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Morocco is a country in North Africa, just below Spain. It has a coastline that spreads across two bodies of water, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Mohammed VI of the Alawite dynasty has been king of Morocco since 1999. But his dynasty goes all the back to the 17th century when they first began ruling the kingdom. Morocco remains a kingdom today and has a legal system that is based on Islamic law.
Morocco is a stone’s throw away from Spain, so many people add it to their European itinerary to get a dose of something completely different. Plus, it’s not nearly as expensive as most European countries, so it’ll bring some relief to your wallet. High-speed ferries easily transport tourists between Spain and Morocco or a quick flight is available for those for get queasy at sea. Tourists love to experience the chaos of the ancient cities, and on the contrary, the peace and quiet of the desert. The food and the shopping is another draw for many people.
If you can’t make it to all four of the imperial cities, a trip to at least one of them is a must. Fez is known for its leather products and tanneries. Vats are built into the ground and filled with colorful dyes, the perfect backdrop for a photo. Jemaa el-Fnaa in Marrakesh is one of the top tourist attractions in the entire country. It’s filled with food stalls, street performers, snake charmers and more. Whether in Marrakesh, Fez or Meknes, a journey into the souks is obligatory. Just rememebr to bring your haggling skills. Moroccan cities can be overwhelming for foreigners so if you need a break from the chaos take a trip to the Atlas Mountains for a bit of trekking.
This largely depends on where you plan on going. If you plan on staying in the middle of the desert, avoid going in the summer. However, the coast and the mountains are best enjoyed during this time. Otherwise, spring or autumn are the two best seasons for visiting Morocco. Winter is the best time to visit if you plan to ski, but it’s also a great time to go to the cities since crowds aren’t too large.