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Casablanca: The Medina and Beyond Morning Cultural Walking Tour

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    What to Expect
    Your Casablanca walking tour will start with a view of the largest mosque in Morocco (and the third largest mosque in the world!), Hassan the II. 

    From here, we’ll wander over to the famous Rick’s Café, which you may have heard of from a little movie called Casablanca. We won’t go inside, but you’ll want to note where it is for a return visit later on in your own time, we’re sure! Nearby, you’ll spot the Sqala tower, with canons dating back to the Portuguese era and a view of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Walk through alleyways to reach the medina, where you can browse alongside locals going about their day-to-day business, shopping for groceries, clothing and anything and everything else.

    From there, we’ll grab a transfer to Mahkama du Pacha, the nearby royal palace, where maybe you’ll meet the king! (Okay, probably not.) Travellers cannot visit the court of Pacha without a guide by their side, so this is your chance to see something very special.

    From here, we’ll make our way over to the Habous quarter, also known as the new medina, where you can shop for Moroccan goods such as traditional clothing, leather, jewellery and food. The medina was built in the 1930s by the French, so it is no surprise that it features a wonderful mix of French and Moroccan-inspired architecture, complete with numerous things to see and do and taste… like maybe some freshly baked bread.

    We’ll visit a local bakery where locals take their breads and pastries to be baked, and that’s also used by Bennis, one of the most famous pastry houses in town. (#localsknow tip: all the treats at Bennis are delicious, but we recommend the chicken pastilla, which is heavenly good!)

    No doubt tempted by all the delicious offerings around us, we’ll make our way to one of the oldest pastry houses in Casablanca, tucked in a laneway of the Souq Habous. Sample some traditional Maghribi pastries such as cornes de gazelle(gazelle horns, which are pastries filled with a paste of almond and orange water) or akda aux amandes (almond macaroons). We’ll then head to a nearby local cafe to order a coffee or tea and scoff your bounty.

    We’ll then take a transfer back to the city centre where your tour will end. Before you go, don’t forget to ask your guide for more tips on what else there is to see, do and eat in Casablanca.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    248 Boulevard Sour Jdid, Casablanca, Morocco
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Inclusions
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Sample of freshly baked bread
    • Private transport during the tour
    • Mint tea
    • Snacks
    Exclusions
    • Tips / gratuities for your guide,
    • Items of a personal nature
    • The pastries and any additional food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.
    • Rick’s café will be closed when we pass by because they open at 12 PM, we don’t intend to go inside we just want to go by and talk about it. Travellers can come back later for a drink if they fancy it.
    • This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
    • We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
    • For your Urban Adventure, you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 3 days ago

    The tour was lovely, our guide (Bennis) spoke English very well and had a great sense of humor. He was very knowledgeable and answered any questions we threw at him with a smile. The route took us through the old medina to see a couple...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Cary W
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We arrived a day before we set off on a 8 day tour around the country and had booked in advance to do the Casablanca Medina and Beyond Walking Tour. Had read all the reviews and it sounded great and we are really pleased we...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank chris p
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We took this tour this morning. Our tour guide was Hicham Bennis. He was knowledgeable, so informative as well as accommodating to the members of our group. At one point, when the van stopped to let us off, Hicham noticed that one of our number...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank rozndon
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We have just done the Medina and beyond walking tour with Hicham and are so pleased we booked it. Hicham was a very accommodating guide and provided plenty of information about Casablanca historically and now. Having just arrived into Casablanca, we were glad to have...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Neale B
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Charming, knowledgeable and accommodating guide, Bennis Hicham, really enlivened the tour. Good introduction to the city. For convenience I would have preferred one larger price to include all options. Recommended.

    Thank ProFoodie28
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    10 September 2019|
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    Response from Ikhlas A | Reviewed this property |
    It was an easy tour. Flat ground and traveling with a van to get from here to there. You should be fine.
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    13 August 2019|
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    Response from Ikhlas A | Reviewed this property |
    The meeting point is kind of confusing per their direction, but have your hotel call them and get the exact meeting address. Then a taxi would take you to the spot. Otherwise the Mosque is so huge and you would not know... More
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