With this guide to Morocco, you will be able to organize your trip to this fascinating country that we are sure will leave you speechless at the same time that you will fall in love as soon as you arrive.
With a very different culture and traditions from its neighboring Europe, this country is ideal for any traveler. And it is that here you can enjoy cities where you can go back in time as you walk through the streets of their Medinas, spend a night under thousands of stars in the desert, get lost in fishing villages or feel like an explorer in towns with adobe houses. They seem to be stuck in time.
Based on the different trips we have made to the country, after which we wrote this post about tips for traveling to Morocco, we leave you this Morocco Guide with all the information so you can prepare your trip. Let’s start!
In this Morocco guide you will find a compilation of all the information that we have been publishing on the blog after the various trips we have made to the country.
In the different sections you will find the routes we have done, posts about the places you cannot miss as well as recommendations and advice to take into account before traveling so that you can enjoy your trip to the fullest and the time you have.
Visa and Entry Requirements:
Before traveling to Morocco, it’s important to check the visa requirements for your country. Many nationalities are granted visa-free entry for stays of up to 90 days. However, ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned departure date.
Best Time to Visit
Morocco experiences a diverse climate, so choosing the right time to visit depends on your preferred activities and regions. Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) offer pleasant temperatures and are ideal for exploring cities and coastal areas. If you plan to visit the Sahara Desert, winter (December to February) provides cooler temperatures, while summer (June to August) can be extremely hot.
What to see and do in Morocco
One of the most important things before traveling is to know which places you should not miss and what things you should do in order to enjoy the destination to the fullest.
To make this easier, in the Morocco guide we leave you the routes of all the trips an article in which we give you tips and recommendations to take into account to prepare the trip, the Marrakech and Fez guide , two of the most important cities in the country, and specific posts about other cities and important points in Morocco.
Morocco has a well-developed transportation system, including trains, buses, and taxis. The train network is efficient and connects major cities, while buses offer affordable options for traveling to smaller towns. In cities, use taxis or walk within the medinas where vehicles are restricted.
Currency and Money Matters:
The currency of Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). It’s advisable to carry some cash for smaller establishments and markets, although credit cards are widely accepted in larger cities. ATMs are readily available, but inform your bank of your travel plans to avoid any issues with card usage.
Safety and Health
Morocco is generally a safe destination for travelers. However, it’s always wise to take common precautions such as safeguarding your valuables and being aware of your surroundings.
Fascinating and often exhausting, Marrakech is normally the gateway to the country for many travelers, who come looking for that dose of exoticism that this incredible country always promises.
Despite this, we also have to say that there are many who flee after a short time, overwhelmed by the number of vendors and the environment of the Medina, sometimes too demanding for tourists unaccustomed to this culture.
However, and despite this, we always recommend giving the city some time, since we assure you that after a few hours, you will be able to take its pulse and begin to live and enjoy everything it has to offer the traveler.
Although you can get to know it in 2-3 days, we always recommend that you spend 4-5 days, which will allow you to get to know it more calmly and even make a getaway to neighboring Essaouira or to the desert, one of the best experiences you can enjoy in the country.
Fez, one of the cities that cannot be missing in the Morocco guide
With Medina declared a World Heritage Site and considered one of the largest in the world, Fez is another of the most visited cities in Morocco as well as competing in beauty with Marrakech.
Although it would be impossible to decide on one or the other, we can tell you that the latter is much quieter despite the fact that in recent times it has received a lot of tourism and in some parts of the Medina, the vendors can be a bit exhausting for tourists.
Despite this, strolling through the labyrinthine streets, getting lost in the souks or visiting the Chouwara Tannery, which is an authentic spectacle of smells and colours, are just some of the things that will make you fall in love with the city, without forgetting of course its gastronomy, which is one of the best in the world.
Located on the Atlantic coast and for many travelers the gateway to the country, this former French protectorate city is the perfect place to start getting to know Morocco through its streets full of charming corners, its medina and, of course, the great Mosque. of Hassan II, which is the second largest in the world after Mecca and has become the symbol of the city.
Known as the pearl of the Atlantic, this charming city is a perfect day trip from Marrakech. Despite the fact that a few years ago it was not very well known, the small fortified city together with its magical medina and pleasant climate have become the perfect destination for many travelers who want to enjoy the tranquility that its neighbor Marrakech sometimes denies.
Although it is always advisable to spend at least one night, to discover the charms of the city when the sun sets, with one day you will have enough to see its attractions.
Language and Communication:
The official languages of Morocco are Arabic and Berber. While Arabic is widely spoken, especially in urban areas, many locals also speak French, and English is commonly understood in tourist hubs. Learning a few basic Arabic phrases or carrying a phrasebook can greatly enhance your interactions with locals and add to your overall experience.