Morocco; the gateway to Africa, is a melting pot of languages, cultures with ancient traditions, as well as classic and modern architecture of French, Spanish, Arab and Berber influence which represents the country's rich and varied history.
This is a diverse country, from the Mediterranean influenced north, the coastal plains along the Atlantic coast to the west, the mighty snow-capped Atlas Mountains to the east and the sand & scrub of the Sahara Desert to the south. Here you will meet the exotic and the familiar, take in the contrast between ancient Medina and Ville Nouvelle, feel the hospitality and warmth of your hosts; all adding up to make Morocco an intense, enthralling and rewarding experience. This is a country people return to again and again.
Morocco is a large
country with a varied climate and landscape. The attraction of both
the interior cities and villages in addition to the resorts along
the coast means that Morocco is a year-round tourist
destination. There really isn't an "off" season as such,
just different tourists coming at different times with different
interests. The only time that you are going to really
find things closed in Morocco, aside from the public holidays, are
during Ramadan or other religious festivals such as Eid-Fitr (just
after Ramadan) and Eid Kbir.
Morocco's climate is very diverse, varying with the season and region. In general the country has a tropical climate, with temperatures reaching as high as 35°C (95°F) and as low as 5°C (41°F) in the Sahara. The coast has a warm, Mediterranean climate tempered on the eastern coast by southwest trade winds whilst inland areas have a hotter, drier, continental climate. In the south of the country, the weather is very hot and dry throughout most of the year, though temperatures can drop dramatically at night; especially in the months of December and January.
The Kingdom of Morocco is the most westerly of the North African countries known as the Maghreb - "the West". It has Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, a rugged mountain interior and a history of independence not shared by its neighbours. The culture is a blend of Arab, Berber, European and African influences.
Morocco was a French protectorate between 1912 and 1956. Since independence, Morocco has remained relatively stable and wields significant influence in both Africa and the Arab world. In 1975, Morocco annexed the former Spanish colony of Western Sahara. Since then it has been the subject of a long-running territorial dispute between Morocco and its indigenous Sahrawi people, led by the Polisario Front.