Morocco is a country located in North Africa that has a coastline in the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Morocco gained independence from Western Sahara in 1973. It has borders with Algeria to the east and the Spanish territories of North Africa from Ceuta and Melilla on the northern coast of the Mediterranean.
On the ethnic level, Morocco is mainly composed of Arabs and Berbers. A considerable number of Berbers live mainly in the mountainous areas of the country, long areas of refuge where they have preserved their language and culture. Some sections of the populace are offspring of refugees from Spain and Portugal who escaped the Re conquista, the Christian re conquest of the Iberian Peninsula, that lasted until the 15th century. Morocco’s long struggle for the independence of France ended in 1956.
Dates of Ramadan
April 24 – May 23, 2020 (1441 H)
The exact dates depend on local astronomical observations and vary from country to country.
Ramadan ends with the multi-day Eid ul-Fitr festival.
The most important month of the Moroccan calendar is the month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast during the day and break the fast at sunset. Most restaurants are closed for lunch (except for those specifically for tourists) and things usually slow down. Traveling during this time is quite possible, and the restrictions do not apply to non-Muslims, but it is respectful to abstain from eating, drinking or smoking in public during the fast. However, outside the “trap” areas for tourists, it can be difficult to find food all day long. Surprisingly, this applies even to cities like Casablanca. At the end of the month, it is a holiday of Eid al-Fitr; almost everything is closed for a week and transportation is complete when everyone comes home.
A street scene in Marrakech: entry of a mosque, the arrow indicates directions indicating separate entrances for men and women
Rabat – the capital of Morocco; Very relaxed and simple, highlights the tower and minaret of the twelfth century.
Casablanca: This modern seaside town is a starting point for visitors traveling to the country. If you have time, the historic medina and the contemporary mosque (the third largest in the world) deserve an afternoon.
Fez – Fez is the ancient capital of Morocco and one of the largest and oldest medieval cities in the world.
Marrakech (Marrakech) – Marrakech is a perfect combination of old and new Morocco. Plan to spend at least a few days walking through the vast maze of souks and ruins of the medina. You can not miss the big square of Djeema El Fna at dusk, although the large number and concentration of tourists can be intimidating for some.
Meknes: a quiet city that offers a well deserved rest against the crowds of tourists from the nearby city of Fez. It used to be an imperial capital and has retained its vast walls and a smaller “old town” but similar to that of Fez. There are several vineyards around Meknes.
Ouarzazate: Careful as the capital of the south, Ouarzazate is a good example of protection and tourism that has not destroyed the feeling of a fantastic and ancient city.
Tangier: Tangier is the initial point for most visitors arriving via ferry from Spain. An enigmatic charm it contains always intent many performers (Matisse), musicians (Hendrix), politicians (Churchill), writers (Burroughs, Twain) and others (Malcolm Forbes).
Entry without a visa
All visitors to Morocco must have a valid passport, but visitors from the following countries are exempt from visa for 90 days unless otherwise stated:
Member Countries of Schengen, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Chile, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Czech Republic, Republic of Congo, Guinea, Hong Kong (30 days), Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Libya, Macao, Mali, Malaysia (newly signed July 19, 2017) Mexico, New Zealand, Niger, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore (30 days), South Korea, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela