Once an ancient pirate lair, the coastal city of Casablanca is still a happening place where trade is thriving and culture, art and fashion are always striving for the latest and greatest. It is a more Western area compared to other parts of Morocco, which is reflected in its beaches, restaurants and nightclubs. Contrasting with the shanty towns are broad boulevards, manicured parks and beautiful colonial architecture with Hispano-Mauresque influences. The historical buildings blend with modern art-deco styles in a perfect representation of the way Casablanca blends its rich history with its bright hopes for the future. Interesting landmarks to visit include the marvelously ornate Hassan II Mosque, the French period Ville Nouvelle, the Parc de la Ligue Arabe, the Casablanca Cathedral and The Old Medina.
Casablanca is the main gateway to Morocco with the largest international airport.