New York Times|Now, Cultural Casablanca
Casablanca is not a city most tourists make time for during their visits to Morocco, but it is a huge mistake to avoid this city. It has tremendous energy and passion as well as a burgeoning contemporary art scene, which I write about in this week's New York Times travel section (read about it HERE).
I also feel you have a real opportunity in this city to get to know Morocco in a way that many of its other more touristy destinations does not really allow. It's also one of my favorite places in the world to walk around. Sure, its loud and there is often an inordinate amount of traffic, but in Casablanca all you have to do is look up to understand what makes it such a treasure. Because it's at those times you get to see some of the most beautiful art deco buildings in the world, many of which are thankfully now being restored.
For those about to visit, there is a wonderful book written by Tahir Shah about the city called: The Caliph's House: A year in Casablanca that you should read. It beautifully captures the essence of the city.