Do you plan on visiting Morocco in the near future? If so, you’ll need to know about the country’s map and geography. This detailed map of Morocco will show you everything you need to know about Morocco’s regions, major cities, terrain, and climate.
Where is Morocco located? (Morocco Map)
Morocco is located in the Northern part of Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Algeria lies to the East and West of Morocco, while Mauritania is situated to the south.
As you can see from the map, the geography of Morocco spans from the Atlantic Coast in the West to the mountainous interior and the Sahara Desert in the East. Morocco is a diverse country with many different landscapes.
The Atlas Mountains occupy the central and eastern parts of Morocco and are the country’s highest mountains with Toubkal peak reaching an elevation of 13,671 feet. The Rif Mountains are located in the north and extend from the Mediterranean coast to the Atlas Mountains.
The Anti-Atlas Mountains are located in the south and extend from the Atlas Mountains to the Sahara Desert which covers much of Eastern Morocco, and is the third largest desert in the world.
Morocco has a varied climate depending on the region. The coastal regions have a Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. The interior regions have a more extreme continental climate with cold winters and hot summers. The Sahara Desert has a hot, arid climate.
Regions of Morocco map
Morocco has twelve regions:
- Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab region:
- Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra
- Guelmim-Oued Noun
- Beni Mellal-Khenifra
- Guelmim-Oued Noun,
- Laayoune-Sakia al Hamra,
- Souss-Massa, and
- Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima
Each one of these regions in Morocco is devided into 75 provinces and Morocco has 1652 municipalities.
Important cities on the Morocco map
Some of the major and important cities on the Morocco map to note are:
Casablanca: Morocco’s largest city and economic capital. Casablanca is home to the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Morocco and Africa.
Rabat: Morocco’s political capital and home to the Moroccan royal family. Rabat is also known for its beautiful architecture, gardens, and museums.
Marrakesh: A popular tourist destination, Marrakesh is known for its markets, gardens, Riads and palaces.
Fez: Morocco’s cultural capital and home to the world’s oldest university, the University of Al-Qarawiyyin.
Agadir: A major seaside resort town in Morocco, Agadir is known for its beaches and sunny weather.
Tangier: A popular tourist destination, Tangier is known for its beautiful beaches, markets, and architecture.
Chefchaouen: A picturesque blue-washed mountain town in Morocco, Chefchaouen is also a popular tourist destination.
The Sahara Desert on Morocco map
The Sahara Desert that covers much of Eastern Morocco also known as Western Sahara is a disputed territory between Morocco and the Polisario Front.
Morocco claims Western Sahara as its Southern Province and controls about two-thirds of the territory including all the major cities and towns.
The Polisario Front controls about one-third of the territory in the form of a strip of land in the East known as the Free Zone.
The US and many of the EU countries have recently recognized Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara. However, the UN still considers Western Sahara a disputed territory and has been trying to broker a peace agreement between Morocco and the Polisario Front.
You may come across two different maps of Morocco. One map includes Western Sahara as part of Morocco and another map sets it as a separate territory from Morocco.
Even though the Sahara Desert is still a matter of dispute, Morocco has made significant strides in developing the region including safety.
In recent years, Morocco has become a popular tourist destination for adventure seekers and those looking to experience the Sahara Desert.
As you can see, Morocco is a large and diverse country with many different regions to explore. I hope this post about the Morocco map will help you plan your trip and make the most of your time in this wonderful country.
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