Travel Tips For Morocco: Part One
Morocco is a diverse country of culture, located on the edge of Africa; this storied country should be a must on everyone’s bucket list. From revelling in the explosion of bright colours in local markets, trekking to the top of the Atlas Mountains to admire the breath-taking views and riding a camel into the Sahara Desert to camp under the stars, there is something for every single traveller, young or old. Once you visit, you are highly likely to return! If you’re thinking of jetting off to explore Morocco, read our travel tips for visiting the extraordinary country.
1. Cash & Currency
The currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham, it’s a closed currency, and therefore by law, you aren’t allowed to import or export it. We recommend waiting until you arrive at a Moroccan airport before attempting to take any cash out, to avoid any hassle! Outside of the city, credit cards are virtually useless, so before heading anywhere be sure to check you have some Dhs. On that note, although ATM’s are widely available in cities and towns, they can be temperamental, especially on Mondays, Fridays and during special holidays, so your best bet is to ensure you have enough money to enjoy your stay when first touching down in the beautiful country.
2. Dressing Appropriately
It’s all about modesty in Morocco, no matter how hot and clammy the climate can get, dressing inappropriately for the country can welcome some unwanted attention. You should pack loose, comfortable and breathable clothing for your trip, whatever time of year you visit. For women, your packing list should comprise of; long sleeve tops, maxi dresses, harem pants, scarfs and cardigans. For men, your packing list should consist of; button-up shirts, light-weight trousers and cargo shorts. It can get chiller in the evenings, so being able to layer up is essential. Morocco is known for their exquisite cuisine; comfortable clothing is a must so that you can eat to your heart’s content!
3. Local Guides
You will no doubt encounter a faux guide on your time in Morocco, many Moroccans see tourists as a way to make money and have been known to be persistent. If you’re approached by someone you think is an unofficial guide, politely decline their offer, give the impression you know where you’re heading and stick to your chosen route, even when they’re trying to lead you away from the usual path. An experienced traveller leads all of our tours, and our guides are on hand to help with anything you require, whether this is before, during or after your trip.
4. Ask Permission To Take Photos
You may want to get snap-happy when visiting this beautiful country but be sure to ask permission before you take anyone’s photo. Aniconism is still present in Morocco, and many locals will not want to be photographed for religious reasons. It is likely you’ll come across markets and shops that won’t allow you to photograph them, as well as a number of snake charmers, who won’t allow you to take pictures unless you tip them, as they make a living from allowing tourists to take photos. If you are unsure whether to get your camera out, just ask! It is certain you will get some great shots when exploring this bustling country.
5. Basic Arabic Phrases
Salaam alaiekum! Exploring a new country also means discovering a new language. The official language spoken in Morocco is Arabic, learning just a few common phrases will allow you to feel at ease when you wander off to sightsee. Here’s a round-up of the most common Arabic phrases you’re likely to use when visiting:
Salaam alaiekum = Hello
Beslama = Goodbye
Shukran = Thank you
Afak = Please
Bashal? = How much?
If you’re thinking of taking a trip to Morocco to relax in the Skoura Oasis, trek the Atlas Mountains, immerse yourself in the golden sands of the Sahara Desert or to embark on one of many Marrakech desert tours, you’ve come to the right place as we offer a unique experience that is somewhat different from what other travel companies usually offer. Our itineraries have been crafted by our travel experts who have discovered the area themselves. If you have any questions or would like to know more about any one of our experiences, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!