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Morocco, Al Mamlakah al Maghribiyah in Arabic, is a hereditary
monarchy. The monarch must be male, and he appoints the prime minister and cabinet.
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Countries neighbouring Morocco are: Western
Sahara and Algeria.
Moroccans are descendants of the original Berbers, although fewer
people are speaking the language.
From 1912 to 1956 Morocco was divided into French and Spanish
The Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, on the Mediterranean coast,
are within Morocco, and several small islands off the northern coast of Morocco also
belong to Spain.
The south-eastern boundary of Morocco, in the Sahara Desert, is still
not well defined, and since 1979 Morocco has also occupied the neighbouring country of Western Sahara.
Morocco has been influenced by several ancient cultures, and more
recently by the French.
Phoenician, Hellenic, Carthaginian, and Roman civilisations all passed
Christianity spread here in Roman times, but after the end of
Byzantine rule in the late 7th century, Arabic influences, with its written language and
the religion of Islam, remained the strongest.
At the height of the Almohad Empire, Morocco embraced most of north
Africa, and large areas of Spain and Portugal.
The western African influence of dance also came from the south along
the trade route.
The Archaeological Museum in Tetouan portrays this colourful history
in its collections of Carthaginian, Roman, and Islamic art and artefacts.
Weather in Africa:
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Morocco has the highest mountains in north Africa, tempting many
skiers to the region in winter too.
The Atlas Mountains run across Morocco from the north-east of the
country to the south-west.
Most Moroccans live along the Atlantic coast, so travel to the Atlas
range can be quite an adventure.
Atlas Sahara Trekking:
Small travel agency located in Freiburg, Switzerland working together with government
accepted travel guides and certified mountain guides in Morocco.
Royal Air Maroc is the national airline although many other international airlines also fly to Morocco. Charter
flights from Europe also land in Tangier.
Arrivals and departures around Morocco.
Royal Air Maroc: (AT)
Connecting all of Morocco with Casablanca and international
Abu Dhabi, Algiers,
Cairo, Conakry, Dakar,
Montreal, New York,
Vienna and Zurich.
ONCF - Morocco by Train:
Trunk line trains run through the heart of Morocco connecting some one hundred stations
spread out over 1,907km of track. If you're looking to travel to Agadir, Tetouan, or Nador
there are bus connections from Marrakech, Tanger and Taourirt respectively.
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Set in a lush garden in the heart of the Marrakesh palm grove and only a
ten minute drive from the city centre.
Tangier is a seaport and tourist destination on a small bay of the
Strait of Gibraltar.
Tangier was taken from the Arabs by the Portuguese in 1471, and given
to Charles II of England as part of the dowry of Catherine of Braganza.
The English abandoned the city to the Moors, in 1684, because of
continued piracy in the region.
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Rabat is the capital of Morocco.
The city's 12th century Hassan Tower, with its 55-metre minaret, is a
major attraction for visitors. The national library is also in Rabat.
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Fez is a well preserved imperial city, rich in history. A visit to the old city is almost
like being transported to another time.
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Ouarzazate originated as a French outpost and is also a popular
Located between the snow of the Atlas and the sand of the desert, Kasbah Itran is
a real balcony overlooking the life of Berber peoples in the Dades Valley.
South of the Souss Valley and beyond the western end of the Anti
Atlas, Tiznit is an
old walled medina
town; originally the site of a cluster of Kasbahs, which were encircled
in the 19th century
by some 5km of pise wall.
Ringed by terracotta-red ramparts and palm-groves, filled with
ancient Islamic monuments and superb restaurants, Morocco's accessible and exotic southern
city is quickly becoming an international travel destination.
Some of the things that make the journey out to Marrakech so worthwhile. Founded in 1062,
Marrakech was once the southern capital of the sultans and a visit to the old city is a
Classic Berber-style lodge just outside of Marrakech, offering accommodation to people who
want the authentic Moroccan experience. Expect a warm welcome and friendly service in
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The official language of Morocco is Arabic, with French and
Spanish also spoken. Less than 25 per cent of the population use Berber as their first
In tourist areas the touts can reel off a number of phrases in
English, Dutch, German, and even Swedish.
Learning just a few Moroccan
Arabic words and phrases will immediately set you apart from the average tourist, who
simply relies upon French or English.
No shorts, bare arms or shoulders.
After shaking hands with someone, touch your right hand to your heart
as a sign of respect.
Use your right hand for shaking hands, eating out of a common dish and
handling merchandise or money.
The left hand is commonly used to clean oneself after using the toilet
and is considered insulting when used for any right hand activity.
Before taking pictures of people, ask their permission (your guide
will help you with that). In rural areas women will almost never agree, and men only
As a general rule: donkeys, landscapes and buildings don't mind
having their pictures taken.
Adventures of Morocco
Mystique blends with fabulous nature, friendly people and excellent food. Add to that
first class infrastructure, low prices and a very high level of security, and you have all
the reasons to start planning your visit to a country that everyone should see at least
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