Hassan II Mosque

Casablanca isn’t as well known as Marrakech and Rabat due to its more limited number of tourist attractions, which is one of the reasons I chose it as a holiday destination. I wanted to get away where I didn’t have the lure of too many things to jam into too short of a trip. I also wanted somewhere with at least a few things to see and do, and Casablanca was the perfect choice.

Casablanca’s main attraction is the Hassan II Mosque. It is the largest mosque in Morocco and Africa and the 7th largest in the world. I decided to take a walk down to the Mosque today to check it out, partially because it was sunny and gorgeous, and partially to actually see it.

The Mosque is about 3 miles from the hotel, but with the walk there being mainly along the seafront, it feels half as far, but takes twice as long because of the photo stops. By the time I got there, it was midday, but there were a surprisingly limited number of people there. Not to say it was empty, but for a well-known tourist attraction, there weren’t too many people there. The grounds are huge, and right along a rocky beach where kids were climbing around and jumping in the water. One thing I’ve really noticed here is the lack of rules around where you can swim or access the beach. Everywhere seems free-for-all, swim at your own risk. Quite different from what most of us are used to.

Anyway, the Mosque is gorgeous. The grounds are all stone and marble, with intricate inlaid designs. Surrounding the main building is a walkway with arches, and the temple itself has a tower that can be seen for miles around. Tourists weren’t allowed inside today, but I could see in the main entrance which looked just as ornate and beautiful. The plaza surrounding seems to go on forever, and there is little development nearby making the views incredible.

After a long day of walking, some time back at the hotel next to the pool was much needed and a great way to end the day.