Morocco travel guide, Your source to know Morocco
This Morocco travel guide is meant to help you know more about this country, in case you’re interested in paying a visit to this AWESOME place, or just out of curiosity; perhaps you want to include it on your travel list. This travel guide will give to the reader a general idea about Morocco. A a detailed description however, might need a book, or an actual visit, which is highly recommended in this case. But it’s safe to say that this is a good starting point.
The theme of Morocco is diversity! It’s a country that is essentially diverse in terms of everything that ranges from what is nature related to what is human related. By that we mean history, geography, people and culture.
Morocco recognizes what a treasure it has. That’s why both the public sector and the private one focus a lot on enhancing their tourism services and protection. Morocco is a real tourist attraction. No wonder why it hosted 11 million tourists in the year 2011.
Another reason that makes Morocco very appealing to the visitors is that it’s very affordable. Someone who has a tight budget won’t find a problem in Morocco.
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A brief summary of the Moroccan history
Morocco is very interesting in the human history because the oldest archeological trace of Homo sapiens (humans essentially) has been found in Morocco it dates back more than 300,000 years ago. However, the most notable civilization that set foot in Morocco are the Phoenicians, they used to consider the Moroccan lands, such places like Lexus and Mogador(known today as Essaouira) as trading centers during the sixth century. The Berbers established their first kingdom there called the Berber Kingdom of Mauritania. The Roman empire used to have power over the Moroccan land during the same era. Volubilis is the remains of an ancient roman city in Morocco that you can visit while you’re here. The Islamic era of Morocco started in the seventh century onwards. First established by the Umayad Khalifat, and then as an independent kingdom that was established by the first King Idriss the first who was the founder of the Idrissid dynasty. Throughout the years, many other dynasties have been ruling Morocco, the current one is the Alaouit dynasty. Big cities such as Fez, Marrakech and Rabat all have monuments that represent each of the old ruling dynasties. The modern era starting from the 19th century has shown European interest in Morocco. Spain and France colonized Morocco during this era. Both of them have left a huge influence on the Moroccan culture as we know it now.
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The geography of Morocco
First, Morocco is situated in the north western edge of Africa. The Mediterranean sea borders it from the north with Spain being only 14 kilometers from the closest point, Algeria from the east, Mauritania from the south and the Atlantic ocean from the west. The northern part has mountains, coasts and beaches. The western part has fertile lands, the middle parts are home to the Atlas mountains, and as you go south you enter the desert. A single trip from north to south that starts from Fez as an example and finishes in Marrakech will visit mountains, valleys, flatlands, desert and mountains again. Make sure to take with you cloths that match each region’s weather.
The Moroccan biological landscape is also very diverse. Each region has its own environmental particularities including all sorts of wild life. A list of these would require an article on its own.
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The cultural diversity of Morocco.
Morocco has a wide cultural diversity. As you can deduce from its history, a quick look at the history will tell you that Amazighs, Romans, Arabs and Europeans and many other civilizations have all left their cultural footprints in Morocco. These cultural aspects can take the form of traditions, clothes, food and many others…while you’re in Morocco, expect that you’d encounter many culture depending on where you are at a certain time.
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The Moroccan people
Moroccans are very interesting folks. Most of them are a mixture of Arabs and Berbers, 99%. The majority are Suni Muslims and a big chunk says they’re only Muslim. All of them however are very liberal and are not religious fanatics. The situation in Morocco is generally very liberal. It is safe to say that the impact of such diverse cultural influences have made this country very open-minded.
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Visit Bab Mansor
The Bab el-Mansur Gate is the last gate built in the city of Meknes in 1732 by the order of Moulay Ismail. It was built by an architect who was a Christian before adopting Islam. This gate, considered one of the most beautiful in the world, bears the name of the victorious apostate or Mansur Laalej. Moulay Ismail wanted his city to be compared to Versailles because he was a fan of Louis XIV, so he wanted the entrance gate of Meknes to be grand. This is the case with the Bab el-Mansour Gate, which reaches a height of 16 meters (the arch alone is 8 meters above the ground). Inside the gate is a rectangular hall, also called Bab el-Mansour Hall. This room is now an art gallery where you can admire the works of local artists. This room is quite large – 6 x 17 meters. The decor of this door is very similar to that of Moroccan arts and crafts: especially striking is the frieze of calligraphy stretching across the top of the door. You can also see materials that are widely used in Moroccan architecture, such as mosaics.
Discover Sahara Desert
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Safety in Morocco
Some few fanatics commit crimes now and then, but that is the case all over the world and statistics show that Morocco is one of the safest places on Earth in terms of terrorism incidents. There is also a significant number of police agents who are only dedicated to keep touristic places very safe. Moroccans are generally very kind and friendly to foreigners.
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A travel guide of costs in Morocco
If you’re not a heavy spender, a day in Morocco won’t cost you more than 50 USD, which is approximately 500 MAD (Dirham). A mid range budget of 1,200 MAD will allow you to spend it on things like eating at good restaurants and taking private tours. However, if you can afford 3,500 MAD or more you will be surprised what you can do.
Make sure to take change with you everywhere you go, you will need that a lot.
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The best time to visit Morocco
The best time to visit Morocco arguably is from, either from April to May or from September to November. The weather is really nice, which is good for activities like mountain hiking.
Winter time might not be the best time to visit Morocco. However, if you’re a fan of snowboarding or skiing that’s a good time to visit Morocco.
The summers tend to be really hot in the middle of the country, cities like Fez, Meknes and Marrakech are really hot. However it might be a perfect time to visit the coasts of the Moroccan North, or cities like Casablanca, Essaouira and Agadir.
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Volubilis is an ancient city in Morocco, located about twenty kilometers from the city of Meknes. The name Volubilis comes from the fact that the plant of the same name grows here. However, the Berber name of the city is different: it should have been called Walila or Oualili. The city of Volubilis developed in different eras; it was founded as early as the Neolithic period. Volubilis was a trading town where olive oil was produced.
Presses were found to assist the population in this production. Volubilis has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.
Volubilis belongs to the Neolithic period, but only a few inscriptions from this period have been found. However, four inscriptions belonging to the Punic and Neopunic periods have been deciphered, indicating the presence of a necropolis at this site. Suffeti (the first magistrates of Carthage) are also mentioned, indicating that there was already a hierarchy of institutions. Other sites show evidence of Punic-Mauritanian civilization, especially religious buildings and tombs. Doric coins have also been found.
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Morocco travel guide to the must-visits of Morocco
Starting from the north you must visit Tangier, this city is considered an international city for many reasons, one is being the portal of Africa to Europe and vise versa. Chefchaouen is also a place in the Moroccan North that you must not miss. It’s a whole city painted in blue.
Going south there is Fez, the oldest Moroccan capital. Fez is a city that has a reputation of science and knowledge because it’s the home of the oldest university in history. Near fez there are the remains of an ancient Roman city. it’s called Volubilis. Not far away from Volubilis there’s another ancient Moroccan city, which was also a capital once. It’s Meknes, and it has some cool monuments. This region has also some cool towns near the Atlas Mountains such as Azerou and Ifran, where there are cedar forests.
Going west there’s Casablanca a city that needs no introduction. It’s the biggest Moroccan a city and the most important economically. One could say Casablanca is the heart of Morocco.
And there’s the capital Rabat, A truly beautiful and sophisticated city. There are here some very beautiful historical locations.
Going south there’s Merzouga, A true desert city. Imagine dunes, camels, tents, clear night sky, desert traditional drum music and a comfy bed along with bars and parties all over. This is the kind of fun you can have in Merzouga.
Farther south you can find the biggest film studio in the world. Ouarzazat and Ait Benhaddo are places you can recognize from Game of Thrones and movies such as Gladiator, KIngdom of Heaven, Lawrence of Arabia…
After visiting such places Marrakech is a good stop. In fact most of the tourists who visit Morocco visit Marrakech. It’s simply the best stop in Morocco according to the majority of visitors.
Essaouira is also a must-visit, especially if you’re a person who has a strong passion towards arts.
we would very much suggest that you travel with a private tour agency. These agencies organize tours that visit a selection of the best stops including the ones we mentioned here and many others like some cool waterfalls, valleys and gorges.
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Morocco’s impressive beaches
Those who spend their vacations in Greece, the Maldives or Bali should not be jealous, because Moroccan nature offers beautiful scenery just a few kilometers from home. From the south to the north of Morocco, the beauty of the beaches of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea will make for a pleasant summer.
Legzira, Sidi Ifni.
This wild Moroccan beach, 150 km from Agadir and 10 km from Sidi Ifni, famous for its red arches carved into the rocks, remains a popular destination for surfers and lovers of beautiful beaches and fried fish.
Sidi Kouaki – Essaouira
Located 25 km from Essaouira (Windy City), next to the Thuya forest, this beach, known for its strong winds and big waves, offers a holiday full of adventure: sunbathing, surfing, kitesurfing, horses and dromedaries. In addition to the beauty of this area, which has preserved its wild appearance, you will find a variety of activities here.
Located 158km from Casablanca and 212km from Marrakech, this beach is popular with lovers of oysters and fresh fish from an old fishing village. Ideal for residents of Casablanca, Marrakech and El Jadida who want to spend a relaxing weekend without having to travel far.
Quemado Beach, Al Hoceima
This 9,000 square meter beach at the foot of the Quemado cliff was voted the seventh most beautiful beach in the world for its turquoise waters and fine white sand. In summer this beach is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of the sea and especially the beauty of the underwater world.
Dragon Island, Dakhla
In the middle of Dakhla Bay, this wild beach, shaped like an abandoned dragon and full of shells, offers you the best of nature. Warm waters, clay baths and golden sunshine: there’s nothing like a catamaran ride to discover all the hidden treasures of this island.
Oued Laou, Assilah, Nador, Taghazout or Sidi Bou Selham are all nice spots for a budget summer in Morocco. Pack your bags!
Morocco Breathtaking Landscapes
Morocco has a rich, varied and wild nature. Drive just a few kilometers to discover all these wonders: the sea, the dunes, the desert, the oases and the mountains. Here are five of the most beautiful natural sites you can visit in Morocco.
The High Atlas Mountains.
The High Atlas is a Moroccan mountain range of great beauty. The Toubkal Massif, for example, offers great hiking. Climbing Mount Toubkal is a hike that begins in Imlil and leads to the summit. Between the cacti, agaves, and cliffs, the scenery of the High Atlas is magnificent.
The gorges of the Todga Valley
The gorges of Todga Valley are breathtaking, for me it is one of the most unusual landscapes in Morocco. The rock has a golden, orange color and glows even during the day, the sight is unstoppable. Palm trees in some places, vegetation on the walls: the place is magical and gives the impression that you have gone to the edge of the world.
Erg Chebbi near Merzouga is an area with many dunes. The dunes of Merzouga are spectacular and if you are lucky enough to bivouac there, you will discover their treasures. At sunset, the spectacle changes and becomes even more magical: don’t forget to bring your camera so you can see the spectacle with two eyes.
Uzud waterfalls are very high waterfalls with a height of about 110 meters. They flow on three levels and their spectacle will not leave you indifferent. The orange rock, surrounding vegetation and water form a beautiful backdrop. A must-visit place to discover the powerful and diverse nature.
From Agadir, turn onto the road that leads to Paradise Valley. This inconspicuous oasis of tranquility is located in the middle of a magnificent forest. You’ll have to walk a bit to get there, but the reward will be at the end of the road: green terrain and beautiful blue water in the middle. Guided walks will allow you to discover this place and its surroundings.
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