23 Aug Facts about Morocco
Morocco is situated in North Africa, more specifically the north-west shoulder of the Africa’s continent. It neighbours Algeria to the East and Mauritania in the south of the country. The proximity to mainland Europe, Morocco has become a popular tourist destination for traveller’s around the world. It spans a total area of 722,550 km taking in account the Western Sahara. Generally, the country can be sub-divided into four distinct areas:
• The coast (Mediterranean and Atlantic)
• The main cities that range across the country. Rabat is the capital city of Morocco and the customary residence of the king and government offices
• The Rif and Atlas Mountains
• Oases and gateway to the Sahara Desert toward the south of Morocco
Tourism is a prominent sector in the Moroccan economy and attracts many visitors from across the world. It attracted 10 million visitors in 2013 from around the world. The recent government initiative, Vision 2020 is to promote Morocco as one of the top 20 holiday destinations in the world and doubling its numbers to 20 million by 2020.
The Imperial cities of Fez, Marrakech, Meknes and Rabat reflect the historical dynasties of Morocco and each city narrating its own story.
The sighting of Kasbahs expands the whole of the country giving an insight into the past life of the North African’s family residing in these towns and cities. Important landmarks for the trading caravans of salt, gold and slaves travelling to neighbouring countries through the Sahara Desert. Furthermore, providing a dwelling for travellers and protection of commodity and its people enclosed within the city walls.
The official and primary languages of Morocco are Arabic and Amazigh. Furthermore, French is widely used and taught in all schools. Spanish tends to a language of choice in the northern region of Morocco. English is widely spoken with the local people.
Travellers to Morocco are exposed to the rich and diverse of Amazigh (Berber), Arab & European cultures.