Most of us only connect this name with the 1942 movie but actually Casablanca is the biggest city in Morocco and has the biggest port in North Africa. The population numbers about 4 million and every time I visit it always seems that they are all out on the roads in their cars at the one time. So in a nutshell it is a huge city with horrendous traffic !! It is also a mixed bag of old and new with endless demolishing and rebuilding going on. The Casa-Port station, above, is a prime example of the new with fancy contemporary glasswork surrounding a cavernous tiled passenger area with underground car park and a whopping 27,000 square metres of office space. The Casa-Voyageur station on the other hand is a vastly older style but serviced by a brand new and wonderfully efficient tram.
But standing out amongst the melee is the piece de resistance, the Hassan 11 Mosque. It is incredible, built on reclaimed land and sits in the top 5 of the biggest mosques in the world and deserves a whole blog post of its own - perhaps tomorrow !!