Morocco is a country where African, Arab and European cultures are entwined. Located at the mouth of the Mediterranean sea, Morocco is the closest point of contact to Europe for Africa as a continent. Morocco is a land of tolerance, a blend of cultures and religions, a country known for its amazing hospitality. The fascinating mixture of history, art, food, music and architecture makes Morocco an unforgettable destination.
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Morocco is the most westerly of the North African countries, The Kingdom of a Thousand Kingdoms. The spirit of Morocco finds full expression in art; it is a country of artisans, where the even everyday objects are rendered with extraordinary craftsmanship. On a larger scale, this national artistic inclination is expressed in buildings, gardens and fountains. Markets are full of brass wares, leather goods, exquisite carpets and embroidery work of fine quality and beauty.
Owing to the various tribal, dynastic, and colonial influences, in Moroccan architecture one finds seemingly opposing expressions of rapture, ostentation and formidable might. As in the country, the result is a distinct and cohesive character, greater than the sum of its many influences. Arabesque tracery, geometric design, stylized vegetation and multicolored mosaic may cover entire structures or contribute just a hint of detail in otherwise featureless stone.
With a strong tourist industry focused on the country's coast, culture, and history, tourism in Morocco is well developed. Aided by its location, tourist attractions, and relatively low price Morocco has relatively high amount of tourists with Cruise ships visiting the ports of Casablanca and Tangier. Being close to Europe Morocco attracts visitors from there to its beaches and because of its proximity to Spain, tourists in southern Spain's coastal areas take one- to three-day trips to Morocco besides this, Morocco is relatively inexpensive because of the devaluation of the dirham and the increase of hotel prices in Spain.
Tourist Attractions in Morocco
Being one of the four imperial cities of Morocco, name and fame of Meknes are closely linked to that of Sultan Moulay Ismail who turned Meknes into an impressive city in Spanish-Moorish style, with great gates and surrounded by high walls. This imperial city has a lot of historical monuments and natural sites and it is also the nearest city to the Roman ruins of Volubilis
Situated near the westernmost border of Roman conquests in present day Morocco, Volubilis was an important Roman town being the administrative center of the province Mauretania Tingitana. The fertile lands of the province contributed to the province’s wealth and prosperity by producing many commodities such as grain and olive oil, which were exported to Rome. People continued to live in Volubilis for many centuries even after the Romans evacuated most of Morocco at the end of the 3rd century AD.
The picturesque medina, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Rif Mountains, filled with white-washed homes with distinctive, powder-blue accentsis the gorgeous mountain city in northeastern Morocco,Chefchaouen (or Chaouen). It is a popular shopping destination offering many native handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco, such as wool garments and woven blankets. Native to the area the goat cheese is also popular with tourists and the region around Chefchaouen is one of the main producers of cannabis in Morocco. Hashish is subsequently sold all over town, but is mostly the domain of native Chaouen.
Situated on the remote east side of the High Atlas Mountains is Todra Gorge. Cliff-sided canyons have been carved out through the mountains by Both the Todra and neighboring Dades Rivers. The final 600 meters of the Todra Gorge are the most spectacular as the canyon narrows to a flat stony track as little as 10 meters (33 ft) wide in places with sheer and smooth rock walls up to 160 meters (525 ft) high on each side.
Located in the Sahara Desert are the Erg Chebbi dunes. High as 150 meters tall the awe-inspiring dunes makes one certainly feels small in their shadows. The special feature of Erg Chebbi is its beautiful unique orange colored sand. Excursions to the dunes start from Merzouga the village on the edge of the erg. Although not the most comfortable way of traveling, Camel trekking is the most popular option here.