Morocco, it’s not far but still has questions and doubts before leaving …
So all the info you need to prepare your journey!
Morocco is located in North Africa, it has borders with Algeria and Mauritania. It is also bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean.
Its capital is Rabat and the country’s main cities are: Casablanca (economic capital), Marrakech, Agadir, Fez, Tangier, Meknes, Ouarzazate.
Morocco is a country in varied landscapes: desert in the south, mountains east (Atlas), the sea on the west coast. There is something for every taste !
There is a hot dry season and a cold and wet season. Depending on the region, temperatures and climate vary greatly. And in summer, temperatures can reach 40 ° C in Agadir and Marrakech or conversely, in Atlas, temperatures can drop below 0 ° C in winter.
Moroccan cuisine is rooted in Mediterranean cuisine with influences Berber, Arab and Jewish. Among the main courses are:
couscous (semolina) with or without meat. It is eaten especially on Friday afternoon holy day for Muslims.
tajine: with chicken, vegetables, minced meat, etc.
Harira soup of dried vegetables and meat, which is eaten to break the fast for Ramadan.
Moroccan salad of raw vegetables and cilantro.
on the coast, you can also taste great grilled fish and seafood.
pastries: gazelle horns, makroud, pastilla, etc. A feast of honey and sugar!
All ending with a delicious mint tea.
Morocco also produces wine, whose Boulaouane the Guerrouane or the Sidi Brahim. There is alcohol in some stores and restaurants, but it is far from systematic.
Mint flavored tea
As a French citizen, you do not need a visa to go on holiday in Morocco. For cons, the passport is required (leave to remain in the territory for up to 3 months). Please note that the ID card is not working to clear customs in Morocco.
If you would like to settle down there, must do against you by establishing a residence card.
The main Moroccan airports are: Casablanca (Mohamed V Airport), Marrakech (Menara airport), Agadir (Al Massira airport), Tangier (Ibn Battuta airport) and Fez (Sais airport). The national airline is Royal Air Morocco (RAM), but some also serve lowcosts Morocco as transavia, easyjet, jetairfly …
Joe hath already talked about the various means of transport once in Morocco (train, bus, …), it’s here.
The currency in Morocco is the Dirham (MDA). 1 euro = 11 dh.
For accommodation, has between 100 and 400dh room as comfort. For food, a tagine cost between 30 and 50 dh.
Regarding transport, here are some examples:
a ride Agadir-Marrakech bus costs just under 100 dh a Ouarzazate Agadir-fare 130dh.
a train ride Casablanca-Rabat costs 35 dh (2nd class), Casablanca-Fes costs 110 dh and Fez-Marrakech 200 dh.
always keep small change on you to pay for water bottles, bus or taxi rides. Better to avoid large bills in such cases.
A stamp for Europe is 8 dh.
To put in his suitcase
clothing suitable for the area (mountain, sea, desert) and respecting the traditions of the country, in cities or little tourist areas, it is advisable for women to cover their shoulders and legs (therefore favors slacks and further, as well as t-shirts or tunics). Take a fleece because even on the coast, the nights can be chilly.
some emergency medicines, but you can find the usual onsite (aspirin, etc.)
driving license (the license is recognized in French Morocco) If you plan to rent a car on site
Morocco’s official languages are Arabic, Tamazight. But other languages are spoken in the country as the chleuh the Rif, French and Spanish.
There is a time difference between France and Morocco (in summer time).
Islam is the official religion in Morocco, but the practice of other religions is enshrined in the Constitution. The year is punctuated by Muslim holidays: the five calls to prayer daily Ramadan (careful if you travel at that time, schedules administrations, banks, restaurants are changing and it is recommended to respect the up this feast: so avoid eating and drinking in the street during the day), Eid, etc.
In tourist areas, you will have no trouble to make you understand, because most people speak French. Ditto for the signs on the road (they are written in Arabic and French).
The Highway Code is substantially the same as the French, not too many surprises from that side.
A table, eat with your right hand only. If you’re invited to someone, it is likely that everyone shares the same dish (couscous or tajine). We offer you to wash your hands before and after meals.
If you want to do henna (that’s more for girls), it is best to do with someone you know. The services ‘henna’ on the beach are to be avoided, the products used are not always very good and can irritate the skin enormously.
On the beach is better (women again) wear shorts and possibly also a t-shirt. Everything of course depends on where you are (tourist or not too much), but the best is still to cover.
You can find everywhere small grocery stores that sell fruits and vegetables, bread, preserves, dairy products, shampoo, etc.
Definitely do a walk through the souk where you are! They are true caves of Ali Baba with clothes, shoes, jewelry, fruits and vegetables, spices, stereo equipment, telephones, furniture, carpets, … Prepare yourself against by negotiating !
3- Marrakech (54)
A tour to Jemma El Fna, Marrakech – The visit of the mosque Hassan II, Casablanca – A walk under the arches Legzira – The blue streets of Chefchaouen – Ouarzazate
The medina of Fez – A hike in the High Atlas – One night in the dunes of Merzouga – The site of Volubilis – The ramparts of Essaouira