20 Things To Keep In Mind Before Visiting Morocco

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If you’re considering a trip to Morocco, there are a few things you should keep in mind. To make the most of your visit, read on for 20 tips that will help you prepare for your journey!

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Things to know before you visit Morocco

Sorry! No drinking in Public

Morocco is a Muslim country, and visitors should be respectful of religious customs, this includes not drinking alcohol in public. but that doesn’t mean that alcohol is completely forbidden.

In fact, there are many bars and nightclubs in the bigger cities. Just be aware that drinking in public is not allowed, and you may want to avoid doing so during the holy month of Ramadan.

Be mindful of the country’s religion and customs

When packing for your trip, keep in mind that Morocco is a conservative country. Women should pack long skirts or pants, and men should pack long pants and shirts with sleeves. Wearing a headscarf for women is not necessary

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Tangier Grand Mosque in Morocco

Morocco is home to many beautiful mosques. Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter mosques. You can admire them from the outside except Hassan II mosque in Casablanca which is open to visitors of all religions with guided tours only.

You can now get an E-Visa to Morocco

In addition to your passport, you will probably need a visa to enter Morocco. Citizens of U.S.A, UK; Canada, Autralia or visitors with a valid multiple entry visa to those countries are not eligible to an e-visa. The e-visa costs 70 Euros and can be obtained through the Moroccan government e-visa website.

Not many places accept credit card payment in Morocco

The official currency of Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). 1 US dollar is equivalent to 10,27 MAD (July 2022).

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Moroccan bank notes

ATMs are widely available. ATMs are widely available throughout the country, and most big restaurants and hotels accept credit cards. However, it’s always a good idea to carry cash with you, as smaller businesses do not accept card payments.

Morocco can be VERY cold in Winter

Most people think that Morocco is a desert country with very hot weather but that’s not actually true. Temperature can get extremely cold in winter in Morocco with a few places with snowfall especially in mountains.

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Ouarzazate city in Morocco

The problem is that many Riads and hotels are not well insulated so you might feel cold inside even if it’s sunny and hot outside. Which means when you visit Morocco in Winter (November to March) make sure to pack some warm clothes.

Morocco is different in Ramadan

If you are visiting Morocco during the Holly month of Ramadan, be aware that many restaurants and cafes will be closed during the day, as Muslims are not supposed to eat or drink during daylight hours.

Bargaining is a way of life in Morocco

Don’t be afraid to haggle over prices for Moroccan souvenirs or other goods. If you’re interested in purchasing a Moroccan rug, be sure to bargain for the best price. Rugs are a popular souvenir, but they can be expensive.

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Moroccan spice shop

Morocco is generally a safe country to visit, but visitors should take precautions against pickpockets and scams. Be especially careful in crowded areas, such as markets and busy streets.

Ask for permission before taking photographs of locals

Moroccans don’t like to be photographed without permission, so be sure to ask before taking someone’s picture. If you try and take pictures without permission, you may find yourself in hot water. Also, don’t be surprised if they say no it happens all the time.

You will need some French and Arabic or Google Translator

The official language of Morocco is Arabic (aka Darija), but French is also widely spoken. English is not as commonly spoken, but most Moroccans will be able to understand basic phrases.

Don’t miss out on the Souk experience

The best place to buy souvenirs in Morocco is the souk, or traditional market. Here you’ll find everything from handmade carpets to spices and jewels.

Leave your drone at home

Unfortunately , drones are not allowed in Morocco. In 2015, the Moroccan government enacted a law prohibiting the use of drones in the country. If you try and bring your drone into the country it will be confiscated at the airport and you will get it back when you leave.

Tipping is highly appreciated in Morocco

Tipping is not required in Morocco, but it is appreciated. A tip of 10 percent is considered generous. Some cafes and restaurant my include a service fee in their bill but most will not.

The railway transportation in Morocco is pretty good

The national rail network connects major cities in Morocco and it’s quite organized to what you may except. You get 1st and second class options and to be honest both are comfortable enough for a long journey. The prices are also pretty cheap, with a 4-hour journey from Casablanca to Fez costing around $20 in first class.

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A 1st class seat on Casablanca-Fez train

If you’re planning on taking a bus, there are two main companies: CTM and Supratours. Both have an excellent safety record and are comfortable ways to travel around the country.

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2nd class seats on Fez-Meknes train

The grand taxis the cheapest way to travel Morocco

There are two type of taxi in Morocco. The small taxi that runs in the cities and the Grand Taxis (shared taxis) which is another popular form of transportation in Morocco that operates for further distances along with buses.

Ou Grand Taxi ride to Beni Mellal

Grand taxis are relatively inexpensive (expect to may not more than 6USD per ride) and can be found everywhere. If you are in Morocco and looking for budget way to travel around, ask locals for Grand Taxi stations.

Be ready for Moroccan food

Moroccan food is delicious, but it can be spicy. If you’re not a fan of spicy food, be sure to ask for dishes without harissa paste. Couscous is the national dish of Morocco, and it’s worth trying at least once. Other popular dishes include tagines (stewed meats and vegetables) and pastilla (a chicken or fish pie).

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Moroccan couscous

Forget about your easy-grab morning Coffee

Tea is the national drink of Morocco, and it’s often served with mint leaves. Coffee is not very popular in Morocco, so don’t except to find your familiar morning cup of coffee the same as you do back home. Big cities in Morocco such as Casablanca and Marrakech have Starbucks branches but not every city in Morocco does.

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Moroccan black coffee

You can also try the Moroccan Nous Nous Coffee or the Moroccan Espresso but I doubt you will like it. But it’s better than nothing.

The best place to buy souvenirs in Morocco is the souk, or traditional market. Here you’ll find everything from handmade carpets to spices and jewels.

Include one of these cities or all in your itinerary

Morocco is a large country, and there is a lot to see and do. Popular tourist destinations include Marrakech, Fez, Rabat, and the coastal city of Essaouira.

A Sahara trip is a MUST if you can

The Sahara Desert is a must-see for any visitor to Morocco. There are several recommended Sahara Desert experiences to live, including a camel trek, an overnight stay in a desert camp, or a 4×4 desert tour.

Harassment is real in Morocco

Street harassment is a big problem in Morocco. If you are a woman traveling alone, be sure to keep your wits about you and trust your gut instinct. If you feel unsafe, it’s probably best to avoid that particular area.

Driving in Morocco is not for the faint hearted

if you’re planning on driving in Morocco, be aware of the potential risks. There are a lot of hazards on the roads, and accidents are not uncommon. Be sure to drive defensively, and always be on the lookout for potential dangers. If you’re not comfortable driving in Morocco, consider taking a bus or train instead.

Finally, make sure to make the most of your time in one of the most beautiful counties in Africa!

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