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Morocco Cruises

A Morocco cruise is your chance to see the Mediterranean from a different perspective, as this spellbinding Arabic country sits right on the Med’s sunny, southern shore. 

Morocco's history reaches back further than most to potentially around 190,000 BC in the Paleolithic era, when its landscape was more fertile than it is today. Islamic conquest in the seventh century, followed by Berber rule in the 11th century, set the stage for its modern-day official languages of Arabic and Berber, although several European languages are now spoken quite widely too.

In every town or city you’ll see a mosque, with the standard beautiful domed roof and minarets standing tall. Souks are the usual way to shop here, with many a tourist enjoying a haggle to get their hands on a treasure or two. Hammams (the bath houses) are a traditional pastime and the food here is totally unique – so it's a great place to indulge yourself.  

Top 5 interesting facts

  • In Arabic, Morocco is al-Mamlakah al-Maghribiyah, meaning ‘Western Kingdom’
  • The English name 'Morocco' comes from the Berber Mur N Akush
  • People have lived here since between 100,000 and 200,000 BC
  • Morocco is only 9 miles from Europe at the Strait of Gibraltar
  • Morocco's national animal, the Barbary lion, is extinct in the wild
 

Highlights

Tangier

Cruises to Morocco typically include a stop at the port city of Tangier, the so-called 'Gateway to Africa'. The eighth-century medina of Tétouan, reached easily from Tangier, gives visitors a unique insight into life in ancient Morocco. This is a charismatic place full of winding streets, mysterious doorways and imposing riads. Rightly deserving of its UNESCO World Heritage status, Tétouan is relatively unknown by tourists and, as such, retains an air of authenticity. 

Famous ports

The famous Atlantic port of Casablanca is one of the world's largest man-made ports and immortalised in the 1942 movie of the same name. There’s a pleasant and well-preserved medina here but the real gem is downtown Caza (as it’s known to locals), the art-deco centre of the city. Reminiscent of 1930s Paris – classic and undeniably chic – highlights include Boulevard Mohammed V, the palm-lined main street, and Cinema Rialto, recently restored to its glory days. You can almost hear Bogart tinkling the ivories on the big screen inside! 

Further down the coast past Marrakesh, you’ll reach Agadir and the chance to really relax on a five-mile beach, or even take a camel ride along the sands.

 

Food

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Morocco’s cuisine is a true reflection of its culture – traditional, vibrant and diverse. Moroccans love spice and it’s in everything from breakfast dishes to desserts. Traditional chicken and beef dishes such as djej mqualli stew and merguez sausages are richly seasoned with spices (some home-grown like saffron and mint, while others, like paprika, are imported), and finished with local ingredients, including citrus and olives.

Visitors to Morocco will enjoy a taste of its national dish, tagine, a stew cooked over hot coals, and named after the earthen dish in which it’s prepared. The pot itself is a shallow dish with a tall cone-shaped lid, which helps to gather the steam and condense it back into liquid form, and so keeps the stew moist during its long cooking time. Any lamb dish is worth a try if you get the chance. Local breeds have quite a different flavour than those of Western Europe, making it a truly original experience.

 

Ports in the country

 

Cruises visiting Morocco

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