Morocco, a country that captivates with its rich history, gastronomy, and a unique blend of tradition and modernity. As you gear up for your first visit to this fascinating destination, it’s essential to keep in mind some key tips to ensure you make the most of your experience.
We present you with a full travel guide to Morocco with 6 things you need to know to make sure you have an unforgettable trip.
1. Documentation : Do you need a visa to visit Morocco? Is a passaport required?
Before embarking on your Moroccan adventure, make sure you have all the necessary documents in order.
Citizens of the European Union generally do not need a visa for tourist stays in Morocco of up to 90 days. If you are Spanish or French, for example, you do not need a visa. However, it is a requirement to present a passport with a validity of at least 6 months. On the other hand, if your passport is from a country outside the European Union, you may need a visa to enter the country.
You can check here if your country requires a visa to enter Morocco.
2. Currency Exchange: What is Morocco’s currency? Where do I exchange money?
One of the key things to keep in mind for your trip to Morocco is how to handle your money with ease. When it comes to exchanging currencies, we recommend bringing along some euros/dollars/pounds and swapping them for dirhams, the local currency, right at the airport upon your arrival. It’s a good idea to exchange a small amount at the airport (around 30-50 euros) – just enough to cover your journey to the hotel and handle any unexpected surprises throughout the day. Once you arrive at your hotel, you can inquire with the staff about safe places to exchange money; they can guide you to reliable places, often with better rates than the airport.
And, oh, a quick reminder – having a bit of cash on hand will definitely come in handy for smooth transactions in local markets and those charming off-the-beaten-path spots.
3. Unmissable Places on Your Trip to Morocco
Morocco is such an incredible destination, catering to a variety of preferences, and the best part is, it’s a year-round delight! Whether you fancy leisurely strolls along the beaches of Tangier, diving into the vibrant local culture at the colorful markets in Marrakech, exploring the awe-inspiring mountain landscapes of the Atlas, or relishing a night under the stars in the desert – you name it, Morocco’s got it all!
To ensure you have an absolute blast during your visit, we have included in our travel guide to Morocco a list of unmissable places for your trip:
- Nestled on the northern tip of Morocco, Tangier is a captivating blend of cultures. Don’t miss out on exploring the medina, the Kasbah, and the breathtaking views from Cape Spartel. Also, make sure to visit the Hercules Cave for a unique experience.
- A time and money-saving option we recommend to cover the best of Tangier in few hours is to hop on the Tangier City Tour Tourist Bus.
- If you’re in Málaga, Marbella, or any other spot along the Costa del Sol, you can always opt for a full-day tour to Tangier with transportation included.
- With its intricate medina, Fez is a journey into the past. Explore the Al Quaraouiyine University, the Bab Bou Jeloud gate, immerse yourself in local craftsmanship at the souk.
- And of course, a must-have on your itinerary is a visit to the iconic Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss
- The capital of Morocco unfolds a perfect blend of history and modernity. Dive into the ancient fortress of the Kasbah of the Oudaias, marvel at the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, and gaze upon the impressive Hassan Tower. For art enthusiasts, the Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art is an absolute gem. Enjoy your exploration!
- The vibrant red city is renowned for Jemaa el-Fna Square, where tourists and locals come together in a lively and colorful atmosphere.
- Discover the Majorelle Gardens, the bustling medina, and the Bahia Palace. Marrakech’s souk offers a unique blend of shopping and culture. Enjoy the vibrant charm!
- Known as Morocco’s “Gateway to the Desert,” this destination is celebrated for its breathtaking desert scenery and prominent role in the film industry. The Ait Ben Haddou Kasbah, a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcases ancient fortifications and winding alleyways.
- The Atlas Film Studio, where blockbusters like “Gladiator” and “Game of Thrones” were filmed, adds to the allure of this cinematic hotspot.
- With its modern touch, Casablanca is home to the stunning Hassan II Mosque. Take a stroll along the Corniche, visit Mohammed V Square, and explore the city’s art deco architecture.
Morocco boasts numerous destinations to explore; however, due to the language barrier, planning a solo trip can be a bit challenging. In such cases, you might want to consider a multi-day tour to Morocco. It can significantly ease the logistics, saving you time on figuring out accommodations, dining, sightseeing, transportation within cities, and more.
Take a peek at the fantastic range of tours and multi-days tours we’ve curated for Morocco. Let us handle the travel logistics – from transportation to accommodation – so you can focus on what matters most: having an absolute blast! 😊
Multi-Day Tours to Morocco
4. Dive into one of the world’s finest cuisines! 🍽️🌍
Traveling to Morocco is a dream come true for foodies and lovers of exquisite cuisine. After all, Moroccan gastronomy is rightfully hailed as one of the best in the world.
This travel guide to Morocco wouldn’t be complete without recommending you try the best dishes of Moroccan cuisine. And to make it even easier for you, we’re giving you some ideas of what to try at each meal of the day:
- Start your day with a traditional breakfast. If you have a sweet tooth, consider trying “msemen” (pan-fried flatbread) or “baghrir” (semolina pancakes) with honey, accompanied by the iconic Moroccan mint tea. Another delightful option is Moroccan doughnuts known as “sfenj,” glazed with sugar or honey.
- Alternatively, if you prefer savory breakfasts, we recommend trying “harcha,” semolina pancakes that pair perfectly with cream cheese and olive oil.
- For lunch, immerse yourself in the flavors of the quintessential Maghrebi stew: the “tajine.” If you lean towards tradition, don’t miss out on the famous couscous with various combinations. Whether you choose a tajine or couscous, you can opt for meat, chicken, or solely vegetables if you’re a vegetarian.
- As you stroll through the streets, dare to try local delights such as the snail soup “ghoulal”. During summer, you can also taste a refreshing seasonal juice made from avocado and milk, called “zaa zaa.” It’s delicious!
- On chilly days, nothing beats a hearty soup to regain strength and warm the body. A “harira”, a soup made from tomatoes, legumes, and meat, is an ideal choice. Don’t forget to pair it with dates or the traditional “chebakia”, a fried cookie dipped in honey.
- If you’re up for something more, be sure to check out the street food stalls. We recommend trying the lamb or chicken skewers accompanied by a glass of tea.
5. What to Wear in Morocco?
The weather in Morocco varies by region and season. For those sunny summer or spring trips, we suggest packing light clothes, but it’s a good idea to include some sleeves to cover up and avoid those sunburn surprises during your adventures. Take with you a jacket for cooler nights or if you’re heading to the higher spots. And if you’re planning a desert sleepover, keep in mind that even in the summer, those nights can get chilly and breezy.
During the fall and winter, temperatures don’t usually drop too much in cities like Marrakech or Tangier, so strolling around in a sweater and jeans is perfectly fine. However, if you’re heading to mountainous villages in the interior, we recommend adding a coat and thermal clothing to your suitcase. Stay cozy and enjoy your explorations! 🍂🧥
When it comes to footwear, a comfortable pair of walking shoes is essential for exploring the narrow streets of the medinas. If you’re up for desert adventures, be sure to pack closed-toe shoes for the journey.
Marruecos is a predominantly Muslim country, so you might be wondering if there’s a dress code to follow. Generally, in cities, both men and women can stick to the common attire of their home countries. However, when visiting places considered sacred or of a religious nature during your trip to Morocco, it’s suggested to dress modestly and keep a shawl or scarf in your bag just in case.
6. Internet: Cómo tener internet en Marruecos
Whether you’re exploring Morocco independently or on a multi-day tour, staying connected is essential to maximize your experience. You can grab a local SIM card upon arrival at the airport to ensure connectivity from the get-go. Although it may not be the cheapest option, it’s a reliable choice.
You can also check the roaming options with your mobile provider before leaving home. We recommend verifying the rates for this service before traveling to avoid surprises on your bill. If you don’t plan on using your mobile roaming, make sure to disable it as it often activates automatically upon arrival at your destination.
Staying connected will be handy for navigating maps, communicating with locals, and sharing your experiences in real-time. A popular choice among travelers is eSIM cards, which are virtual SIMs that can be installed on your phone. There are various service providers offering this, and you can often purchase them online. Just ensure that your phone is compatible with eSIMs.
Whether you’re venturing solo or opting for a guided visit or organized multi-day tour to Morocco, with this travel guide we’re confident you’ll make the most of your journey. 🌍✨
Always remember to plan your trip in advance, and let us know on social media if these tips were helpful or if you have more to share with our traveler community. Morocco is waiting for you—get ready to explore it! 🌟🌍✈️