Widely considered one of the most iconic films of its time, and perhaps all time, the 1942 film Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, is based on a true love story. While the movie was filmed entirely at Warner Bros. studio in Burbank, California, 75 years ago, there are still plenty of ways to have a Casablanca-themed honeymoon within the Moroccan city of Casablanca itself. So, grab your significant other and head off on this itinerary—we think this is the start of a beautiful honeymoon.
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Where to Stay
One of the most popular lodging options in Morocco is the riad which is a traditional house or palace with a central courtyard. For an authentic experience, consider renting a riad for at least part of your stay, and live like a local à la Casablanca.
For more luxury accommodations, the Four Seasons Casablanca boasts an oceanfront location only 10 minutes or so from the city center. An elegant spa, outdoor pool, chic lounge, and three restaurants are only a sampling of the amenities you’ll enjoy when not exploring all that Casablanca and Morocco has to offer.
Where to Eat & Drink
A must-visit for any fan of the film is Rick’s Café, perfect for wining, dining, music, and dancing. While it won't look exactly like the fictional Rick’s Café Americain, this re-creation opened in 2004 and its design and features were directly inspired by the film. Sip on delicious craft cocktails while (of course) listening to "As Time Goes By" on the piano, and you’ll feel like you’re transported back in time.
Restaurant Al-Mounia on the Boulevard de Paris is another great option for a romantic honeymoon dinner. Dine al fresco in the outdoor garden, enjoying delectable traditional Moroccan fare among colorful mosaics and stunning architecture.
Since Mr. Bogart was born in good ole NYC, you can honor his legacy by heading to Brooklyn Bar Casablanca which features classic city vibes and a wide array of cocktails, a perfect place to kick back after a full day of sightseeing and exploring.
"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world," you can walk in to Sky 28 for a happy hour or night cap and feel on top of the world; with the floor to ceiling windows and incredible views, you may as well be.
Where to Visit
During your stay in Morocco, you’d be remiss to not visit some of the top tourist attractions. For a comprehensive experience, consider at least one full-day tour throughout the city and beyond, such as the Full Day Casablanca and Rabat Private Tour. With a personal driver as your guide, you’ll motor near Rick’s Café before visiting and touring the Hassan II Mosque, the city’s Corniche, and historic landmarks before heading to Rabat, where you’ll experience even more of the neighboring city.
For more of a self-guided experience, some can’t-miss attractions along your cinematic-inspired excursion include the Quartier Habous neighborhood, the Hassan II Mosque (the second largest mosque in the world), a visit to the Old Medina of Casablanca (or any medina for an authentic shopping experience), modern shopping at the Morocco Mall, and the Parx de la Ligue Arabe (a palm-tree filled park where you can enjoy coffees from a selection of cafés in a beautiful natural setting).