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Morocco Travel Guide

If you’ve yet to experience the beauty of Morocco, it’s time to add this destination to your wish list. Visit enchanting kasbahs, stroll through the desert or relax at a rooftop riad for an unbeatable experience. As for exploring the local culinary scene, it doesn’t get any better than feasting on aromatic tagines, couscous and spiced stews with traces of Arabic, Berber, and European influences.

The Highlights

  • Chefchaouen

    As one of the most eye-catching towns in Morocco, the blue washed walls of Chefchaouen make for a charming place to visit on your travels. Tucked away in the northern part of the country, visitors will feel at ease walking through the narrow streets that display a touch of Andalusian and Moorish influences in the architecture.

  • Asilah

    This sleepy beachside town is the go-to destination if you’re searching for a break from the nearby bustling cities of Tangier and Tetouan on the Atlantic Coast. With a strong mix of both Spanish and Moroccan influences and traditions, there are many sights to please the eyes, including colourful street murals, tiled walls and Moorish-style doors.

  • Marrakesh

    Navigate your way through the market streets and head to Jemaa el-Fnaa – Marrakesh’s beating heart and brush shoulders with the swarms of locals and tourists jostling for the best street eats. After your first encounter with a shish kebab of mystery meat, you will soon find out why the cuisine in Marrakesh is referred to as “the best in the world,” even if you have no idea what you’re eating.

  • Ouarzazate

    It goes without saying that Morocco is overflowing with beauty, and Ouarzazate is no exception to this rule. You might have spotted the dramatic plateau set against the Atlas Mountains and the desert in Games of Thrones, Gladiator and The Mummy, just to name a few, and it is certainly worth your time to visit this town.

  • Fes

    While Fes might be smaller than Marrakesh, it still shares a similar atmosphere to Marrakesh with many alleyways that twist and weave throughout the medina. Top sights in Fes include the Al-Attarine Madrasa, visit the Chouara Tannery, take photos of the Golden Gates at the Royal Palace and visit one of the oldest universities in the world, the University of Al Karaouine.

  • Volubilis

    Volubilis, are one of the best-preserved Roman Ruins known to mankind and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997. Located between Fez and Meknes, you could easily spend hours observing the stunning mosaic tilework, the remnants of old residences and grand marble arches. During the height of summer, it would be best to visit Volubilis early in the day or late in the afternoon.

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    November to April

    They say that Morocco is a year-round destination, however, it is best to avoid travelling during the middle of the year when the temperature skyrockets. Between November and April, this is when visitors are most comfortable travelling across the country and will enjoy comfortable temperatures, however, accommodation over this time will be the highest. Notable festivals and celebrations include Marrakech Biennale in February, the Almond Blossom Festival in March and Jazzablanca in April.

  2. Low Season

    May to September

    While many counties find their low season to occur over the cooler months, in Morocco, it is the opposite. As the temperature soars between June to September, accommodation prices take a dive, and visitors are few and far between. It's worth noting that Ramadan takes place between April to May, which may have an impact on the activities available to enjoy. If you are travelling over the low season, the northern parts of Morocco, including the High Atlas Peaks and the coastline are good places to be.

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FAQs about Morocco

  • Do you tip in Morocco?

    There isn’t much of a tipping culture in Morocco, but it is recommended to leave a tip of 10% in hotels or high-end restaurants, although service charge can already be included on the bill. In smaller, family-run restaurant, tipping is not customary, but a few Dirhams is perfectly reasonable.
  • What is the internet access like?

    Internet connection can range in quality, but you should have no problem with day-to-day tasks like emailing or surfing the web. WiFi is available in many cafes, hostels and hotels for free. In the Atlas Mountains, there will be limited internet connectivity.
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    Yes, you can most certainly drink the tap water in Morocco. The water here is chlorinated and generally safe to drink or use to brush your teeth. If you are concerned, use purification tablets or stick to bottled water.
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Yes, credit cards are widely accepted throughout Morocco however American Express is not widely accepted. Please check with your bank about any foreign transaction charges.
  • What are the public holidays?

    Morocco celebrates May Day on May 1, Revolution Day on August 20, Youth Day on August 21, New Year’s Day on January 1 and September 11 is the Islamic New Year.
  • What are the toilets like?

    In Morocco, you will mostly find toilets of the squat variety outside midrange and top-end hotels or cafes and restaurants.  There are not many public restrooms outside restaurants and transportation terminals, and sometimes you may be charged to use one.
  • Is Morocco safe for women to travel solo?

    Due to the large number of visitors that frequent Morocco every year, yes, it is a safe country though there are a few extra precautions that women should take when travelling solo. Make sure to cover your shoulders and legs to avoid unwanted attention and steer away from walking alone at night.
  • Is Morocco safe for families?

    Morocco is a family-friendly country though it is advised to avoid travelling with children during summer when the temperatures rise. Moroccans are incredibly welcoming, and in coastal towns there are many water-based activities to keep children entertained along with other cultural experiences.
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