Because it is only 14 kilometers across the Strait of Gibraltar, Morocco is often referred to as Europe’s gateway to Africa. Because of its proximity to Europe, the country has grown in popularity as an expat destination in recent years. Morocco has become a popular destination for expats to call home, especially Casablanca, Fes, Marrakech, Rabat, and Tangier. Morocco provides expatriates with an old-world lifestyle in a politically secure and stable country. Whether you’re planning on moving to this Kingdom for work or retirement, or just to visit one of the luxury resorts in Morocco there are plenty of reasons to consider it.
It has mountains, deserts, and beaches, so you should find something that suits your preferences in Morocco. There are numerous waterfalls, rivers, and hiking and bike trails in the Atlas Mountains. If the desert appeals to you, camel rides, dune boarding, and ATV journeys are available in the Moroccan area of the Sahara. Head to the Mediterranean coast if you want to spend some time at the Morocco resorts on the beach. The beaches in Morocco are pristine, and the pure water makes swimming a pleasure. Windsurfing and fishing are also popular activities along the coast.
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Here’s a quick rundown of some of Morocco’s top expat destinations.
Located along the Atlantic Ocean and the Bouregreg River, Rabat is the capital of the country. International restaurants, beautiful beaches, palm-lined streets, and the historic coastal kasbah from the 12th century can all be found in the city. Rabat’s newer areas are rather lovely, and foreigners go there in droves. Rabat’s attractive twin city Salé, which acts as a commuter town for the capital city, is situated across the lagoon.
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When you see Fes for the first time, you’ll feel as if you’ve traveled back in time. The city has the world’s largest car-free urban center as well as the world’s oldest university, having been founded in the late 9th century. The city’s oldest neighborhood is Fes el-Bali. Old-world architecture and typical Arabic markets make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Through the narrow streets which lead to ornate fountains and picturesque squares, donkeys are still used to move products.
With a population of almost five million people, Casablanca is Morocco’s most populous metropolis. Beautiful Mauresque structures may be found in the city’s downtown area, demonstrating the influence of French colonialism on typical Moroccan architecture. With tree-lined squares, exquisite arcades, clean lanes, and stylish buildings, the Quartier Habous in Casablanca’s south-eastern section is one of the city’s most picturesque regions. Ain Diab, a coastal suburb with a unique European urban influence, has attracted a large number of expats.
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Marrakesh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is nestled at the edge of the Sahara, beneath the slopes of the Atlas Mountains. Food vendors, snake charmers, storytellers, and musicians may be found in Djemaa el-Fna, the “heart of the city.” In comparison to the neighboring French-colonial residential neighborhoods, the antique walled marketplace stands out. Trendy boutiques, numerous cafés providing wonderful coffee, attractive boulevards, and public gardens characterize modern-day Marrakesh. Some of the best accommodations in Morocco can be found in this city.
Tangier is located near Morocco’s northernmost point, and from the city’s shoreline, you can see Europe across the Strait of Gibraltar. Many celebrities, like Mick Jagger, have made Tangier their favorite destination. To make the city more of a tourist destination, the city is spending substantially on new five-star hotels in Morocco, a new marina, and new port infrastructure. You will still find traces of its fascinating history if you venture away from the more touristy areas and into the old town area. Merchants selling antiques, ceramics, mosaic tables, and Berber carpets can be found as you meander through the maze of streets.
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