey by heading directly to Khamlia village that is inhabited by black Berber people originally from Mali, Niger …We will have a chance to listen to their music and dance. Lunch in the village ( Berber Pizza). Then, we set off to visit an impressive oasis on the edge of sand dunes before we end up our day in your hotel.
Day 8: Merzouga – Rissani – Arfoud – Todra Gorges – Dades Valley

After breakfast at your hotel. We’ll leave the immense desert and travel towards the city of Rissani, once a major stopping place for the saharan-caravans route; if it coincides the day markets which take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays we will have an opportunity to visit the souk – the largest one in the region. We then set off to Erfoud – fossil town. Here, you will see stalls selling crystals and precious stones as well as fossils. The workshop using Marmar is open to visitors. We then continue our journey to Dades valley passing through villages such as Millab, Tinjdad, Toroug to arrive later to Todra valley which is a green one surrounded by mud villages and mountains. Driving around 30 min we get to Todra gorges : a narrow vertical passage with vertical cliffs 300m high rising dramatically on each side, they are a popular destination for climbing lovers. Lunch in the town, continue to Dades valley where you will see the fascinating rock formation known locally as ”monkies fingers” as well as beautiful mud kasbahs. Overnight in a hotel overlooking the valley.
Day 9: Dades Valley – Rose Town – Ouarzazate – Ait Benhaddou – Marrakech

Today, we travel to El Kalaa Mgou’na or Rose town where over 400 tonnes of rose petals are picked every spring to be processed into rosewater or exported to perfume industries. The festival of roses is held here every May. As we travel from Rose town to Skoura you will see so many kasbahs among the greenery of Dades valley. The small town of Skoura is surrounded by thousands of palm groves and the most beautiful kasbahs in southern Morocco are to be found here. Continue our journey to Ouarzazate ” Hollywood of Africa ” -with the biggest cinema studios in Morocco, then to the most famous, filmed and photographed kasbah of Ait Benhaddou – A Unesco World Heritage site – We’ll have free time to visit it and have lunch in the village. After, we head to Marrakesh via high atlas mountains (2260), admiring the impressive mountainous views and special Berber villages on the mountain’s sides. Arrive in Marrakesh in the evening. Overnight in a riad in the heart of the Medina.
Day 10: Exploring Marrakesh

After breakfast, you will start your city tour exploring Marrakesh ( the red city of Morocco ). The guide will ensure that you see the most important spots with historical and cultural interest including The Bahia Palace, the Saadian tombs, Ben Youssef Koranic school as well as the largest traditional souk in Morocco. After lunch in one of the local restaurant near the main square, you can visit the Koutoubia tower and the Majorelle gardens. Overnight in your riad.
Day 11: Day Trip To Essaouira

After breakfast, we will travel for Essaouira. On the way and since this is the region of Argan trees, we may see many goats climbing trees to eat Argan nuts and leaves. We may also visit a Women’s Cooperative of Argan oil where you will learn about the benefits and applications of the oil, from culinary and cosmetics to medicines. After several stops on the way, we’ll arrive in Essaouira: a beautiful white town located in the Atlantic ocean, we will start our explorative day by visiting the ramparts called Skalla fortress. Then walk inside the narrow alleys of the Medina- Unesco World Heritage Site – with beautiful arts and crafts including objects carved of local Thuya wood. Lunch in a Moroccan way, freshly bought fish ” cooked to order ”. Essaouira is also known as ” City of the wind ”, it attracts surfers from different parts of the world. Essaouira was occupied by Romans, Phoenicians, and Portuguese. Thus, there is a big influence noticed in its architecture. It is a small town with much history. In the afternoon, we will take the road back to Marrakesh. Overnight in your Riad.
Day 12: Back Home

After breakfast, we’ll pick you up from your riad and drive you to the airport either in Marrakesh or Casablanca for your flight. End of 12 Days tour from Casablanca.
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Day 5

Isla de la Cartuja

This former island on the Río Guadalquivir takes its name from the on-site monastery, the Monasterio de la Cartuja de Santa María de Las Cuevas. It was connected to Seville's west bank in 1992 to incorporate the city's Expo '92 site. Monastery apart, most of the buildings here are modern, including the impossible-to-miss Cajasol tower completed in 2015.

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While history reverberates all around, Seville is as much about the here and now as the past. It’s about eating tapas in a crowded bar or seeing out the end of the day over a drink on a buzzing plaza. The sevillanos have long since mastered the art of celebrating and the city’s great annual festivals, notably the Semana Santa and Feria de Abril, are among Spain’s most heartfelt.

User Reviews & Comments

  • Marc Whitney
    5 out of 5

    It\'s well worth it to pre buy your tickets to these fabulous attractions. We walked right into both buildings. Do pay attention to the time printed on the ticket that tells you when to show up to enter since they gear the time towards missing the crowds. Our friends waited 40- 60 minutes in line to buy tickets on site.

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  • Brad Jackson
    4 out of 5

    Worth visiting if you are in Seville, nice architecture, gardens/park are an enjoyable walk and provide some shade from be sun if needed. Can be very busy with people.

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  • Peter Promodorou
    3 out of 5

    I visited the Alcazar which was most interesting. Lots to see and beautiful gardens. Only negative comment is that the information sheets were faded and difficult to read. Booking in advance is recommended as the queues are horrendous!

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A Look Into Casablanca’s Past
Hailed as the biggest city in the Kingdom of Morocco, Casablanca is situated in the center west portion of the nation on the Atlantic Ocean. Considered as the biggest place in the Maghreb, the city is additionally one of the biggest and most significant metropolitans in Africa, in terms of finance and in demographics.

The city is the country’s primary harbor and 1 of the biggest economic center in the region of Africa. According to the 2012 survey, the city has a populace of around 4 million. Casablanca is viewed as the financial and business district of the country, while the capital is Rabat.

Top local organizations and global companies working have their central station and primary facilities in the city. Latest industrial figures indicate the city holds its rank being a prime economic district of the nation. The Port of Casablanca is one of the biggest man-made ports on the planet and the biggest port of Northern Africa. It is likewise the main maritime base for the Royal Moroccan Navy.

Origin
The first name of Casablanca was Anfa, in Berber dialect in 7th c. BC. Later when Portugal conquered Anfa in the fifteenth c. AD, they reconstructed it, shifting its title to Casa Branca. It comes from the Portuguese word mix signifying “White House”. Its current Spanish name came when the Portuguese empire was incorporated into the Spanish empire. Amid the French colonial period in the country, the term became Casablanca. In the eighteenth century, a quake devastated the greater part of the place. It was reconstructed by the Sultan who changed the name into the neighborhood Arabic which is A-ddar Al Baidaa, albeit Arabic likewise has its own particular form of the city. Casablanca is still called Casa by numerous local and foreign people. While other communities with other vernacular, it is known as A-ddar Al-Bida.

An acclaimed lane in Casablanca, the Anfa Boulevard is, for the most part, deemed as Casablanca’s “old original city”; legitimately a region with 0.5 million residents.

Early history
Casablanca was established and set up by Berbers in the seventh c. BC. It was utilized as a harbor by the Phoenicians and eventually the Romans. In his book Wasf Afriquia, Al-Hassan al-Wazzan called the early Casablanca as “Anfa”, an vast city established in the Berber kingdom of Barghawata in 744 AD. Al-Wazzan trusted Anfa was the wealthiest town on the coast of Atlantic in view of its rich land.”

By this period, Barghawata became an autonomous state, and proceeded until it was dominated in 1068 by the Almoravids. Taking after the loss of the Barghawata in the twelfth century, Arab people of Hilal and Sulaym ancestry resided in the district, blending with the neighboring Berbers, which prompted to a worldwide Arabicizing. Amid the fourteenth c., under the Merinids, Anfa has risen as a significant harbor. The remainder of the Merinids was expelled via well-known revolt in 1465.

Portuguese invasion & Spain’s influence

Beginning of the fifteenth century, the township turned into an autonomous state again, and developed as an open port for pirates, prompting to it being a target of Portuguese, who attacked the city which prompted to its devastation in 1468. The Portuguese utilized the remains of Anfa to set up a military fort in 1515. The community that lived up around it was identified as Casa Branca, signifying “white house” in Portuguese.

Somewhere around 1580 & 1640, the Crown of Portugal was incorporated to the Crown of Spain, so Casablanca and every single other zone taken by Portugal were under Spain’s control, however keeping up a self-ruling Portuguese government. As Portugal softened ties with Spain up 1640, Casablanca went under completely Portugal’s dominion once more. The Europeans, in the long run, left the region totally in 1755 after a seismic tremor which pulverized the majority of the town.

The community was at long last rebuilt by Sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah, the grandson of Moulay Ismail and a supporter of George Washington, with the assistance of Spaniards from the adjacent emporium. The place was called الدار البيضاء ad Dār al-Bayḍāʼ, the Arabic interpretation of the Spanish Casa Blanca.

France’s invasion
In the nineteenth century, the zone’s populace started to increase as it turned into a noteworthy provider of fleece to the thriving business of textiles in Britain and transportation movement expanded. By the 1860s, there were about five thousand occupants, and the populace increased to around ten thousand by 1880s. The city continued as a meager sized harbor, with a populace stretching about twelve thousand in a couple of time of France’s rule and coming of French colonialists in the city, at first government in a sovereign sultanate, in 1906. In 1921, this has risen to a hundred ten thousand, generally through the improvement of small crudely built houses.

French regime
In 1907, France endeavored to construct a light railroad close to the harbor, going through a memorial park. The local people protested resulting in riots which caused some soldiers to be injured and 1 general to be executed. Accordingly, the French responded by ship, attacking Casablanca from the shore which brought about serious harm to the area leaving fifteen thousand killed and injured. The French asserted that it was to re-establish stability. This successfully started the procedure of colonization, albeit France’s dominion over the city was not official til 1910. Under France’s regime, Muslim anti-Jewish uprisings happened in 1908.

The popular classic movie Casablanca, featuring Humphrey Bogart emphasized Casablanca’s impressive standing at the time, portraying the city as the setting of a battle for control among contending European forces. The movie has a multinational line of actors.

Europeans made up a large portion of the populace. During the 1950s, the city was the main center of anti-French revolt. A rebel act on Christmas of 1953 brought death to sixteen people.

World War II
The American-British attack of French N. Africa amid N. African campaign of World War 2 called Operation Torch began on 8th of Nov. 1942. The US assaulted at 3 distinct areas in French N. Africa, included 3 being the landings at Casablanca in light of its significant harbor and the main admin centers. The city was an essential key harbor amid World War 2 and in 1943 facilitated the Casablanca Conference which Roosevelt and Churchill talked about the war development. Casablanca has been the spot of a huge US airbase, a platform space for all US air jets for the European Theater of Operations amid World War 2.

Independence
In Oct. 1930, Casablanca facilitated a Grand Prix, organized at the new Anfa Racecourse. In 1958, the competition was conducted at Ain-Diab circuit. On March 2, 1956, the Kingdom of Morocco obtained autonomy from French. In 1983, the city facilitated the Mediterranean Games. Casablanca is presently advancing its tourism sector. The city has turned into the financial and business center of the country, while Rabat is the political capital.

In the early months of 2000, sixty plus females planned protests in the city proposing changes to the legitimate status of females in Morocco. Around forty thousand females went, requiring a restriction on polygamy and the presentation of law on divorce being religious process only around that time. In spite of the fact that the counterdemonstration pulling in .5 million who participated, the advancement for change began in 2000 was persuasive on King Mohammed VI, and he ordered another family law, in 2004, taking care of women’s rights activists.

On 16th of May of 2003, thirty-three regular citizens were murdered and a hundred plus individuals were harmed when the city was battered by numerous rebel acts made by Moroccans who according to others are connected to feared rebel groups. A sequence of violence threatened the city of Casablanca in 2007. These groups have brought fear to the community.

In 2011, when cries for reformation stretched through the Arab region, Moroccans participated, however, concessions by the ruler prompted to acknowledgment. In any case, in December, a huge number of locals protested in different areas of Casablanca, particularly the downtown area close la Fontaine, craving more noteworthy political changes.

Casablanca Climate and Topography
The city is situated in the Chawiya Plain which has in the olden times been the breadbasket of the country. Aside from the Atlantic coast, the forest of Bouskoura is merely Casablanca’s natural attraction. The wood was sown in the twentieth century and comprises for the most part of eucalyptus, palm, and pine trees. It is found halfway to the city’s international air terminal.

Oued Bouskoura is the only waterway in the city, a little occasional brook that til 1912 extended the Atlantic Ocean close to the harbor. The vast majority of our Bouskoura’s bed has been sheltered because of urbanization and just a portion of the south of El Jadida street is seen. The next stable waterway to the city is Oum Rabia running at 43.50 miles to the southeast.

Weather
The city of Casablanca weather has a hot summer Mediterranean atmosphere. The chill Canary Current off the Atlantic shore controls temperature variety, which brings about an atmosphere strikingly like that of seaside LA, with comparable temperature ranges. Casablanca has a yearly ave. of seventy-two days with huge precipitation, which adds up to 412 millimeters every year. The maximum temperatures documented in Casablanca are 40.5 degrees Celsius and −2.7 degrees Celsius. The most elevated measure of precipitation documented in a day is 178 millimeter on 30 November 2010.

Casablanca Economy
The Grand Casablanca area is viewed as the engine of the advancement of the Moroccan economy. It pulls in 32 percent of the nation’s generation units & fifty-six percent of industry work. The locale utilizes 30 percent of the country’s power generation. With 93 billion Moroccan dirhams, the district adds to 44 percent of the industrial production of Morocco. Around 33 percent of national manufacturing exports, 27 billion MAD originates from the Grand Casablanca; 30 percent of the Moroccan banking system is centered in Casablanca.

A standout amongst an essential Casablanca export is phosphate. Some sectors incorporate angling, canning, sawmills, furniture making, construction materials, glass, fabrics, hardware, leather, sodas, and the cigarette.

The activity at Casablanca & Mohammedia seaports speaks to half of the global business flows of the country. Practically the whole Casablanca waterfront is being constructed, primarily the development of big amusement centers amid the harbor and Hassan II Mosque, the Anfa Resort close to the business, amusement and living center of Megarama, the shopping and amusement center of Morocco Mall, and also a total remodel of the beach front walkway. The Sindbad park is designed to be completely transformed with games, rides, and amusements services.

Regal Air Maroc has its main workplace at the Casablanca – Anfa Airport. In 2004, it declared that it was transferring its main office from the city to an area in Province of Nouaceur, near Mohammed V Int’l Airport. The consent to construct the main office in Nouaceur was marked in 2009.

The greatest Commercial Business District of Casablanca & Maghreb is seen in the North of the city in Sidi Maarouf close to the mosque of Hassan II and the greatest venture of high rise buildings of Maghreb & Africa Casablanca Marina.

Historical Background of Morocco’s Casablanca
Casablanca’s existence started being a Berber community sometime past 3,000 years, way earlier than when the Romans claimed the territory soon ahead of the passing of Emperor Augustus. They had effectively built the port of Anfa for some time and would keep on operating around Casablanca until the fifth century.

By the eighth century, the Berber empire of Barghawata had assumed control of Anfa, succeeded by the Amoravids in the eleventh century. The community got to be essential again under another Berber empire, the Merinids, who utilized it as a key port.

The Portuguese dominated and demolished it in 1468 AD because of its connections to piracy, then created a fortification in the sixteenth century. The community that built around it was known as Casa Branca, however, the Portuguese were under continuous assault from nearby tribes and are thought to have surrendered the town after a seismic tremor in 1755.

The medina was constructed by Casablanca’s new leader, Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdallah, during 1770. It was believed that the Spanish people have supported the development of the fortifications. In the nineteenth century, Casablanca progressed by means of trading with Europe, until France’s invasion the beginning of the twentieth century.

Under the French territory, Casablanca expanded into a metropolis of 100,000 in the 1920s. The ambition of French service leader Marshal Lyautey started a monstrous half-century task that re-constructed Casablanca and its offices until they surpassed those of Marseille, the port that had been the motivation.

As romanticized in the well-known movie featuring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca was a vital key port town in WWII. In 1943, the acclaimed Anfa Conference occurred here, where Churchill and Roosevelt talked about the advance of the war.

In 1956, Morocco obtains its freedom from France, however, Casablanca kept up its royal flair and is acknowledged as one of the nation’s most European urban communities. It has developed into the economic center of Morocco, where most trade is carried out and has as of late tried to build up the tourism business. This has, to a limited extent, prompted to enormous redesign labors on the medina.

Interesting Facts
Despite being set in Casablanca, none of the eponymous 1942 movies was shot in the Kingdom of Morocco.
Due to the era under France’s regime, Casablanca features many of the most world’s exceptional craftsmanship deco structural design. In the mean time, the Habous area was an endeavor by the French to join Moroccan style with French standards, making for a lovely artificial medina.
Built somewhere around 1986 to 1993, Hassan II Mosque is maybe the finest contemporary case of Islamic engineering. It was to a limited extent considered to give work to a large number of conventional artisans.
Architectural Tour of Casablanca
The city was a center of present day engineering amid the twentieth century. During the 1900s it turned into the world’s 2nd city, following New York City’s 1916 zoning law, to take on a thorough master plan for city improvement. Til the 1950s different versions of the modern & Art Deco designs were strongly adopted by Casablanca’s designers and tenants alike. Back then, the metropolis was promoted as a French America, an adaptation of Chicago, place of hasty innovation which hurled high rises.

While Casablanca’s advanced contemporary city plan & engineering were absolutely molded by colonialism, the design created amid that time ought to likewise be regarded as a major aspect of Morocco’s cultural legacy. Part of the targets of Casamémoire, a civil society based on Casablanca, is to cultivate a familiarity with this legacy, and a few individuals at Al Akhawayn Univ. were glad to take an interest in the current year’s Journées du patrimoine.

Volunteers from Journées du patrimoine conducts tour guides of Casablanca’s heritage buildings. Shows, exhibitions, film viewing and meetings on architectural arts are additionally conducted over the city. Said Ennahid, a professor and archeologist who lectures Islamic art history at AUI, was resolved to engage students.

The walking tour began on Place Mohammed V, previously called Place Administrative, which name has changed frequently. This huge open plaza was the presentation of the architecture style supported by Resident Lyautey, a design lately called neo-Moroccan. Lyautey himself supervised the construction of structures positioned around the plaza, and he persuaded the planners he employed to think past the case of Orientalist engineering up to this point used in French North Africa. Moroccan themes, plans, items & artistry were to be re-evaluated inside the application of the design function then developing in Europe. The outcome, on Place Administrative, is a phenomenal show of the best quality design structure. The extravagantly supported community structures are produced using the best building materials and were planned to a lavish extent and with keen concentration to elements. At present, entry to these structures is exceptionally limited, so the yearly open house presents the main chance to go see them, and snap boundless photographs!

The Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) is currently the Wilaya, the headquarters of the Regional Administration. It was planned by Marius Boyer and was finished in 1927.

The outside border of the Hôtel de Ville is native gray sandstone. A broad frieze of green zellij denotes the rooftop line. A clock towers over the structure. This has been Casablanca’s 2nd clock tower, after the Tour de l’horloge. Keeping appropriate time was an essential piece of the colonial agenda.

The Hôtel de Ville has arranged around 3 gardens. Artworks by Majorelle (1859-1926) displayed in its marble stairwells. Royal rooms on the exceptionally grand upper floor incorporate the chairman’s office and Hall of Honor, where civil unions are done.

The nearby Palais de Justice (Court House), constructed in 1922, has a colossal exterior on the plaza, with an incredible focal entrance prompting to two sectioned displays on the core floor.

Next building is the city office of the Bank al-Maghrib, the government bank drafted by Edmond Brion and was finished in 1937.

In the middle of 1930s, the neo-Moroccan venture had carried on with planners working in the city’s private division. Earth-tones were substituted with brilliant greens and blues in the zellij work. Everything was expensive, halls adorned with fine marbles, others in costly wood framing with stunning Art Deco marquetterie.

Bank al-Maghrib indicates the edge amid Casablanca’s civic administrative center and its’ Central Business Area. As non-public division benefactors of splendid engineering, the banks accepted the soul of the official neo-Moroccan style. Huge numbers of their structures were absolute contemporary, with no citation to traditional European or Oriental designs.

Other business structures, offices, retail chains, and movie theaters, embraced the neo-Moroccan themes to Art Deco.

Casablanca’s business district is a life exhibition of Art Deco, modern, Mediterranean, French, and Moroccan. Firm as these structures, many need renovation, or if nothing else of repairs.

Strolling downtown Casablanca takes you to Passage Sumica, included in the city’s celebrated pedestrian galleries. Constructed in the ‘30s Passage Glaoui, Passage Tazi, and others go through city community, connecting the walkways of the bustling business boulevards on every side. They permit road level foot traffic to enter directly through the community, giving extra access to structures above, and expanding the business area and facade. They were modern facilities for the developing city. Aside from stalls, passages have coffeehouses and offer access to inns, films and other anchors of the sort of walking customer flaneur modernity Casablanca got to be well known for.

The Asayag Building was the embodiment of present day urban living. City planner Marius Boyer, got rid of the wet internal courtyards that exemplified thick urban blocs. Dilapidated as it seems, the Assayag Building must even now be a fantastic spot to dwell in. The penthouses at the highest point of the building start on the 8th floor and ascend in patios two extra floors. Flats were outlined with the new customer in view, a young professional or couple with no kids. They were not intended for families. They had open multilevel plans and extended in size from studios to multistory penthouses. In that capacity, occupants may have automobiles, the Asayag and other huge condo buildings in the main neighborhoods had basement parking.

For the ancient city tour, take a sight of Dar al-Makhzen. The adjacent mosque is said to be the oldest working mosque in Casablanca. You can also check out Friday Mosque, called the Old al-Hamra Mosque, and to the neighboring Residence of Lyautey. The Residence is presently the home of Casablanca division of the Union Marocaine du Travail, one of Morocco’s biggest and most established labor unions.

A volunteer guide may take you to the Ettedgui Synagogue, a private synagogue which even now belongs to the Ettedgui family, even if the family is not residing in Morocco. You can continue the tour to the Spanish Church, which the government of Spain lately turned over control of this congregation to Morocco. The Church structures are being renovated and will serve as a center for the community.

Habous and the Mahkama
The Habous neighborhood was constructed during the 1920s to accommodate the city’s developing common laborers. It was put up alongside the new Royal Palace. Albert Laprade led broad field investigations of Morocco’s urban architecture before he embarked to outline the vicinity in 1917. The actual construction of the area, which proceeded into the 1930s, was done by Laprade’s associates Auguste Cadet and Edmond Brion. Moroccan spatial compositions and themes guided each size of the plan. This modern community is an awesome setting of conventional structural devices: rear ways, entryways, curves at every turn. It is vivid and exceptionally tasteful. Furthermore, it is extraordinary engineering. Made from sturdy materials at the human scale, everything about the urban planning was painstakingly outlined and carried out.

Comparatively with Essaouira (otherwise known as Mogador) in the utilization of sandstone trim on white walls. However, Sidi Mohamed b. Abdellah forced straight wide boulevards on eighteenth century Essaouira, Laprade impressed beautiful viewpoints in Habous.

The Habous neighborhood is an interesting display of end of century craftsmanship. The model made no replicas. But, the industrial grounds for innovation won over the artists. Minimalist lodging built in bulk described most succeeding neighborhoods for laborers, like Habitations Carrières Central. Additionally, the technocratic top-down down preparation approach, in charge of the outline of each and every corner and crevice in Habous, was inconsistent with the kind of customary building procedures which “naturally” created the corners of Morocco’s genuine urban design.

The Habous district did not achieve its proposed social gathering. Instead of working families getting reasonable lodging, Habous turned into the must-have address of the Moroccan nobles, and of the Fassi high society specifically, who acknowledged access to a Friday mosque and to the adjacent palace. The center point of Muslim Casablanca amid the colonial period, with its cafés and book shops, Habous is still viewed as the embodiment of the present Muslim urbanity. The souks composed by Laprade are experts in the finest Moroccan arts. Habous is the place Baydawiya brides go looking for all their wedding things.

Habous is additionally renowned for other amazing features of artworks and crafts, the Mahkama, or “tribunal.” The Mahkama is an incredible urban royal residence which took 10 years to finish. It’s one of a kind. Based on an incline, it seems to rise over Habous area. It can be accessed through huge door gateways.

In Mahkama, the pasha’s “offices” are considered as an Alhambra. Sunlit courts glimmer with white stucco creation. Similarly, as with the stucco work, the craftsmanship on the cedar wood roofs is detailed perfectly. Everything is genuine! The best-skilled workers were employed as well as highest quality items were utilized. It’s an uncommonly refined restoration of Alhambra design, at life-size scale, with the supreme items.

It’s questionable if Mahkama ever filled its use as the workplaces of the Pasha of Casablanca, or what legislative office it serves today. But good thing, in Journées du patrimoine, people, in general, may take a glance at this gem.

From Habous the tour for the bildi (common laborers) area of Hay Mohammadi. Included in the biggest companies in this area was the butcher house, les abattoirs. The city office by the rail yards was constructed by Georges-Ernest Desmarest and Albert Greslin in 1922. It was intended to the best standard of sanitation and for industrialized efficiency. It shut in 2000. In 2008 a union of arts and culture affiliations, like Casamémoire, acquired the privilege to reconvert this brown field site.

From 2009 the Abattoirs are a fabrique culturelle or culture factory. The key building comprises of an immense lobby. Light passes through rooftop openings and inside partitions are short. The foundation of the columns and the divisions are adorned in sturdy white tile. Given its initial intention, the office is furnished with modern pulleys, power, braces and pipes. There are additionally huge outdoor sections and numerous building subsidiaries. The Abattoirs present ideal creation and exhibit areas for visual & theater performers. Until further notice, just a little part of the immense office is being utilized.

Aside from the bistro set, another design component seen in the Casablanca film isn’t right. The Casablanca offered to the U.S. film viewers by Warner Bro’s. in the fall of 1942 was shot totally in three distinctive Hollywood studios. Doesn’t have anything to do with the bold developed city. Differentiate the Hollywood adaptation of the city w/ Jean Vidal’s “Salut Casa” of ten years after. The film for “Casablanca”, and the sets, called for Tangiers. The film was hurriedly edited again to correspond with the US arrivals in North Africa and the Casablanca Conference of January 1943.

However the movie, Casablanca, & that period are currently the stuff of legend, a romantic modern war frayed times. Furthermore, the Rick’s cafe delightfully lets its customers experience classic romance. The genuine Rick’s Café is in the best tradition of between-wars languor, lavish yet personal, and altogether soaked in jazz. Kathy Kriger’s restaurant, which began in 2004, is a tasteful addition to Casablanca by night, & may be comfortable in the city of grandma’s time.

Years ago, wandering photographers would take photographs of people walking on the streets. Photographers then gave a paper with their contact information. The individuals who want a copy of the photographs went to the picture taker a couple days after and paid for the photographs they needed. It’s difficult to envision such politeness between outsiders on the walkways of any big city today.

The photographs taken by these photographers are very much familiar in the photo albums of the people of Casablanca during that period, as was showcased in VH magazine where it dedicated an issue to the Golden Age of Casablanca. Casablanca’s present day architecture has been highlighted Royal Air Maroc’s in-flight magazine and other glossy prints as well.

Starting in November 1942, Casablanca was flooded with Americans. The Americans adored the city and the feeling was mutual.

The Modern Casablanca
The city of Casablanca was given its much-deserved spotlight in the film similar to the city’s name featuring Hollywood star Humphrey Bogart. The place’s actual establishment was in 1906 and had a populace of roughly 20,000 individuals. At present, the city prides its populace of more than 4 million and, as the main reflection of the Kingdom of Morocco, it takes after a Southern European city more than whatever remains of the urban areas in the nation itself. Casablanca is presumably the most liberal and dynamic of the greater part of Morocco’s urban areas and it is normal to see young ladies clad in branded products and men brandishing suit, ties, and satchels.

Otherwise called Dar el Baida or just Casa, the city of Casablanca is the capital city of Morocco. It is the primary passageway and exit for most travel guests to the nation, whether coming from Europe or the United States of America. With a lot of spots to settle on any budget plan inside and around the city, guests will discover it a great vacation spot that includes some shopping, food adventures, a lot of nightlife and a considerable measure of unwinding.

The modern Casablanca is the country’s center in all means except ceremonial. The booming city is the nation’s biggest, with a populace running to 4 million, the dominant part of whom are just first or second era occupants. Casa, as the city is famously called, is the new city, having developed from a little town with less than a thousand populations just 150 years back. The pilgrims are coming even up to present, drawn by the desire for finding a vacation, lodging, and a superior life than what provincial Morocco can offer. Some successfully make their fortune and the better standard of living on Casa’s boulevards and in it’s in vogue bars and foodie hangouts give the impression of a city in southern Europe.

For explorers, modern and cosmopolitan Casa never disappoint. The veil is hardly observed here, and the blending of men and ladies is the most open of anyplace in the country. With its little medina without any of the unusual environment of the nation’s better-known old urban communities and a shortage of sights bar the fabulous Hassan II Mosque, numerous explorers go through Casa with just a short peek or even avoid the city totally. The individuals, who stay, in any case, discover the city develops on them, offering a decent selection of fine eateries, a couple spots to relax and appreciate a drink, and a buzz of a city stepping forward.

Tourists from N. America or Europe will not likely to encounter any problem in the city. Aside from the fact that Casablanca, being the main population center and heart of trade, most of the area is less than fifty years old and might simply be confused with LA or Madrid. In Morocco, food is very much like European taste, with pizzas and hamburgers as frequent as tajines and couscous. In other parts of the city like Maarif and Gironde districts, getting a glimpse of a man in a djellaba or a donkey pulling a cart of vegetables are uncommon. If even the trappings of Moroccan culture such as these are too much for you, any hotel bar or restaurant is going to be just like home for a few hours.

The easygoing explorer, generally limited to the downtown area, won’t be presented to quite a bit of this inner conflict. Traveler and business leader Mohamed Dekkak of Morocco stated that Casablanca’s downtown area is encountering a mini boom, with new inns going up, old ones being revamped, and a perpetually growing food scene. There’s most likely Casablanca does not have the appeal of some different urban areas and districts, yet taken for what it is, this present day city could be viewed as a genuine impression of today’s Morocco.

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12 days tour from Casablanca

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