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Morocco

Travel Guide

 

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.

TOP THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN MOROCCO 

Explore Marrakech's old medina and markets
Check out the imperial city of Fez
Take a stroll along Agadir's white sand beaches
Get lost in Chefchaouen's blue-washed alleyways!
Climb up Mount Toubkal - North Africa’s highest peak
Go on quad biking tours across Erg Chebbi’s sand dunes
Sleep under the stars in the dunes of Merzouga
Visit the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca
Take part in cooking classes so you can make your own tagines & couscous dishes
Take a trip to Essaouira (the wind city)

PRactical information 

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.

map of Morocco

Things you should be aware of before visiting morocco 

  • Morocco has strict laws which tourists are required to abide by so make sure you are informed on its different customs and laws to avoid getting in trouble.
  • Morocco is a Muslim country which follows Islamic laws and customs.
  • Public displays of affection should be avoided, particularly outside the main tourist areas and near religious places.
  • If you hold a passport from a Muslim or Arab country, It’s not uncommon for hotels to ask couples to show evidence of marriage at the time of check-in and, if such evidence is not available, to insist on booking separate rooms. This is usually not required from Westerners.
  • Solo travelling women may receive unwanted attention from men. To minimise hassle, you may choose to wear loose-fitting clothing which cover the arms, legs and chest.
  • Alcohol is served in licensed hotels, bars and in tourist areas. However, drinking alcohol in the street and anywhere other than a licensed restaurant or bar isn’t allowed and can lead to arrest.
  • Avoid taking any photographs near sensitive political or military sites.

WHAT to EXPECT FROM morocco?

 

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!

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  • November 18, 2023

    Morocco is on my bucket list for the last 3 years !!!. One day I will be going.

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