Situated on the north-west coast of Africa and influenced over many centuries by a range of cultures, Morocco is a vibrant and cosmopolitan country that offers a wealth of new experiences and landscapes, as well as luxurious hotels and some excellent food and shopping. Many visitors travel to several cities or regions during their stay, while others focus on one location to enjoy specific activities, such as skiing (parts of Morocco are very mountainous), hiking, climbing, or fishing.
The capital of Morocco is Rabat, but Casablanca is its biggest city. Other major centres include Agadir, Tangier, Fes, and Marrakesh. Arabic is the official language, but French and English are widely spoken, particularly in the cities.
When to visit
In Morocco the weather conditions vary by region, but broadly speaking Morocco is extremely hot and dry in summer. It can be surprisingly chilly in winter and experiences considerable rainfall between winter and early spring. Add to this the fact that modest dress (shoulders and knees covered) is appropriate for both men and women, and it can be a challenge to stay cool during the summer. Many Europeans, therefore, find late spring and/or early autumn to be the best times to visit Morocco.
To sum up
Morocco is a diverse and exciting country that is an ideal location for five-star holidays. Why not browse our luxury holidays and start planning a trip today?
The Dirham is officially designated as a closed currency meaning it can only be traded within Morocco , however, Dirhams are being sold and bought in travel agencies and at major airports in several countries. The import and export of the currency is tolerated up to a limit of 1000DH. Currency purchased during a visit to Morocco should be converted back before departing the country, with the exception of the 1000Dh level.
The tempting Moroccan cuisine is typically a fusion of Mediterranean and Arabian influences. For the vegetarians who are wanting to experience local delights the choice is endless. Morocco produces a large range of vegetables and exotic/tropical fruits, meaning many salads are on offer. Owing to its geographical location, Morocco being wedged between the Atlantic and Mediterranean oceans, fresh fish produce is in good supply. Some of the fishes that are on offer are pilchard, mackerel, anchovy and sardines. The main Moroccan dish that everyone is familiar with is couscous, which is traditional delicacy and is served everywhere in Morocco. For meat lovers, it is lamb that is most used and heavily consumed with dishes such as the authentic Moroccan lamb tagine. The majority of dishes are served with spices, giving huge bursts of flavours, creating a wonderful tasting dish. For a sweeter option, be sure to have the drink green tea, which is served with a mint creating a refreshing, lush taste. Also try the gorgeous desserts, such as Halwa chebakia, which is a pretzel-shaped dough soaked in honey and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Like the vast majority of popular holiday destinations the British tourist is very well catered for when it comes to food and drink.
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