Casablanca is Morocco's largest port and city, with population of around 2.6 million. This is also Morocco's biggest industrial center. The port is located on the Atlantic Ocean, and is one of the world's largest man-made ports.
Even though it has a history going back several centuries and was colonized by the Portuguese until 1755, it declined into insignificance by mid 1880's. The renaissance came with the French protectorate under the first resident general, Lyautey. He decided to establish Casablanca as an administrative centre of the new protectorate. Lyautey gave Casablanca its public parks, fountains, wide boulevards and imposing Mauresque civic buildings. Don't miss the Hassan II Mosque, gleaming, white medium high-rise 1930's architecture, many Art-Deco touches and pedestrian precincts thronged with fashion-conscious young people. From here, tourists can visit the Imperial City of Rabat, and fantastic Marrakech is within reach.
Casablanca is the most cosmopolitan of Morocco's cities, with palpably French mood, but reflecting the paradox at Morocco's heart - its unique fusion of modern and ancient, of Arabia, Africa and Europe. The beguiling Casablanca of Bogart and Bergman may be no more, but you'll still find endless enigmas here amid vibrant bazaars and busy boulevards.
Casablanca cruise terminal
Port of Casablanca has no dedicated cruise ship terminal facilities at the docking pier. From where the ship docks, the distance to the city center is approx 1 km (0,07 ml). The cruise pier is located in an industrial port area and walking through it isn't that appealing.
The port provides free of charge shuttle buses for passenger transportation from the docking pier to the city center. At the dockside there is a taxi rank with taxis to the city center (price negociation is highly recommended).