Who hasn’t heard of the Blue Men of Atlas, or the Roman Ruins of Volubilis? Or perhaps you know about the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Fez and Marrakesh. But how much do you know about Morocco as a country? This North African country has so much more to offer than just an affordable version of Disneyworld.
If you are planning to visit this exotic destination any time soon, here are some interesting facts about this place that will come in handy when having a dinner conversation with your tour guide or other travel buddies later on.
Morocco is known as the red city
Marrakech is known as the Red City, due to its red walls and buildings made from sandstone during the 12th century. Marrakech also hosts many great tourist sites for people looking to explore Morocco's fourth-biggest city.
Morocco Is Not A Member of the African Union
Morocco was an African Union affiliate. But in 1984 the country resigned its membership from the African Union after the AU permitted a disputed area to become a member of Western Sahara. so, Morocco is the only region in Africa that does not belong to the African Union.
Morocco has been inhabited for over 90,000 years
Morocco got its independence in 1956 but before that Morocco was populated in ancient times since the Paleolithic period, often between the years 190,000 BC and 90,000 BC. It is supposed that Morocco was home to Romans, Visigoths, Vandals, and Byzantines in the ancient era.
Morocco’s official languages are Arabic and Berber
In Morocco, there are two formal languages: Arabic and Berber. However, the Berber language is a dialect with Afro-Asiatic origin from North Africa which many locals in Sahara use it. But there is also the French language that is used by one-third of the people and it's part of the school curriculum in Morocco.
Casablanca is the Largest City in Morocco
Rabat was named the capital of Morocco in 1920, but Casablanca is the largest city. It's located on the Atlantic Ocean. It also became a well-known city after Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman hit movie screens with their popular film back in 1942, Casablanca became world-famous. Besides, it's a fabulous tourist destination as well.
Morocco has 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Morocco is a rich country that has a lot of magnificent archeological attractions. It is easy to explore and see them. One of those nine UNESCO World Heritage sites is the incredible city of Menkes.
Tourism is Morocco's Second largest Industry
Morocco is a well-known attraction for many travelers around the whole world according to its fascinating attractions. At least 10 million people visit Morocco each year, mainly from Europe. The tourism industry employs about 20% of the population.
The largest Hot Desert Here In Morocco
The Sahara covers over 3 million square miles, which is a large part of 11 African countries, including much of Morocco. Camel treks are among the most popular pastimes in this region.
Moroccans living In Different Styles Houses
Most of the people in Morocco live in traditional homes called Riads. Usually, they look normal from the outside with luxurious interior design and are two floors tall with open space on the ground level.