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Most Interesting Facts about Morocco

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Delectable cuisine, colourful handicrafts, historical downtowns and vibrant culture, these are the things that Morocco has been known for.

Interesting Facts:

1. The tallest peak of North Africa is found in this country. Toubkal stands at a height of 4,167 m.

Toubkal
Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/africa/mount-toubkal-climb-atlas-mountains-marrakech-morocco-weekend-much-better-adventures-a7762896.html

2. Hey movie buffs! Guess what, the world’s second largest movie set is found in this country!

3. The world’s oldest functional university is the Univeristy of Karueein found in Morocco. It was established in Fez in the year 859 AD.

Univeristy of Karueein
Source: https://didyouknowwebsite.com/2018/01/16/did-you-know-which-university-is-the-oldest-in-the-world/

4.The national animal of the country is the Barbary Lion, a species known to look so majestic that you see why the lion is regarded as the king of the jungle!

Barbary Lion
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5. Love dates? Thank, Morocco! Listen, I’m not talking about going on a date ? I’m talking about eating dates. Morocco exports about 90,000 tons of it annually!

6. Not only that, the country is also speculated to be the largest producer of illicit hashish.

7. Casablanca’s Hassan Mosque II is the world’s 7th largest mosque in the world.

7)Casablanca’s Hassan Mosque II
Source: https://ramaarya.blog/2019/01/08/morocco-casablanca-hassan-ii-mosque/

8. Traditionally you will find the men and the women here almost always wearing the djellaba which is the unisex robe o the national costume of the country.

9. Morocco is the only African country which is not a part of the African Union.

10. It was also the first country to sign a treaty with the United States of America in the year 1786.

11. Nomophobia is the fear of not having your mobile phone. I suspect the country may have a lot of people dealing with this phobia. Okay okay, jokes aside, I only say this because the country is recorded to have more active cell phones than human beings! The population is a little around 36 million but the active cell phones are estimated to be at 44 million!

12. If you have seen pictures of Morocco, you are bound to see images of blue settlement. Interestingly, the country is found to be doused in a splash of blue in a number of places. A picture in these blue backdrops is a given if you happen to visit Morocco.

Chefchaouen
Source: https://in.pinterest.com/pin/132222939046084414/

13. In Moroccan culture, the liver, not the heart, is regarded as the symbol of the centre of love. So, wait a minute, does someone claim that “Baby, you have my liver??”. I mean if he’s talking about a piece of mutton liver, I will still deem that to be true love, otherwise I’m just confused!

14. The country in itself has varied terrains and is also bordered by Algeria and the Western Sahara to the Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta.

Trip Leader Niyati’s Recommendations:

1. How often do you get to see places that are still living in their traditional ways? The Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains have stayed true to their roots and while the rest of the country has developed, these villages still live as they did in the earlier days. You can trek through the trails of these villages for an up close and personal look.

berber village
Source: https://www.trekinmorocco.net/trip/berber-village-trek/

2. In Casablanca, you can head to the Hassan II Mosque, the Quarter Habous for shopping and to check out some old medinas too.

3. The medinas of Fez are pretty popular too. There are also old art galleries and handicraft shops to see in this imperial city. Medinas are old walled structures typical of North Africa. You will find spice markets, handicraft bazars, leather markets (very good leather!), places of worship and a taste of the local lifestyle. The Tombe de Meredini and the Bou Inania Medersa are also a splendid treat to visit, the buildings and ruins are adorned with colourful stones and styles that are trademark to the country of Morocco.

medinas of Fez
Source: https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/fez-medina-shopping-guide

4. Marrakech is the crown jewel of Moroccan tourism. You can visit Ben Yousuff Madrasa, Bahia Palace, Jardin Majorelle and El Badi Palace.

Marrakech
Source: https://in.pinterest.com/pin/249598004334741109/

5. And if you’re wondering just when and where do you get to get your must have blue click from Morocco, your wait will be over by heading to the blue village of Chefchaouen.

Read more about Chefchaouen here!

chefchaouen
Source: https://www.andrevicentegoncalves.com/shop/product-prints/doors-of-the-world-chefchaouen-morocco

6. You could hike around the Gorges of Dades to see the naturally carved geological gem of unique looking vistas.

7. And if you would like to spend sometime taking a desert safari, then the desert of Merzouga is calling out to you. From camel rides, camping, even luxury camping and just running around being silly in the sand for as far as you can see, is an experience that you’re sure to enjoy!

desert of Merzouga
Source: https://eternalarrival.com/travel-blog/africa/morocco/zagora-vs-merzouga-desert-trip-from-marrakech/

8. And if vacations are incomplete for you without visiting a waterfall then the Ouzoud Waterfall is a visit that you may want to make. Located close to the village of Tanaghmeilt, the spot also allows you to take in the sight of the Atlas Mountains.

9. While beaches are undoubtedly loved by us, the Legzira Beach is sure to garner some extra love from you on account of the distinctive arch it has standing atop the sand and often greeted by the waves. Meanwhile, the beaches of Taghazout and Essaouira are more popular with surfers.

Legzira Beach
Source: https://steemit.com/travel/@brahimafan/a-trip-to-lagzira-beach-filled-with-pictures

10. For a proper experience of the Atlas Mountains you could even trek the Jebel Toublak! Adventurers are known to hit the hill top resort of Oukaimeden in the winters for skiing and other snow sports.

How to Reach:

There are no direct flights from India to Montenegro, so, you would have to take a hopping flight via Istanbul, Cairo or Italy. In case you have a flight combination with two layovers then a stopover in Dubai is likely.

For Visa:

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