Morocco is a country unlike any other, with a rich and diverse culture, breathtaking landscapes, and a fascinating history. From the bustling cities to the serene deserts, Morocco is a travel destination that offers something for everyone. So pack your bags and get ready to explore one of the most captivating destinations in the world and discover the sights, sounds, and flavors of Morocco.
The best time to visit Morocco depends on what you want to see and do during your trip. Overall, Morocco has a pleasant climate year-round, and the best time to visit will depend on your personal preferences and travel plans. In general the best time to visit is in autumn (September – November) or early spring (March-April). During these periods temperatures will be pleasant but you can avoid extreme temperatures.
If you want to visit Morocco’s cities, such as Marrakesh and Fez, and you want to avoid the crowds, the best time to visit is during the winter months from November to February. These months will also be the cheapest, but know that temperatures can drop drastically after sunset.
If you want to experience Morocco’s beautiful beaches and coastal towns, the best time to visit is from June to September when temperatures are warm and the beaches are ideal for swimming. Just be prepared for some crowds during peak tourist season, which runs from June to September.
For those interested in hiking and exploring the Atlas Mountains, the best time to visit is from September to November or from March to May when temperatures are mild and the scenery is at its best.
The official language in Morocco is Arabic. The country’s unique blend of Berber, African, Arabic, and European influences has resulted in the development of its own dialect of Arabic known as Darija, which is widely spoken throughout the country. Additionally, French and English are also widely used in Morocco and many Moroccans are bilingual in both Arabic and French.
The official currency in Morocco is Moroccan Dirham (MAD) and you can pay by credit card in bigger restaurants, hotels and shops, but not everywhere. Especially not in the souks and markets. It is therefore always useful to have enough cash with you, also to give tip. In some places they also take euros.
If not, you will find ATM’s in every touristic area and/or major cities where you can withdraw money, but not in the more remote places.
As Morocco is an African country, European roaming charges don’t count. It is therefore best to buy a local SIM card (e.g. at the airport) to be able to use mobile data at low cost. (20GB for €20)
Most power plug sockets in Morocco are of type C and E. The standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz.
Morocco is, in general, a safe country to travel. But you have to be aware of pickpockets and scammers.
The time zone in Morocco is GMT+1, except during Ramadan the time zone is GMT.
Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
C and E
Tipping is a common practice in Morocco, and it is appreciated in many service-oriented industries, including restaurants, cafes, and bars. In restaurants, it’s common to round up or tip around 7-10% of the bill. In other situations a good rule of thumb is to tip 20 dirhams per day per person.
In Morocco it is common to negotiate the price of a product. By haggling a product will often cost you less than what they originally asked for.
Do not drink tap water. You should only drink bottled water to make sure you don’t get sick.
In Morocco, the dress code is conservative, particularly for women. It’s best to dress modestly, covering your arms and legs, especially when visiting religious sites or rural areas. In the cities, especially in tourist areas, the dress code is more relaxed, and Western-style clothing is acceptable. However, it’s still advisable to dress modestly and respect local customs and traditions.
Tourists are often taken advantage of. They get scammed and people expect you to pay for everything. A very common scam involves someone approaching you when you are searching for a place and offering to direct you, only to later ask for money.