Casablanca is the largest city and port in Morocco. This beautiful city was settled by the Berbers in the 7th century. Today it is the commercial and industrial heart of the kingdom . Casablanca has both the advantages and disadvantages of a typical large north African city and commercial capital. It is also the most cosmopolitan of Morocco's cities, with high-end boutiques, an upcoming contemporary arts scene, beautifully restored French colonial buildings, good markets and an authentic old part of town. Casablanca is often the first stop for international passengers flying in from afar, and the city is basically used as a transit point.