Morocco: Immerse Yourself in Culture
Morocco: Immerse Yourself in Culture
Morocco’s imperial cities—Marrakesh, Fes, Meknes—conjure up images of silk-clad sultans, trickling fountains in palace gardens, mud-brick marketplaces full of spices, leather and all the exotic goods of Africa…and with good reason.
Each of these cities has served as the capital of Moroccan empires; kingdoms stretching down into the Sahara as far as Timbuktu and up across Spain to the Pyrenees. Rabat may be Morocco’s political capital today and Casablanca its commercial center, but these older seats of empire are the country’s soul and together they form the heart of its thriving year-round tourist business.
Superficially, Marrakesh, Meknes and Fes resemble each other with their thousand year-old ramparts encircling a warren-like maze of tiny medieval lanes. Each city has a busy souk full of artisans tapping away at copper and silver while merchants arrange their wares on open stalls. But if you scratch the surface each city has its own personality.
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- Population: 32,987,206 (July 2014 est.)
- Capital: Rabat
- Climate: Mediterranean, becoming more extreme in the interior
- Time Zone: GMT
- Language: Arabic (official)
- Country Code: 212
- Location: Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Western Sahara
- Coastline: 1,835 km
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Morocco’s imperial cities—Marrakesh, Fes, Meknes—conjure up images of silk-clad sultans, mud-brick marketplaces full of spices, leather and all the exotic goods of Africa…and with good reason. Each of these cities has served as the capital of Moroccan empires; kingdoms stretching down into the Sahara as far as Timbuktu and up across Spain to the Pyrenees.
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Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008 Read more about Morocco in International Living Postcards—your daily escape Dear International Living Reader, While it doesn’t have the instant appeal of Marrakech, Morocco’s largest city Casablanca has a charm that is hard to deny. And on my last trip I came across the cherry on the icing—a must-see for every […]
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Paul Bowles, Jimi Hendrix, Barbara Hutton—I’m following in their footsteps in Morocco, starting off in Tangier before exploring the north Atlantic coast. It’s no longer the smoky den of vice that once drew the Beat Generation and the Peace and Love crowd, but today the cleaned-up port is better than ever for the soul—and the […]
Tuesday, June 10, 2008 Asilah, Morocco Read more about Morocco in International Living Postcards —your daily escape “This morning, I woke up to sunshine, a brilliant blue sky, the sound of birdsong, and, best of all, a beautiful view of the azure Atlantic…” That was a March entry in my journal, from my first day […]
Paul Bowles, Jimi Hendrix, Barbara Hutton—I’m following in their footsteps in Morocco, starting off in Tangiers before exploring the north Atlantic coast. It’s no longer the smoky den of vice that once drew the Beat Generation and the Peace and Love crowd, but today the cleaned-up port is better than ever for the soul—and the wallet.
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