About Morocco

The only way to truly know Morocco is by visiting! Prepare for your trip to Morocco with this information.

Morocco’s sprawling landscapes offer four different mountain ranges, while long golden beaches line a coast that borders both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. In the south of the kingdom you’ll find Morocco’s most famous feature – the spectacular, mesmerizing Sahara Desert. And throughout the land you’ll find lush oases, cascading rivers, deep valleys, and rich vineyards.

Moroccan’s are generous, caring, and talented artisans. You will find art and music all over the country along with traditional Moroccan meals like tagine and couscous. And let’s not forget our famous mint tea! Our history is ancient and exciting — did you know that dinosaur bones have been found in Morocco? 

Whilst travelers are voting with their feet, the travel press continues to recognize Morocco too: Casablanca is amongst TripAdvisor’s Top 10 destinations on the rise for 2018, Essaouira is commended for the great value for money it offers in Lonely Planet’s Best In Travel 2018; and the Guardian places Fez on its hotlist for 2018.

What is the full name of Morocco?
Kingdom of Morocco (Al Mamlakah al Maghribiyah)

Where is Morocco?
Northern Africa, on the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea; across the Gibraltar Strait from Spain.

What countries border Morocco?
Algeria, Mauritania, Spain (across the Gibraltar Strait), and Western Sahara (which Morocco claims as a territory). The border between Algeria and Morocco is currently closed.

What is the weather in Morocco?
See the current weather in Marrakech. There are 4 distinct seasons in Morocco and different climates as our cities are along the coast as well as in the Sahara Desert. 

What currency is used in Morocco?
Moroccan dirham (MAD). The exchange rate is approximately 1 Euro = 10 MAD.

What language is spoken in Morocco?
Arabic is the official language (the Darija, Moroccan dialect). French is used for business and is considered the unofficial second language of Morocco, Berber dialects, Spanish and English are becoming increasingly more common.

What type of food is eaten in Morocco?
On the coastal towns, you can find fresh seafood. Inland, many dishes of chicken, beef, and lamb are available like tajine which includes vegetables. Another very popular dish is couscous with meat and vegetables. Vegetarian dishes are available also. Ask for cumin if you want more spice in your food. 

Is alcohol available in Morocco?
Alcohol isn’t readily available in most restaurants, but most major cities have alcohol available in some establishments. We can also take you to the grocery store to purchase wine, beer, and spirits for you to enjoy on your trip. 

How big is Morocco?
446,550 square kilometers

What is the population of Morocco?
33.01 million (2013)

What type of government does Morocco have?
Constitutional monarchy

What is the capital of Morocco?
Rabat

What are the regions of Morocco?
There are 12 regions of Morocco.

Regions:

What are the largest cities in Morocco?

  • Casablanca
  • Rabat
  • Fes
  • Marrakech
  • Oujda

What are the physical features of Morocco?
Although Morocco is often thought of as desert, much of the country is covered by the Atlas Mountains and the Rif Mountains, though the Sahara desert does make up a portion of the country.

What is the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU)?
Established in 1989, the Maghreb Union was meant to unify Morocco (with Western Sahara) Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Mauritania and help with trade and political unity between the countries. The Maghreb Union is currently frozen because of disagreements between Morocco and Algeria.

Who are the Berbers?
The Berbers are the indigenous peoples of the northern Africa. Most Moroccans are of Arab-Berber descent.

What is the major religion in Morocco?
Islam is the majority religion, particularly Sunni Islam. 

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