Overview: Morocco is a heady mix of languages, cultures, religions, ancient traditions and modern sensibilities. With a climate that ranges from dry and oven hot to cool and drizzly.

Each area of the country has its own distinct character. The rocky spine of the Atlas Mountains divides Morocco in half, separating the endless, rolling dunes of the Western Sahara in the south from the coastal cities of the north. Skirt the eastern foothills of the High Atlas to discover the monumental gorges of Todra and Dades, the palmeries of Tinerhir and the beautiful Berber city of Ouarzazate, thanks to its terracotta kasbahs and outlandish scenic surrounds.

Morocco’s urban population is concentrated in the north and west, and the country’s coastal towns are becoming increasingly cosmopolitan. Further down the western coast there’s Casablanca, then Essaouira with its stunning historic medina and Agadir. Inland lies cosmopolitan Fez with its high-sided streets and a maze of stunning riads (traditional houses built around a central courtyard). Explore the grandiose sprawl of Marrakech, vibrant and chaotic imperial city with a magnetism that’s drawn visitors for centuries. The blend of ancient and colonial architecture that characterizes Morocco’s main cities makes them among the most beautiful in the world. Marrakech, Essaouira, Fez and Tetouan are all on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, and archaeological marvels such as the two millennia-old ruins of Volubilis just add to the country’s appeal. When sightseeing begins to pall, retreat to a traditional hammam, sample the scrumptiously spicy street food or pick up anything from precious minerals to Berber carpets at the local souk.Whether you’re adventuring in the Atlas, camel trekking in the dessert, soaking up the atmosphere in the souks, Morocco is a country that can often feel like a whole new world waiting to be explored.

Just a Glimpse:
  • Population: ~ 33 million
  • Area: 446,500 sq. kms
  • Capital city: Rabat (pop. 1.7 million)
  • Biggest city: Casablanca (pop. 3.2 million)
  • Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
  • Time zone: UTC + 0 / Summer UTC + 1
  • Religion: Islam.

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