1001 Nights - Visiting Morocco

Morocco is the gateway to Africa, with its Moroccan exotic colors and contrasts, multicultural and modern valences and interesting Arabic culture. Visited annually by millions of tourists, located in northwest Africa, Morocco is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Mediterranean Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar to the north, having a diverse climate. For example, the north has a pleasant Mediterranean climate, while in the south the desert predominates.

To get in Morocco, you can do it either by air or from Gibraltar, the tiny British colony, situated at the confluence of the Mediterranean with the Atlantic, using the ferry. If you choose the second option, in Gibraltar, you can entertain the legendary monkeys on the Upper Rock, admiring Cave St. Michael, a cave of unique beauty, which regularly hosts various concerts, or relaxing by shopping at tax-free prices.

Back to Morocco, here are its most important cities:

RABAT is the capital of Morocco, being raised into a fortifications belonging to the twelfth century. It keeps the past, but perfectly is combined with the modernity mark, with various new edifices, colorful bazaars and economic centers. The Rabat attractions includes Hassan Tower, from the height of which you have the opportunity to see breathtaking views of the city and the Mausoleum ‘ Mohammed V ’ - Sale, a masterpiece of Islamic, meant to highlight the balance between traditionalism and modernism.

CASABLANCA is considered the second capital of Morocco, this time, the economic one, being one of the largest ports of Africa to the Atlantic. Here you can see the Mosque Hassan II, which is largest mosque in Morocco and the third largest in the world, with the highest minaret. As long as you have enough money, you can enjoy its luxury stores or take some bargains and all kinds of interesting things, heading over to the Habbous District, which has an enormous collection of souks, located just behind the king's palace.

FEZ is the ‘spiritual capital’, dedicated to the lovers of history and tradition, and is a major cultural and religious center of Western Muslim, who sacredly preserved its culture, faith and treasures of the Islamic art. For example, Fez houses the most representative monument of Islamic art, Mosque Al Qaraouiyyine. Its gigantic size and age over 11 centuries, especially its precious architectural style and interior design, makes it to be of great importance, being the headquarters of famous Muslim university and the famous library, known for its great value manuscripts and treasures of Islamic culture.

MARRAKECH is recognized worldwide as the’ Pearl of the South’, and is a wonderful city-museum, located in a beautiful landscape, right in the middle of a palm trees forest, which makes it seem even more beautiful, surrounded by gorgeous forests of oranges, lemons, olives, peaches and roses, extremely lively markets full of bargains, historic sites and architecture, as well as some interesting museums. In about an hour from Marrakech, Atlas Mountains are stretching and you’ll find places of particular beauty, like traditional rural markets, local monuments, mosques, and further, the beautiful Ouzoud waterfall.

TANGER is a beautiful city, located on the hills, and is the nearest African city of Europe and nearly 60 km of it, are two of the most elegant and popular resorts in Morocco, Kabila and Marinashmir, with sandy beaches and translucent sea water.

Useful information about Morocco

The official currency is the dirham and the official language is Arabic.

Best time to visit Morocco is between April and early June or between September and November, when the weather is warm and dry.

It's good to know French when you go to Morocco, because might be more useful than English. It would be ok to have a polyglot guide, somewhere in your luggage, never know when you'll need it.

Morocco is the world's largest exporter of hashish and in the north there are many plantations of marijuana, so avoid this area as much as possible!

Be aware that Morocco is a country where criminality is high, so inform before you go, on specialized websites and see if there are any travel alerts.

Drink only bottled water because the tap water is not potable!

Spain is only 13 km away from Morocco, being separated by the Strait of Gibraltar linking the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean.

Try peppermint tea, which is called also the 'Moroccan Whisky', although it does not contain a drop of alcohol.

The most consumed dish is ‘tajide’, a mix of meat, potatoes and vegetables.

If you're coming from Europe, the power converter is the same, so you will not need one, but if you're coming from England or the USA, you do. Note that here can be 2 types of 4mm and 5mm plugs, and some of the newer sockets use a grounding (third) pin.

Bring toilet paper with you, if you don’t want to pay, because in any restaurant you must pay the toilet paper.

In Morocco, there is no law against smoking, for which, wherever you go, at restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and so on, you'll always smell of cigarettes.

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