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Morocco, a world in one country:
Morocco, one of the few places in the world that offers a wonderful mix of ancient exotic cultures with European sophistication and style. This country is located at the northwest of Africa, bordered in the north by the Strait of Gibraltar and the Mediterranean Sea; to the south by Mauritania, to the east by Algeria and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean. The Moroccan coast extends over 3,500 km. The Rif Mountains occupy the region bordering the Mediterranean Sea from the northwest to the northeast, the Atlas Mountains run down the center to the south. Through the Moroccan history, Morocco hosted many people coming from the East (Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Jews and Arabs), from the South (Sub-Saharan Africans) and the North (Romans, Vandals, Andalusians including (Moors and Jews)), All those civilizations have had an impact on the social structure of Morocco. It conceived various forms of beliefs, from paganism, Judaism, and Christianity to Islam. Each region possesses its own specificities. The southeastern area consists mostly of the unpopulated Sahara Desert with most of the population living in the north near the mountain ranges. It is a Muslim country, rich in mystique and Islamic history. Some of the most glorious scenery in North Africa is to be seen in Morocco. Travel in Morocco you will experience a colorful mix of African, Arab, and Berber cultures with European influences. Having over 356 sunny days a year and varied landscapes, Morocco makes the perfect setting for outdoor adventure. Whether journeying through the colorful sand dunes of Merzouga, the imposing Atlas and Rif Mountains, or quaint Berber villages on the way to Morocco's historical and exciting Imperial cities, the adventurous traveler has many opportunities to explore the country
Information about Morocco:
The Capital: Rabat.
- Largest city: Casablanca.
- Official language(s): Arabic.
- Recognized national languages: Berber language, Darija, French, Spanish.
- Ethnic groups: Arab-Berbers 99.1%, Jews 0.2%, others 0.7%.
- Demonym: Moroccan.
- Government: Constitutional monarchy.
- King: Mohammed VI (Alaouite dynasty).
- Prime Minister: Abdelilah Benkirane.
- Unification: 780.
- Unified by Idrisid dynasty 780-974 /* Saadi Morocco 1554-1659 /* Alaouite Morocco 1666-1912.
- Independence from France March 2, 1956/* Independence from Spain April 7, 1956.
- Population: 2014 estimate 34,000,000
- Currency: Moroccan dirham (MAD). 1Euro = 11MAD - Time zone: WET (UTC+0) - Summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1).
- Drives on the: right- ISO 3166 code: MA- Internet TLD: .ma- Calling code: +212
Traveling to Morocco:
-Airlines Services: You can fly direct to one of the main international Airports: Casablanca-Marrakech-Agadir-Tanger and Fes from almost of European Cities and Casablanca airport famous with longest distance flights The most major European airlines fly to into Morocco including: British Airways- Fly Emirates- Lufthansa- Sabena- Swissair and Alitalia... There are also several budget and charter airlines operating from major European cities to Morocco including Ryan air, jet4you, Easy jet , Atlas Blue of Moroccan Airlines. From Unites States you can fly directly using the only option Royal Air Maroc (Moroccan Airlines) with daily flights between New York and Casablanca Airport.
*By Sea. -Ferry Services: Several ferry option offering ways to Morocco : From Spain- Gibraltar- France and Italy and a regular ferry or high-speed ferry go almost every hour and the most popular ferry crossing from Spain to Morocco in just over half an hour is from Algeciras (Spain) to Tanger port or Tanger Med ( Morocco). You can also get to Tangier (Morocco) from Tarifa (Spain) on a high-speed ferry.
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