Casablanca Art Deco Private Tour, Port Excursion Option
Duration: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Morocco Travel: In Luxury 4×4
English, French Speaking Driver, Guide
Starting & Finishing Point: The Port or Your Hotel In Casablanca
Casablanca is one of the most famous cities visited by first time travelers to Morocco and well known for its’ Art Deco Architecture. Visiting the Art Deco and Historic sites of Casablanca on a private one-day tour is a rewarding way to discover Casablanca and the Art Deco Heritage of Morocco.
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CASABLANCA ART DECO TOUR: PORT EXCURSION OPTION
►Pick up at the Your Hotel or The Port in Casablanca at 9:00am.
►Start your morning with a leisurely drive and overview of Art Deco Casablanca. Make sure you have a camera in hand to take pictures of the famous clock tower, art deco hotels, the eleven story Moretti apartment block and the high rise art deco buildings covered with loggias, columns, zellij tiles and geometric carvings on Boulevard Mohammed V with Art Deco facades.
►Visit the following Art Deco Buildings and Historic Sites of Casablanca:
Grande Poste, built in 1918 the Main Poste
Office still has original Art Deco Architecture and Fittings
The Palais de Justice, the building with the Moroccan flag on top that is surrounded by palm trees with elaborate style courtyards.
Wilaya (Prefecture), administrative building with original Art Deco Clock Tower.
Facades along Rue Idriss Lhrizi, a street where numerous art deco facades can be found.
Hotel Guynemer, built in 1909 this 3 star hotel has 29 guest rooms and charming Art Deco façade and interior.
Hotel Transatlantique, built in 1922 this is one of Casablanca’s architectural gems.
Hotel Lincoln, built in 1917 by French architect Hubert Bride, this is one of Casablanca’s architectural Art Deco gems that is in ruins yet has a charming façade worth visiting.
Imperial Hotel, currently a 4 Star Boutique Hotel that is a World War II site and once served as General Pattons headquarters.
Famous Residential Blocks of Glaoui,Bessonneau and the Asayag. Sightsee Casablanca residential buildings with Art Deco facades and ornate ironwork.
Villa Des Arts, built in 1934, this historic building is one of Casablanca’s leading works of Art Deco Architecture. Villa Des Arts is part of the ONA Foundation created to promote the arts. It offers rotating exhibtions and has a permanent collection.
►Visit Marche Central, Casablanca’s main market and get a taste of local culture. Marche Central is a charming market with vibrant colored stalls that sell local Moroccan crafts along with a myriad of fresh produce, fish and shellfish caught daily on both the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts of Morocco along with other daily items. Marche Central has an exotic spice market and is a popular place where Casablancans’ dine locally outdoors.
►Lunch Recommendation: The Corniche, Rick’s Café or La Squala
►Visit the Mosque of Hassan II. Casablanca is home to the Hassan II Mosque, designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau. It is situated on a promontory looking out to the Atlantic Ocean, which can be seen through a gigantic glass floor with room for 25,000 worshippers. Next visit the Hassan II Mosque.
►The Mosque of Hassan II’s promontory offers lovely views overlooking Casa in the residential Afna quarter. After touring the Mosque, head over to the New Town of Casablanca also designed by the French architect Henri Prost for an hour of shopping. The main streets of the New Town (Ville Nouvelle in French) radiate south and east from Place des Nations Unies, where the main market of Anfa had been. The New Town you past in your morning journey is possibly the most impressive in Morocco. Former administrative buildings and modern hotels populate the area. Their style is a combination of Hispano- Mauresque and Art Deco style.