Jamaa el Fna square in Marrakech
Morocco – which has the full Arabic name Al Mamlakah al Maghribiya or “The Western Kingdom” – is located on the North West coast of Africa. The country has ports that serve the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Morocco is the third most populous Arab country.
The country is divided into 12 different regions, with every region divided into their own provinces and prefectures. The city of Rabat is the capital city of Morocco, while Casablanca is the largest city in the country. The national currency of Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham.
Getting to Morocco
British and American citizens will require their passports to enter Morocco, but they will not need a visa for stays of up to 3 months. The main international airport for the country is the Mohammad V International Airport (CMD). The airport is located in Nouasseur, around 25km (15 miles) from Casablanca.
Morocco also has around 60 regional airports scattered across the country. The national carrier of the country is Royal Air Maroc. US travelers can reach Morocco through flights from Delta and Continental.
Air France, Easy Jet, and Ryanair provide flights to Morocco for British and European travelers. Traveling to Morocco can also be done through ship, with several cruise lines such as Royal Caribbean and Norwegian making regular stops at the main port in Casablanca. Take a look at our sections on flights and hotels for more information.
Destinations and Attractions
Morocco is packed full of natural beauty and stunning places that are as intriguing to explore as they are fascinating to visit. Anyone that wishes to immerse themselves in the culture and history of Morocco has hundreds of different mosques, historical sites, and palaces to visit and learn from. Our personal choices include the ancient city of Asilah, the El Bahia Palace, and the Grottoes of Hercules.
The Moroccan landscape is just as memorable. It is framed by a number of impressive destinations including the stunning Sahara Desert and mountain ranges including the Rio Mountains and the Atlas Mountains. Visit these mountains to enjoy hiking, skiing, climbing, and adventure travel.
Those who prefer the beach and ocean should head to the Moroccan coast where they can find fishing villages like Dakhla and swimming beaches including Essaouira and Quemada beach.
Culture and Heritage
Moroccan culture is steeped in history, science, and the arts. There are great museums to be found all across the country, including the Museum of Antiquities and The Ethnographic Museums of Tetouan. We also recommend the Museum of Moroccan Art, which displays unique collections of glass objects, exquisite carpets, manuscripts, jewelry, and pottery.
If you want to take in a live performance, then you can enjoy reworked and translated versions of classics from the west such as Shakespeare, along with modern productions of Moroccan plays packed full of the folklore and tradition of the country. Morocco also plays host to outdoor festivals with performances held across the country in Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat and other cities.