Morocco is one of the most diverse countries in Africa, with high mountains, sweeping desert, rugged coastline, and the winding alleyways of ancient medina cities and souqs. It is one of only three countries to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Its political capital is Rabat, although the largest city is Casablanca.
Morocco has become a major player in the African economic affairs, and is the 5th African economy by GDP. Morocco was ranked the 1st African country by the Economist Intelligence Unit quality-of-life index, ahead of South Africa. The major resources of the Moroccan economy are agriculture, phosphates, tourism and textiles.
A historically prominent regional power, Morocco has a history of independence not shared by its neighbours. Its distinct culture is a blend of Arab, indigenous Berber, Sub-Saharan African, and European influences. From Saharan dunes to the peaks of the High Atlas, Morocco could have been tailor-made for tourists. Lyrical landscapes carpet this sublime slice of North Africa like the richly coloured and patterned rugs you’ll lust after in local cooperatives. The mountains not just the famous High Atlas but also the Rif and suntanned ranges leading to Saharan oases, offer simple, breathtaking pleasures. On lower ground, there are rugged coastlines, waterfalls and caves in forested hills, and the mighty desert.
Moroccan culture can be an exiting and worldly experience. The people are friendly and the place is colorful. Hospitality is really a part of their culture so you can strike up friendships virtually anywhere if you have the right attitude. Usually this results in further association with these dynamic and interesting people and a real taste of Moroccan life.