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Morocco, Africa Travel Guide
Morocco is a immensely colourful and traditional country that is well known for its rich culture and history which can be found around every corner. There are sumptuous palaces, superbly decorated mosques, ancient Roman ruins and impressive structural reminders from former imperial cities.
Navigating around the famous Medina's and maze of souks is all part of the fun with superb items such as leather work, carpets, and clothing amongst the most popular items to take home. The art of bargaining and the drinking of mint tea are both on the compulsory to do list and enjoying the comfort and hospitality of a Riad is highly recommended.
Due to the vast differences in geography the climate varies depending on where you are in the country.
The west coast sees temperatures averaging between 59 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit with August often going as high as 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature along the coast can be colder during the winter due to coastal influences, while inland can get very hot during the summer often reaching as high as 86 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, with winters remaining pleasant often averaging 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
The northern coast has a Mediterranean climate with winter temperatures averaging 59 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit and summer temperatures averaging 68 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The Rif mountains and north coast are however subject to heavy rains.
The central mountain regions can see mild warm weather at lower altitudes throughout the year with mountain peaks often covered in snow all year around with temperatures around zero.
The eastern desert region is hot and dry and averages between 46 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter and 77 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer.
Morocco offers plenty of cultural experiences, the art of tipping and bargaining are at the forefront of daily customs. It is very hard to avoid bargaining as it is essential and will be expected from you for everything from taxi fares to purchasing goods.
Be aware that many Moroccan's do not like having their photographs taken, while others will charge you for the privilege. If you are invited as a guest to someone's house then it is customary to bring along a small gift for your and remove your footwear before entering the house. On the fun side the drinking of mint tea seems to be a real social event and impolite refuse.
Drinking alcohol in public and homosexuality are both illegal and anyone being caught in the possession of illegal drugs will receive severe imprisonment.
Moroccan Cities Guide
There are several fascinating cities throughout Morocco, these are the largest and most visited.
Regions of Morocco
Morocco has five main geographic regions. There are two distinct coastlines to the north and west, a vast mountainous region, the eastern Sahara which runs nearly the whole length of the country and western Sahara.
Morocco Travel Attractions Guide
The countries varied terrain offers some of the most spectacular scenery and some great opportunities that range from exploring rural Berber settlements high up in the Atlas mountains to camel treks in the desert or simply enjoying the refreshing coastline with its abundant marine life and excellent beaches.
Each city has its own unique charm and attractions with plenty of palaces, mosques and ancient structures gathered from its varied and historic past... more about Morocco's Travel Attractions
Morocco Transport Guide
Traffic drives on the right hand side and can be erratic at times with drivers often going too fast and paying little regard to safety and signs. The main highways generally of good condition however rural roads are not so take care.
Morocco Festivals and Events
Morocco has several festivals and events going on throughout the year, many of them have wonderful traditions and energy and exhibit Moroccan culture at its best... more about Morocco Festivals and Events
Morocco Adventure Travel
Morocco has some outstanding natural scenery and varied terrain that offers the advenurist the perfect playground. The vast mountains are perfect for the likes of trekking, cycling, canyoning, skiing and river rafting and the coastline provides excellent surfing, swimming, diving and windsurfing opportunities. The desert offers up its own challenges for camel, 4x4 and on foot treks not to mention the fun you can have dune buggying or sand boarding down some of the enormous sand dunes... more about Morocco Adventure Travel
The cuisine in Morocco has been perfected over the centuries to produce a colourful and spicy array of dishes that includes a range of fresh produce. The most common meats used are beef, mutton, chicken, seafood with camel also found in some areas with spices such as cinnamon, cumin, ginger, mint and pepper also widely used to produce a wide selection of aromatic and flavoursome dishes.
Among the most well known dishes are Couscous which can be eaten on its own or as part of a meal or side dish. Meat pies known as Pastilla's are also popular and are traditionally made with pigeon meat although are more commonly made out of chicken, beef, fish and lamb. A Tajine is a slow cooked stew often containing a medley of vegetables and spices which is traditionally prepared in a special pot called a tagine pot.
Morocco Shopping Guide
Moroccan markets and souks can be found everywhere especially in the major cities and offer a huge variety products such as highly colourful pottery, traditional foods such as olives and spices, and beautifully designed rugs, carpets and traditional clothing such as caftans, shawls and capes. Some of the most popular souks can be found in Fes and Marrakech.
The souk area within Marrakech called Jemaa el Fna has an amazing atmosphere due to the entertainment area within, where performers entertain the crowds with the likes of snake charming, singing and story telling.
The ever modernising Casablanca is due to have a new shopping mall called Morocco Mall built at the Casablanca Marina which will contain several shops and galleries as well as an Imax theatre.