INFORMATION AT THE TIME OF TRAVEL TO MOROCCO
Can I make calls easily?
The use of mobile phones of foreign companies is not the biggest problem of putting us in contact with our families, but the best thing to do before leaving your country is to ask the company itself of the conditions to be able to access the roaming service.
Do I have to vaccinate before traveling to Morocco?
No, vaccine is not mandatory, but we recommend keeping up to date with the tetanus vaccination, which is advisable also in our countries of origin.
As a precaution, you should be careful with the water, it is advisable to always drink mineral water or bottled drinks, very easy to find all around Morocco.
The consumption of tea presents no problem; taking the tea at all hours of the day is one of the oldest customs rooted in our country and it is common to share with guests and even with the visitors of shops, it is a sign of hospitality to share the tea even with strangers and it is worth highlighting that in the Arab world a guest will always be well received, even though it is a person who is hardly known. Sometimes one is also invited to eat.
Is it advisable to give coins and gifts to the children who ask?
Our advice is to not give coins or gifts to all who ask, in particular to children as the giving of gifts and money has the consequence that many children wish to leave school to enter to ask tourists.
In case you want to distribute any type of material, it is always best to do this in a responsible way, for example if we have pens, pencils etc, it is always best to deliver them to a school for the teacher to distribute according to the needs of each one.
What currency is used in Morocco?
The Moroccan currency is the dirham, the exchange rate in Europe is approximately 1 euro = 10.5 dírhams, there is no difficulty to change within Morocco, in all banks, airports, Riads, ATMS.
It can be changed without any problem and to a similar rate of change, there are also many exchange offices throughout Morocco.
In what language can I understand in Morocco?
The official language of Morocco is Arabic, although French occupies the second language especially in the tourism sector.
What is the official time in Morocco?
Time zone Currently Western European Time (WET), UTC +0
Daylight saving time (Western European Summer Time (WEST), UTC +1)
The IANA time zone identifier for Morocco is Africa/Casablanca. It is important to know when planning your trip, since the dawn is earlier than in Europe.
During the period of Ramadan the pace of Morocco changes quite a lot, in the evenings after fasting, the streets are crowded, while during the day, people are usually at home.
WHEN TO TRAVEL
When is the best time to travel to Morocco?
What is certain is that any time is good to travel, but everything also depends on the area that you want to visit as there are better times for specific destinations.
South Zone (desert), spring and autumn are some ideal times to visit these regions, although the charm of spending the end of the year in the desert is highly recommended.
Coastal areas can be visited throughout the year, people who travel to the coast thinking of bathing at any time of the year can be a disappointment by the strong winds that can be found.
Inside the country, you can travel throughout the year, although in spring as there is in all countries, the spectacle of nature is in the large areas like the palm groves and the agricultural plains. We must not forget that there are internal areas of the Middle and High Atlas that are at considerable heights and are affected by severe cold and snow in winter.
What climate has Morocco?
Morocco has very variable climate, in the north zone of the country we can speak of a Mediterranean climate, while on the west coast the climate is predominantly Atlantic. The interior of the country has very hot areas in summer although the heat is dry and bearable. In winter, mountain regions can have minus temperatures, the zone of the desert in winter has cold nights and pleasant temperatures during the day.
DOCUMENTATION NECESSARY TO ENTER MOROCCO.
European citizens: it is only necessary to have a valid passport to enter Morocco; this should not expire before the 6 months after the entry into the country.
How should we dress around Morocco?
In the first place, it should be noted that if you visit the great cities of the country, like Marrakech, Rabat or some areas of Fes, you will not observe as much difference because they receive many tourists and the western dress is quite established.
Even so, especially in the most rural areas and especially women must take into account some facts to the manner of clothing. It is recommended to not wearing short skirts or pronounced necklines; it is advisable, in particular when entering the few permitted mosques, to keep the knees, shoulders and décolleté covered. In some places it restricts access to those people who dress without respect and showing these parts of the body.
Also, in the case of women, it is recommended to carry a scarf in case it is cold or you need to cover the shoulders, back, etc.
It will also be convenient to always carry some kind of coat, especially if you are traveling in winter. This will guard against low temperatures, especially in the evenings.
If you are traveling to the desert, always use clothing to help protect yourself from the sun: sunglasses, long sleeved shirts, scarves, hats, etc. Use very comfortable clothes for these cases, likewise the shoes. Remember that in the desert at night is can be cold, take warm clothing.
As for the footwear, we recommend comfortable shoes, closed and securely attached to the foot. So the sandals will not always be the best ally for travel to Morocco.
WHAT SHOULD NOT BE DONE IN MOROCCO?
There are only a few mosques throughout the country which non-Muslims are allowed to enter, so make sure before entering that you are granted entry.
Do not take pictures or videos of a person without asking permission, because in some areas of Morocco people are often offended, especially if the photograph is of a woman or a child.
Do not reject an invitation to take tea, because it can cause offense, so you have to be very tactful when it comes to doing it.
It is advisable to dress discreetly in order not to offend, although in the big cities is not such a big difference, in the more rural areas the Moroccans are not accustomed women wearing light and scanty clothes.
Do not photograph the border control posts, military, police or airport facilities as it is strictly prohibited.