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Old Medina of Casablanca (Ancienne Medina)
Old Medina of Casablanca (Ancienne Medina)

Old Medina of Casablanca (Ancienne Medina)

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286 Reviews
Free admission
Ancienne Medina de Casablanca, Casablanca

The Basics

In contrast to the elegant squares and grandiose architecture of modern Casablanca, wandering through the Old Medina is like stepping back in time. Everything from linens, brass-work, and leather goods to traditional handicrafts, jewelry, and spices are sold here, and friendly merchants invite travelers into ramshackle stalls to haggle for bargains while sipping sweet mint tea.

Travelers may also explore the Old Medina as part of a half-, full-, and multi-day sightseeing tours of Casablanca. On a guided walking tour, soak up the city’s atmospheric streets lined with tea shops and bazaars and essential sites like the elegant United Nations Place, Mohammed V Square, the Royal Palace, and also by the seaside for a stroll along Ain Diab Corniche. Longer multi-day tours leave from Marrakech and Rabat and may be customized to travelers’ desires.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Casablanca

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A must see for the first time traveler to Morocco.
Stephen_David, Jul 2021
Discovering Life & Walk Inside Old Medina
An excellent and intimate tour of everyday life in the true heart of the City. Get off the beaten (tourist) path and into the winding streets of Old Medina. From souks and shops, to small temples, to the massive mosque towering just outside, you’ll cover more territory in more detail than possible almost anywhere else. Be ready to walk! More importantly, be ready to learn of the people of Casablanca.
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Excellent tour with great insight to the life within the old medina
Umesh_P, Aug 2021
Discovering Life & Walk Inside Old Medina
This was an excellent tour. Amine speaks great English and was very informative on all aspects of Morrocan life especially in and around the old medina. He took me to a lot of places and answered all the questions I had. He was great company and we got on like friends. He even showed me how to pour mint tea the Morrocan way. I would totally recommend booking this tour as you won't get the local knowledge he has with any other tour. The tour is very good value and he is flexible to change timings or places to see. So go ahead and book this tour
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A beautiful day in Morocco
Linda_F, Mar 2020
Casablanca: The Medina and Beyond Morning Cultural Walking Tour
Hicham was a phenomenal person to spend the day with. So smart, very engaging and understood us from the beginning. We saw and learned so much and even had a taste of some delicious Moroccan delicacies . The highlight was a hidden patisserie we visited whereby each sweet was better than the next!
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Memorable Casablanca walking tour
francie, Jan 2020
Casablanca: The Medina and Beyond Morning Cultural Walking Tour
Our Casablanca walking tour did not disappoint. Bennis was an excellent guide. Thank goodness we got to spend part of the tour riding in a van—the weather was rainy and windy and some of the sights could never have been seen if we’d had to walk to them. Highlights were the Olive Market and the trip to the famous Bennis Bakery. It was a terrific four hours!
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Best way to see the Casablanca
workmanj, Nov 2019
Casablanca: The Medina and Beyond Morning Cultural Walking Tour
Really happy with the content of this tour, the guide Bennis was very knowledgeable about the whole city, was very patient and answered any questions, no matter what topic. The option of paying a small amount in cash to see inside the mosque was the best surprise. Would recommend you do this the first day of your trip to Casablanca.
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Great insight into Casablanca
Scott N, Oct 2019
Casablanca: The Medina and Beyond Morning Cultural Walking Tour
This tour was a great intro into Casablanca and I was surprised at what the city has to offer. My guide and driver was excellent and went out of their way to understand more about what I was interested in, see and do. I've been to Casablanca once before but didn't have a chance to see much, so having a guide show me the hidden away places was excellent and we walked and drove around areas I hadn't seen before. I would recommend this tour - well organised, excellent guide. Gives me a list of places I want to go back to and re-visit!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Suitable for solo travelers, couples, and families—and shoppers of all stripes.
  • Haggling is expected and a part of the ritual of shopping in Morocco. Feel free to have a nice exchange about the value of each item.
  • Keep an eye on your personal belongings as pickpockets are also watching.
  • Tours may include round-trip hotel transfers, food, and drink. Check specific tours for details.
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How to Get There

The Old Medina of Casablanca is in the northern part of the city. Most visitors enter through Bab Marrakech on Ave Tahar El Alaoui, or via the gates next to the Place des Nations Unies clock tower, which is where you’ll find most of the Old Medina’s shops.

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When to Get There

Marché Central de Casablanca is open year-round daily, 9am–6pm. Avoid crowds and arrive early. Casablanca can be quite hot year-round, though cool breezes come with the Canary Current off the Atlantic Ocean. In July are two of the city’s most outstanding events (Festival de Casablanca and the Feast of the Throne) or come during the spring for Ramadan to experience an array of cultural activities and festivals.

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Wildcard

Quartier Habous Marché Central is located inside one of the city’s most picturesque and vibrant communities, the Quartier Habous. Also known as New Medina, French colonists built the district in the 1930s and the mixture of Moroccan and French architecture is one of its main draws, alongside important attractions like the New Palace, Mahkama du Pacha, Moulay Youssef Mosque, Mohammed V Mosque, and Park ISESCO, a lush oasis from the bustling streets.

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