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Tips & Top Guide

Morocco Travel Tips & Top Guide Information:

Notice: Top-notch Morocco Travel Tips & Guides : We present to you Holiday Information  and Vacation Advices for your Best Tour experience in Morocco.

Welcome To Morocco Country – A Popular Destination In The World:

We would like to share with you some essential tips, Morocco’s holiday information and vacation advices. These ideas about comprehensive travel guide and tourism board info will prepare for exploring the tourist hot spot and Places of Interest. By using our useful infos for planning your trip around Morocco, most of our dear clients and guests will be experiencing a lovely tour. Read Top Tips for Single (solo) and Independent Travelers.

Morocco Travel Tips & Vacations Advices

It’s a good idea to prepare before you arrive to the desired destination. Here are some tips that will help you plan the perfect holiday. Be smart; know the tips for the perfect trip.

When to go to Morocco: It is advisable to know about the best time to travel to Morocco when you intend to plan your trip. And take in consideration two important factors: climate and the month of Ramadan. Morocco’s climate varies by seasons and offers an opportunity where to stay at any time of year; in winter (December to February) the north and coast can be very rainy and cloudy, the Atlas Mountains can be too cold with snow-covered peaks last till July. In spring (March to May) the rains may continue to fall but the country is lush and green with wild blooming flowers. In summer (June to august) the temperature is extremely hot in the desert. In Autumn (September to November) time when the summer temperature reduces gradually.

Each season is unique in Morocco, so the best time to visit it is in springtime in addition to the months of September and October. The climate allows you to experience the best of Morocco as you head to the Deep South in winter, spring and autumn. If you are visiting morocco in the summer it is recommended to avoid the desert and head to the Atlas Mountains and the coastal cities, however bear in mind to encounter many crowds.

Documents:

It is your sole responsibility to obtain all the necessary travel documents, for example: a passport, driver’s licence and any visas if needed. Please arrange this well in advance and check that are valid before your departure date until you return.

Vaccinations and health concerns:

There are no required vaccination documentations for Morocco. Some vaccinations such as (Hepatitis, Typhoid, Rabies…) are recommended for all travellers before they travel to Morocco.  Please check out your personal requirements with your doctor.

Each town in Morocco has at least one pharmacy where you can purchase most of necessary medicaments, pills, condoms and any other health care product. If you have any particular case, bring your own.

P.S: bear in mind that it is difficult to find pharmacies and medical care in rural and poorer area

Accommodation:

We always offer accommodations at reasonable price depending on your budget: Low budget, Mid-range budget or Top-range budget. We suggest good quality riads and hotels in Morocco where to stay during your trip, and we are always looking for new accommodation to suits our client’s needs. If you have any different accommodation in mind .Just let us know in advance. Your comfort is above anything else!

Drinks:

It is recommended to drink only bottled water and avoid drinking tap water at all. Mineral water bottle is widely available in shops, restaurants and hotels across the country.

Berber whisky: a green tea combined with mint which is served up every morning and evening. Moroccans drink this wonderful sweet and refreshing drink several times per a day. It is considered a sign of hospitality.

Coffee is served in many cafes and restaurants.

Also, Alcohol is available in restaurants, bars, supermarkets, clubs and hotels.

Food:

Moroccan food is delicious and rich with healthy recipes; most dishes are prepared with chicken or beef or lamb, vegetables or dried fruit with a combination of spices to enhance its flavour. It is advisable to avoid eating uncooked and raw foods, and always eat at clean places.

The main meals you can expect to find in some restaurants include:

  • Berber omelette (a combination of eggs, onions, tomatoes, and herbs, cooked in oil along with some spices).
  • Bissara (a thick soup made from split bean with olive oil served as breakfast meal).
  • Brochettes (grilled meat).
  • Couscous (steamed semolina with meat and vegetable stew above it).
  • Harira (thick soup made from lentils, chick peas and tomatoes).
  • Kefta (ground beef usually mixed with minced onion, cumin, paprika, coriander and parsley).
  • Tajine (referred to a ware pot, also can contains meat + vegetable stew or vegetarian).
  • Pastilla (is a sweet made of Mixture of onion, chicken, eggs and almonds, and spiced with cinnamon wrapped in flaky pastry).

Restaurant:

Lunch meals are not included in our tours; its cost will vary depending on your own personal requirements. Please ask for the Menu when you are in the restaurant.

Marrakech and Fez can be very hot at summer time

The other factor is Ramadan which is the 9th month of Islamic Lunar Calendar; it is a time for fasting and spiritual purification. This means Moroccan Muslims can’t eat, drink or smoke during daylight and feast at night. You should be respectful and sensitive to the fast and try not to eat and drink publicly especially drinking when Ramadan falls on summer. Note that Business hours are reduced and some shops and restaurants close during the day especially when the weather is hot.

 

Shopping:

There are many things to shop for such us: Argan oil, Silver jewellery in Tiznit, Berber carpets, dates in Erfoud, metal and woodcrafts. you can also shop for leather goods (bags, sandals), pottery (for example: Tagines, plates), or buy pure spices ( including cumin, coriander, cinnamon ,paprika in addition to turmeric or saffron in Taliouine and ginger…), paintings, and traditional clothing (Djellabah), pieces of fossils of erfoud (plate, Ammonite ,candle-holder also trilobite of Alnif region…).

People: characterises of Moroccans are social, friendly, hospitable and generous.

Population: 34.33 million

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements: To enter morocco a valid passport is required for the check point. Visas are not required by the nationals (British Australian Canadian USA Other EU…) for stays of up to three months. If you are from another country you are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Language: Moroccan Arabic (Darija), Berber (known as Tamazight), French for commerce and business .To learn Darija (Moroccan Arabic), please visit: http://www.speakmoroccan.com

Currency: Morocco uses the Moroccan dirham (symbol DH or MAD).

There are several banks in each city and ATM cash machines are accessible in all over Morocco. Some credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express) are accepted in some hotels, guest houses and restaurants.The Euro and US Dollar are broadly accepted, even preferred.

Time Zone / Difference: The local Time in Morocco is GMT. In the summer time an extra hour is added so during this period Morocco will be one hour ahead of GMT.

Area: Morocco is an African country bordered by the Mediterranean Sea in the north, by Mauritania in the south, by Algeria in the east and by the Atlantic Ocean in the west.

Area: 446,550 sq km / 172,000 sq miles

Telephone Country Code: + 212

Electricity / Voltage:

Electricity in Morocco is 110/220 volts AC, 50Hz. so If you are travelling to Morocco, you will need a voltage converter and plug adapter.

Religion: Morocco is an Islamic country and therefore you should respect the culture and customs and be aware of your actions. It is important to dress conservatively especially during the holy month of Ramadan. Some sacred sites are closed to non-Muslims for example Mosques, tombs….

National Festivals:

New Year’s Day — 1 Jan.

Manifesto of Independence –11 Jan

Labour Day — 1 May.

Feast of the Throne — 30 Jul.

Fête Oued Eddahab (Oued Eddahab Allegiance Day) –14 Aug.

Révolution du Roi et du Peuple (Anniversary of the King and the People’s Revolution) — 20 Aug.

King Mohammed’s Birthday — 21 Aug.

Marche Verte (Anniversary of the Green March) — 6 Nov.

Fête de l’Indépendance (Independence Day) — 18 Nov.

Islamic Holidays: Please note that numerous Islamic holidays change each year and are timed according to Islamic lunar calendar such as:Ramadan (Month of fasting and purification).Eïd al-Mawlid  (Prophet’s Birthday).Eïd al-Fitr (End of Ramadan).Eïd al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).Fatih Muharram (Muslim New Year).

Phones in Morocco

Aéroports :

Casablanca : 05 22 53 90 40

Agadir : 05 28 83 91 02

Marrakech : 05 24 44 78 65

Tanger : 05 39 39 37 20

Fès : 05 35 62 54 49

Ouarzazate : 05 24 88 22 97

Essaouira : 05 24 47 67 04

Rabat : 05 37 80 80 89

SERVICES:

Police : 190

Gendarmerie : 177

Urgences : 150

Météo : 05 22 90 42 42

Renseignements : 160