Morocco pictures. Morocco, on the northwestern tip of Africa, is a curious mix of Arabic and European cultures - even though there's a stark contrast between most European countries and Morocco, due to earlier occupation by France French is spoken by most people and you can still see more signs in French than in Arabic (and even English will get you much further than in neighbouring Spain). Moroccan cities are beautiful, the locals very friendly, and the medinas have a really enchanting atmosphere. This gallery contains pictures of the labyrinthine medina of Meknes, life in nocturnal Rabat (where in one of the eateries the royal portrait depicts the feared ex-king drinking a can of Sprite, as a kind of royal advertising), the chaotic downtown of Marrakech and seaside Tangier (just across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain).

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Deserted streets

This food vendor was using meat of some rather surprising colors


Nightlife in the medina (the Arabic maze-like quarter found in many Moroccan towns)

The smoke of frying food rises from dozens of stalls


After work


Downtown Meknes

Homeward bound

The Mausoleum of Moulay Ismail, a former Moroccan sultan

Adobe houses

Avenue Mohamed V

After 9-10pm previously thronged streets like this one suddenly become empty

Traffic-free zone

The shanty is the local police station


Signs in Arabic and French

A Moroccan meal - at least before you get diarrhoea

Everything to the right

Downtown Meknes

The medina in Meknes

A very busy intersection without any apparent highway code

Crumbling window

The triumph of engineering



Tangier's old town and beach on the Gibraltar strait

Arabic stop sign


Night in Marrakech

The chaotic main square of Marrakech

The remnants of a day-long market

On the way home

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