A city that blends Berber culture with a strong European influence, Casablanca is one of the better known hubs in northern Africa. The famed city where Bogart and Bergman loved and lost has a storied past of piracy, foreign occupation and struggles for liberty. Since independence from France, the city has blossomed into an affluent paradise and remains the economic capital of Morocco. Coastal breezes from the Atlantic and Mediterranean contribute to a mild year-round climate, and the many beaches are a haven for fishermen and sunbathers alike. Exquisite Spanish and French architecture, intricate Moorish decor, contrasting Renaissance-age medina walls and the towering minaret of the renowned Hassan II Mosque are but a few visual treasures to be discovered in this bustling port.