The Kingdom of Morocco, or simply Morocco, belongs to the Maghreb region of North Africa. Just across the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco is characterized by rugged mountains and huge-sized deserts. This country is mostly composed of Arabs and Berbers, and a little population of Hispanic descent. Morocco is beautiful by nature and its tourism focuses more on the country’s coast. Its history and culture are also inviting factors, and all these combined, Morocco attracts millions of visitors all over the world.
Next to phosphate, tourism is Morocco’s prime source of economy. With millions of tourists visiting Morocco, it has become one of the top destinations in the world. When getting around, tourists can hop from one destination to another by riding trains, taxis or buses. There are several tour companies in Morocco and for ease and convenience, this is probably the best bet: tourist guides are provided and transportation will never be a problem.
Morocco is an eclectic mix of North Africa’s nature, culture, and traditions. This is the only place where the bustling sound of the spice markets and souqs becomes music to the ears; where the white-washed seaside towns make the intricately-designed mosques standout, and where the Sahara dunes complement the snow-capped High Atlas. There are seven regions that best define the impeccable beauty of Morocco: Agadir and Tarfaya for its beach resorts, Tangier and Casablanca for its Mediterranean appeal, Ouarzazate and Marrakesh for its souqs and historic structures, and the Imperial Cities.
Home to the second-largest mosque in the world, Hassan II mosque, Casablanca is probably the most prominent among the Morocco regions. Having an urban setting, tourists go to Casablanca for its developed markets and shops. Agadir, located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, is the perfect entry point for the beaches of Taghazout and Tamraght. The ‘’Red City’’ Marrakesh is a popular tourist destination due to its colorful open-air markets, defense walls, and the famous Majorelle botanical garden owned by Yves Saint-Laurent and Pierre Bergé. The blue-washed town of Chefchaouen always attracts tourists as it serves as an entry point to the High Atlas Mountains. The Atlas and Rif Mountains provide an exceptional experience for trekking, hiking, and being one with nature. And of course, the Morocco experience will never be complete without the camel ride and dunes.
When visiting Morocco, Jamaa el-Fnaa, the largest square in Africa, should never be missed as this is the best place to indulge in the country’s steam-producing food stalls. Tasting famous traditional cuisine like the couscous, tangine, kaliya, and pastilla seals the Morocco trip. And because Morocco is such a lovely city, tourists never leave the country right away. There are different types of accommodations in Morocco that serve as visitors’ home for the holidays. Large cities have upscale and luxurious hotels such as Hyatt Regency and Sofitel, while boutique hotels, bed and breakfast and apartments are also in every corner. For the adventurous backpackers, there are campsites in all the off-the-city towns of Morocco. Morocco promises wonderful memories to all who visit the country. With all its assets and attractions combined, from its breath-taking nature to its rich heritage, there are countless reasons why people who have seen and experienced Morocco wish to go back and embrace the country over and over again.