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Morocco tour guides, Across the country, despite the years of Spanish and French colonial rule and the presence of modern and cosmopolitan cities like Casablanca and Rabat, a more distant past is constantly being felt. Fez, perhaps the most beautiful of all Arab cities, retains a life still rooted in medieval times, when a Moroccan kingdom stretched from Senegal to northern Spain. In the Atlas and Rif mountains,
it is still possible to draw tribal maps of the Berber population. Against the backdrop of all this, the physical makeup of the country is extraordinary: from the Mediterranean coast, passing through four mountain ranges, to the empty sand and the brush of the Sahara. Check out our Morocco travel guide to find out everything before you go.
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- Morocco travel facts
Size and location: Morocco is located on the northwest coast Africa. It is slightly smaller than France and Spain, and slightly larger than California, at 446,550 square kilometers (including Western Sahara and 722,550 square kilometers).
- Population: 37 million.
- Religion: Nearly 99% of Moroccans are Muslims, 1% are Christians, and a minority (estimated 6,000) are Jews.
- Languages: Arabic, Berber (Tarfit, Tamazight and Tashelhaït) and French are officially recognized languages. Spanish is still widely spoken in the north, and young people are increasingly using English, especially in tourist areas.
- Politics: Morocco gained independence from France and Spain on March 2, 1956. The head of state is King of Morocco Mohammed VI, who succeeded his father Hassan II on July 30, 1999. The government is elected from a democratically elected legislature and is currently headed by Saadin Osmani, the prime minister of the moderate Islamic Party (Justice and Development Party).
- The main opposition parties are Morocco’s oldest political group Istiqlal (Independence) Party and RNI (National Assembly of Independents).
- Education: The literacy rate is 68.5% (78.6% for men and 58.8% for women).
Where to go in Morocco
With relaxing beach resorts on the coast, beautiful ancient cities in the interior, magnificent landscapes of the Rif Mountains and Atlas Mountains, and the eerie solitude of the Sahara Desert, visiting Morocco will not disappoint you. To experience the best coasts and beaches in northern Morocco, head to the cities of Tangier, Asilah and Larache.
For the best coastal attractions in the south, El Jadida, Essauria and Sidi Ifni are the most prominent contenders. Agadir is the main tour destination, and although nothing special, it provides a good base for exploration.
Inland, the famous medieval cities of Fes and Marrakech will not disappoint. The former is richer in historical sites, but the latter is still more popular with tourists.
Rabat and Casablanca are also major cities to watch, although they are much more modern than Fes and Marrakech. The mountains of Reeve and Atlas provide stunning scenery, perfect for hiking and exploring. Hiking is most popular near Jebel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. Hidden in the Rif Mountains, Chefchaouen is arguably the most beautiful town in Morocco and the most kept secret.
In addition to Atlas, there are more explorations to be done before the Sahara. The oases surrounding Skoura, Tinghir, Zagora, Erfoud and Tata provide you with an amazing contrast between the palm trees and the desert horizon. If you want to explore places other than Morocco’s famous sights, check out the best tourist attractions in Morocco.
Best time to go to Morocco
In terms of weather, the best time to visit Morocco is spring (around April and May) and early autumn (September and October), when the country’s climate is pleasant and summer.
In the midsummer season, most parts of the country, especially the south, are too hot for daytime exploration. Winter is a good time to explore the South and the Sahara Desert. There is no intense heat, but by contrast, it can get very cold at night. Get more information about the best time to visit Morocco, festivals and public holidays in our Morocco travel guide.
How to get to Morocco
Unless you are taking a cruise from France, Spain or Gibraltar, the best way to get to Morocco is to fly to the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca or Menara Airport in Marrakech. Fares usually reach their highest around Christmas and New Year, as well as in July and August. Weekend flights are also more expensive.
In order to get the best fare, please book in advance as much as possible.
Traveling from Europe to Morocco
Royal Air Maroc and British Airways fly daily from Heathrow Airport to Casablanca, and Gatwick Airport to Marrakech. Indirect flights from most UK or Irish airports via London or European cities (such as Paris and Amsterdam) are also an option.
Travel to Morocco from the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand
Direct flights from New York and Montreal to Casablanca are operated by Royal Air Maroc and Air Canada.
European airlines can transfer indirect flights through European hubs. There are no direct flights to Morocco from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The only option is to take a connecting flight in Europe or the Middle East.
For more information on flights, ferries and fares, please see our Getting to Morocco page.
How to visit Morocco Getting around
Morocco is relatively easy and there are many good transportation options. A good railway network connects the major cities and towns in the north, and is well connected nationwide through a network of state-owned and private bus companies.
The disadvantage is that buses are sometimes slow and overcrowded. For shorter journeys, you may prefer to use a Moroccan luxury taxi. Or, you may wish to take a taxi yourself, in which case you need to pay six times the cost of a place. Read more about visiting Morocco: in-depth information about flights, buses, cars and trains.
10 must-visit places in Morocco
With so many things to see and do, deciding where to go in Morocco can be a daunting task.To help you narrow down your choices, we have created a list of the top ten best tourist attractions in Morocco.
1 Chefchaouen One of the most beautiful and friendly towns in Morocco. Located on the Rif Mountains, the medina is full of pale blue houses, perfect for wandering around.
2 Koutoubia Mosque The minaret of Koutoubia Mosque is simple and well-proportioned.It is the most perfect minaret in North Africa and a classic work of Al Mohad architecture.
3 Ouirgan This area at the foot of the High Atlas offers hidden walks, breathtaking panoramic views and plenty of outdoor activities all year round, but it’s best to enjoy it in the cooler months.
4 Cascades d’Ouzoud If you only visit one waterfall in Morocco, go check it out.The most dramatic waterfall in the country, with overhanging cafes, and thunderous water pouring into the pool below.
5 Fez As the most complete medieval city in the Arab world, Fez’s labyrinth-like streets hide ancient open-air markets and iconic monuments. The beautifully decorated Medersa Bou Inania is the most important.
6 Telouet The abandoned feudal castle of the “King of Atlas” is an evocative relic from the time when the infamous Groyi clan ruled Atlas and Marrakech.
7 Sidi Infi, a former Spanish enclave, was built in the 1930s and has an Art Deco style city hall, an Art Deco style mosque, and even an Art Deco style lighthouse.
8 Casablanca Casa’s colonial architecture combines traditional Moroccan design with French decorative arts into a unique style, known as Mauresque. The city is also home to the Hassan II Mosque, which is one of the largest mosques in the world. What is unusual for Morocco is that non-Muslims can also visit it.
9 Asilah laid-back beach resort with private whitewashed medina, a first-class international art festival and the palace of the old bandit leader. Asilah is also one of the best beaches on the northwest coast.
10 Volubilis and Moulay Idriss visit the famous Roman ruins of Volubilis and stay in the holy Islamic city of Moulay Idriss.
Accommodation in Morocco
When considering where to stay in Morocco, please consider that hotels in major cities and resorts are very busy during the summer, so booking in advance will have more options. If you visit Morocco in winter, it is best to check if the hotel has heating, as it will get very cold and there are very few beddings. With this in mind, Morocco has many excellent accommodation options that can meet most budgets and needs.
When it comes to Moroccan hotels, you can choose between non-classified hotels (the cheapest but usually well-located option) and classified hotels (its superior prices do not always guarantee superior quality), so it is worth doing some research before booking.
For something unique to Morocco, you can consider living in a riad or maison d’hôte. These are usually renovated 18th or 19th century Medina townhouses. Usually more expensive than hotels, if you want to make your stay more elegant, Riad is a good choice. Strictly speaking, to be classified as a riad, the house must have a garden, preferably divided into dormitories with a central fountain. Townhouses with rooms around the courtyard are called dars. Get more information about where to stay in Morocco: accommodation types, prices and how to find a room.
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