Morocco has been mythologized for good reason. Travelers extol the country’s unique living history, its shimmering light and its extraordinary art. Morocco is the ideal African starting point for travelers as it is an easy hop from Europe, it is friendly and stimulating as well. Open-air markets throughout the country are piled high with rugs, woodwork, jewelry and leather – said to be the softest in the world. Morocco’s image is slowly shifting. The old romantic notions of a conservative nation steeped in Islamic and feudal history now clangs with a contemporary reality. The medieval labyrinthine medinas of Marrakesh are what Morocco is all about for many, but don’t be surprised by the increasing technological advances that are slowly coming Morocco. If you’re looking for more Moroccan cities to visit, check out Casablanca, Fes and Rabat.

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