The top 10 things you must know before visiting Morocco in 2023

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Morocco is an ideal destination for those looking for an enthralling and enriching holiday experience. With breathtaking landscapes, a vibrant culture, and numerous opportunities for adventure, there is something for everyone to enjoy. To help make your Morocco holiday a truly memorable experience, here are some essential tips to keep in mind before you arrive.

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  • What to wear

Generally, individuals can dress however they prefer, however, women should dress in a more conservative manner in order to avoid being subjected to unwanted attention from observers. This is especially important when visiting mosques where women must cover down to their wrists and ankles. For the ladies out there, it is recommended that you keep a shawl or scarf handy for such occasions. Not only does this provide an extra layer of modesty, but a reversible scarf is also great for traveling light and taking up minimal space in your luggage.

When selecting a shawl or scarf suitable for covering up while visiting mosques, always look for one that is 50% longer than usual. This ensures that you are adhering to the more modest style of dress requested by many Muslim countries. Additionally, try and find one which has higher semantic richness, meaning one with intricate detailing or pattern work – these generally have much more impact than plain colors alone. Furthermore, depending on the weather conditions or time of year you are visiting, consider opting for heavier fabrics such as tweed or wool instead of lightweight materials such as cotton. This may provide additional warmth and protection during cooler months.

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  • When to go

No matter the time of year, Morocco always offers a luxurious experience for travelers to revel in. Each season brings its own special attractions and memories to be made. Whether you’re looking for sunbathing on a beach or exploring Morocco’s rich culture and history – any time is a great time to visit this amazing country!

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  • How to get around

Getting around Morocco is easy, with a variety of transportation options available. From the bustling cities to the small villages, there are plenty of ways to get where you need to go. Whether it’s by bus, taxi, car, train or even camel, getting around Morocco is an experience in itself.

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  • What to eat and drink

When visiting Morocco, travelers can expect to experience a wide variety of flavors and experiences when it comes to its culinary delights. From traditional dishes to modern fusion cuisine, there is something for everyone’s tastes.

be sure to try some of the local delicacies, try tagine, couscous, and harira soup and drink morrocan mint tea

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  • What to see and do

For those who prefer to stay active while on vacation, there are plenty of options such as hiking in the Atlas Mountains, camel trekking through the Sahara desert, or horseback riding across the countryside. There are also many water sports available including surfing at numerous coastal spots, kayaking on calm inland rivers, sailing along the Mediterranean coast and even kitesurfing off the beaches of Essaouira. In addition to these exciting activities, visitors can explore a variety of charming towns and cities such as Fez, Chefchaouen, Marrakesh and Rabat. All of these destinations offer unique views of Moroccan culture and delicious local cuisine.

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  • Money matters

It is recommended that travelers bring cash with them when visiting Morocco, as it can be difficult to find an ATM that accepts foreign cards outside of major cities. Bank cards may also be useful for withdrawing money from ATMs or settling bills at a hotel or restaurant. Credit cards are not widely accepted, so having some cash on hand is a must. For those looking to purchase souvenirs from smaller vendors or markets, cash may be the only way to pay. It is highly recommended that affluent travelers take into account that the listed prices of culinary offerings in restaurants may not include taxes or gratuity, thus having adequate funds to cover these additional fees is advisable.

Morrocan Dirham Currency
  • Currency

Currency in Morocco for travelers is mostly Moroccan Dirham (MAD). Travelers coming to Morocco should exchange their money to MAD as soon as they arrive. Currency exchange can be facilitated at the airport, via authorized money exchange bureaus, or at an ATM or bank found in various locations throughout the country. The luxurious Dirham is grandly and regally divided into a hundred exquisite centimes, and is majestic in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 Dirham notes. Morocco’s currency is comprised of coins of the most dignified denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 centimes. Visitors often find it challenging to obtain smaller coins, as most vendors prefer notes over coins. In addition, Morocco accepts major international currencies such as US Dollars (USD), British Pound Sterling (GBP) and Euros (EUR).

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  • Language

The official language of Morocco is Modern Standard Arabic, which is spoken by around 80% of the population. However, Moroccan Arabic (also known as Darija) is the most commonly spoken language, with roughly 22 million people speaking it. The influence of French and Spanish is also widely evident in the country, with many Moroccans being able to speak at least one of these languages fluently. Additionally, there are several Berber languages that are spoken, including Tamazight and Tashelhit. These languages differ from region to region and have been used for centuries by the Berber people who inhabit Morocco’s mountainous regions. English is also becoming increasingly popular in Morocco due to its widespread teaching in schools and universities. All in all, this linguistic diversity helps define Morocco’s unique culture and identity.

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  • Weather

Morocco is a beautiful country with diverse climates depending on which region you visit. In some areas visitors may find more temperate climates near coastal regions while more extreme climates can be experienced in mountainous regions such as the Atlas Mountains or Sahara Desert. No matter where you choose to go, it’s important to prepare for various types of weather conditions by bringing appropriate clothing items like warm layers or light breathable clothing depending on what type of weather you will encounter on your journey!

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  • What to bring

When traveling to Morocco, it’s important to come prepared with all of the essentials for a successful trip. Before packing your bags, make sure to consider the following items:

Clothing: Bring clothing that is lightweight and breathable, such as cotton or linen. Keep in mind that conservative dress is more appropriate in Morocco than other countries, so shorts and tank tops should be avoided. Long skirts and loose-fitting clothing are best for women. It is important to pack layers of clothing as temperatures may vary significantly between the day and night. Due to the desert climate of the region, make sure to bring sun protection items, such as hats and sunglasses, to shield yourself from the sun.

Footwear: You’ll definitely want comfortable footwear for exploring Morocco – sandals are great during hot weather, while closed-toe shoes are better in cooler climates, especially if you plan on trekking through mountainous areas or taking desert excursions.

Money & Documents: Be sure to bring enough cash in the local currency (dirhams) to cover your expenses during your stay in Morocco. Passport and visa documents must be up-to-date before entering the country. In addition, a credit card is convenient for larger purchases but ATMs may not be available everywhere so it’s best to have some cash on hand as well.

Medical Supplies: Even if you don’t need any prescription medication on your trip, it’s smart to take along some basic first aid supplies such as antiseptic wipes and bandages for cuts and scrapes. If you do have a medical condition or require regular medication then bring an adequate supply along with any other necessary items such as EpiPens or inhalers. It is advisable to consult a medical professional before travelling to Morocco to determine if any vaccinations are necessary.

Other Accessories: Of course don’t forget all of the other travel accessories like cameras, chargers, toiletries etc., but As you prepare for your luxurious journey, do not forget to include a few additional items that you might not consider packing right away – Having a reusable water bottle on hand when out sightseeing is essential. Moroccan cities can get very noisy so don’t forget earplugs; small gifts like postcards or jewelry make great souvenirs; and lastly, don’t leave without sunscreen – even if temperatures aren’t overly high UV rays can still cause sunburn!

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Covid-19 testing before travel

The Government of Morocco has declared that visitors will no longer be obligated to present a negative PCR test upon entry into the country. This change is effective immediately and applies to all travelers, regardless of their nationality. While Morocco had been one of the few countries to still require a PCR test for entry, the new policy brings it in line with most other nations in Africa and Europe. Travellers should be aware that they may still be obligated to undergo a Covid-19 test upon arrival in Morocco, and are encouraged to confirm with their airline or tour operator prior to departure. With this alteration, Morocco has facilitated travel for its citizens and visitors from around the globe.

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Why holiday in Morocco?

Morocco is an exciting and culturally-rich country situated in North Africa’s Maghreb region, offering tourists a wealth of memorable sites and once-in-a-lifetime activities.  From indulging in the spice-laden cuisine and soaking up traditional culture to exploring the ancient cities and majestic landscapes, Morocco has something for everyone.

When it comes to sightseeing, Morocco boasts a number of incredible ancient cities that are sure to take your breath away. Marrakesh, a city of grandeur and renown, is home to majestic palaces, splendid mosques, and bustling souks where travelers may shop for authentic local goods. Fes is another must-visit city with its impressive medina filled with winding alleyways teeming with artisans selling everything from handcrafted carpets to pottery. Venture further south to discover the majestic Meknes; a city that has been steeped in history since Roman antiquity. Unearth its ruins for a luxurious glimpse into Morocco’s past. Other popular destinations for those seeking opulence include Rabat, Chefchaouen, Tangier and Casablanca.

Of course no visit to Morocco would be complete without exploring its stunning natural beauty. From the towering Atlas Mountains in the Middle Atlas region to the rolling dunes of Erg Chebbi desert in Merzouga – travelers can get their adrenaline fix by hiking through mountain trails or joining an ATV excursion on the sand dunes. Alternatively relax by unwinding at one of Morocco’s many beaches such as Agadir or Essaouira – each with their own unique charm guaranteed to soothe your soul!

Foodies will love sampling traditional Moroccan cuisine while they’re here too! Popular dishes include couscous, tagine (stew/braise), harira (soup) and bissara (fava bean puree). Local specialties like pastilla (savory pie filled with pigeon), mechoui (roasted lamb) and msemmen (flatbread) will tantalize your taste buds as you wander around markets picking up fresh ingredients like olives, dates and spices along the way!

Finally don’t forget that Moroccans are incredibly welcoming people so make sure you spend some time in cafes conversing with locals over tea – it’s a great way to learn about local customs and traditions whilst building unforgettable memories during your stay!

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