Rabat Casablanca and Atlantic Coast

Morocco's two most important cities are a mere half an hour apart, yet could hardly be more different. Rabat, the capital, is a city of diplomats and politicians, a relatively calm place for strolling, sipping coffee in streetside cafés and wandering through historic sites. South along the coast, brash Casablanca is a much bigger city dominated by business and money, where the cars are faster and the lights are brighter. The huge new Hassan II Mosque may be the city's biggest draw, but it can't mask the fact that Casablanca is built along an economic axis.

North of Casablanca, Mohammedia has a walled médina and a seaside promenade, while to the south lie the crumbling old Portuguese coastal bastions of El Jadida and Azemmour, easy day trips, as is the kasbah of Boulaouane. More distant are the beaches and stunning lagoon of Oualidia and a rougher, working town: phosphate-processing and pottery-producing Safi.

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