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Morocco

A popular and arousing tourist destination, Morocco is one of the most liberal and diverse countries from the northern part of Africa, combining an impressive set of languages, traditions and cultures with some contrasting sights that gather majestic mountains, widespread deserts, mighty coastlines and some charming architectural treasures that will please your eyes and draw beautiful memories. Casablanca and Marrakesh – some of the most famous cities in the world – are only two of the country’s numerous striking places which amaze tourists from around the world.

Morocco stands on the tip of northern Africa, washing its western side in the Atlantic Oceanand neighboring the Mediterranean Sea and Spain (through a water border of the Strait of Gibraltar) to the north, Algeria to the east and Western Sahara and Mauritania to the south. With Sahara included, the country spreads on a surface of 710,850 square km (274,461 sq miles) and has a population of 33 million, which consists, mainly, in Arabs and the Berbers – the indigenous inhabitants of the place, which have been mostly Arabized. The political capital is Rabat, but it isn’t the biggest city, the title being held by Casablanca, which is the country’s financial cradle, being the most important industrial zone. And also one of the most striking places you can visit while here.

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What to see, what to do

Once you’ve arrived in one of the most beautiful countries of the Islamic Africa, a good starting place for exploring its beauties would be the aforementioned Casablanca. In this cosmopolite city which is also the country’s main port and the largest in North Africa, you’ll admire the Hassan II Mosque, which is the third largest mosque in the world, the Casablanca Cathedral, a gorgeous piece of Mauresque architecture, the Old Medina, The Parc de la LigueArabe, or the Bouskoura forest with its lovely palm, eucalyptus and pine trees.

morocco 3Marrakesh, the former imperial capital, which also goes by the name of the “Red City” due to its red walls and red sandstone buildings, was considered “simply the nicest place on Earth to spend an afternoon” by Winston Churchill. And for good reason, as its atmosphere is captivating to say the least, through its alluring souks (shopping places), palaces, the old and fascinating medina, the central square at Djemaa El Fna which gathers, every night, all kinds of artists, musicians, acrobats, snake-charmers and the like, along with locals and tourists, creating a magic atmosphere perfumed with spices and a delicious smell of food, which is available everywhere you lay your eyes. The lovely JardinMajorelle is also a sight to remember due to the magical dance of colors that spreads through the gardens that host more than 300 plant species.

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Fez is another beautiful city that will amaze you with its medina, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and medieval streets and buildings that pull you away for a while from the usual, urban lifestyle.
For a touch of ancient history, visit Chellah, an old necropolis which holds the remains of the Roman city Sala Colonia.
Chefchaouen, a mountain city also known as The Blue Pearl, is another tourist attraction due to its magical medina, with whitewashed walls and blue painted houses.

Chefchaouen

Another famous place to visit is Aït-Benhaddou, a Mud Brick citywhich is another UNESCO World Heritage site and appeared in numerous popular movies, such as Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy and more.
Morocco is known for its astonishing High Atlas Mountains. Exploring them will reward you with some jaw breaking panoramas, especially if you reach the highest peak, Jebel Toubkal. While here, you’ll also come across the indigenous Berber people and you’ll have the opportunity for hiking and skiing.
Clear waters fall over a corner of lush vegetation at the Cascades D’Ouzoud, a place which should also be admired for its fairy beauty.

High Atlas Mountains

Once you’ve seen the mountains, be sure to explore the Sahara Desert by taking a trip on a camel’s back for seeing the Erg Chebbi sand dunes and the wide sea of golden sand.
Finally, if you just want to relax, Agadir is a great place on the Atlantic Coast for just letting yourself embraced by the beach, kissed by the sun and delighted by the Ocean.

Food and drink

The Moroccan cuisine is one of the tastiest and most varied in the world. The traditional dishes here include harira – a spicy soup, couscous – made from semolina grains and cooked with meat or vegetables, tagine (or tajine) – spicy stew with meat and onions, tomatoes, herbs, olives and almonds, mechoui – stuffed lamb or beef.
Some popular drinks here are coffee, of course, and mint tea, also known as “Moroccan whiskey” due to its color, which is made from green tea with fresh mint and sugar.

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Visa Requirements

To enter and visit Morocco you’ll require a valid passport and if you’re not from a country eligible for visa exemption, you’ll also require a visa.

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