It may only be a 45 minute ferry away from Spain, but on arrival you instantly feel you’ve arrived somewhere new and exotic. There are modern coastal cities such as the capital Rabat and near-by Casablanca that feel more cosmopolitan than other more traditional cities such as medieval Fez, the breath-taking Chefchaouen and the popular resort town of Essaouira. Of course no trip to Morocco is complete without a trip to Jemaa El Fna and exploring the winding alleyways of Marrakesh…Then there is the desolate beauty of the Atlas Mountains and the barren Sahara Dessert to the east. 

Ethnically speaking, Morocco is composed mainly of Arabs and Berbers or a mixture of the two. Sizeable numbers of Berbers live mainly in the country’s mountainous regions, long areas of refuge where they have preserved their language and culture. 

Morocco's long struggle for independence from France ended in 1956 although its legacy lives on with nearly every educated Moroccan being able to speak French. Morocco annexed much of the Western Sahara, a former territory of Spain, in 1975 with the official standing of the area still not fully resolved.

The major resources of the Moroccan economy are agriculture, phosphates, tourism and textiles, but above all the diversity and people of Morocco make it a must see destination! - Adapted from Wikitravel.

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Little and lasting is better than much and passing. -- Moroccan Proverb