A half day walking tour of Casablanca’s Old Medina with a private guide and hotel pick-up and drop-off! Learn about Casablanca’s rich and varied history as your guide leads you through the maze of streets which make up the city’s oldest quarter. Visit some of Casablanca’s oldest city sites and meander through markets and residential neighborhoods which, at the beginning of the 20th century, were home to twenty-five thousand inhabitants, including twenty thousand Muslims, four thousand Jews and a thousand Christians. Today the Old Medina offers an enticing mix of artisanal markets, traditional and Western clothing shops, boutique hotels and cafes, historic buildings and shrines, and urban Moroccan neighborhoods.
Your driver will pick you up at your hotel, cruise ship dock, or other location specified by you. You’ll connect with your guide at the main entrance to the Old Medina.
The Old Medina of Casablanca formed a triangular shape of approximately 50 hectares. It included three distinct quarters: the East, which was home to the Moroccan Muslim bourgeoisie as well as some wealthy Jewish, European traders and authorities; the South, which was the mellah or Jewish quarter; and the North, a popular Muslim neighborhood called the Tnaker. As you walk through these areas, you’ll see key sites and points of interest such as Ettedgui Synagogue, Jamaa Ould Al Hamra Mosque, the Marabout Sidi Belyout, the Omar Ibn Abdelaziz School, as well as the alleys, souks and markets of the Old Medina.
The Sqala, or Portuguese fortress, is an important historical site in the Old Medina. Around 1770, the Sultan Sidi Mohammed Benabdallah decided to restore the fortifications of the ports of the Moroccan coast between Larache and Mazagan (El Jadida) to protect the cities of European invasions. Thus the walls were restored in order to establish the town of Dar el Beida (Casablanca) in the ancient city of Anfa. Several strongholds were built to protect her, but only the Sqala still survives with her cannons placed in the embrasures.