Located in Nouaceur Province, the Casablanca Mohammed V Airport is the busiest airport in Morocco estimated to have seven million passengers using the said terminal each year. The airport was named after Sultan Mohammed V of Morocco. It also serves as the hub for airlines like Morocco's flag carrier Royal Air Maroc, Jetairfly, Air Arabia Maroc, and RAM Express. Formerly, the airport was the site of the USAF Air Base called the Nouasseur Air Base with most locals calling it only as "Nouasseur." Airlines being serviced at this airport are connected to Europe and also have flights to New York, Canada and even African countries like Nigeria, Central Africa and Senegal.
What to see & do
The King Hassan II Mosque
The largest mosque in Morocco and the third largest in the world, this mosque boasts its beautiful interiors with water features and also a roof that opens for visitors to see the sky. The structure overlooks the Atlantic Ocean with the seabed visible through the glass floor of the building hall. The walls of the mosque were said to be handcrafted marble. This can hold more than 100,000 worshippers inside the building and on its outside grounds.
The Shrine of Sidi Abderrahman
Built on a rock offshore, the shrine can only be accessed by people when it is low-tide in its location past The Corniche. The place is off-limits to non-Muslims but visitors and travellers are still allowed to explore the small neighbourhood surrounding it. People choose to walk along the beach to catch a view of its white walls.
Camel trek in Erg Chigaga
This adventure is a relaxing experience that provides people the chance to walk with the camels while they sway their humps and swoosh their feet through the sand. It usually takes five days to complete the trek across the stone desert to Erg Chigaga’s sand sea. Reaching the dunes, you will see the pristine beauty of the sand curves, which will almost discourage you to walk through it.
How to get around within Casablanca
It is easy to go from one place to another in Casablanca. One can drive directly to the city centre from the airport taking the N9 route and A7 motorway. Train service also ferries to the port and the centre of the city. This is dubbed to be the easiest and most comfortable way to reach other major destinations in Casablanca. People can also opt to hail taxicabs that operate 24/7. Cabs are all red in colour and drivers pretty much know how to get to every place and corner of the city. There are times, however, when taxis still pick up other passengers because they try to earn more money so don’t be surprised if there are six of you inside the taxi. There are also many bus companies that operate in the city though some of their routes are still unclear. Buses offer the cheapest fares for tourists so many patronize this mode of transport.
How to get there
A number of airlines fly to and from Casablanca on a daily basis and these include Air France, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Germanwings, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, and Transavia. These flights mainly shuttle tourists from other parts of the world like Paris, France, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Cologne/Bonn, Madrid, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam. Upon arrival, people can already witness the beauty of the cosmopolitan heart of Morocco, which is also the most liberal and progressive city in the country.
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