Get Inspired / Africa / North Africa Experience Morocco, North Africa Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Africa / 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 Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist 6 TIPS for your Africa holiday Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Monuments & Mystery on Your Captain’s Choice Tour Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.