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Kingdom of Morocco


Country profile:

Location: North Africa.
Borders: Western Sahara, Algeria, Spain.
Capital: Rabat.
Area: 710,850 km2.
Population: 33,848,242.
Currency: Moroccan Dirham MAD.
Independence from France: year 1956.

Travel articles about Morocco

Erg Chebbi Dunes in Sahara Desert – Morocco

Erg Chebbi Dunes Erg Chebbi Dunes are a stunning part of Sahara Desert, on the southeastern part of Morocco, close to the Algerian border. This incredible sea of sand is the ideal place for a couple of days enjoying one of the best holiday destinations in Morocco. Explore the dunes and admire a beautiful sunrise or sunset over the horizon. “Having a surprising orange hue, the Erg Chebbi Dunes are one of the most beautiful places in Africa.” Challenge yourself to climb the 250 m / 810 ft “Grand Dune” near Merzouga village. The serene warm wind will welcome you. The vistas are breathtaking and worth…

Nomads, Tombs and Petroglyphs – Jebel Adad in Ouarzazate, Morocco

Ouarzazate is a famous south Moroccan destination. Often called as the “The door of the desert,” Ouarzazate is the starting point for several desert tours, the route of the 1001 Kasbahs, the Rose Valley and the UNESCO site of the Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou. The region around Ouarzazate offers lush landscapes with villages camouflaged in the arid scenery of the mountains and with hidden oasis covered with palm trees. Seven months per year, Ouarzazate is surrounded by the 4000 m / 13123 ft High Atlas snowy mountains. The uniqueness of its landscape provided the backdrop for many films, some of them historical as Lawrence of Arabia, The…

Magic Colors of Chefchaouen – The blue city of Morocco

Chefchaouen – the Blue City of Morocco. Somehow, this blue painted old city stands out with a peculiar charm. Chefchaouen is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque and photogenic cities in Morocco. The name comes from the Berber word Achawen, “horns,” because of the mountain peaks that dominate and surround the city. On this page, I selected some beautiful photos of Chefchaouen. I hope you enjoy this photo essay. Photos of Chefchaouen – Northern Morocco Chefchaouen was founded back in 1471 and hosted a population composed mainly of Andalusian Moors. There’s a small fortress called La Kasbah that was built to fight the Portuguese invasions of…

Djemaa El-Fna Marrakesh – Insanity Beyond Expectations

Marrakesh is a fascinating city. Founded back in 1071 by the Berber Almoravid Sultan Youssef Ibn Tachfine, Marrakesh has one of the most chaotic urban environments on the planet. I lived there for one year and have been visiting it for several times since 2001. Many people tell me they didn’t enjoy Marrakesh because it’s too touristic and that Djemaa El Fna Square is just made up to get money out of visitors. On this page, I’ll try to demystify this amazing square and tell you some curious facts to make you understand its history, so that you will appreciate it differently. INDEX: Djemaa El Fna…

Nomads of Morocco – High Atlas Mountains nomadic life

In a far region of the High Atlas Mountains, land of the Ait Hdiddou tribes, many nomads live in the fertile valleys. Spread out in the vast mountains, thousands of nomads live freely like they did centuries ago. The unchangeable Amazigh (Berber) culture is preserved due to the geographically isolated position where this place is located. Daily life is based on survival. With extreme weather conditions – harsh snowy winters and low temperatures of -4º F / -20º C, and hot summers with temperatures of 86º F / 30º C, this mountain region fertile environment gathers the perfect circumstances for nomads to herd their animals. In…

Nomads of Morocco – Sahara Desert nomadic life

Nomads of Morocco… Most part of the Kingdom is desert. Nomads can be found in most deserts of the world. In the Moroccan Sahara Desert and in the Atlas Mountains, many people still maintain their peculiar nomadic tribe way of life. • nomad a. A member of a people or tribe who move from place to place to find pasture and food; b. A person who continually moves from place to place; wanderer. This impressive yet harsh lifestyle represents one of the most interesting and extraordinary aspects of Morocco. In the desert tracks from Tafraoute Ait-Atta to Taouz, along the Algerian border, hundreds of families live…

Moped in Sahara Desert – Moroccan Motorcycle Adventure

A few years ago – when I was living in the Sahara Desert city of Erfoud, my friend Samuel Santos from the travel blog “Dobrar Fronteiras” visited me. While trying to figure out something interesting we could do, I came up with the idea of riding a motorcycle on the desert tracks – along the Algerian border. From Erfoud, we would take the tracks along the heavily armed border line between Morocco and Algeria. From the army post of Tisserdmine, we would ride all the way to Erg Chebbi Dunes to a hotel called Auberge Café du Sud. From Auberge Café du Sud, we would take…

Doors of Marrakesh, Morocco – Voyage Through Time

I love doors. When I travel, I have particular interest in doors and windows. Doors reflect not only the personality of a city, but also the personality of its residents. There’s not one door the same as the next. Marrakesh, seen through doors, takes us on a historical time journey since the city was built until modern days. The old Medina of Marrakesh showcases amazing doors, giving its labyrinth alleys a unique charisma and charm. Founded back in 1071 by the Berber Almoravid sultan Youssef Ibn Tachfine, Marrakesh was the capital of Morocco during the 12th and 13th centuries. Marrakesh was, for a long time, a…

People of Morocco – Photos of Moroccan People

People of Morocco… The other side of traveling. No monuments, no museums, no gardens or palaces. To really get to know a country, you have to interact with its people. Photography always kept my attention and I got my first SRL camera when I was 16 years old. During my Visual Arts studies at University, I decided to engage myself in a photo project to last for a few years. So, from 2001 until 2005, my main purpose of traveling was to capture images of people. I made hundreds of photos of people using my CANON EOS 1 film camera. On this page I collect some…

Cycling the Sahara Desert – Bicycle trip in Morocco

Traveling slowly, humbly and with the simple company of a bicycle can be very rewarding. A few years ago I decided on biking the Sahara Desert tracks from Erfoud all the way to Erg Chebbi Dunes. Erfoud is a Moroccan desert city where I lived during 4 years. This city is the entrance point to reach Erg Chebbi Dunes also known as Merzouga Dunes. A small section of the itinerary is done on asphalt but quickly the road changes to rough desert tracks, sand and rocks. Erg Chebbi Dunes are located on the southeastern part of Morocco just aside the Algerian border. From my house and…

Mind-blowing Sahara Desert Hotel – south Morocco

The Sahara Desert is a fantastic place. The Moroccan desert and its orange color sand dunes are one of the country’s best travel destinations. The Auberge Café du Sud is a fabulous hotel to stay while in Erg Chebbi Dunes. Regarding accommodation, this hotel in Morocco offers you exclusive luxury bivouacs in the dunes and also rooms with beautiful decoration. ❤️ Mind-blowing Sahara Desert Hotel ✅ 1- Hotel facade and main entrance ✅ 2- Swimming pool and friendly Blue Man from Sahara Desert ✅ 3- Decorated double room, Sahara Desert inspiration ✅ 4- Camel trekking in Sahara dunes ✅ 5- Tourist children birthday party ✅ 6-…

Inspiring Places to Visit in Africa – Travel Guide

Africa Travel Guide “Africa is an amazing continent to visit, the Cradle of Humankind. It has a total of 54 countries with a total population of 1.1 billion people. The most spoken languages in Africa are Arabic, Somali, Berber, Amharic, Oromo, Swahili, Hausa, Igbo, Fulani, and Yoruba.” My Top Africa Unreachable lost desert city of Timbuktu, Mali Ancient Ksar of Ait Benhaddou adobe fortified village, Morocco 4600 year old 146 m / 481 ft Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt Orange color sand dunes of Erg Chebbi, Morocco 13th century monolithic cave churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia Holy city of Harar, Ethiopia Chinguetti desert city, Mauritania 9000-year-old rock…

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HI! I'm João Leitão. Traveling independently since 1999, I explored more than 130 countries and territories in Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North & South America and Oceania. Welcome to my adventure travel blog, where I gathered useful information and inspiring narratives to motivate you to travel more. Follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest e YouTube.

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