Casablanca Half-Day Tour: Hassan II Mosque, Mohammed V Square and Central Market
Start with a visit to the United Nations Place, followed by Mohammed V Square and the Central Market (only on morning tours) before continuing to the Habbous quarter to admire the Royal Palace from the outside. The royal complex featuring impressive architecture and meticulously landscaped surroundings has limited public access, so while you can't enter the palace itself, you can still stroll around the grounds and admire the external architecture.
Next visit the Mehkama and the Cathedral Notre Dame de Lourdes before heading to the famous Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco and the seventh-largest in the world. Admire the exterior of this beautiful structure overlooking the ocean – be sure to visit this more in-depth after your tour!
Your last stop is the Ain Diab Corniche, where you’ll have free time to walk down the promenade lined with restaurants and swimming pools before hopping back in your vehicle to end your tour back where you started.
- Transport by air-conditioned sedan, minivan or coach (depending on group size)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (if required)
- Entry/Admission - Notre Dame de Lourdes
- Entry/Admission - Mahkama du Pacha
- Entrance to Hassan II Mosque and the Royal Palace
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Please note that the Royal Palace is closed to the public so you will see this from the outside and have time to explore the surroundings
- The visit to the Hassan II Mosque is to see the outside only. If you wish to see the inside, you can return for an independent visit on another occasion
- The Central Market is closed in the afternoons, so it can only be visited on morning tours
The tour started out great. Just 4 of us with the guide and driver. Hassan II Mosque was beautiful. However we were taken to a rug place which we did not ask for and spent unnecessary time having to look at carpets which we had no intention of buying. We then asked about the Central Market and was advised we couldn't go there as 'it was too dangerous. we actually went back the next day on our own and had a great time. We dropped off our other 2 companions at their hotel and we were then taken to a restaurant for lunch which was recommended by the guide. It was lovely and the food was great however the guide hung around for some time I actually thought he was going to join us but then he seriously pressured us into giving him a decent tip. This was after pressuring us and the other couple into giving the driver a tip as well. After paying a fair amount for this tour, having to pay entrance for the mosque and lunch to then be pressured to tip the drive and the guide was very disappointing.
Terrible experience. Ruined Casablanca for us. We were never taken to Mohammed Square nor the Central Market. Advised by tour guide Mohammed to skip going inside Hassan II mosque because he wanted to give us a better and more personal tour of his city. We drove around and were taken to just one store this was the Central Market apparently and felt extremely pressured into buying a rug. After this better and more personal tour ended with getting ripped off by aforementioned store, Mohammed took us back to the bus where the other 5 or 6 guests were waiting for us to return. We followed the same exact route that our taxi took to get to the Central Market, There was absolutely nothing different from the better and more personal tour that Mohammed had promised us earlier. We felt that we were taken advantage of and had an awful experience in Casablanca. Since we listened to our local tour guide, we didn't do the tour inside the Mosque and missed out on the only thing worth doing in Casablanca. We were also dropped off 30 minutes early since we arrived by cruise. We mentioned many times that we didn't need to be back at exactly 1:00pm since the cruise was not leaving until 5:30pm but we were still dropped off by 12:30pm. We've done multiple tours through Viator and this is our only complaint ever.
Since I only had a day in Casablanca, this tour was perfect to give me a broad vision of what Casablanca has to offer. Magic was so accommodating and responsive to my interests, and took me around the city, from the magnificent Hassan II mosque it is worth it to go inside, to the Corniche on the Atlantic, and a tour through some of Casablanca's neighbourhoods. Magic is a cosmopolitan, sweet Moroccan guide who wanted to make sure I had a good time and learned a lot about his country. Yes, I did end up coming home with a gorgeous camel-hair berber rug on which I surely could have haggled a better price, but the rug will always remind me of my short visit to Morocco, and will remind me to go back. The visits to the shops and the medina were quick and I didn't feel pressure to buy anything. Magic made sure that I was on time for my flight later that day and knew exactly how to make me feel relaxed and entertained the whole time. I would highly recommend this tour!