20 Things You Must Know Before You Travel To Morocco

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A lot of people are traveling to Morocco every year.It’s located in the Maghreb region of North Africa,and it’s famous for its food,desert,monuments,rich culture and its old medinas. It’s also a place where a lot of popular video clips were filmed such as:Boom Boom by Daddy Yankee,Red One,French Montana and Dinah Jane.As well as Holla Senorita (Maria) by Maluma and Gims. If visiting Morocco is one of your plans,then reading this article is a must.

If there’s anything I’ve missed that you think would benefit future travelers to the country,please feel free to share your tip in the comments.

CURRENCY

In Morocco,currency is officially the Moroccan Dirham (MAD).Coins that are worth half,one,two,five and ten Dirhams are fare more important for your everyday spending.Banknotes are worth 20,50,100 and 200 Dirhams .

Just remember that you can’t take more than 1000 MAD in or out of Morocco.And you can use ATM’s to get up to 2000 MAD or 4000 MAD per day.That depends on your bank.

CARRY CASH

When the plane lands,you should go to the nearest cash machine because you definitely won’t be able to use a card to pay in a souk or local village shop.You can only use your credit or debit cards in larger supermarkets and malls.

YOU DON’T NEED TO PICK UP SOME MOROCCAN ARABIC OR FRENCH

A lot of people will advise you to learn some Moroccan Arabic or French before travelling.As a Moroccan citizen who traveled to more than 60 Moroccan city,trust me,you don’t need to do that.Moroccan people can talk a lot of languages,they’re known for their cultural diversity.They used to learn languages from tourists especially in touristic areas,such Marrakesh,Agadir…

YOU CAN WEAR WHATEVER YOU WANT

It’s true that Morocco is a Muslim country but Moroccan women started to dress on their own,due to the gender equality movement.But when visiting mosques,you need to cover down to your wrists and ankles.

FRIDAYS ARE HOLIDAYS

Fridays take on a whole new meaning in Morocco.While most of the rest of the world is out partying,it’s typically a quieter day through the souks across Morocco.Men traditionally head to the Hammam in advance of Friday’s midday prayers,while women are at home preparing Couscous.After all,preparing the Couscous in true Moroccan style takes many hours.It’s a day when families gather,children have the afternoon off school and businesses may not open until late afternoon.

PAY ATTENTION FROM BEGGARS…MOST OF THEM ARE THIEVES

You are going to be frustrated by beggars asking for money or even cigarettes,especially in the busier cities like Marrakech,Agadir and Casablanca.If you meet one of them just walk away and don’t pay attention to them.

If you want to lose some pounds…It’s not the right place.Just forget about your diet.

Moroccans eat every meal with bread.They eat it on breakfast,lunch and dinner.It might seem strange at first,but it’s a part of Moroccan traditions and culture.

ASK BEFORE TAKING A PICTURE OF ANYONE IN MOROCCO

In Morocco,photography isn’t welcomed by all,especially in rural areas,where people are more conservative.So that’s why it’s crucial to ask before taking anyone’s pictures.Sometimes,you may have to payfor the photos in some areas like Jamaa El Fna square.

PREPARE YOURSELF FOR SQUAT TOILETS AND ALWAYS CARRY TOILET PAPER

In some rural areas and villages,you will be obliged to go to squat toilets,there’s no solution.Oh Yeah!But fortunately,squat toilets are more effective and better for your health.

For personal hygiene and religious reasons,Moroccan don’t use toilet paper.They use a small shower or tap and bucket instead.So carry toilet paper with you everywhere.

OLD MEDINAS WILL DRIVE YOU CRAZY,BUT MAKE SURE YOU DON’T GET LOST

Though lacking the medieval magic that characterises many Moroccan Medinas,you may get lost,which is not uncommon,even Moroccan tourists lost their way.So just accept this fact and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere and don’t worry.

LEARN HOW TO HAGGLE OVER “THE TOURIST PRICE”

Moroccans are very good at haggling,this art is an important part of their daily life.You always have to negociate the price with the seller.That’s how things work in Morocco.

If you are not good at haggling,you better ask somebody else to buy them for you.Or else,you will buy things with double or quadruple their worth.

NEVER EVER TAKE A LOCAL BUS ESPECIALLY IN CASABLANCA

Taking a bus in Casablanca may put you in a hazardous situation.Thay’re usually over-crowded,dirty and unsafe.You’d better take a Taxi,but make sure that the Taxi driver activates the Taxi meter.To know the Taxi drivers that you can trust,click the link below:

DON’T FORGET TO GRAB YOUR CAMERA AND GET IT READY

You will be surely surprised by the beautiful views that you will see.Moroccan nature is mind blowing.Everything in Morocco masmerizes.You will really really really want to do shootings,so don’t forget to grab your camera.

THE COUNTRY IS SAFE,THERE’S STRONG POLICE PRESENCE

In truth,Morocco is a safe place to visit.There’s only really small crime there ( Scams and pickpockets).But you need to watch out,especially if you are a solo female traveler,the pretty crime and harassement require you to stay on guard.

DON’T FORGET TO BUY SHEMAGH ESPECIALLY IN SAHARA

If visiting Morocco is one of your plans,then you should buy a shemagh,whether you are a man or a woman.It’s unisex.It will protect your face from the sand and the sun’s rays.

THE WEATHER IN MOROCCO IS MOODY

Along the Atlantic coast,the difference between summer and winter is relatively minimal.In the Sahara desert,summer temperatures often exceed 104 degrees Fohrenheit but may fall to near freezing during winter nights.In terms of rainfull the northern part of Morocco isconsiderably wetter than the arid south.

THE OLD MOROCCAN MAGIC CARPET IS JUST A SCAM

Sellers will try to convince you to buy a carpet with an exorbitant price.Don’t trust them.In normal cases ( Without “The tourist price” concept ) a Moroccan carpet costs between 30$ and 200$.You’d better buy carpets from cooperatives instead of bazaars,which apply some unreasonable prices.

NEVER EVER THINK ABOUT VISITING THESE PLACES

Yet Morocco is a safe country,but there are some places that you shouldn’t visit especially if you are a solo female traveler.Here is the article that shows you the truth about these places:

USING GOOGLE MAPS IS A GOOD IDEA BUT…

You can rely on Google Maps,it works really well.But Moroccan hotels and hostels may not be well located on Google Maps so it’s a good idea to call ahead and make sure you have the right directions.

HOSPITALITY IS LIKE A NATIONAL SPORT

In Morocco it’s easy to be hosted,and it’s more likely to receive Moroccan families invitations when traveling alone,especially in small villages.Actually,this country is the third welcoming country in the world according to The World Economic Forum.

BONUS

IF YOU ARE A SOLO FEMALE TRAVELER,THIS ADVICE IS FOR YOU.

Dear lovely reader,

Traveling solo through Morocco can be though.There are things that could make your trip less enjoyable like sexual harassement.And please don’t trust guides easily,most of them will scam you.Don’t forget to make sure if the guide you chose is certified by the ministry of tourism.That’s why you’d better research Morocco thouroughly before making any decision.

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