Morocco Vacations

Morocco is located in North Africa with coastlines facing the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. The landscape includes the dramatic desert landscape of the Sahara Desert in the south and the Atlas Mountains that stretch along the northern coast. The people of Morocco have an ancestry that extends back to the original Berber tribes who have existed for over 3000 years in North Africa. The majority of Moroccans practice the Islamic religion but being Berbers, they consider themselves non Arabic. The culture of Morocco has intrigued tourists for centuries and many writers have traveled to Morocco so that they can be inspired in their writings. A few notable writers who fell in love with this amazing country are William S. Burroughs, Paul Bowles, Brion Gysin, Jack Kerouac and Tennessee Williams.

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Morocco Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Morocco

Morocco has slowly but surely crept onto many travelers’ buckets lists and it is not very hard to see why. This is a country where the sun shines nearly the whole year round, with beautiful ice-capped mountains, and culture-rich diversity. There is so much to experience in Morocco, from the sparkling rivers, colored carpets, nature reserves, to the amazing handcrafts and much more. Off course a trip to Morocco is not complete if you have not taken a camel ride in the desert. Morocco is a destination that is out of the ordinary and offers to tickle everyone’s fancy, whether you are an adrenalin junkie or more laid back. You will be pleasantly surprised from the moment you set foot in Morocco till you leave.

Morocco Geography

The coast of Morocco spans from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea into the great mountain areas, to the Sahara Desert. With Morocco being a North African Country, is located on the far North Side of Africa enabling it to open its doors to European countries.
Morocco’s terrain is mostly mountainous. With the Atlas Mountains that cover most of the southwest to north, spanning over 1350km of land that creates a dorsal spine like landscape. The Sierra Nevada and Rif Mountains are located to the north of the Atlas Mountains. The Nador is located more to the east and Tangier to the west of the Atlas Mountains.

Morocco’s terrain is mostly mountainous. With the Atlas Mountains that cover most of the southwest to north, spanning over 1350km of land that creates a dorsal spine like landscape. The Sierra Nevada and Rif Mountains are located to the north of the Atlas Mountains. The Nador is located more to the east and Tangier to the west of the Atlas Mountains.

The Flora in the Moroccan area consists mostly of cork and oak trees on the Atlantic coast, evergreen rich oak, pine, and cedar forests can be found on the slopes of Atlas. On the Steppe side of Morocco, jujube trees, shrubs, and tamarisk, willows and poplars can be found. In the desert there is not much vegetation to be found, however, it is home to several animals like the jackals, panthers, foxes, and gazelles. The waters on the coast of Morocco are filled with tuna, anchovies, and sardines.

The spring and autumn months bring the most pleasurable weather of all the months when the weather is dry and warm and averages around 28º Celsius. Winter months in Morocco brings a more Mediterranean climate with temperatures that average around 12º Celsius


History of Morocco

Under the leadership of Sa’adi, a powerful state in Morocco rose in the mid-1500’s. In 1554 they defeated Wattasid and succeeded to hold off intrusions by Ottoman Empires and the Portuguese. In 1603 a power dispute caused a period of chaos that carried on until 1671 when the Awalite Dynasty was formed. In the 1800’s Spain and France took great interest in Morocco, which led to the first Moroccan Crisis. This crisis was formalized by France’s interest in the region that was opposed by Germany and the Treaty of Fez. The Treaty of Fez occurred in 1912 and led to Morocco being protected by the French. While this happened, Spain took authority over Tetouan in the north and Ifni in the south.

In 1976, Spain left the Spanish Sahara and Morocco claimed independence in the North. Western Sahara was also supposed to become independent as Morocco occupied the region in the Green March, but when in 1979 when Mauritania withdrew, Morocco claimed all the land.

Morocco Landmarks

• Ouzoud Falls:
Ouzoud Falls are located 150 kilometers from Marrakech near the Moyen Atlas Village. Following the shaded path of olive trees, you will be able to access the bottom of the falls. At the peak of the falls, you will also be able to see the twelve mills that are currently still. The Ouzoud Falls is the most visited site in Morocco.

• Majorelle Garden:
The Majorelle Garden is a 12-acre botanical garden where artists are allowed to landscape the garden. This structure was designed by migrated French artist, Jacques Majorelle, between 1920 and 1930.

• Hassan II Mosque:
The Hassan II Mosque is also known as the Grande Mosquee Hassan II. This mosque is located in Casablanca, which is the largest mosque in Morocco, designed by Michel Pinseau, and currently the thirteenth largest mosque in the world. Hassan II Mosque is 60 stories high with a laser on top of the tower that is directed in the direction of Mecca.

• Bahia Palace: Bahia Palace is a set of gardens and a palace, which is located in Marrakesh, Morocco. This palace was built in the 19th century with the intention of being the greatest palace of that time. Si Moussa who was the grand vizier of the sultan set the palace up for his personal use at the end of the 19th century.

• El Badi Palace:
El Badi Palace is a place that was ruined in Marrakesh. The Sultan Ahmad al-Mansur contracted this palace shortly after his enrollment in 1578. The funding for the construction of the palace was provided by a ransom that was paid by the Portuguese after the battle of the Three Kings.

• Menara Gardens:
The Menara Gardens is a botanical garden that is located near the Atlas Mountains in Marrakech. Established in the 12th century by the ruler of Abd al-Mu’min Almohad Caliphate who also named it. Olive groves and orchards surround the pavilion and artificial lake (which was intended to water the surrounding flora).

• Saadian Tombs:
The Saadian Tombs are catacombs that date back between 1578 and 1603. The mausoleum contains the embalmment of 60 family members of the Saadi Dynasty that came from the valley of the Draa River. Among the graves, you will also find the Ahmad al-Mansur and his family members.

• Chellah:
Challah is a fortified museum necropolis from the medial era located in Rabat. This site was established by the Phoenicians as a trading pit stop, which was later, the location for the ancient Roman group of Sala Colonia.

• Bab Agnaou:
Bab Agnaou is one of nineteen gates constructed in the 12th century that lead to Marrakesh. With Bab Robb being the entrance to the city, Bab Agnaou gave access to the royal Kasbah on the south of Medina.