Welcome to Morocco

At the crossroads of Europe, Africa and the Middle East

This exotic North African country sits at the crossroads between Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Morocco is famous for its natural beauty and dazzling diversity. There are golden beaches along a coastline that borders both the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

Venture far enough inland and you’ll encounter the dramatic, sweeping sands of the Sahara, the largest desert on Earth. Experiencing its nomadic culture, remote oases and stunning dune landscapes is a bucket-list adventure, best done from the back of a camel.

And then there are the dramatic snow-capped Atlas Mountains, which stretch throughout the country and are home to North Africa’s highest peak, Toubkal. It’s located in the High Atlas Mountains, one of three separate ranges in the Atlas Mountains (the Middle Atlas and the Anti Atlas make up the trinity). Morocco’s mountains – including the Rif Mountains in the north of the country – attract outdoor lovers drawn to their extraordinary trekking, adventure and bird-spotting opportunities, and the chance to visit scenic Berber villages.

And then there are Morocco’s cities, some of the most exciting on the entire continent. You’ll see ancient medinas protected by kasbahs in the desert and thick sea walls on the coast. You’ll walk through bustling town squares and vibrant souks, the air heavily scented from open-air spice markets. All around, exquisite architecture will make you want to stream photos to Instagram 24/7: from majestic mosques and towering minarets, to traditional riads and breathtaking palaces. You’ll want to set up separate accounts just for the dreamy mosaic tiles and carved wooden doors that you’ll see everywhere.

Morocco overwhelms with its evocative beauty, colours and fragrances, and its abundant warmth and charm.

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“In Morocco, it’s possible to see the Atlantic and the Mediterranean at the same time.”

– Tahar Ben Jelloun

Morocco at a glance

Bordering Algeria and Mauritania, Morocco is located in the very north west of Africa. But it’s also just south of Europe. In fact, the only thing separating it from Spain is the 14-kilometre-wide Strait of Gibraltar. Roughly the size of California, Morocco has a population of more than 36 million people, who speak Modern Standard Arabic and Berber (the official languages), as well as French and other forms of Arabic and, in many cases, English.

With ties to sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and the wider Middle East over the centuries, when it comes to culture, architecture, gastronomy, religion, language and, well, just about anything, Morocco is an intriguing, fascinating, compelling mix. The population is made up of both Arabs and Berbers, but the country’s rich traditions and cultural practices have also been influenced by the Spanish, the French, the Portuguese and even the Jews.

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