The coastline of Morocco runs from the Mediterranean along the Strait of Gibraltar to the Atlantic Ocean. It is a country of wonderful beaches and imposing sand dunes, modern cosmopolitan cities and tranquil seaside villages. First settled by nomads and Phoenician traders, the land came under Roman rule in the 4th century B.C. The Romans called the area Mauretania and the native people Berbers, which means barbarians. As the Roman Empire declined, Islam rose in importance. Over the next centuries, various sultans ruled the area with their capitals alternating between the cities of Fes and Marrakech. With the arrival of the French in 1912, Morocco became a protectorate with the capital in Rabat. Colonial rule lasted until 1956 when Morocco once again became an independent nation. The nation’s diverse cuisine reflects its history with numerous countries and cultures. During your excursion to Morocco, you can enjoy a meal of couscous, lamb tajines, zaalouk and mint tea.

Tangier, MoroccoTraveling along the coast, visitors will find port cities and Spanish enclaves along with the capital of Rabat. There is a 12th century minaret and some of Morocco’s finest scenery in the Zaer Forest. In Tangier, you’ll discover the charm that has allured artists, musicians, writers and dignitaries for centuries, including Matisse, Hendrix, Twain and Churchill. Tangier has been the main entry point and face of the country for many years. In Casablanca, guests will experience a stunning contrast between the third largest mosque in the world, a historic medina and one of the largest shopping malls in all of Africa. There are numerous art galleries, fountains, parks and wide boulevards in this cultural and economic center of Morocco. Casablanca served as the inspiration for the setting and name of the 1942 motion picture that is widely regarding as one of the best films in history. Further southward are the gorgeous beaches of Agadir and Essaouira. These ancient seaside towns now exemplify modern Morocco.

As you leave the coastal plains and move inland, you’ll discover the cities of Marrakech, Fez, Meknes and Amizmiz. Marrakech is a delightful combination of old and new Morocco. You can view the great plaza of Djemaa El Fna at sunset after spending the day strolling through the souks and ruins of the primeval medina. In Fez, you can explore the former capitol. It is one of the world’s oldest and largest medieval cities. After viewing old Morocco in Fez, travel to Meknes for a modern yet tranquil setting. Visitors will find a large Berber country market filled with wondrous sights in Amizmiz. Stunning scenery, colorful butterflies and native birds await visitors to the Jbel Tazzeka National Park near Taza in the Middle Atlas Mountains as well as the natural beauty and wildlife of the Dayet Aoua freshwater lake.

In Morocco, you can investigate ancient Roman ruins, explore the Sahara during a camel safari, swim in the warm coastal water and hike the High Atlas Mountains. Have a drink in Rick’s Café and imagine yourself waiting for the last plane to Lisbon as you begin a beautiful friendship with this North African country.


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