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Before you go…

  • Visas & Passports – must be valid for 6 months. Visas not necessary for EU passport holders. Other nationalities should check with the Moroccan embassy
  • Electricity – is 240v and European plug adaptors usually work
  • Health – whilst insects aren’t a big problem it’s worth taking mosquito repellents particularly in the Mountains/Dessert in the summer. Most areas of Morocco are malaria free
  • Ramadan – 24th April to 23rd May in 2020 and 13th April to 12th May in 2021 but this should not change your travel plans as all the tourist activities are fully operational and there is a great atmosphere in the evenings when the fast is broken and everyone takes to the streets
  • Currency – it is difficult to get Moroccan Dirham in the UK (and when you do the rates are shocking…) but there is no problem using a UK cashpoint card when in Morocco. Also it is very easy to change cash (Pounds, Dollars or Euros)
  • Clothing – the temperature varies enormously depending on time of time/year and location. It can be cool in the mountains or on the coast even in mid summer so it is worth taking an extra layer.
  • Driving Licence – photocard type UK driving licence is accepted by car rental companies.

While you are there

  • Laws & Customs – Morocco has a Muslim dominated culture and whilst friendly please respect their sensitivities. Women in particular should dress conservatively when out in public especially the old towns (Medinas). No problems with sunbathing by pools or on beaches but toplessness is unacceptable.
    Respect for the King. He is hugely popular and it could cause offence to make comments about the Moroccan royal family in the way that happens in the UK.
  • Time difference – it is the same as UK although their clock change dates are different so watch out in early spring and early autumn as there may be a time difference and the airlines often get confused
  • Telephone – code dial 0044 or +44 for a UK number. The Moroccan international code in 212.
  • Prices – rumours abound that you should never pay asking prices and should haggle. Never tried it myself.. .
  • Dining out – there are fantastic restaurants of all different budgets but there are tourist traps as well. The best advice is to book with us and then we’ll give you our latest recommended list..but you have to book first!
  • Vegetarian food – lots of excellent salad and vegetable based cous-sous and tajine dishes available.

 

Marrakech
The start and finish for most Morocco Holidays. Highlights are the souks in the old Medina, the main square in the evening, the Majorelle gardens and the historical sites. You should definitely stay in a Marrakech Riad for at least a few nights but also some beautiful villas and hotels on the edge of town in rural Marrakech. Click for suggested riads More
Essaouira
Essaouira is our favourite at all times of year. Probably the prettiest coastal town in Morocco and loads to see and do. Great camel trekking, horse-riding, surfing kite/windsurfing, cooking lessons, lovely medina (more relaxing shopping than Marrakech). Also great places to stay in town and in the village click below for suggestions More
High Atlas Mountains
Incredibly close to Marrakech but a world apart, the Atlas mountains are an essential visit. Go for a day trip (trekking or driving tour), or stay in one of the beautiful kasbahs perched on a hilltop to relax and soak up the views More
Sahara Desert
The massive dunes of the Sahara should be on anyone's "bucket list" and it is easy to do a trip into the desert from Marrakech, Fes or the coast with a bit of planning More
Ait Ben Haddou
One of the most famous sights in Morocco, Ait Ben Haddou is a rock fortress on the south side of the Atlas. Always a good stopping point on our desert tours and a must for the photo album More
The Gorges
The Todra and Dades Gorges maybe a little over-hyped but certainly worth a stop on the way to Mezourga - part of our Desert & Gorges Tour More
Taroudant
A pretty walled town within easy reach of Agadir (so a lot of day trippers from the package hotels) but also a great place for a night's stop between the desert and the coast More
Agadir
Having been re-built after and earthquake 50 years ago it doesn't have as much charm as other Moroccan cities but the beach and climate are lovely More
Oualidia Lagoon
A small seaside town built up around a pretty estuary and lagoon. Home to La Sultana, the best coastal hotel in Morocco and can easily be combined with a visit to Marrakech and Essaouira More
Rabat
Less well known as a tourist destination but with recently introduced direct flights from the UK it is an interesting city where you can see the modern Morocco alongside the rivermouth Kasbah and the medina More
Casablanca
The biggest city in Morocco and an industrial sprawl. We generally advise not stopping there and even if flying to Casablanca head North to Fes/Rabat or south to Marrakech/Essaouira. If you are passing through it is worth visiting the spectacular seafront mosque.
Fes
Fes makes for a fabulous long weekend or as part of our "Grand Tour". The highlight is the medina which most people prefer to Marrakech, partly as it is on a hill you are much more aware of the geography. Also, do a day trip to the Roman ruins at Volubilis and ask about a night or two in the village of Bhalil More
Merzouga
The second good dune area of Morocco is Erg Chebbi by Merzouga - easier to get to (no 4x4 needed) and whilst the dunes are stunning we prefer Erg Cheggaga for a proper desert experience. More

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