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MOROCCO

 

Palm trees in the desert and snow in the Atlas mountains. Morocco is a land of fascinating contrast.

At least 3 hours by plane from London, Morocco is a major tourist destination. The Kingdom of Morocco is a constitutional monarchy in which the present King is Her Majesty Mohammed VI.
Morocco offers an incredible diversity of landscapes, climates and ... moods.

From the shores of the Mediterranean near Tetouan to the beaches of Agadir on the Atlantic Ocean much further south, the traveller passes through the snowy peaks of the Atlas mountains, the desert and palm groves of the Draa Valley, the shores of the Atlantic ocean with ancient cities like Essaouira, the old medina of Fez and Marrakesh.

The name Morocco is derived from Marrakech, imperial city and capital from 1062 to 1273, and now the first tourist destination in the country. The Berbers have inhabited the region since prehistory. The country then experienced the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantine and Arabs. Of all these peoples, the Moroccan nation withdrew independence and tolerance. The cultural bubbling, religious tolerance, the heritage left by all these people have led to the treasures that are most appreciated by visitors today: the cultural, artistic and architectural Morocco is rich and inexhaustible.

What is the language spoken in Morocco?

The history and geography of Morocco explain the ability of Moroccans to understand and speak with ease foreign languages. In Morocco, one speaks Arabic dialect everywhere. The classical Arabic, the language of the Koran, is the official language taught in schools and used by the media. But in Morocco, the tourist is never lost. Spanish is spoken in northern regions, English is widespread in most tourist places (the English have recently discovered Morocco and are more and more interested in Morocco!) And, of course, French is practiced by most Moroccan. In Morocco, you will notice that most of the people speak several languages, including in hotels, restaurants and shops, but also in coffee shops or in the street!

About food and cuisine in Morocco

Moroccan cuisine has long been considered as one of the most diversified cuisines in the world. The cuisine of Morocco is a mix of Berber, Spanish, Corsican, Portuguese, Moorish, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and African cuisines! The cuisine of Morocco has been influenced by the native Berber cuisine, the Arabic Andalusian cuisine, the Turkish cuisine from the Turks and the Middle Eastern cuisines brought by the Arabs, as well as Jewish cuisine.

Spices are used extensively in Moroccan food. While spices have been imported to Morocco for thousands of years, many ingredients, like saffron from Tiliouine, mint and olives from Meknes, and oranges and lemons from Fez, are home-grown. Chicken is the most widely eaten meat in Morocco. The most commonly eaten red meat in Morocco is beef; lamb is preferred, but is relatively expensive. Couscous is the most famous Moroccan dish along with pastilla, tajine, and harira. The most popular drink is green tea with mint. The tea is accompanied with hard sugar cones or lumps.

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