Get ready to be wowed by the mesmerizing country of Morocco!
From its vibrant markets and stunning architecture to its rich history and unique cultural traditions, Morocco is a treasure trove of fascinating facts. Be ready to be wowed by the most fun and amazing facts about this North African gem.
From its aromatic mint tea to its notorious spice markets, we guarantee that you'll learn something new and be left with a greater appreciation for all that Morocco has to offer. So sit back, grab a cup of tea, and let's dive into the wonders of Morocco!
Did you know that Morocco is the only country with a reigning monarch in North Africa?
Yup, that's right!
The kingdom is ruled by a royal highness, King Mohammed VI, who sits on the throne as the head honcho of this stunning country. The royal highness who has been ruling over the kingdom for over two decades now. The King is married to Princess Lalla Salma and has two adorable little princes, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan and Prince Moulay Rachid.
The two official languages are Standard Arabic and Standard Moroccan Berber. These indigenous people of Morocco have been around for centuries and have a rich cultural heritage.
Not only that but the Berber language, Tamazight, is one of the oldest languages in the world
Morocco has 4 imperial cities. Let's start with the bustling city of Rabat, the current capital of Morocco and home to the Royal Palace. Next, we have the gorgeous city of Fez, a city so rich in history that you'll feel like you've stepped back in time.
Moving on, we have the exotic city of Marrakesh, a city so colourful and lively that it'll leave you breathless.
Last but not least, we have the stunning city of Meknes, a city known for its impressive architecture and rich cultural heritage.
We visit all these imperial cities in the 193 Little Adventures Club Morocco pack.
Have you heard of the largest and one of the oldest tanneries in the world? Well, buckle up because it's located right in the heart of the stunning city of Fez, Morocco! The Chaouwara Tanneries have been in operation since the 9th century and are a true testament to Morocco's rich cultural heritage and mastery of leather production.
The tanneries are a truly unique experience, as workers use natural materials and techniques passed down from generation to generation to produce the softest and most luxurious leather. From leather bags, shoes, and jackets to home deco
The Erfoud Date Festival in Morocco is a three-day carnival that celebrates the sweetest and juiciest fruit in the land - dates!
This festival is a feast for all the senses, from the delicious aroma of fresh dates to the vibrant sounds of traditional music and dance. But that's not all, the festival also features camel races, henna tattoos, and even a Miss Date competition!
The fennec fox, native to the Sahara desert in Morocco and the surrounding regions, is a tiny but mighty bundle of fluff and fun.
Did you know that the fennec fox is the smallest species of fox in the world? Don't be fooled by its big, fluffy ears, adorable face, and playful personality. The fennec fox is a master of survival in the harsh desert environment.
It has adapted to the desert's extreme temperatures by developing large ears that help regulate its body temperature and sharp hearing that helps it locate prey at night.
Marrakesh, also known as the "Red City", is a vibrant and colourful city that will leave you spellbound. The city is a true feast for the senses, from the bustling markets with their vibrant colours and scents to the peaceful gardens and courtyards that provide a serene escape from the chaos of the city.
But that's not all, Marrakesh is also known for its rich cultural heritage and is home to some of Morocco's most iconic landmarks, including the Koutoubia Mosque and the Saadian Tombs.
Moroccan tree goats, also known as argan goats, are famous for their ability to climb trees in search of the delicious and nutritious argan nuts.
These goats are an important part of Morocco's cultural heritage and are even thought to have inspired the legend of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and fertility, who was said to have been raised by goats.
But that's not all, the goats' love of argan nuts also plays a crucial role in the production of argan oil, a versatile and healthy oil used in cooking and beauty products.
The Barbary Lion, also known as the Atlas Lion, was once the ruler of the wilds in Morocco. But sadly, the last recorded Barbary Lion was shot in 1942, and it's now only found in breeding programs in zoos.
They hope to be able to re-introduce the lions back into the wild in the future.
Did you know that the gorgeous Rosa Damascena flowers are grown and harvested in the valleys of Morocco's Atlas Mountains?
These delicate and fragrant blooms are the key ingredient in the production of rose oil, a highly valued component in perfumes, cosmetics, and traditional medicines.
But it's not just the fragrance that makes these flowers so special, the harvesting process is a true labor of love. The flowers are hand-picked in the early morning hours to ensure that the oil produced is of the highest quality.
From the rolling sand dunes of the Sahara Desert to the bustling markets of Marrakesh, Morocco has been a popular destination for filmmakers looking for a unique and visually stunning location.
Some of the most famous movies filmed in Morocco include "Lawrence of Arabia," "Gladiator," "The Mummy," "Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation", "Spectre" and "Redemption Day."
The world's largest conveyor belt, is located in Morocco! This massive machine stretches over 60 miles and is used to transport phosphate from the mines to the coastal city of Jorf Lasfar. But here's the real kicker, this conveyor belt is so big that it can be seen from space!
The Al Quaraouiyine Library, located in the city of Fes, is a true testament to the love of learning and knowledge.
Founded in 859 AD, this historic library has been preserving books and manuscripts for over 1,000 years. With thousands of ancient texts on everything from mathematics and science to philosophy and literature, this library is a treasure trove of knowledge.
And here's the best part, the library is still in use today, with students and scholars coming from all over the world to study and explore its vast collections.
The Al Quaraouiyine University is home to the oldest library. They has been imparting knowledge for over 1,000 years, making it a true testament to the power of education.
With students from all over the world, this historic university offers a diverse range of programs and disciplines, from theology and law to medicine and literature. And here's the best part, the university is still in operation today
That's right, the Morocco is home to Africa's highest ski resort, perched atop the towering Atlas Mountains.
Imagine carving your way down snow-covered slopes, surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. This ski resort, located in the city of Oukaimeden, offers skiers and snowboarders a true winter wonderland experience, with ski runs for all levels and breathtaking views from the summit.
But that's not all, the resort is also a hub for adventure, offering activities like snowshoeing, ice climbing, and sledding.
Who knew that the symbol of love could be so, well, liverly?
That's right, in Morocco, the symbol of love isn't the heart, but the liver! This unique and fascinating aspect of Moroccan culture has a rich history and is steeped in tradition.
The idea behind it is that a person's liver, not their heart, is the source of their emotions and passions. This means that when someone says "I love you," they're really saying "I love your liver."
Dive into a world of fun and adventure with the largest swimming pool in the world - the Orthlieb Pool in Casablanca, Morocco!
This magnificent pool is a staggering 480 meters long and 75 meters wide, making it an aquatic paradise for swimmers and sunbathers alike. With a total area of 3.6 hectares, there's plenty of room for everyone to make a splash, whether you're a serious swimmer, a leisurely lounger, or just looking for a fun day out with friends and family.
Don't love chlorine? No problem, it's a seawater pool, so you can enjoy the cool, refreshing waters of the ocean without ever leaving the pool or worrying about sharks!
Did you know that in Morocco, tea is not just a simple beverage, but a symbol of sharing, respect, and hospitality?
And in a tribute to this rich cultural tradition, the family business Sultan Tea has made a steep statement by crafting the largest teapot in the world, towering at a mighty 4 meters (13 ft 1 in) tall and 2.58 meters (8 ft 5 in) wide.
You will need a lot of biscuits to go with that!
Every June, the Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival takes place in the idyllic village of Joujouka, nestled in the Rif Mountains of northern Morocco.
This three-day musical extravaganza has been enchanting audiences since 2008, with a lucky few invited guests (strictly limited to 50) having the privilege of experiencing the Masters play their unique brand of Sufi trance music.
With over a thousand years of history, this music has been used for healing "disturbed minds" and is at the heart of their tight-knit community.
Visitors are treated like royalty, with the Masters hosting them in their own homes, providing food and drink throughout the festival.
Why not learn more about this fascinating country with the 193 Little Adventures Pack to Morocco.
Join Hana and Diego as they take a tour of the country. Packed with lots of fun activities for kids aged 3-9 both you and the kids will love learning about this amazing country!
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