Royal Palace of Casablanca
Though the palace grounds are closed to the public, the monument is a popular stop on a tour, as it illustrates the fascinating history and architecture of the country. Hassan II, for example, hosted Pope John Paul II in 1985 during first visit to the Islamic country. Travelers enjoy the huge open square with bubbling fountains at the front, and take photos of the royal guards watching over the gate.
Travelers may explore the Royal Palace as part of a half-day, full-day, and multi-day sightseeing tours of the city. On a guided walking tour of Casablanca, 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, and the surrounding Habous Quarter and its wonderful mix of French and Moroccan architecture. Longer multi-day and city tours leave from Marrakech and Rabat.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Suitable for solo travelers, couples, and families.
- Outsiders are not allowed into the palace’s grounds, so be sure to walk through the monumental gateway to get a better look at the spectacular façade.
- The Royal Palace is a good place to grab a taxi for going to other parts of the city.
- Tours may include roundtrip hotel transfers, food, and drink. Check specific tours for details.
How to Get There
Royal Palace of Casablanca is located within the Habous Quarter (“Quartier des Habous”) of the New Medina. The easiest way to reach the palace is by walking if nearby or by taxi. There are two types and both are budget-friendly. The small red taxis are private and metered, while the larger white taxis are car-shares taking up to four passengers.
When to Get There
Since the Royal Palace of Casablanca is never officially open to the public, travelers may always stop to have a look. In general, 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.
Habous Quarter (“Quartier des Habous”)
Royal Palace of Casablanca 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 1920s 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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