Westerners have been fascinated by Morocco since the middle of the 19th century. The country's vivid colors, dramatic light, and sensuous labyrinthine medinas drew painters; its exotic culture drew a generation of Anglophone writers in the first half of the 20th century who thought that Morocco was a land of illicit pleasures and dubious mores. From the southern deserts to the Atlas Mountains to the wave-swept Atlantic coast, Morocco continues to draw travelers to increasingly sophisticated hotels and resorts who want a taste of the Maghreb.

Morocco has a mix of climates, however generally it is Mediterranean, warm on the coast, continental in the interior, and arid in the south. It is sunny most of the year, although temperatures may drop quite considerably at night.

Morocco has a Northern coast, with mountainous interiors of bordering plateaus, valleys, and rich coastal plains.

Major Holidays & Events
Muharram 1 Muslim New Year
Shawwal 1 Eid ul-Fitr
January 1 New Year's Day
January 11 Proclamation of Independence
May 1 Labour day
July 30 Enthronement
August 14 Oued Ed-Dahab Day
August 20 Revolution of the King and the People
August 21 Youth Day/Birthday of King Mohammed VI
November 6 Green March
November 18 Independence Day/Morocco's National day

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