Travel Tips for Morocco
Are you planning a trip to Morocco, if you are you are going to have a great time but there are some things you need to know before your trip to Morocco. I spent a couple of weeks travelling around Moroccan cities and here are my top travel tips for Morocco.
Public Toilets in Morocco
You need to pay to pee, make sure you have a few small coins with you as most toilets’ costs 1 to 2 dirham except in restaurants. There is normally an attendant who can give change, but they are reluctant to change notes and they will not let you in unless you pay.
Also, a good idea to have your own toilet roll and not all toilets had any. Most public toilets in Morocco were the western style sit down but occasional we came across the stand over toilet which I can use but some people find difficult.
I recommend wet wipes for any trip abroad. They are great for freshening up in the heat and for cleaning hands after the toilet. I use wet wipes often and they will always be in my rucksack.
Check the weather in Morocco
It rains a lot at certain times of the year. I visited Morocco in November and it seemed as though it didn’t stop raining for most of the trip and it was very cool so make sure you have a waterproof if you are visiting in the winter. There were many street vendors selling umbrellas especially around tourist attractions and they were about 5euros.
I also didn’t realise it snowed in parts of Morocco one day we were driving in snowy mountains and then after a few hours we were in the hot desert so best to be prepared with layers as if you are travelling around Morocco you may experience different weathers in the same day.
Alcohol is not available everywhere
Morocco is a Muslim country where alcohol is not aloud as part of their culture so it is not widely sold. If you like an alcoholic drink with your meal, then research before you visit Morocco which restaurants sell alcohol as many of them don’t. When we got to each city, we goggled which restaurants were selling alcohol, be warned it is also a little expensive as it is not avaialbe everywhere. Also, if you visit a supermarket the alcohol is sold in a separate room.
Don’t drink tap water
As with most countries abroad it is advised to not drink the tap water. In my riad they had a special filter, so water was avaialbe and bottles of water are sold everywhere and easy to get hold of. I would also recommend using bottled water for brushing teeth but again I do this in most foreign countries I visit if you are advised to not drink the tap water.
Be prepared for queuing at the Airport
Marrakech is the worse airport I have been to for queuing it literally takes hours to get through passport control. If you are disabled or have any mobility limitations, I would recommend arranging assistance when you book your flight.
Choose to stay in the Old Towns
If you want to be near the action look at hotels or riads in the old towns as you will be closer to things especially if you want to visit at night. However, it is generally more expensive to stay in Moroccan cities old towns but there are plenty of taxis if you are staying further out.
But do be careful as some of the taxis drivers are scammers so agree prices or make sure they have the metre on as during my trip a few of the taxi drivers tried to rip us off, we just said no it should only be 50 dirham if that is what we were advised by our guide or hotel and then they said ok pay that.
Check whether you need a visa
Visa requirements vary depending on your nationality I always advise people to check their local government site to see if you require a visa.
British nationals do not currently require a visa to visit morocco if staying less than 3 months. You can find out more visa requirements on the Gov.UK Site.
Mosquitos in Morocco
At the time of year I visited, mosquitoes were not a problem in Morocco, but I still took some spray and used it at night. I didn’t get any bites, but I did see a couple of mosquitoes in our hotel rooms.
Fridays are holy days
Fridays are considered a holy day in Morocco, things do not close completely but souks may seem a little quieter at some shops may close plus there will not be as many locals out and about as it is prayer day.
Moroccan Currency is the Dirham
There is no need to carry too much cash as there are lots of cash machines and currency exchanges. As with most foreign countries try not to exchange your money in the hotels or at the airport as it will be more expensive. I also had a money belt as it made me feel safer especially in the medinas when it can be very crowded, and people will be banging into you.
If you want water whilst you are at the airport before you exchange any money, there is a café outside that accepts euros. Most of the businesses in Morocco work deal in cash only but I was able to use my travel cash card in the ATMS.
Moroccan Dirham is a closed currency so you can only get it when you are in Morocco. Also, another tip of not getting too much money out at a time is it will ensure you don’t have lots of currency left over at the end of your trip. If you do have some money left and you are not planning on visiting Morocco again then it’s time to treat yourself to some souvenirs in the medinas as you will not be able to change it bank when you get home.
Do they speak English in Morocco?
They speak a few different languages in Morocco including French, Arabic, Berber, Spanish and English. You may find it useful if you can speak a few words of French, but you will not have difficulty if you don’t. One of the girls I was travelling with was fluent in French and she was able to ask a few questions that were a little bit more complicated. However, I only speak English and did not find it difficult ordering food or buying things in shops and the souks.
What plug do they use in Morocco?
Make sure you have a travel plug adapter. For Morocco these are two associated plug types, types C and E. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type E is the plug which has two round pins and a hole for the socket’s male earthing pin. Morocco operates on a 220V supply voltage and 50Hz.
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