Kingdom of Morocco | المملكة المغربية
Morocco uses all of its perks to its advantage – from its proximity to Europe to its rich diversity to the prime real estate (3500 km) that it owns along both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
Morocco is just a stone’s throw away from Europe (just a 30-minute ferry ride from Spain), but it still stirs up strong feelings of its exotic nature and Old World mystery for traveling Westerners. And being located at the northwestern corner of Africa, it is a perfect way for such travelers to dip their feet into the further wonders of the African continent.
Morocco, or Maroc to the locals, is no stranger to tourism. The country gets visitors seeking all sorts of activities and things, from art and culture, to historical revelations, to even spiritual respite.
For those loving art, culture, and architecture, Morocco’s got it. At Meknès, an 11th-century town, the ruins and structures are sure to astound. Also there, visit the ethnographic museum, Dar Jamaï, an Arabo-Andalusian architectural marvel that displays very good examples of Moroccan craftsmanship. In Rabat, one of CNN’s 2013 places to see, check out the Museum of Moroccan Art (formerly the Oudaïa Museum).
Other sites to visit in Morocco include the Atlas Mountains, Tangier’s Malabata Coast, the Koutoubia Mosque, and the walls and ruins of Essaouira, among so much more.
Morocco Travel Information & Key Points
General points to know about the country of Morocco – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.
Largest City: Casablanca
Population: 36 million (2020 estimate)
Language(s): Arabic, Berber
Monarch: King Mohammed VI
Prime Minister: Saadeddine Othmani
Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
Area: 710,850 km2 (274,460 mi2)
Dialing Code: +212
Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time “GMT” (UTC+0), DST/Summer Time: (UTC+1)
Demonym: Moroccan (what is a demonym?)
Endonym: المغرب (al-Maġrib) (their name for their country)
Emergency Number: 19 for police, 15 for fire & ambulance
Drinking Age: 16
Smoking Age: 16
Age of Consent: 15
Drives on the: Right
Electricity & Adapter: 220 V, 50 Hz, Plug Types C / E (define)
ISO Country Code: MA