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Moroccan Country Profile
The Atlantic to the west, the Mediterranean to the north, wonderful beaches, four mountain ranges with cascading waterfalls, century old cedar forests, eternal snows, immense plains flowering with orange and almond blossom, rivers that lay out a carpet of greenery to the threshold of the desert and carve out the most spectacular gorges: From the Straits of Gibraltar to Mauritania, nature has made Morocco one of the most beautiful countries in the world, the country that is a feast for all the senses.
LANGUAGE: Arabic. French widely spoken. Spanish common in north only. Berber tongues are spoken in the mountains.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS: Jan. 1 New Year's Day; March 3 Throne Day; May 1 Labor Day; July 9 Youth Festival; Nov. 6 Anniversary of the Green March; Nov. 18 Independence Day. Muslim religious holidays are observed throughout the year in various communities (dates, based on lunar calendar, vary).
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Valid passport. Nationals of most countries need no visa for stay of up to 3 months.
HEALTH: Drink bottled water only; peel fresh fruits and vegetables before eating; be sure meat and other foods are cooked thoroughly; avoid local dairy products. Some doctors and dentists speak English; French-trained doctors can be found in most cities. Bring along as much prescription medicine as will be needed for the trip.
ELECTRICITY: 110/220 volts 50 or 60 cycles AC.
TIPPING: Hotels and restaurants usually include a service charge of 15%, but it is customary to include an additional 5 dirhams per person for the waiter. Tip porters 5 dirhams per piece of luggage; tip for almost any service, no matter how small. Children expect a coin for giving directions or for having their picture taken. Negotiate taxi fares in advance; an additional tip is not necessary.
CLIMATE: Wide diversity of climate with roughly three different climatic zones. The coastal zone, extending along the north and west, has moderate summers with high humidity and little; winters are cold and rainy. In the inland mountain ranges summers are hot and dry; winters are very cold and snowy. The interior, which includes the rest of the country, has very hot and dry summers, with cold and damp winters in the northern portion. The further south, the hotter the summers (almost unbearably so) and the warmer the winters. Under the influence of the desert, temperatures can reach record highs of over 50 degrees C(122 F) in the shade.Overall, Morocco enjoys over 300 days of sun a year.
Average daily hi/lo temperature (F)- average number of days of rain
Jan 65/40- 7
Currency...Morocco dirham (MAD) 8.50=$1.00