Morocco is a land steeped in history and culture and has plenty to offer for visitors looking for a unique experience. From its bustling cities, grand architecture, stunning coastlines, and beautiful deserts, Morocco is sure to have something for everyone. Morocco has always been a melting pot of cultures and has a fascinating cultural identity which was shaped by Berber, Arabic, African and European influences.
Situated in North Africa and strategically between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, the Kingdom of Morocco spans an area of 446,550 square kilometres and has a population of around 37 million people.
Language -The official languages of Morocco are Arabic and Berber, but French is widely spoken across the country and Spanish in the North. The currency used is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). It’s worth noting that the Moroccan Dirham is a closed currency and can’t be exchanged or obtained outside of Morocco.
Entry Requirements -UK, EU and US citizens do not need a visa to enter and stay in Morocco for up to 90 days. your passport should be valid for at least 3 months on your date of entry to Morocco. You will also receive a stamp on your passport so make sure it has at least one empty page.
Climate –Morocco has an overall Mediterranean climate with hot summers and cool winters. Rainfall occurs from October to April, with snowfall occurring in the Atlas Mountains during the winter months. The average temperature for the country ranges from a low of 11 degrees Celsius in January to a high of 30 degrees Celsius in August.
Transportation –Public transportation within Morocco includes bus systems and railway. The latter is operated by national carrier ONCF which serves major cities as well as smaller towns throughout the country. Morocco has also a high-speed train (TGV) which links the cities of Rabat,Casablanca and Tangier. There are also taxis (grand taxi) that serve intercity routes and are charged at a fixed price. These taxis seat six people and most drivers wouldn’t depart until all the places have been filled. You can purchase more than one seat if you are short on time or want extra room.
Food- Morocco has a rich culinary heritage that spans centuries of coexistence with other civilisations and cultures which have called it home and brought trade to its shores. Moroccan cuisine is influenced by Amazigh, Arab, Jewish, Andalusian and African civilisations. It uses seafood and meats such as lamb, beed, chicken and pigeon. Dried fruits and nuts are also very common in sweet and savoury tajines as are spices such as saffron, cumin and cinnamon. Some staple dishes you must try include: chicken tajine with lemons and olives, lamb tajine with dried prunes and apricots, couscous with meat and vegetables, pastilla with pigeon or seafood and if you have a sweet tooth just walk into any patisserie and you will have a hard time choosing between all the mouth-watering and delicate pastries on display.
Morocco has much more than just beautiful landscapes; it offers a wealth of cultural attractions that make it an ideal holiday destination whether you are looking for relaxation or adventure! From vibrant cities overflowing with life and local hospitality to stunning beaches perfect for swimming or surfing – Morocco truly does offer an unforgettable experience unlike any other!
January 5, 2023