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Tourism in Morocco

Discover Morocco and the charms it has in store for tourists

The country

Morocco is a country in North Africa. Its capital city is Rabat. Because it is within easy reach of Europe, it is an ideal destination for Europeans, including a large majority of French people.   
Tourists are spoilt for choice in Morocco! For example, they can go on treks in the Moroccan desert and Drâa Valley before heading to the magnificent beaches in the west (Atlantic Ocean) and north (the Mediterranean) to relax. Also worth exploring are the beautiful landscapes of the Rif and Atlas mountains. 

Marrakech

The most popular cities for tourists to visit include Marrakech, Agadir, Casablanca and Meknès. Marrakech, Nabil's home town, is a blend of modern influences and tradition, for the city is split into two parts: the médina or historical quarter, and the new town, whose main neighbourhoods are called Guéliz and Hivernage. This is where the shopping centres and an array of hotel complexes can be found.

What can you do in Marrakech?

The most famous historical sites include the Koutoubia Mosque (12th century); the Ben Youssef Medersa (a Quranic school, 16th century) and the El Badiâ Palace built in the 16th century.
For those who enjoy artistic events, there's the "On marche" contemporary dance festival; "Sun festival", a national festival for young people and music, and "Marrakech MadJazz Festival" for new budding musical talents.

Do you fancy a spot of shopping Moroccan-style? All you have to do is pop into one of the many souks of the city!
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Did you know?

In Arabic, Morocco is called Al-Maghrib (المغرب; "Land of the Setting Sun") or Al-Maghrib Al-Aqsa ("the Farthest Land of the Setting Sun") in full.

The French name for Morroco (Maroc) comes from the Portuguese pronunciation of Marrakech, Marruecos, which gave rise to Morocco (in English) and Marokko (in German, Norwegian and Dutch).

We say what he said:

"Trees are hardly ever seen in Morocco; instead, these sweeping, placid lines of the virgin landscapes are everywhere - unbroken by roads, houses or enclosures."

Pierre Loti, Au Maroc

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