Morocco Travel tips Morocco at a Glance
Morocco is a spectacular mix of Arab, Islamic, Berber, Jewish, African and European influences. Fascinating landscapes range from miles of unspoilt beaches to magnificent snow-capped mountains, from lush river valleys to vast tracts of Oasis as well as labyrinthine walled medinas (ancient city) and Berber fortresses. A wealth of beautiful handicrafts in city souks(markets). Traditional townhouses (known as riads) and kasbahs (fortress). have been tastefully restored to create hidden guesthouses, varying from luxurious to comfortably basic. You will be offered the signature cuisines of Morocco – delicious home cooked tagines with a choice of various meats and/or, vegetables, and couscous which is the staple of the Moroccan diet
The predominent spoken language is Moroccan arabic (Darija), There are also three Amazigh Berber languages. Tarifit, is used in the northern Rif. Tamazight in the middle atlas and eastern high Atlas. Tashlhyt in the western high Atlas, sous vally and Anti-atlas, need to mention that French is widely spoken especially among schooled Moroccans.
Morocco is an African country bordered by the Mediterranean Sea in the north, by Mauritania in the south, by Algeria in the east and by the Atlantic Ocean in the west. Area: 446,550 sq km / 172,000 sq miles
Morocco is a predominantly Sunni Muslim country with small Jewish and Christian minorities. The culture of Morocco has been strongly influenced by Berbers, Arabs, Moors, Jews and the French, and is tolerant of differences. While Moroccans are hospitable to Muslims and non-Muslims alike, most Islamic religious monuments are closed to non-Muslims. There are, however, notable exceptions to this custom, enabling visitors to enter some of Morocco’s most formidable shrines such as the newly-built Hassan B” Mosque in Casablanca
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There are many things to shop for such us: Argan oil, Silver jewellery in Tiznit, Berber carpets, dates in Erfoud, metal and woodcrafts. you can also shop for leather goods (bags, sandals), pottery (for example: Tagines, plates), or buy pure spices ( including cumin, coriander, cinnamon ,paprika in addition to turmeric or saffron in Taliouine and ginger…), paintings, and traditional clothing (Djellabah), pieces of fossils of erfoud (plate, Ammonite ,candle-holder also trilobite of Alnif region…).
characterises of Moroccans are social, friendly, hospitable and generous..
Morocco uses the Moroccan dirham (symbol DH or MAD). There are several banks in each city and ATM cash machines are accessible in all over Morocco. Some credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) are accepted in some hotels, guest houses and restaurants.The Euro and US Dollar are broadly accepted, even preferred.
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The local Time in Morocco is GMT. In the summer time an extra hour is added so during this period Morocco will be one hour ahead of GMT.