Morocco Travel Tips

 

Morocco Demographics 

 

Here are some general information about morocco. To begin with, the Arabic name for it is Al Maghreb. The capital of it is Rabat but, Casablanca is the largest city in the number of population. Morocco is ruled by king Mohamed VI.

 

  In addition, morocco is about 445,050 kilometer so it is a very wide country. it also has a great number of population, about 34 million citizen. When it comes to the language, Arabic is the official language there, however there are many other unofficial languages such as French and Spanish. 

 

 Last but not least, morocco follows the Islamic doctrine. So, the official religion there is Islam. Morocco’s official currency is Moroccan Durham. However, other currencies such as USD and Euro are widely accepted there in Morocco.

 

Morocco’s International Airports

 

 In Morocco, there are many remarkable international airports that visitors can land in. such as Marrakech Menara Airport, Agadir- Almassira Airport, Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport, Mohamed V International Airport and Fès–Saïs Airport. There are also many small airports in Morocco. Such as Errachidia, Ouarzazate, Al Hoceima, Dakhla and others Some other people prefer to arrive by ferry. There are many ports in Morocco covering this service.


The Gibraltar between Algeciras and Ceuta is the most popular route to cross to Tanger Med or Tangier Medina. There is one Ferry move each half hour. Pay attention that there are TWO ports in Tangier. The old one is located in the Medina and the new one MED is located about 45 from the first. Morocco minutes from the city of. Tangier Port is busier because all International ferries are arriving to this Port. However, there is a bus free of charge that connects both ports. 

 

Money

 

Durham (MAD) is the currency of Morocco. It is not traded internationally. So, you cannot use it outside of Morocco.

How to get Moroccan Durham ? 

The easiest way to get it is through ATM machines while being in Morocco.
Euro is an accepted currency there in morocco, however changes are going to be in Durham not Euros.

 

Visas


As for the Citizen of European Union, United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and others no visa is required to enter Morocco. Regardless the abovementioned countries’ citizens, Visitors are required to get the permission on their passports for no less than six months prior to their date of entry. Once they arrive Morocco, They have to fill out a landing card with an address of residence while staying in Morocco.

 

Dress Code

 

Morocco is an Islamic country and follows Islamic culture standers. However, in cities such as  Agadir, Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech men and  women wear dress as they would be in New York or any other Western City.

 

Tipping

 

Tipping is common, accepted and expected for most services there in Morocco. Tipping 10% to 15% of the pill’s value in restaurants is the norm.If you would like to take a picture in a restaurant or any other local place, Be courteous and ask permission first. You might give tip for this also.

 

Shopping & Bargaining

 

Shopping in Morocco is a unique experience. There are many catching items to be bought there such Moroccan carpets, jewelry, spices, woodwork, textile & yarn, metal ware and much more.


Moroccan markets are fabulous but, Shopkeepers are very skilled at bargaining. So, it is expected to have a verbal contest and barging before buying any item. So, do not buy what you do not want, stick with your guide and do not buy anything unless you feel that its price is fair.

 

Morocco Weather

 

The weather of Morocco is diverse, seasonal variations is notable on the Mediterranean coast to the hot, arid, desert and mountains to the south. mountains in Morocco have cooler climates year-round. In the winter, mountains are capped by snow. The winter months’ January and February can be cold anywhere in Morocco but it is the best time to travel. The Moroccan desert is warm during the day, but because of the sand does not hold any heat the nights are cold.

 

Moroccan Culture  


Morocco is one of the countries that follows the liberal Islamic doctrine. So, you should respect their Customs, traditions and restrictions. The main restriction for tourist is that you can not enter a mosque while you are not muslim. Unfortunately , many mosques feature beautiful artistry of design. However, There are few exceptions such as the Hassan II in Cassablanca ( Paid ) , Mohammed V Mausoleum in Rabat, and Moulay Ismail Mausoleum in Meknes are open to all visitors regardless their religion. 


During the month of Ramadan, in which Muslims fast every day until sunset, you will find many establishments for food and drink closed. However, You will find many places open to eat during the day. As a general rule, Islamic countries forbid drinking alcohol. But for a favorite tourist destination, restrictions have been relaxed and alcohol is served in many bars, hotels and restaurants. 

 

Food & Drink

 

Moroccan cuisine is one of its famous features. Tajine is one of the most famous dishes there. It is a flavorful dish of either meat or chicken. Couscous is a grain-sized semolina wheat pasta served with vegetables or fish or meat. Kefta is lamb or beef stew. If you are are following special diet. You have to advise your Morocco tour operator before your travel and there are meals that can suit you.


Lunch or dinner can be arranged to be cooked by local families if you are interested on your tour of Morocco. But you have to be noted that you will typically sit on the floor and eat from a communal plate. Local people eat by hands and if you do please you have to use your right hand only. However, you have the option to ask a spoon or fork. 


A very important note that It happens, especially to inexperience travelers that they do get some stomach troubles while morocco tour. It generally pass within 24 hours only if you Drink plenty of water, eat well cook and simple food (rice) and it will pass.

 

Alcohol


In spite of Morocco’s Islamic doctrine, alcohol is widely available. The majority of hotels and riads offer alcoholic beverages. In addition to the modern part of the cities bars, hotels and restaurants owned by foreigners will serve alcohol. That is also applicable for places outside of cities. You can buy alcohol in special shops and big supermarkets. But, Buying in large supermarkets is the cheaper and you will find selections too from wines, hard liquor and beers.

 

Unfortunately, you are not allowed to drink alcohol in the streets or public places. Drinking Alcohol in streets or in public places is against The Islamic religion (haram). Many clients are interested in taking beverages for their nights in the desert. Please inform your driver and he will stop at one of the stores for you to buy what you need.

 

Safety in Morroco 


Many people who are planning to visit morocco usually ask  is morocco a safe country ?

The answer is YES, Morocco is a safe country and there is no violent crime. However, you have to use precautions to keep yourself and your property safe.

 

Health in Morocco 


There are many private clinics along with governmental hospitals. It is recommended to come to Morocco with full medical insurance, including cover for repatriation. Drugstores are widely available and sell many kinds of medications. But we recommend bringing insect bite creams, pain relievers, stomach settlers at home and taken with you. No vaccination is required by the Moroccan government for entry into the country.

 

Telephones & Sim Cards


Maroc Telecom, Orange and Inwi are three main license telecommunications companies in Morocco. They all sell prepaid Sim cards and will work on your phone in case that your mobile telephone is unlocked. Internet services are expensive and the best way to use Internet in Morocco is in cafes and hotels.

 

Language


The official language is Arabic. However, there are many citizens there speak Berber. French is popular and is the third most widely spoken unofficial language. French language is the main language of commerce and business. Spanish is spoken in the Northern part of the country. Definitely English is widely used in the touristic places.

 

The majority of who pick Morocco private tour pacakages, agree on the importance of this information for them.

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