Population: 32,873,000 as of June 2013
Currency: Moroccan dirham (
MAD) (1 USD = 8.51899 MAD)
Time zone: GMT + 0
Calling code: +212
Economy: Morocco's economy is considered a relatively liberal economy governed by the law of supply and demand. The industry is made up of mining, construction and manufacturing. The sectors who recorded the highest growth are the tourism, telecoms, information technology, and textile sectors.
Climate: Morocco is at its best in spring (mid-March to May), when the country is lush and green, followed by autumn (September to November), when the heat of summer has eased. At other times, don't underestimate the extremes of summer heat and winter, particularly in the High Atlas, where snowcapped peaks persist from November to July. If you are travelling in winter, head for the south, although be prepared for bitterly cold nights.
Meknes is one of the four Imperial cities of Morocco and its name and fame are closely linked to that of Sultan Moulay Ismail. The sultan turned Meknes into a impressive city in Spanish-Moorish style, surrounded by high walls with great gates. While Meknes is an imperial city with a lot of historical monuments and natural sites it is also the nearest city to the Roman ruins of Volubilis.
In antiquity, Volubilis was an important Roman town situated near the westernmost border of Roman conquests in present day Morocco. It was the administrative center of the province Mauretania Tingitana. The fertile lands of the province produced many commodities such as grain and olive oil, which were exported to Rome, contributing to the province’s wealth and prosperity. The Romans evacuated most of Morocco at the end of the 3rd century AD but people continued to live in Volubilis for many centuries.
Chefchaouen (or Chaouen) is a gorgeous mountain city in northeastern Morocco. The picturesque medina, set against the dramatic backdrop of the Rif Mountains, is filled with white-washed homes with distinctive, powder-blue accents. It is a popular shopping destination offering many native handicrafts that are not available elsewhere in Morocco, such as wool garments and woven blankets. The goat cheese native to the area is also popular with tourists. The region around Chefchaouen is one of the main producers of cannabis in Morocco. Hashish is subsequently sold all over town, but is mostly the domain of native Chaouenis.
Djemaa el Fna
Djemaa El-Fna is the highlight of any visit to Marrakech and one of the top tourist attractions in Morocco. By day this square at the heart of the medina is largely filled with snake charmers and people with monkeys, as well as some of the more common stalls. As the day progresses the entertainments on offer change: the snake charmers depart, and in the afternoon and evening the square becomes more crowded, with story-tellers, magicians, and peddlers of traditional medicines. As dark descends Djemaa El-Fna fills with dozens of food-stalls, and the crowds are at their height.
Aït Benhaddou is one of Ouarzazate’s fortified cities along the former caravan route between the Sahara and Marrakech. Inside the high mud walls are 6 kasbahs and a small number of homes. Most of the town’s inhabitants now live in a more modern village at the other side of the river although a few families still live within the city walls. Aït Benhaddou has appeared in several movies, including Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator.
Fes el Bali
Fes-al-Bali, the larger of the two medinas of Fes, is a nearly intact medieval city. With a population of about 150,000 inhabitants, it is the largest carfree urban area in the world by population. Transports of goods is provided by donkeys, carriages, and motorbikes. The entire medina is surrounded by high walls with a number of historic city gates. Several shops and restaurants have a rooftop terrace which is a great way to escape the bustling streets. The views are particularly spectacular during sunset and after dark.
The Erg Chebbi dunes are located in the Sahara Desert. The awe-inspiring dunes are as high as 150 meters tall, and one certainly feels small in their shadows. Erg Chebbi special feature is its beautiful unique orange colored sand. Excursions to the dunes normally start from the village of Merzouga which is located on the edge of the erg. Camel trekking is the most popular option although it isn’t the most comfortable way of traveling.
Credit Cards: Many places in Morocco accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Thomas Cook travelers cheques. Major credit cards are widely accepted in the main tourist centers, although their use often attracts a surcharge of around 5% from Moroccan businesses.
Tipping System: Tipping and bargaining are integral parts of Moroccan life. Practically any service can warrant a tip, and a few Dirham for a service willingly rendered can make life a lot easier. Tipping between 5% and 10% of a restaurant bill is appropriate. A supply of small coins is vital for the payment of taxis, tips and guides.
04DAYS 03NIGHTS - CASABLANCA + MARRAKECH
Day 1 : Arrival in Casablanca (D)
Arrival in Casablanca, transfer to the restaurant for dinner then to the hotel for check in and overnight.
Day 2 : Casablanca - Marrakech (B/L/D)
After breakfast, proceed with full day Casablanca tour visiting The central market, The habaous District, Royal Palace, Mohamed V square, The residential area of Anfa and The Hassan II Mosque ( outside ). After lunch, departure to Marrakech. Upon arrival, dinner in restaurant and overnight.
Day 3 : Marrakech (B/L/D)
After breakfast, city tour visitingThe Saadian Tombs, The Bahia Palace, The Kutoubia Minaret, Menara garden. Lunch at local restaurant then proceed with visit to Souks and Jema El Fna. Dinner with Fantasia Chez Ali show. Transfer back to the hotel and overnight.
Day 4: Marrakesh – Casablanca (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Casablanca International Airport for departure.
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