Curiosities About Morocco

Morocco Flag, Travel Morocco

Morocco is an exotic country located in North-west part of the African Continent. It’s cultural diversity and cultural richness makes from Morocco one of the most interesting countries to visit.

Morocco is the perfect country to spend from 1, to 2 weeks, but also due to its huge territorial extension and cultural / natural diversity, creates the possibility of traveling for a full month, or, just coming back again in several holidays in Morocco.

Morocco is a Monarchy; King of Morocco

Morocco is a Constitutional monarchy and its present King Mohammed 6th was born in August 1963 and ascended to the throne in July 1999 after the death of his father King Hassan 2nd of Morocco.

Snow in Morocco; The Atlas Mountains

Snow is a normal thing in Morocco, extending from the northern regions in the Rif Mountains and going further south to all the extent of the Atlas Mountains. Jebel Toubkal is a mountain peak in southwestern Morocco, located in the Toubkal National Park. At 4,167 meters, it is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains and in North Africa. Many times during the year crossing from Marrakech south to Ouarzazate is impossible during a couple of days due to bad weather and snow storms.

Europe and Africa separated by 8.8 miles; Strait of Gibraltar

Morocco and Spain are separated by a small water passage that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. This passage is called the Strait of Gibraltar.

Europe and Africa are separated by 7.7 nautical miles (14.24 km or 8.8 miles) of ocean at the strait’s narrowest point. Ferry-Boats cross between the two continents every day in as little as 35 minutes from the Spanish town of Tarifa to the Moroccan town of Tangier. North Africa is very close to Europe.

Berbers are the Original Moroccan People; Berbers in Morocco

Morocco has been inhabited by Berbers for at least the last 5000 years. The Arabs conquered the territory that would become Morocco in the 7th and 11th centuries. Berbers are 70% of the whole population and speak a different language than Arabic state language.

Morocco is a big country; Tanger to La Gouira

From the northern border in Tangier to the most southern border at Bir Gandus, you have to drive about 2800km (1740 miles). Morocco has a total area of 446,550 km2 (172,414 sq mi), which is almost double of the United Kingdom. Morocco borders Algeria to the east and Mauritania to the south. Also borders Spain to the north with an water border through the Strait of Gibraltar and land borders with the small Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla.

Monkeys in Morocco; Barbary Macaque

Morocco has an indigenous species of monkey. The Barbary Macaque is a macaque found in the Atlas Mountains of Algeria and Morocco and in Gibraltar.

The Barbary Macaque is a gregarious monkey, forming mixed groups of several females and males. This monkey is yellowish-brown to gray with lighter undersides, growing to a maximum size of 75 cm (30 in) and 13 kg (29 lb).

You can visit these monkeys freely on the wild near Azrou in the Middle Atlas Mountains.

World Heritage Sites in Morocco, UNESCO Sites Morocco

Moroccan rich history and geographic importance gathered several gorgeous sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.

All the World Heritage Sites in Morocco are very well preserved and offer exquisite cultural visits within amazing spaces of ancient history, impressive architecture and strong cultural aspects still maintained or recently renovated.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Morocco

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  • 1981 Medina of Fes
  • 1985 Medina of Marrakesh
  • 1987 Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou in Ouarzazate
  • 1996 Historic City of Meknes
  • 1997 Archaeological Volubilis near Meknes
  • 1997 Medina of Tétouan
  • 2001 Medina of Essaouira (formerly Mogador)
  • 2004 Portuguese City of Mazagan (El Jadida)

Morocco and Tourism, Moroccan Government, His Majesty the King Mohammed VI

King of Morocco, Moroccan Approach to Tourism, Moroccan GovernmentMorocco is a fascinating country.

You’ll be amazed how diverse it can get and how incredibly safe it is. Morocco stands, nowadays, for one of the most promising tourist destinations in the world.

Moroccan government is quite open to the west and its people are well known for their sympathy and practice religion in a smoother way than in many other Muslim countries.

It seems religion, to Moroccans, is not even an issue and usually only comes up in conversation when westerners actually speak about it.

King Mohamed VI is the “father” of modern Morocco, and his visible efforts to improve the country conditions are notable all over the territory.

Morocco diversity on travel destinations is enormous and you can travel from the beach to the desert on the same day for example. Therefor, Morocco is the perfect exotic holidays destination.

Cities in Morocco, Moroccan Cities

Morocco is a big country and with a population passing 30 million people, there are many big cities mostly in the north, the center and on the coast with cities as Casablanca, Rabat, Fez and Marrakech.

The south, passing the Atlas Mountains tend to be less populated and with smaller cities like Ouarzazate and Errachidia.

Morocco biggest cities

  • Casablanca 3 million people
  • Rabat 1.6 million people
  • Fez 950.000 people
  • Marrakech 830.000 people
  • Agadir 680.000 people
  • Tangier 670.000 people
  • Meknes 540.000 people
  • Oujda 400.000 people
  • Kenitra 350.000 people
  • Tetouan 320.000 people