Casablanca is the largest city in Morocco, with a population of over 2.9 million residents. Serving this large population is the Mohammed V International Airport, located about 18.6 miles from the city and handling over 7.25 million passengers yearly. Flights from Casablanca to international destinations are readily available, with international airline services offered by Germanwings, British Airways, Air France and EgyptAir, among others. Reservations on international flights can be made online using Orbitz.com.
Short- and long-term parking are both available at the two car parks located across from the arrivals and departures terminals. Short-term rates are about $.50 per hour, with long-term rates of $2.50 a day.
The airport is connected to the A7 Casa-Berchid motorway, making it easy to reach from the Casablanca city center by private auto or taxi. First-class train service hourly from Casa-Port railway station in the city is $5.70, and second-class service is $4. The train station is located beneath the arrivals area in Terminal 1. The train trip takes about 32 minutes. Taxi service costs approximately $25 to $35 for the 30-minute trip from the town center to the airport, while bus service from Casa-Port in the city center is also available, taking up to two hours during rush hour traffic for a cost of $4.
Several restaurants are available at the Mohammed V Airport for those wishing to have a meal before catching their flights from Casablanca arranged by Orbitz.com. The restaurants in the airport serve both Western-style and Moroccan food. For a great taste of the city before departing, you should find your way to Rick's Café for a Western breakfast, or head to the Café Maure for a more traditional Moroccan meal.
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is the second largest city in Spain and has a population of over 1.6 million. Flights to Barcelona arrive at the Barcelona El Prat Airport, located about 11 miles from the center of the city. The airport is one of the top 10 busiest in Europe, with over 34 million passengers passing through it in 2011. Some of the airlines flying into El Prat Airport include Aeroflot, Air France, British Airways, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines, with most offering reservation services with great deals for budget travelers through Orbitz.com.
Travel from the airport to the downtown area is available by commuter train, taxi and the city's bus services. The rail service connects Terminal 2 at the airport to the Barcelona Metro, while a bus service is available every 10 minutes. The train takes 27 minutes, while buses take approximately 35 minutes to make the journey to the downtown area. Bus and metro tickets cost about $16 and include transfers, with the ability to use the ticket on both transport types. Taxis can be caught in front of each of the airport's terminals. More than one suitcase or larger items will incur an additional transport fee when using the city taxis.
Those traveling to Barcelona should expect mild seasonal weather conditions, with summer temperatures ranging from lows in the mid-50s to highs in the low 80s. During the winter, temperatures drop to the mid-teens, with highs generally around the low to mid-40s. Those enjoying summers in Barcelona should need nothing more than a light jacket on cooler evenings, while those visiting in the winter should wear moderate to heavy clothing with a heavy jacket to ward off the cold.
Barcelona is a city that devotes much of its entertainment energy to the arts, offering live music and theatre in a variety of genres. There's everything from opera at the Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house to the annual three-day Sonar pop music festival. Sports are also a major attraction for those taking flights to Barcelona, as it's the home of the world-famous football team FC Barcelona along with professional basketball and rugby teams.
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