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Casablanca Layover

| February 9, 2014

Stuck on a layover at Morocco’s Casablanca Airport (CMN)? The airport offers a number of things to help keep you occupied during your wait. Located in Nouasseur, a suburb 30 km south-east of Casablanca, this airport is the busiest airport in Morocco. If you’re trying to figure out if you have enough time to leave the airport during your Casablanca layover, click here for some helpful tips.
Casablanca Morocco Layover
The airport has shopping, a variety of restaurants and bars, ATMs and a post office. There is also a VIP Lounge, first aid service and a business center. If you plan on traveling with a pet, please read these tips from the airport.

There are no hotels at the airport. The following hotels are situated in the center of Casablanca: the Hyatt Regency Casablanca, the Idou Anfa Hotel, Le Royal Mansour Meridien, and the Sheraton Casablanca Hotel and Towers. Many hotels provide an airport shuttle service. For a comprehensive list of Casablanca hotels at varying price points, click here.

Taxis are found outside the terminal and can take you into Casablanca for the fixed rate of 200 dirham in daytime and 250 dirham at night. (See the sidebar on right for currency exchange rates). In addition you can rent a car from stands inside the airport, take a roughly one-hour bus ride into the city through the CTM bus company, or take the train, ONCF. The train station is located at level one of arrivals, and trains depart every hour from 06:50 to 22:30. The trip will take roughly a half hour. There are Left Luggage facilities at the train station.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions For Things To Do On A Casablanca Layover:

Casablanca Tour
If you only have limited time in Casablanca, a tour might be a great way to see a bunch of sights. There’s many to choose from including day tours, bus and bike tours, night cruises, dinner theater, outdoor activities, and more.

Hassan II Mosque
The Hassan II Mosque is the second largest mosque in the world, and the only one in the city that non-Muslims may visit. The Moroccan mosque part has a section of floor made of glass so worshipers can kneel directly over the sea. The minaret towers at 200 meters and releases a powerful laser beam. The mosque can only be reached by car or bus trip via the port.

Old Medina
Considered to be the old part of Casablanca that was originally a walled city, Old Medina has a lively market where you can find spices and food stalls. This is definitely a place to barter. You can also stop by the fishing harbor and visit the nearby shrine of Sidi Allal el- Kairouani, Casablanca’s patron saint.

Quartier Habous
Considered “New Medina” the Quartier Habous is located southeast of the city center and a great place to wander and check out the local merchants’ wares. The Arabian style markets offer carpets, copper and brass goods at the markets. There is also one of Casablanca’s best pastry shops, Chez Bennis, for a quick bite.

Port of Casablanca
The modern Port of Casablanca is a great way to spend some time in the sun. You can stop for a bite at one of the seafront seafood restaurants and the Centre 2000 offers luxury shopping. The port can be reached via the fishing harbor in Old Medina.

The Cathedral Notre Dame de Lourdes
The Cathedral Notre Dame de Lourdes is a Catholic church known for its floor to ceiling magnificent stained glass windows. Currently, it is not used for worship, but instead exhibits ancient Roman artifacts.

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