Phoenicians used the inlets here as rest stops in the 7th century BC. The earliest known settlement was the 10th century Berber port of Anfa. In the 13th century Anfa began to flourish due to trade with the Portuguese and Spanish. This came to an abrupt halt in the 15th century when the Portuguese destroyed the city in retaliation for Berber piracy. In 1770, the Alaouite sultan Mohammed Ibn Abdellah rebuilt Anfa and renamed it Dar El Beida (House of the White Princess).
In 1781, Dar El Beida was renamed Casa Blanca (white house) by Mohammed III in commemoration of a Spanish trade agreement. By the end of the 19th century, Casablanca had become a center for international trade. Casablanca´s growth spurts have been tremendous and the city has experienced surges in urban development (notably in1946, and1984). The eclectic influences of French, Algerian and Tunisian architects ornament the city.
Famous for the Humphrey Bogart movie, Casablanca is Morocco largest city. It serves as an important economic center of Morocco and is home to the third largest mosque in the world (the Hassan II Mosque, one of the world’s most prestigious monuments). Most of our Tours to Morocco start in Casablanca with a visit of the Hassan II Mosque. Besides the Hassan II Mosque, other monuments and buildings include the New and Old Medinas, The Corniche, Place Nations Unis, Boulevard Mohammed V, Rue Prince Moulay Abdallah and the Hyatt Regency Casablanca Theme Bar. The majority of our Morocco tour packages will typically will include a half day visit to this city.