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Destinations in Morocco

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Cities

  • Rabat – The capital of Morocco; very relaxed and stress-free, highlights are a 12th century tower and minaret.
  • Agadir – It is best to visit Agadir because of its beaches. The town is a fine example of modern Morocco, with less emphasis on history and culture. A few cents on the local bus will take you to a couple of villages to the north, where you can enjoy some of the beaches.
  • Casablanca – This coastal city is the starting point for many of the tourists flying into the country. If you have the time, both the historic medina and the modern mosque (the third largest in the world) are worth an afternoon
  • Fes – Fes is the former capital of Morocco and home to the oldest university in the world, Qarawiyyin University.
  • Marrakech (Marrakech) – Marrakech is a perfect combination of old and new Morocco. Plan at least a few days to wander the vast maze of souks and ruins in the medina. The grand square of Djeema El Fna at dusk is not to be missed.
  • Meknes – A modern, relaxed town that offers a welcome change from the tourist hustle and bustle of neighbouring Fes.
  • Ouarzazate – Considered the capital of the south, Ouarzazate is a great example of conservation and tourism that has not destroyed the feeling of a fantastic and ancient city.
  • Tangier – The city of Tangier is a starting point of most tourists who arrive by ferry from Spain. An enigmatic fascination that has historically attracted many artists (Matisse), musicians (Hendrix), politicians (Churchill), writers (Burroughs, Twain), and others (Malcolm Forbes).
  • Tetouan – Beautiful beaches and is the gateway to the Rif Mountains.

Other destinations

  • Chefchaouen – A mountain town inland from Tangier with whitewashed, winding streets, blue doors and olive trees. Chefchaouen is picture-postcard clean, a welcome escape from Tangier, and almost like a Greek island.
  • Essaouira – An old seaside town that has just been rediscovered by tourists. From mid-June to August the beaches are packed, but at any other time you will be the only person there. Good music and great people. Nearest coast to Marrakech
  • High Atlas – This is a frequent destination for all hikers, ski enthusiasts, as well as travelers interested in Berber culture.
  • Merzouga and M’Hamid – Ride from one of these two settlements on the edge of the Sahara into the desert by camel or off-road vehicle to spend a night (or a week) between the sand dunes and under the stars.
  • Desert oasis Tinerhir and access point to the breathtaking High Atlas Mountains

Archaeological sites

  • Volubilis – 30 kilometres north of Meknes, the largest Roman ruins in Morocco, next to the holy city of Moulay Idriss.

How To Travel To Morocco

With plane There are flights to Casablanca from New York, Montreal, Dubai and many different European cities, including seasonal charter flights to Agadir. Many European airlines fly to Morocco. Some of these airlines include Iberia, TAP Portugal, Air France, Lufthansa, Swiss, Turkish Airlines, Norwegian, BMI, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Air Berlin,...

How To Travel Around Morocco

With train Trains are generally the best option due to their speed, frequency and comfort. However, the network is limited and only connects Marrakech and Tangier via Casablanca and Rabat. A branch line to Oujda starts in Sidi Kachem and connects Meknes and Fez with the main line. People are incredibly...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Morocco

All visitors to Morocco require a valid passport, but visitors from the following countries are not required to obtain a visa prior to arrival: Schengen Member States, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Republic of Congo, Guinea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Libya,...

Accommodation & Hotels in Morocco

Hotels in Morocco are a matter of choice and suit every budget. Classified hotels range from 1 star (basic) to 5 stars (luxury) and are classified as auberge, riad, rural gîtes d'étape or hotel. Stays usually include breakfast, and many include dinner. Places to stay Auberges are located in the countryside...

Things To See in Morocco

Morocco is only a few hours away from many major European cities, and visitors will be amazed by the wonderful colors, smells, and sounds of Islamic Africa. Imagine bustling souks and spice markets, stunning mosques, whitewashed seaside towns and medieval city centres. From the snowy mountains of the High...

Things To Do in Morocco

Tours Marrakech is a good starting point for exploring the High Atlas Mountains or organising one to four-day Sahara treks. Hammams There are two types of hammam (steam baths) throughout Morocco. The first one is a sightseeing hammam, where visitors can be pampered and rubbed out by experienced staff. As these are only...

Food & Drinks in Morocco

Food in Morocco Moroccan cuisine is often described as one of the best in the world, with countless dishes and variations that proudly bear the country's colonial and Arab influences. Unfortunately, being a tourist in Morocco, particularly if you are on a budget, you are often restricted to a small...

Weather & Climate in Morocco

The country's Mediterranean climate is similar to that of southern California, with lush forests in the mountain ranges of northern and central California giving way to drier conditions and deserts further inland in the southeast. The Moroccan coastal plains have remarkably moderate temperatures even in summer, due to the...

Money & Shopping in Morocco

Money in Morocco The Moroccan dirham is used as the local currency, and its ISO 4217 symbol is MAD ( also sometimes abbreviated as Dh, Dhs, DH, or درهم, or دراهم, the plural of Dhm). It is split up into 100 cents (c). There are coins in denominations of 5c, 10c,...

Festivals & Events in Morocco

The biggest event in the Moroccan calendar is the month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast during the day and break their fast at sunset. Most restaurants are closed at lunchtime (with the exception of those catering specifically to tourists), and things generally slow down. Travelling during this time is...

Traditions & Customs in Morocco

Greetings among close friends and family (but rarely between men and women!) usually take the form of three kisses on the cheek. In other circumstances, shaking hands is the norm. Touching your heart with your right hand after shaking hands signifies respect and sincerity. When approaching someone or entering...

Internet & Communications in Morocco

Phone Public telephones are found in city centres, but private telephone offices (also called teleboutiques or telekiosks) are also common. The international dialling code (for dialling out of the country) is 00. All numbers are ten digits long, counting the initial 0, and the whole number must be dialled within...

Language & Phrasebook in Morocco

Arabic and Berber are official languages in Morocco. However, local Moroccan Arabic, a dialect of Maghreb Arabic (spoken in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria), is very different from Standard Arabic, so even native Arabic speakers from outside the region would not understand the conversations of the locals. However, all Moroccans...

Culture in Morocco

An ethnically diverse country, Morocco is rich in culture and civilisation. Many people throughout Morocco's history have come from the East (Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Jews, Arabs), the South (Sub-Saharan Africans) and the North (Romans, Andalusians). All these civilisations have influenced the social structure of Morocco. It hosts various forms of...

History Of Morocco

Prehistory and Antiquity The region that today constitutes Morocco has been inhabited since the Paleolithic, between 190,000 and 90,000 years before Christ. In the upper paleoliths, the Maghreb looked more fertile than today, more like a savannah than an arid landscape. 22,000 years ago, the Aterian was replaced by the...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Morocco

Stay safe in Morocco Overall, Morocco remains a relatively safe country; however, homosexuality is criminalised and punishable by up to 3 years in prison in both Morocco and Western Sahara. Gay and lesbian tourists should be confident and cautious. In 2014, 70-year-old British traveller Ray Cole was prosecuted and imprisoned...

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