Visiting Morocco?? Morocco is a unique country for many reasons. It lies in northern Africa and is bordered by Algeria to the east, Spain to the North (separated by the strait of Gibraltar) and Western Sahara/Mauritania to the south.
Morocco is influenced by not only Africa, but Europe as well as the Middle East. For this reason it brings a lot of flavor and culture to the region. There are approximately 32 million people that live in Morocco.
The principal language is Arabic, however french is widely spoken. In fact, french is often the language of business, government, and diplomacy. You will also hear berber dialect often spoken. Berber dialects are the indigenous languages of North Africa west of the Nile.
The capital city is Rabat, which lies along the Atlantic Ocean. Although not the largest city, it still has an average population of 2 million. Other cities in Morocco include Marrakech, Fez, Casablanca and Tangier.
Islam is the main religion. Christianity makes up a small portion of the country.
The country is a geographic wonder, since it encompasses desert, mountains and ocean all in one. These geographical features include regions such as the Sahara, the world’s harshest desert ,that includes seven countries or territories; Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Western Sahara, which cover most of northern Africa. The desert reaches from the Atlantic coast to the Red Sea, as well as down to the Ethiopian highlands.
The Atlas mountains is a large mountain range which extends about 1500 miles across the northeast part of Africa through the countries of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia. The Atlantic Ocean is the main body of water that borders north Africa to the west.
Cuisine in Morocco is really varied, thanks to interaction with other cultures over the centuries. It has been subject to Berber, Moorish, Mediterranean, and Arab influences.
The most famous Moroccan dish is Couscous and the most popular drink is green tea with mint. As a tradition, making mint tea in the kingdom of Morocco is considered a form of art and the drinking with friends and family is a daily tradition. The pouring technique is really important as is the quality of the tea itself.