Cheap Flights To Casablanca
- Area City : 386 km² (149 sq. mi)
- Area Code & Prefix : (+258) 21-xx-xx-xx
- Currency : Moroccan Dirham
- Population City : 3,359,818 (2014)
- Official Language : Modern Standard Arabic, Amazigh (Berber)
- Time Zones : WET (UTC+0) / Summer (DST): WEST (UTC+1)
- Airport : Mohamed V International Airport (CMN)
The Casablanca airport was originally built by the United States during WW II but closed in 1945. CMN was during the 1950s the site of a previous US Air Force base known as Mouasseur Air Base and still today is referred to as Nouasseur by locals. Located 30 km from the city, it’s the country’s busiest airport that has around 8 million passengers passing through annually often catering for airlines offering cheap flights to Casablanca. To get from the airport to the city passengers can take a bus, the train, a taxi or hire a vehicle.
South African travellers have flights departing from Johannesburg to Casablance CMN with airlines listed below. The shortest flights being with South African Airways or Royal Air Maroc (via Dakar) taking 13h 5m+.
- Air France (via Paris) 15h 30m+
- South African, TAAG, Royal Air Maroc (via Kinshasa, Luanda) 15h 30m+
- Iberia (via Madrid) 15h 50m+
- Kenya Airways, Royal Air Maroc (via Nairobi)
- EgyptAir (via Cairo) 16h 55m+
- Qatar Airways (via Doha) 17h 35m
More than 30 airlines touch down at CMN that include
- Korean Air
- Air Canada
- United Airlines
Reasons to Visit Casablanca
- Located in western Morocco, Casablanca overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and drips in history from around the 7th century B.C. when it had the Berber name of Anfa. A Sephardic Jewish community lived there until the Portuguese destroyed the city in 1468, rebuilding and renaming it Casa Branca. The name Casablanca stems from the integration of the Spanish and later the French. In 1755 most of the city was demolished by an earthquake but rebuilt by the Sultan. Its port is one of Africa’s largest financial centres, once used by the Phoenicians and Romans.
- It’s a bustling modern city with ancient remnants and a perfect holiday destination for weather that’s not sweltering between November and May. The city’ superb beaches attract thousands during summer. Wonderful shopping opportunities are found in souks and street markets located across the city with haggling expected. There’s no shortage of classy bars and a few exceptional nightclubs with live music and/or local dancers for a wild night out. Accommodation consists of top class luxury hotels, boutique and economy hotels, Aparthotels, hostels and camping facilities.
- Test your taste-buds with a delectable meal of authentic Moroccan food or indulge in one of your favourite French, Spanish, Chines or Indian cuisines. Don’t miss some superb cheap Moroccan dining options, well worth the experience.
Places to visit in Casablanca
- The Casablanca Twin Centre is a spectacular structure of architectural art that soars 115 metres up and comprises a hotel, shopping malls, offices and an ultramodern conference centre.
- A definite must visit is the Medina of Casablanca, the city’s oldest area that’’s a fascinating combination of Moorish and Portuguese architecture that affords visitors a glimpse of traditional life, a fortress from the 18th century, the tomb of Sidi Allal el-Kairouani (the citys patron saint in 1350) and a jewellery market.
- Villa des Arts displays contemporary art, abstract works and many captivating paintings of peasants and locals. Operated by the ONA Foundation it also supports historic artistic styles and Moroccan traditions.
- The Hassan II Mosque located alongside the ocean on a site of 22 acres is the 2nd largest religious building globally and took around 35,000 Moroccan workers 13 years to complete. Inspired by French architect Michel Pineau, it has the tallest minaret in the world, reaching up 200m.
- The Museum of Moroccan Judaism located 5km from the city centre is a rare attraction being the only known Jewish museum located in a Muslim country. It holds a collection of religious books, sacramental artefacts and costumes.
- The striking Casablanca Cathedral (church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) opened in 1930 and was in its day a wonderful place of worship. Its interior has unfortunately been neglected and its no longer used for services. Located on Avenue Zerktouni, the Church of Notre Dame of Lourdes with its beautiful stained glass windows is well worth visiting and still in use.
- With choice beaches, Casablanca’s most famous is Ain Diab that has its clubs and restaurants buzzing with life on hot summer nights.
- Perfect for night owls is Cabaret Embassy that has patrons mesmerised with the Chaabi dancers whirling on stage and gets wilder as the night wears on.
- Cinema Rialto is an art deco treasure dating back to the 1930s that’s been restored. One screen shows a range of films including Moroccan classics.
- For an excellent taste of authentic Maghred cuisine that’s inexpensive with over a dozen various tagine dishes, make your way to LEtoile Centrale and get a true taste of Morocco.
- The Derb Ghraleef district affords a genuine Moroccan shopping experience.
- For great views and some of the best wines, Sky 28 on the 28th floor of the Kenzi Tower Hotel also serves excellent cocktails and delicious tapas with live jazz starting off the night.
Getting Around Casablanca
Casablanca has a broad system of bus routes that are inexpensive but crowded during peak hours. Tickets can be bought on board so always have small change handy. Plan your route in advance as signage is mostly in Arabic.
There are plenty of red petits taxis driving along the main avenues and you can hail them down or get one at a rank. Fares are cheap with an added 50% when used at night.
Grand taxis are white mini-buses that offer inexpensive shared services, taking up to six passengers and travelling along regular routes. A great option for cheap travel outside of the city and faster than the bus or train.
The rapid transit tram system Casa Tramway is ultra-modern, linking the furthest points of the city.
Bicycles and mountain bikes can be hired from Maroc Bike (www.marocbike.com).
The city has more than 100 car hire companies vying for business that include Budget, Hertz, Europcar and others, however driving in this city (unless you’ve got nerves of steel) is extremely stressful and not recommended for tourists.