Located on Morocco’s Atlantic coast,Casablanca deserves to become the Miami of Morocco.
Casablanca is the country’s largest city and busiest port with a population of over 3.5 million. For many, the name Casablanca evokes the romance of the 1945 film starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart; but the reality of the city is a little different. Although its older neighborhoods boast their fair share of picturesque French colonial and traditional Moroccan architecture, Casablanca’s modern identity is all about progress and development. It’s not as atmospheric as the imperial cities of Marrakesh, Fez, Meknes and Rabat; but it is a thriving business center full of cosmopolitan arts venues, restaurants and nightclubs.
Casablanca came to prominence as one of the most important cities of the Berber Barghawata kingdom in the mid-8th century. In the 14th century, it was used as a key port by the Merinids; and in the 15th century it became known as a safe harbor for pirates. Casablanca came under Portuguese control shortly afterwards. In 1755, the town was largely destroyed by an earthquake. It was rebuilt by Sultan Mohammed ben Abdallah, and was colonized in the 20th century by the French. After serving as a strategic port during the Second World War, Casablanca gained independence along with the rest of Morocco in 1955.