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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Morocco is a North African country, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and the Sahara. From New York, a non-stop flight is 9h 40m, and from London is 3h 30m without a stopover.
Rabat is situated on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg and is Morocco’s second largest city.
Mohammed V International Airport is the main hub for domestic and international travellers. It is located in Casablanca, 35 km from the town centre.
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The official language of Morocco is Moroccan Arabic, Berber and French, however, English is widely spoken across the country.
Morocco uses the Dirham. The currency code is Dh. It is safe to withdraw money from banks or ATMs while you’re there, however, some ATMs in rural towns may have a low withdrawal limit per person.
For Australian, Canadian, UK and US citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days. Visa information can change often and varies from country to country. We recommend checking your country's travel advisories in advance of booking a trip.
The standard voltage is 220 V and the frequency is 50 Hz using two round prongs and is similar to that used in Continental Europe. Electricity is reliable, however, it is suggested that you bring a flashlight if you are travelling up in the High Atlas Mountains.
Typhoid, Hepatitis A and B are advised however there are no compulsory vaccinations needed for entry to Morocco. Consult your doctor to review your itinerary 6 to 8 weeks before you depart.
The phone numbers to call in case of emergency are 19 for the police, 15 for the fire brigade and 15 for the ambulance.
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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.