Morocco's name in Arabic is: al-al Mamlakah - Maghrebia, which means the Kingdom of Morocco. The Maghreb word simply means: the place where the sun sets. Morocco is located in the extreme west of North Africa, a modern Muslim kingdom, it is one of the best tourism destinations. Morocco has international borders with Algeria, Spain and Mauritania. The sea offers north and west of Morocco a natural boundary. In the south and east are the desert and the mountains that form the borders, particularly with Algeria. Geographically, Morocco is devided into five parts: the costs, the cities and plains, the Rif and Atlas mountains and the desert. Morocco now is divided into 16 regions like: Sous Massa Draa, Tensift Al Haouz, Meknes Tafilalt...Etc. Every town in Morocco revolves, in one way or another, around its market which is the heart of all Moroccan cities. Fes El Bali and the medina of Marrakech are virtually all market with the exception of the monuments, the craftsmen and artisans like : Medrasas, Palaces, ELhaddadin, Semmarine, Elaattarine...Etc. Other Moroccan cities that have the markets are Casablanca with Central market, Meknes market which is close to El-Hedim square, Essaouira is different than the other Moroccan cities while talking markets, the alleyways that starts from la Place Moulay Al Hassan to Bab Marrakech, compromise crafts of the thya wood, carpets and Babouches.
Morocco Tours, Cities & Highlights:
Tangier : This city has a culture distinct from any other Moroccan town, thanks’ to its long contact with Europe. Tangier was an international zone with its own laws and administration under a group of European legations at the time of colonialism. Tangier was a home for not only Spanish and European exiles, expatriates and refugees but also for some writers like the American novelist Paul Bowles, Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs who spent almost a decade of 1950’sin Tangier. Unlike the other crowded Moroccan cities, Tangier is still easy to find your way, It is divided into two main parts: The new city or Ville Nouvelle, which was built by many European colonizers and the medina which is the orginal and root of Moroccan town. From Tangier a visitor can easily reach the most popular destination of the north via Tetouan, the city of Chefchouen or Chouen in the past, a mountain town. To the south from Tangier and Chaouen, is the terminus of railway lines To major Moroccan cities: Fes, Casablanca and Marrakech. Other small cities in the area are : Asilah and Larache know for its Carthaginian-Roman site of Lixus.
Casablanca : Morocco’s economical capital and the principal city, Casablanca is also the largest Moroccan city by any standards ( around 4M inhabitants) , it is the most modern and Europeanized city. Most of Casablanca streets and avenues are designed by French architects at the time of France protectorate.