Morocco

The north African country of Morocco seems to have it all. Whether you’re interested in history, culture, landscapes or adventure, Morocco ticks all the boxes. It’s a fascinating place to immerse yourself in, with the saturated colors and amazing scents sure to make an immediate impression on you.Sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and Sahara Desert, Morocco’s landscapes range from beaches to rolling red dunes, and from hills studded with olive trees to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.The Sahara Desert is naturally irresistible to most travellers. A camel-back or 4×4 visit to the dunes can feel like you’re reliving scenes from either ‘The English Patient’ or ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. Gazing out over the vast stretches of sand and sky is incredibly soothing for the soul.It is perhaps Morocco’s cities that will resonate with you most, and exploring them is bound to be an experience. Inside the ancient, walled medinas, you could be forgiven for thinking you had stepped back in time, with everyday life continuing much as it has for centuries. You’ll be intrigued by the incredible array of goods on offer, from traditional earthenware cooking pots to richly-colored rugs and leather bags.Take time to enjoy a refreshing cup of mint tea – although poured hot, it seems to have a cooling effect. It’s often served with small, sweet pastries, which you should definitely also indulge in. If the heat and the haggling become a little too much, step inside a riad or traditional Moroccan house. Many of these are now hotels, and their interior gardens with fountains, pools and mosaics are wonderfully cool, even in the middle of the day.Moroccan interior design may look familiar – that’s because this unique blend of rustic and finely detailed elements is very much in vogue. You’ll spot metal lanterns with colored-glass panes, carved wooden doors and low couches and tables – perfect for gathering around to eat.Which reminds us – Moroccan food! Aromatic and delicately spicy, the stand-out dish is a slow-cooked lamb tagine. If you weren’t hungry beforehand, you soon will be when the chef lifts the lid.Traditions are alive and well in this intriguing and sensuous country – the regular calls to prayer from the minarets set the rhythm of the day, and (for women especially) it’s as well to respect local sensitivities and cover your shoulders and legs when away from the beaches.

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Travel Information

Electricity

Electrical sockets (outlets) in Morocco are one of the two European standard electrical socket types: The "Type C" Europlug and the "Type…

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Banking

CurrencyThe national currency is the Dirham (DH, Dh, or MAD). Dirhams cannot be exchanged or purchased outside of Morocco. As a general guide, divide the…

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Cuisine

Water sources outside main cities and towns may be contaminated and sterilisation is advisable. Bottled water is the best bet and is available everywhere….

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Climate

Morocco’s climate is very diverse, varying with the season and region. In general the country has a tropical climate, with temperatures reaching as high…

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Transport

The high-speed toll roads connecting Tangier, Rabat, Casablanca, Meknes, Fes, Marrakech and El Jadida are of excellent quality. Coastal communities and…

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Dress

Lightweight cottons and linens are best worn during summer, with warm medium weight wear for the evenings, during the winter, and in the mountains. Waterproofing…

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Health

We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance with medical benefits and that you bring any personal medication with you. Please also check…

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Safety

Morocco is quite safe from a health point of view; however, some precautions will ensure a healthy, enjoyable trip. No vaccinations are required for travelers…

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Visa

U.S. citizens do not require a visa for stays under 90 days. Non U.S. citizens should consult with your local embassy.

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General

Language:The official languages are Arabic (Moroccan dialect) and Berber, a language of the original inhabitants of Morocco, prior to Arabic expansion….

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Regions

Ouarzazate

At the intersection of the Dades and Draa Valley lies the relaxed Moroccan town of Ouarzazate. Surrounded by some unbelievably picturesque terrain, the town is characterised…

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Atlas Mountains

This range of mountains exerts a magnetic attraction for trekkers, and it’s easy to see why. You can opt for either a single day’s trek in…

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Marrakesh

It’s no accident that the annual PURE experiential travel show takes place in Marrakech – if the ‘Red City’ is somewhere that travel professionals want to…

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Rabat

The charming Atlantic coastal city of Rabat is a little more laid-back than some of the other Moroccan destinations that we’ve looked at – perhaps because…

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Fes

This medieval city was once the capital of Morocco, and is home to the world’s oldest university (founded in 859 – that’s almost twelve centuries ago!)….

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Featured Tours

Unwind in Morocco

Explore the mysterious labyrinthine medina, dark hiding places, ornate palaces and lively bazaars that adorn the city, little changed despite centuries of evolution. Smile at…

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The Secrets Of Morocco

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