Casablanca, or "Casa" as everyone calls it, was made ever famous by the 1942 Hollywood blockbuster yet attracts far fewer tourists than Marrakech and Fez. It's Morocco's commercial hub, a modern city full of young people who've come to make their fortune. This cosmopolitan air is juxtaposed with a rich history and a mishmash of architecture which sees skyscrapers spring up next to Art Deco, Moresque and Arabic buildings. If you've visited Marrakech, a long weekend in this ex-pirate port will give you a new perspective on the country.
Most likely to bump into
Young creatives and business-savvy Moroccans.
Essentials to bring with you
An appetite for tagine.
How to get there
You can fly to Mohammed V Airport from nearly anywhere, and then catch a train or bus into Casablanca. A ferry ride from Spain is slower but allows you to hop off the train and visit a few other Moroccan cities following your ferry ride.