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Moroccans are descendants of the original Berbers, although fewer people are speaking the language.
From 1912 to 1956 Morocco was divided into French and Spanish protectorates.
The Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, on the Mediterranean coast, are within Morocco, and several small islands off the northern coast of Morocco also belong to Spain.
The south-eastern boundary of Morocco, in the Sahara Desert, is still not well defined, and since 1979 Morocco has also occupied the neighbouring country of Western Sahara.
Morocco has been influenced by several ancient cultures, and more recently by the French.
Phoenician, Hellenic, Carthaginian, and Roman civilisations all passed through Morocco.
Christianity spread here in Roman times, but after the end of Byzantine rule in the late 7th century, Arabic influences, with its written language and the religion of Islam, remained the strongest.
At the height of the Almohad Empire, Morocco embraced most of north Africa, and large areas of Spain and Portugal.
The western African influence of dance also came from the south along the trade route.
The Archaeological Museum in Tetouan portrays this colourful history in its collections of Carthaginian, Roman, and Islamic art and artefacts.
The official language of Morocco is Arabic, with French and Spanish also spoken. Less than 25 per cent of the population use Berber as their first language.


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Climate

The Moroccan coastal climate is moderate and subtropical, cooled by the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. The average temperature hovers at around 20C.
In the interior the temperatures are more extreme -- winters can be quite cold and the summers very hot. In the mountain ranges temperatures can drop to 0F and mountain peaks in both the Atlas and Rif mountain ranges are snow capped throughout most of the year.
The winter in the north of the country is wet and rainy. Winter in the south at the edge of the Moroccan Sahara is dry and bitter cold.


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Attractives

Chefchaouen, Tangier
Go and enjoy this beautiful little town in Morocco. It has a tranquil atmosphere, incredible natural beauty and virtually all the walls are blue.
Bou Attarin Medersa, Fez
If you are particularly interested in historical landmarks and ancient buildings, you can find prime examples stuck away in small alleys and streets in this area of Fez.
Windsufing, Agadir and Essaouira
If you prefer outdoor activities or simply feel like you need a little water on your skin, you should attempt this well-loved sport. These two destinations are famed for providing ideal conditions in which to windsurf.
Kasbah Glaoui, Telouet
This amazing relic conjures up images of horse mounted Arab and Berber warriors riding through plains of Telouet. It is truly inspiring and well worth a visit.
International Arts Festival, Asilah
If you are an art lover and loves shopping, you have to make a trip to Asilah during the month of August. Every year an arts festival is held here, where a riot of color and music grace your senses.
Souks, all through Morocco
Where ever you are, always take a turn towards the local souks and feast your eyes. There is so much on display here that you can literally spend hours just looking at it all. Prices are usually not too bad either.
Skiing, Ouka'meden
Skiing season is between February and April and this wonderful, unassuming resort boasts a ski lift and terrain to suit all levels and styles. If you are fond of skiing, you should definitely make a stop here.
Rock Carvings, near Ouka'meden
If ancient civilizations interest you, then no doubt you'd enjoy looking at pre-historic rock carvings of animals.
Trekking, the Atlas Mountains
Whether trekking appeals to you or not, a trek through the Atlas Mountains can leave you flabbergasted at the heavenly natural beauty of the area.
Camel Trekking, Zagora
Unless you already have an affinity for these animals, you shouldn't really try a camel trek that last longer than a day. While the experience can feel authentic and provide an interesting way to see the sights, it can also make you feel sore, tiered and nauseous. Despite these after effects, it is still well worth the effort.
Djemaa el Fna, Marrakesh
Go to this amazing city square festival to enjoy a conglomeration of acrobats, story tellers, musicians and snake charmers. Every night, people of interest get together in the city square to entertain and delight (and of course, make some money).
Cascades d'Ouzoud, Middle Atlas
One of the most magnificent places of natural beauty in Morocco. Here is a place where you can simply sit back and relax. These waterfalls still relatively un-commercialized and there are cafe's where you can buy refreshments, and camping grounds nearby.
Goats, Souss Valley - Agadir
If you want to see a truly unique and amazing sight, have a look at the goats of the Souss Valley. These goats naturally climb Argan trees in order to forage on the higher limbs. It is comical and astounding at the same time.


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