If you’re reading this, then there’s are good chance you have either booked your Trip to Morocco or you’re seriously considering going. Either way, that’s great! You’ve come to the right place and are in good hands.
You won’t regret deciding to travel to Morocco. I know you will have a fabulous time.
How do I know that? Because you’re here reading this article!
You’re doing the right thing by researching and arming yourself with information. This is guide covers literally everything you need to know before visiting Morocco.
This is a very honest (and sometimes brutally honest) guide. No sugar-coating. My intention is not to be a Debbie Downer. I simply want to prepare you, so you will have a wonderful time because there won’t be any nasty surprises.
You won’t find a more comprehensive guide out there on how to prepare for and what to expect in Morocco. I’ve literally poured all my knowledge (and then some!) into this guide because just like you, I was both excited about going to Morocco but also very anxious and probably a bit paranoid too.
With that in mind, here’s everything we’ll cover. Plus a bonus tip at the end you won’t want to miss!
One of the reasons Morocco is a good place to visit is its varied geography! Morocco doesn’t just have paradise beaches and sweeping expanses of desert, it also has mountains! Morocco has two major mountain ranges, the Rif Mountains in the north and the Atlas Mountains stretching through the middle of the country
Try and avoid going to bars alone or walking alone at night. Statistically, Morocco is a very safe country. Moroccan are, by and large, very friendly and welcoming to travelers and will do anything to try and show you the best side of their nation
Morocco is a year-round vacation destination although the summer months can be particularly hot, especially towards the south of Morocco. The best time to visit Morocco is from September through to May.
More established shops will take credit card, but most smaller markets, street vendors, and cabs will not. Be ready with the local currency.
The Moroccan Dirham (DEE-rahm) goes for roughly 9.6 Dirhams (DH) per 1 USD or 10 per 1 euro. We thought things would be cheaper in Morocco, but because of how touristy the country has become, the prices were comparable to Europe. Our guide recommended each person exchange 100 euros per day.
Another word to add your vocab is ‘Tadwiera’, which means ‘tip’. You’ll hear this one a lot and it will be expected for anything and everything. Tipping locals for their services is expected and a way of life in Morocco.
Have some change ready for tips. A good general rule of thumb is 5 DH at a local place and 10-20 DH at nicer places.
When you start shopping think about the item first. If it’s a large purchase like a rug, lighting fixtures, or authentic jewelry these all have a high mark-up rate. Smaller items like baskets, clothing, or leather goods have a lower markup.
When you’re walking through the markets, be careful when taking photos of people and shops. Unless you are purchasing something, they may get angry at you and even demand money for the photos. Remember it’s good to first establish a price before taking a photo.
Although most Moroccans are Muslims, yes, they still have all these. Hashish, an extract of the cannabis plant, is quite commonly offered to you in the streets.
Keep in mind that it is a Muslim country, so pay attention to their holidays otherwise you might be there when everything is closed.
Also, most shops and attractions will close on Friday since it’s their holy day.