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The Kingdom of Morocco has long been one of north Africa’s most-visited locales. Its proximity to Europe, as well as its relative safety and well-developed tourism infrastructure have all helped to maintain its popularity among travelers. Exotic yet accessible, steeped in history yet surprisingly modern, blessed with beaches, mountains and deserts, the country is in many ways a traveler’s dream destination.
Whether you’re a culture vulture or a nature enthusiast, Morocco has something for you.
There are enchanting cities and towns like Essaouira, a gem on the Atlantic seashore criss-crossed by serpentine streets and cozy beach cafes and home to the Gnaoua Festival, one of Africa’s biggest and best music festivals. Casablanca is the country’s main economic powerhouse, and also home to fantastic beaches and shopping. North of Casablanca you’ll find Rabat, a city that’s the seat of government and bursting with history. In the north of the country, Tangier faces Europe and is known as the gateway to the country. Finally, there are the two most famous cities, Fez and Marrakech. They both offer a peek into the traditional way of life in Morocco, with bustling souks and mesmerizing medinas, plus modern attractions and amenities to satisfy the most discerning traveler.
Outside of the cities, Morocco is a nature lover’s paradise. The High Atlas Mountains slice through the center of the country from the border of Algeria to the Atlantic like a proud scar. The mountains boast the Jebel Toubkal peak, which you can see from Marrakech. The Dades Valley, also known as “The Red Valley,” features blood-red gorges and cliffs and ancient earthen kasbahs perched precariously on hillsides, and if you need a serene place to get away for a day, there’s Ouzoud Falls.
Of course Morocco also offers plenty of outdoor adventure in the form of numerous ski resorts, golf courses, and 4×4 desert tours. After all, Morocco is the gateway to the vast Sahara.
SAFETY: Violent crime is very uncommon in Morocco, although pickpocketing happens frequently. Keeping a tight grip on your valuables in crowded places is highly recommended, and never leave valuables in your hotel room. Travelers should also avoid walking alone at night through cities. Female travelers are advised to cover their shoulders and legs in public areas.