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Experience Morocco, North Africa

Morocco North Africa
Morocco North Africa
Morocco North Africa

Experience Morocco, North Africa

story by: Mike Williams

Marrakesh, Casablanca, Fez and Tangier – how can one country be blessed with so many exotic-sounding places that are so steeped in romance and mystique? Morocco has drawn travellers into the serpentine alleyways of its medieval medinas (old towns) for centuries and the allure is as strong today as it ever was. Fez boasts the largest living Islamic medieval city in the world and within its walls is an endlessly fascinating world of carpets, jewellery and, of course, leather. Morocco’s tanneries are said to produce some of the softest leather in the world. Further south in Marrakesh, snake charmers and dancers gather in Djemaa el-Fna (the main square). While they entertain, cooks at more than 100 stalls prepare local delicacies. Cosmopolitan Casablanca offers a glimpse into Morocco’s Islamic heritage through its astonishing Hassan II mosque, the third largest in the world. It is also a treasure trove of Art Deco architecture. Morocco’s atmospheric towns and cities can keep travellers absorbed for weeks but beyond the bright lights are the Middle and High Atlas mountains, the sands of the Sahara and Berber traditions. There are beaches too, walled towns little touched by the 21st century and a delicious cuisine to savour. Taste a chicken and preserved lemon tagine accompanied by mint tea, and be daring and venture into a traditional bathhouse or hammam and treat yourself to a massage with fragrant oils.

Fast Facts:
COUNTRY NAME: Kingdom of Morocco
POPULATION: 32 Million
CAPITAL: Rabat
LANGUAGES: Arabic, Berber, French and English
RELIGION: Muslim, Christianity and Jewish
RAMADAN: ​July-August
CURRENCY: Moroccan Dirham
TIME ZONE: 12 hours behind New Zealand (13 hours with daylight savings)
ELECTRICITY: Current is 220/230V, 50HZ Plug is a two point round-pin adaptor

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