If you are looking for a country full of culture, delicious foods, and landscapes from mountains to beaches, moving to Morocco might be right for you.
Morocco is a small country of nearly 38 million people in North Africa. It is bordered by both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, giving it 1,200 miles of coastline. Further inland, Morrocco boasts mountains, deserts, valleys, and lush forests.
If this sounds appealing to you, read on to learn all you need to know about living in Morocco.
Housing in Morocco
Overall, the cost of living in Morocco is much less than in most Western countries. This means that you can often afford to buy a home or apartment in Morocco, which many expats do. You can view some of the apartments for sale to get an idea of the cost and what you get for your money.
Your biggest decision may be where to live, as there are many different areas of Morocco, depending on what type of climate you want (for example, coastal breezes vs. the mountains vs. the desert).
Food in Morocco
Morocco is a melting pot of cultures and the food is no different. Moroccan food is influenced by the different groups living in the country, including Berbers, Muslims, and those from southern Africa and the Mediterranean region.
Wheat is the most common grain and common proteins include lamb, beef, goat, chicken, and seafood. There are many different fresh vegetables available at local markets and Moroccan food is heavy on spices, including turmeric, cinnamon, saffron, paprika, nutmeg, and ras el hanout, which is a blend of anywhere from 25 to 40 spices.
Things you must try in Morocco include:
- Couscous (Morocco’s national dish)
Things To Do in Morocco
There is no shortage of things to do in Morocco. Spend some time in the medina in Fez for art, crafts, and local food. In Marrakech, explore the different markets and souks around the city (a souk is a marketplace or bazaar) to find handmade leather goods. You can also visit the Majorelle Garden, which is a 2.5 acre botanical garden that is breathtaking.
In Chefchaouen, be sure to check out the blue village, where many of the buildings are a gorgeous blue color. As you head east from the coast, you should be sure to spend some time in the Sahara Desert, where you can spend a night in a desert yurt.
In Tangier, you shouldn’t miss the Hercules Cave, the Tangier Casbah, which is full of statutes and other artifacts that tell the history of Tangier, and the medina.
Is Living in Morocco Right for You?
Living in Morocco could be a big change, depending on where you are currently located, but the low cost of living, vibrant culture, and every geographical region you can think of, from coastal and beaches to mountains and deserts, make Morocco an exotic and exciting place to call home.
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