If you are planning your trip to Morocco, you will be arriving at the city named Casablanca. Casablanca is where the primary airport of Morocco is located and thus every visitor to the country will start by getting a taste of City Tour Casablanca. The city itself is quite popular among the tourists and has an interesting history about how it came into existence. The story of origin of the city dates back to medieval days. The place used to be known as Anfa. Today Anfa is a suburban area of the city. In the 7th and 8th century Arfa used to be the capital of Berber.
The place became a Muslim country shortly after the Arab invasion, however, much pandemonium followed and rebellion began against the Arab government of Tangier. 11th century witnessed a holy war against the government, and then change of rule in 13th century. Later on the place became independent. It was the Portuguese who destroyed the town twice over in 1568 and 1515 in an attempt to curb piracy. They tried to gain control of the town in 1575 by fortifying it and renaming it to Casa Branca.
However, following a terrible earthquake and much internal uprisings the Portuguese had to leave the city in 1755. It was only between 1757 and 1790 that Sidi Mohamed ben Abdallah rebuilt the entire town by building a mosque, hammam, medrassa, and a fort, and rechristened the town Dar Al Beida, or The White House. The Portuguese eventually stuck with the name Casablanca To Chefchaouen. Much of what we see today in the town is a result of the Portuguese rule and rebuilding done by Abdallah.
The city stands today bearing proof of the various historical events. There is much to be seen dating from those times. Hassan Il Mosque, which was completed in 1993, is an imposing structure in the city. At 200 meters, it has got the world’s tallest minaret and the mosque itself is the second largest mosque in the world. Even if you are not a Muslim, you will be able to admire the beauty of this creation on a guided tour, which starts at the western entrance of the mosque all along the day several times.
The Safi is an important port of the city. You will be able to see some demolished and other intact parts of a fort that was once at the place that surrounded the city. This was built by the Portuguese. The fortress was known as Dar el Bahar Fortress and happens to be one of the most noticeable and distinguishing feature of the city.
The central market is a must visit for every person who wish to enjoy the true essence of the city. This is the place where you will get all types of people from all across the city, some selling while other buying. It is also one of the favourite tourist haunts. The market is the perfect place to get some great products at really cheap rate. As the name suggests, the market is right in the heart of the city.