Morocco Travel Guide

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    • Morocco is a North African country that has a coastline on both the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It has borders with Western Sahara to the south, Algeria to the east and the Spanish North African territories of Ceuta and Melilla on the Mediterranean coast in the north. It is just across the Strait of Gibraltar from Gibraltar.
        • Regions

          Map of Morocco
          Mediterranean Morocco
          hosts all sorts of towns and cities, several Spanish enclaves and some important ports
          North Atlantic Coast
          the northern half of Morocco’s coast is home to the capital and Casablanca, interspersed with more laid back beach towns
          South Atlantic Coast
          the southern coast is more laid back, home to gorgeous beach towns like Essaouira and Agadir
          High Atlas
          covering the High Atlas mountains and the surrounding areas including Marrakech
          Middle Atlas
          covering the Middle Atlas mountains and the surrounding areas including Fez and Meknes
          Saharan Morocco
          the vast desert region of Morocco runs along the border with Algeria; camel safaris and sand dunes are the name of the game here
          Anti Atlas
          the southern portion, covering Tarouddant down to the Western Sahara border
          For the convenience of travellers, Western Sahara is treated as a separate country. This is not a political endorsement of either the Moroccan or the SADR claim on the territory.

          Cities

          A street scene in Marrakech – entrance to a mosque, arrow shows directions showing separate entrances for men and for women
          • Rabat – The capital of Morocco; very relaxed and hassle-free, highlights include a 12th-century tower and minaret.
          • Casablanca – This modern city by the sea is a starting point for visitors flying into the country. If you have the time, both the historical medina and the contemporary mosque (the third largest in the world) are well worth an afternoon
          • Fez – Fez is the former capital of Morocco and one of the oldest and largest medieval cities in the world.
          • Marrakech (Marrakesh)– Marrakech is a perfect combination of old and new Morocco. Plan to spend at least a few days wandering the huge maze of souks and ruins in the medina. The great plaza of Djeema El Fna at dusk is not to be missed although the sheer number and concentration of tourists may be off putting for some.
          • Meknes – A laid back city that offers a welcome break from the tourist crush of neighbouring Fez. Was once an imperial capital and retains its extensive walls and an “old city” smaller yet similar to that of Fez. There are a number of vineyards in the area around Meknes.
          • Ouarzazate – Considered the Capital of the South, Ouarzazate is a great example of preservation and tourism that hasn’t destroyed the feel of a fantastic and ancient city.
          • Tangier –Tangier is the starting point for most visitors arriving by ferry from Spain. An enigmatic charm which has historically attracted numerous artists (Matisse), musicians (Hendrix), politicians (Churchill), writers (Burroughs, Twain) and others (Malcolm Forbes).
          • Tetouan – Nice beaches and is the gateway to the Rif Mountains.
          • Al Hoceima – Beach town on the Mediterranean coast

          Other destinations

          • Agadir – Agadir is best-known for its beaches. The town is a nice example of modern Morocco, with less emphasis on history and culture. Take the local bus for MAD5/10 to the north town of Auorir and Tamraght where there are great beaches
          • Amizmiz – With one of the largest Berber souks in the High Atlas Mountains every Tuesday, Amizmiz is a popular destination for travelers looking for a day trip that is easily accessible (about an hour) from Marrakech
          • Chefchaouen – A mountain town just inland from Tangier full of white-washed winding alleys, blue doors, and olive trees, Chefchaouen is clean as a postcard and a welcome escape from Tangier, evoking the feeling of a Greek island
          • Essaouira – An ancient sea-side town newly rediscovered by tourists. From mid-June to August the beaches are packed but any other time and you’ll be the only person there. Good music and great people. Nearest Coast from Marrakech
          • Imouzzer a traditional Berber town perched in the Atlas mountains, beautiful scenery and a wonderful waterfall. Excellent handicrafts, argan oil and berber jewellery.
          • Merzouga and M’Hamid – From either of these two settlements at the edge of the Sahara, ride a camel or 4×4 into the desert for a night (or a week) among the dunes and under the stars

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