Morocco is an exotic country located in Northern Africa, just a short ferry ride from Southern Spain. Its cultural diversity and richness make it an interesting and exciting place to visit. The influence of African, Mediterranean, Christian, and Islamic traditions can be seen in the arts, language, cuisine, and architecture of Morocco.
The people of Morocco are mainly Arabs and Berbers. They speak Arabic as the official language of the country and many of them also speak Berber languages, especially in rural areas. French is also spoken by many as a second language, and in the cities and tourist areas, you will also find English speakers.
Moroccan people are traditionally very friendly and welcoming, they are well-known for their warmth, hospitality and accommodating natures – it is a traditional part of the Moroccan culture.
The cuisine of Morocco is famous for its incredible use of spices and sauces and it is mainly Berber, Moorish, European, and Mediterranean influenced cuisine. The most famous delicious Moroccan dishes are Couscous, Pastilla, Tajine, and Harira, and the ever present drink is green tea with mint.
The architecture and variety of arts can be seen everywhere you go in Morocco – from the beautiful carpets on the floors to the colourful fabrics, the hand-decorated ceramic ware, the detailed metalwork, and of course the traditional tile work on every fountain, floor, and set of stairs. Anyone with an appreciation of the beauty and skilled work of these kinds of fine artisanal wares will be in heaven in Morocco!
Festivals are also part of the culture of Morocco and most of them are sacred to the popular traditions and arts of Morocco. Some of the major festivals that showcase the culture of Morocco include – the Festival of Amazigh Film, the Gnaoua World Music Festival, Festival of Asilah, National Festival of Popular Arts, Fantasias festival, and the World Sacred Music Festival. When you listen to the rhythms of Moroccan music like the stirring Andalusian Music and Berber Music you will feel transported to another land.
The many museums will offer you a lot of information on the cultural history of Morocco. Some of the major museums are: The Oudaya museum in Rabat, the Batha museum in Fez, the Dar el Jami museum in Meknes, the Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah museum in Essaouira, and the Dar Si Said museum in Marrakech.
Moroccan culture is varied and there are a lot of cities and regional areas in the country which offer you a chance to get to know it and understand it as you travel around.
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