Morocco is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the north and the Atlantic Ocean on the west. The Strait of Gibraltar, which connects the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, separates Morocco from Spain by only about 8 miles. Forested mountains stretch across the middle of the country, beyond the mountains lies the Sahara.
Morocco has more than its share of ancient monuments and magnificent buildings, reflecting a history shaped by its strategic location. Since the days of the Phoenicians, Morocco has attracted foreign interest, from the Romans, to the ancient Greeks.
Most of Morocco has two seasons, rainy and dry. The rainy season generally lasts from October or November to April or May. Nearly all the rainfall occurs in this period. Droughts sometimes occur in the dry season, from May or June to September or October. June temperatures average 91 °F (33 °C) in Marrakech and 77 °F (25 °C) in Rabat.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
POPULATION: 34.3 million
CURRENCY: Moroccan Dirham
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 127/220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +212
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +0
There is a high threat from terrorism in Morocco. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk