Morocco Travel Tips
MOROCCO TRAVELING TIPS
We have compiled a list of tips and resources that we think may be helpful to get you prepared for your trip, put you at ease and make your trip more enjoyable. We have included a lot of benefits that will make our travels very enjoyable such as private guides, refreshing drinks during our rides, and covering admission fees to local sites and attractions. Please see the list of what is included and not included.
Also: Make sure your passport is up-to-date!
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The average high temperature in Agadir during April is 69.8F (21ºC); perfectly warm enough to relax on the beach in your swimwear. Bring some warmer clothes for the evenings though as things get quite cool, with temperatures usually dropping to 53.6F (12ºC) at night. The typical sea temperature’s 64.4F (18ºC), while humidity’s low and expected rainfall’s 13mm over two rainy days. You can expect 13 hours of daylight with nine hours of sunshine each day, while UV levels will be very high so take some sun cream. Sunset’s around 8pm in April.
For Men: Jeans and t-shirt are fine.
Long shorts and t-shirts are OK in hotter regions, but are sometimes shorts are viewed as underwear. Bring them, but follow local cues.
Don’t dress like a bum.
For women: Even though Morocco is predominantly Muslim, it’s more relaxed than some of its neighbors to the east, and most major tourist spots have gotten used to foreigners and their style. Still, be culturally respectful and;
Cover your shoulders and leave the strappy tops at home.
Cover your knees at least. In rural areas, full length is even better.
You don’t need to cover your head, but bring a scarf for visiting mosques.
I know short shorts and crop tops are in, but leave them at home.
You may find, if you are friendly and courteous enough, that you will soon start to make friends with the locals. If this happens and you are invited to a meal, it is good to keep in mind some of the local customs. For example, you will usually take off your shoes when entering a house. You can follow your host’s example in this regard. Also it is a good idea to take a gift of some sort with. If you are in a home in the city you might take some pastries or some sugar with you. If you are in the county it would be better to buy a live chicken for the household which is likely to not be quite so well off. A home invitation is perhaps the most authentic way to sample Moroccan dishes. Most Moroccan food is eaten with the hands. If you are invited to join someone for a meal, you should always eat with the right hand as the left is supposed to be used for the toilet.
MONEY AND EXCHANGES
All international airports in Morocco have a currency exchange counter. Exchange rates are fixed by law and charging high commissions is forbidden, which means that there are very small differences in fees between banks and exchange counters.
In larger cities, banks abound. Remember to bring your passport and always ask for a receipt following a transaction. Note that many banks close during lunchtime and that during Ramadan and summertime, many banks are only open until 2pm or 3pm. The most convenient and best option for travelers is to withdrawal funds using a debit card at one of the many ATM machines (commonly called a guichet automatique) located throughout the country (ATM’s can be sparse in rural areas).
Call your bank before leaving to let them know you will be traveling.
Tipping in Morocco is customary. Waiters in cafés (1dh per person) and restaurants (5dh or so in moderate places, 10–15 percent in upmarket places); museum and monument curators (3–5dh); gardiens de voitures (5dh); filling station attendants (3–5dh); and porters who load your baggage onto buses (5dh). Taxi drivers do not expect a tip, but always appreciate one.
Locals, in this case Moroccans, usually appreciate a travelers efforts to communicate in the native tongue.
Here are a few basic Arabic words that came in handy:
Hello (Peace Be With You): Salam Alikome (salaam a eleikum)
Thank You: Choukran (shokran)
No Thank You: La Choukran (la shokran). This one is useful when you have a bunch of street vendors hassling you to buy something.
Watch Out: Balak. Although you won’t use this yourself, you’ll most likely hear this in the medinas or souks (outdoor markets). It will be said by locals coming by with a mule, motorcycle, or cart and is a warning to move to the side or get run over.
The two official languages are Modern Standard Arabic and Amazigh (Berber).Moroccan Arabic (known as Darija) is the spoken native vernacular. The languages of prestige in Morocco are Arabic in its Classical and Modern Standard Forms and French, the latter of which serves as a second language for many Moroccans.
POWERING YOUR DEVICES/CONVERTERS
Morocco uses the following: Voltage: 220 V, Frequency: 50 Hz, Power sockets: type C / E. If you have something that works in Europe, then it will be the same. It may also be a good idea to bring a charger for the car.
OTHER USEFUL TIPS
Extra Things to Pack:
- Contact/emergency contact list with phone numbers.
WHAT’S INCLUDED AND NOT INCLUDED
- Pick up at airport (trip starts after pick-up) and drop off.
- Private (sole) use of 8 English speaking drivers, the official English Speaking notional guide and the modern air- conditioned Toyota 4x4s.
- Boutique/ luxury accommodation in 12 double/twin Superior rooms for 9 nights.
- Sahara camel trek and 12 luxury private en suite tents for 1 night.
- 7 (seven) three-course meal dinners, 1 lunch and 9 breakfasts.
- Airport pick up and drop off.
- Private guided visit of Fes with a local guide.
- Private guided visit of Sale with local university teacher.
- Private guided trek of Dades gorge or around Skoura’s palm grove with local guide.
- Moroccan cooking class and lunch for in the medina of Marrakech.
- Private guided visit of the medina of Marrakech with local guide.
- All other local guides.
- Refreshing drinks inside the vehicle all along the itinerary.
- Admission fees to all local sites and attractions.
- 24 hour travel assistance.
- Transport insurance, gasoline and highway tolls.
- Airfare to and from Casablanca, Morocco
- Single supplement (private room with private bath). $400.00 (only three available)
- Insurance for trip cancellation, baggage or health issues. This insurance is highly recommended.
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