Hasn´t almost everyone shed a tear or two watching the romantic film classic, ”Casablanca”, set on Morocco´s exotic coast in 1943, starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart. That´s also a little reminder that we are not dealing with a new African travel destination here, but one that has had a long and rich shared history with Europe. Its long-standing relationship to this continent is not only because of its close geographical proximity to it, but also because of the many common interests they share.
In the 70’s and for a few more years after that, it was considered super-cool to take off for this north African oasis, especially to Casablanca, to enjoy the good life on a shoestring, or to party with the jet-set plus a whole load of other hangers-on in what perhaps might be described as a free atmosphere, in a carefree and probably often euphoric haze of hippy happiness! Today, the country is enjoying somewhat of a revival as a great destination for everyone, and remains, by and large, relatively safe and free of the security issues that have frightened tourists away from other places on the African continent.
Morocco borders both The Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean. The country´s culture is sprinkled with both Arabian, Berber and European influences. In Marrakesh, the famous medina or medieval center with its famous walls, 20 huge gates and central courtyard buzzes with life from dawn to dusk and late into the night, as traders ply their wares and buyers haggle in the traditional souks much as they have done down through the ages. Love it or hate it, it is a place like no other. Djemaa el-Fna Square never sleeps – just one place you won´t want to miss. In Morocco´s capital, Rabat, you might like to visit the Kasbah of the Udayas, built in the 12th century as a fortress that also housed a royal palace and mosque, to repel attacks by invaders from the sea. And, naturally, an excursion to the Atlas Mountains is also high on the list of “must-do´s ”. This could even be a good choice for your next ski vacation in the winter months – “alpine” skiing they call it! Toubkal National Park. At 4,167 metres (13,671 ft), Toubkal it is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco, North Africa and the Arab World. That beats the Alps too.
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