History of Morocco
Although only a short distance from Spain ( just half hour by ferry from Tangier Morocco), the ancient kingdom of Morocco feels very distant. As historic gateway to Africa it occupies a unique position. Justifiably proud of its fierce independence, its history is one that has seen it both as conquered and conqueror. Settled by the Berbers thousands of years ago and invaded by Roman, Islamic and European armies, Morocco has remained resilient throughout.
The Carthaginians were an early influence followed swiftly by the Romans. Both were fairly easily shrugged off by the Berbers( known as Imazighn which means free poeple and they are an indigenous inhabitants of Morocco and North Africa) . More lasting was the legacy which followed the Arab conquest of Morocco that began in 681AD. As the Islamic empire in North Africa fragmented a degree of national unity followed. Morocco was ruled by independent Kings from 788AD, and expansion into Spain followed. They pushed themselves too far too fast, collapsed and became prey to European territorial ambition.
Today’s King hails from the Alawite dynasty, which took power in 1666. They successfully resisted the Ottoman Empire’s attempts to swallow it up, but succumbed to French rule in 1912 – albeit as a protectorate rather than a colony. French control was never going to be tolerated for long under the rule of Mohammed V (1927-1961), who having skilfully avoided major conflict established independence in 1956.
Mohammed VI ibn al-Hassan (better known as King Mohammed VI) the current monarch, acceded in 1999 and continues to modernise the country while preserving its heritage, in a way that hopefully will allow it to continue to remain free of the problems afflicting its neighbours.
Highlights of Morocco
If you want to hit Morocco’s highlights, this is your adventure. Wander through kasbahs, spice markets, and cities pulsing with energy on this comprehensive trip. our private tour or shared group tour start from everywhere in MOROCCO, but most of travellers start their sahara desert tour from Marrakech or Fes mainly due its background history .Sahara desert is the highlight of Morocco where you can an experience of lifetime in the sand dunes of the Sahara Desert , Climb onto a camel and explore the edge of the Sahara desert and its golden sand dunes , Watch the sunrise and the sunset from the top of sand dune of Erg Chebbi sahara desert before returning to Merzouga ,be treated to some traditional berber music on the drums,Then take a moment to appreciate this amazing adventure as you camp under the stars among some of the world’s biggest sand dunes. admiring the views from the heights of the Atlas Mountains. Experience the energy of imperial cities as you explore souks stuffed with exotic wares.
In case you don’t have enough time to tour the whole of Morocco, then our Day Trips From Marrakech to Essaouira or Ouzoud Waterfalls or Atlas Mountain and Ait Benhaddou are perfect if you prefer an Excursion or relaxing holiday with some casual site seeing, as the Marrakech guided tour is a mix of culture, history and outdoor adventure.