Morocco – 136th Country. To see where I have been so far, check out my map as I count down the final 93 countries on the road to all 193 UN countries. Morocco is my 136th country.
Islam and Arabic swept into Morocco in the 7th century in this North African state, which borders both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. In 788 AD, Idris I convinced local Berber tribes to break with the Caliphate in Baghdad, and he is considered the founder of Moroccan state. Morocco, in the early 20th century, was carved up by both France and Spain. And Morocco then gained its independence in 1955. Since 1999, King Mohammed VI has ruled Morocco as a constitutional monarchy. This nation is populated by 35 million souls with approximately 99% practicing Islam.
Morocco has been on my travel list for years, and I finally arrived via a land crossing from Mauritania to Morocco in 2019. I spent my first two nights in Dakhla, the second largest city in Western Sahara, a disputed region under the control of Morocco. The next 11 days saw me visit some of the well-known highlights of Morocco, Marrakech, Fez, Chefchaouen, and Rabat. Despite being very touristy, none of these places disappointed.
Morocco – 136th Country