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Visit this North African nation to soak up the sun, admire lavish Islamic architecture and explore centuries of religious history. Morocco is known for its ornate architecture as well as for its red- and golden-hued landscapes. Explore this North African country and discover a diverse range of picturesque terrains, from desert dunes to sandy beaches to towering mountain ranges.
Modern Morocco is still largely influenced by the Islamic conquest of A.D. 670 and the country remains an Arab nation that observes Muslim customs and holidays. Although colonized by the French beginning in 1912, Morocco gained full independence from colonial rule in 1956.
Explore thriving cities such as Casablanca, made famous by the movie of the same name. In Fez, wander the atmospheric streets of the historic Fez Medina and practice your haggling skills. Buy exotic spices and quality fabrics from local vendors, and try spicy Moroccan cuisine from a food cart.
Another popular city destination in Marrakech, home to the vibrant Jemaa el Fna square. Watch magicians perform tricks and acrobats fly through the air while being cheered on by the public.
Head to Morocco’s Atlantic coast for miles of sandy beaches. Surf in the clear waters of Taghazout, relax under an umbrella at El Jadida’s sandy shores or experience the bustling oceanfront town of Agadir. For a more active holiday, try mountain biking in the rugged terrain of the Atlas Mountains.
Many international flights touch down at Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca. Travel from Casablanca to other major cities by train or bus. Car rental is a good choice for those who want to explore some of the country’s more remote destinations. In cities, consider renting a motorcycle or scooter to zip around the streets.
Locals are generally friendly and hospitable toward foreigners, providing they are respectful of the conservative atmosphere of the country. Keep in mind that Friday is a holy day, so check ahead to see what is open. Alcohol is available in licensed hotels and tourist areas, but drinking in other places is not allowed. Women should dress modestly when in public and especially when visiting religious sites.
Come to Morocco to discover unique cultural experiences and natural landscapes that fill you with awe and inspiration.