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Last updated: May 2020
Morocco is a fantastic travel destination that attracts tourists with its cultural wealth and unique landscapes, including the Sahara, one of the largest hot deserts in the world. Morocco has long been in the top five of the countries of visitors to Africa, with about 10 million tourists every year. The African nation occupies the territory in the north-western part of the continent, and its name, translated into Arabic al-Mamlaka al-Maghribiyya , means precisely the West of the Arab world.
Visiting Morocco also means experiencing its delicious and refined cuisine, which varies greatly from city to city. Tajine is one of the most famous Moroccan culinary traditions. It is an exquisite dish of stewed meat or fish, and it gets its name from the traditional cone-shaped dish in which it is cooked.
Morocco truly has something unique for everyone, enticing visitors to return again one day soon. If we add to all this the friendliness and hospitality of the Moroccans, we have the perfect ingredients for an unforgettable trip.
With this guide, we want to help you plan your trip to Morocco.
Traveling in Morocco is a bit like entering another reality and will always surprise you. Explore the secular imperial cities, pass through the alleys of the labyrinthine medina, enjoy the colorful and vibrant bazaars, and discover the vastness of its natural landscapes. In short, there is a whole fantastic world to explore by visiting Morocco.
You will also find fine sand beaches, ancient cities, modern metropolises, Roman ruins, Berber villages, imposing fortresses, snow-capped mountains, film studios, palm groves, canyons, deserts, and delicious cuisines that have fascinated tourists from all over the world.
Here are the best things to do in Morocco:
March to June and September to October are the two periods considered to be the best times to visit Morocco. During these months, the temperature is pleasant both day and night and there are fewer tourists during these times. This makes it more advantageous for crowds and prices, especially for your accommodation.
If you plan to visit Marrakech, it can be said that there is almost never a bad time to visit. The months of July and August are generally uncomfortably hot, so if you are particularly averse to the heat, then you might want to avoid those months.
Before you visit Morocco, there are a few important things you should think about. You need to know what kind of visa, vaccines, and currency you should have for your trip to Morocco.
USA, UK, EU, Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian nationals do not need a visa for trips to Morocco up to 90 days. If you are a citizen of one of those countries, then the only necessary document to enter Morocco is a valid passport that is at least six months from its expiration date. If your passport was issued in another country, then check the government's website to find more information about your visa requirements.
There are no mandatory vaccines for Morocco, but the CDC does highly recommend having the following for anyone visiting Morocco:
Talk to your doctor or visit a travel clinic to find out more about the vaccines needed to visit Morocco. Your needs may be different depending on where you are going, how long you are staying, and what you will be doing.
Morocco is a cash-based economy and the dirham (local currency) is a closed currency. This means it can only be bought when you arrive in Morocco and you need to sell them back before you leave. You can exchange currency at the airport, bank, and in most hotels. The airport offers a good rate for returning currency.
Euros and US dollars (not AU) are also accepted in Morocco, although at a worse rate. You can use your debit card at bank machines but check with your bank about overseas transaction fees beforehand. Visa and Mastercard are usually accepted at larger restaurants and shops, but other credit cards are not usually accepted.
If you want to save money and book a cheap flight ticket to Morocco, there are a few things you should know before leaving:
Discover below some useful tips for your stay in Morocco and do not hesitate to contact us if you wish to help expand the list, with your direct experience.
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