GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. Marrakesh’s medina, a mazelike medieval quarter, offers entertainment in its Djemaa el-Fna square and souks (marketplaces) selling ceramics, jewelry and metal lanterns. The capital Rabat’s Kasbah of the Udayas is a 12th-century royal fort overlooking the sea.

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COUNTRY FACTS

POPULATION

30,704,000

CAPITAL

Rabat (1,759,000)

GDP PER CAPITA

U.S. $3,900

LANGUAGE

Arabic, Berber dialects, French

RELIGION

Muslim

LIFE EXPECTANCY

70

AREA

710,850 square kilometers (274,461 square miles)

LITERACY PERCENT

52

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LOCATIONS EXPERIENCED

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AGADIR

Agadir, a city along Morocco’s southern Atlantic coast, in the foothills of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, is the capital of the Agadir-Ida Ou Tanane province. A resort destination, it is known for its golf courses, wide crescent beach and seaside promenade lined with cafes, restaurants and bars. Agadir's hilltop kasbah was destroyed in a 1960 earthquake, but its original old wall remains standing.

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AOULI MIBLADEN

Mibladen and Aouli are mining districts, famous for their vanadinite crystals. They are located about 25 km north-east of the town of Midelt.

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IFRANE

Ifrane is a town in Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains. It is known for its alpine-style architecture and nearby ski slopes and forests. A stone statue of a lion near leafy Parc la Prairie is a well-known landmark. Just outside town, Ain Vittel is a spring with several waterfalls. To the west, Ifrane National Park, with its Atlas cedar forests, is home to rare Barbary macaques.

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IMICHLIL

Imilchil is a small town in the Midelt Province of central Morocco, in the Atlas Mountains, with a population of less than 2000 people. It is located at an elevation of 2119 meters in the valley of Assif Melloul ("white river").

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MARRAKECH

Marrakesh, a former imperial city in western Morocco, is a major economic center and home to ancient mosques, palaces and gardens. The medina is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating to the Berber Empire, with mazelike alleys where thriving souks (marketplaces) sell traditional textiles, pottery and jewelry. A symbol of the city, and visible for miles, is the Moorish minaret of 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque.

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MERZOUGA

Merzouga is a small Moroccan town in the Sahara Desert, near the Algerian border. It is known as a gateway to Erg Chebbi, a huge expanse of sand dunes north of town. West of Merzouga, Dayet Srji is a seasonal salt lake (often dry in summer) that attracts a wide range of migratory and desert birds, including desert warblers, Egyptian nightjars and, occasionally, flamingos.

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MOYEN ATLAS

The Middle Atlas is a mountain range in Morocco, with 15 percent of its landmass rising above 2,000 metres.

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RABAT

Rabat, Morocco's capital, rests along the shores of the Bouregreg River and the Atlantic Ocean. It is known for landmarks of both Islamic and French-colonial heritage, including the Kasbah of the Udayas: this Berber-era royal fort is surrounded by formal French-designed gardens and overlooks the ocean. The city's iconic Hassan Tower, a 12th-century minaret, soars above the ruins of a mosque.

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TINEJDAD

Tinejdad is a town in the Errachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco. According to the 2004 census it has a population of less than 10,000 people.

AGADIR

Maroc -Agadir-17122 COVER

Agadir, a city along Morocco’s southern Atlantic coast, in the foothills of the Anti-Atlas Mountains, is the capital of the Agadir-Ida Ou Tanane province. A resort destination, it is known for its golf courses, wide crescent beach and seaside promenade lined with cafes, restaurants and bars. Agadir's hilltop kasbah was destroyed in a 1960 earthquake, but its original old wall remains standing.

AOULI MIBLADEN

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Mibladen and Aouli are mining districts, famous for their vanadinite crystals. They are located about 25 km north-east of the town of Midelt.

IFRANE

Maroc -Ifrane-17131 COVER

Ifrane is a town in Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains. It is known for its alpine-style architecture and nearby ski slopes and forests. A stone statue of a lion near leafy Parc la Prairie is a well-known landmark. Just outside town, Ain Vittel is a spring with several waterfalls. To the west, Ifrane National Park, with its Atlas cedar forests, is home to rare Barbary macaques.

IMICHLIL

Maroc -Imichlil-16873 COVER

Imilchil is a small town in the Midelt Province of central Morocco, in the Atlas Mountains, with a population of less than 2000 people. It is located at an elevation of 2119 meters in the valley of Assif Melloul ("white river").

MARRAKECH

Maroc -Marrakech-16827 COVER

Marrakesh, a former imperial city in western Morocco, is a major economic center and home to ancient mosques, palaces and gardens. The medina is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating to the Berber Empire, with mazelike alleys where thriving souks (marketplaces) sell traditional textiles, pottery and jewelry. A symbol of the city, and visible for miles, is the Moorish minaret of 12th-century Koutoubia Mosque.

MERZOUGA

Maroc -Merzouga-17071 COVER

Merzouga is a small Moroccan town in the Sahara Desert, near the Algerian border. It is known as a gateway to Erg Chebbi, a huge expanse of sand dunes north of town. West of Merzouga, Dayet Srji is a seasonal salt lake (often dry in summer) that attracts a wide range of migratory and desert birds, including desert warblers, Egyptian nightjars and, occasionally, flamingos.

MOYEN ATLAS

Maroc -Mountain village-16685 COVER

The Middle Atlas is a mountain range in Morocco, with 15 percent of its landmass rising above 2,000 metres.

RABAT

Maroc -Rabat-Other pictures Rabat-6107 COVER

Rabat, Morocco's capital, rests along the shores of the Bouregreg River and the Atlantic Ocean. It is known for landmarks of both Islamic and French-colonial heritage, including the Kasbah of the Udayas: this Berber-era royal fort is surrounded by formal French-designed gardens and overlooks the ocean. The city's iconic Hassan Tower, a 12th-century minaret, soars above the ruins of a mosque.

TINEJDAD

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Tinejdad is a town in the Errachidia Province, Drâa-Tafilalet, Morocco. According to the 2004 census it has a population of less than 10,000 people.

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