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August 1, 2008

Morocco, The Imperial Cities with FriendsTravel.com

The Imperial City

Morocco is a North African coastal country about the size of California. The geography of the country includes a great expanse of Atlantic coastline as well as desert, mountains and plains. The scenery of Morocco is a blend of the African continent, while its monuments reflect the rich and varied traditions of the Islamic civilization that began its influence in the year 710.

Morocco is bounded by two seas, the Atlas mountain chain, and the immensity of the Sahara Desert, yet it is Europe’s nearest neighbour and the mostaccessible of the Maghreb countries to visit.

Morocco presents a wonderful variety of geological wonders. The countryside is beautiful, running along both the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts. Just eight miles from Spain, Morocco might have lost its soul to Europe – but refused. Though conquered by Rome and colonised by Spain and France, Moroccans held fast to their Berber culture, while adopting the Islam religion brought by the Arabs from the East. Morocco is an ancient country moulded by history. As a result of its unique geographical position, Morocco has been exposed to the religious, artistic and economic cross currents of the East, Europe and the depths of Africa. Many countries have, at various times, attempted to take over Morocco for their own interests. There is so much more to Morocco than words can tell, so let’s begin our journey…

MOROCCO Country Fast Facts
CAPITAL CITY Rabat
VISA Not currently required for Americans or Canadians at this time.
HEALTH Health requirements can change at any time. The Public Health Agency of Canada strongly recommends that your travel plans include contacting a travel medicine clinic or physician six to eight weeks before departure.Based on your individual riskassessment, a health care professional can determine your need for immunizations and/or preventive medication and advise you on precautions to avoid disease. Travelers are reminded to ensure that their routine (childhood) immunizations (e.g., tetanus, diphtheria, polio, and measles) are up to date.
POPULATION 33,757,175
LOCATION On the North west side Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria (1559km) and Western Sahara (433km)
LANGUAGES Arabic (official), Berber dialects, French often the language of business, government and diplomacy
AREA Total 446,550 square km
Land 446,300 square km
Water 250 square km
( Slightly larger than California)
COASTLINE 1,835 km
RELIGION Muslim 98.7%, Christian 1.1% Jewish 0.2%
CLIMATE Mediterranean, becoming more extreme in the interior.
WATER Traveler’s should drink bottled beverages and avoid drink water from “water sellers”
CURRENCY Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
TIME GMT +0
ELECTRICITY 127/220 voltage, 50 frequency, C & E plug

  • Short Stays
  • Agadir – 4 Days
  • Casablanca – 4 Days
  • Marrakech – 4Days
  • The Deep South 5 Days
  • Classics
  • Imperial Cities – 7Days
  • Moroccan Magic – 12 Days

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