Things you should know before traveling to Morocco
Morocco: is a country which is located in the western part of North Africa that lies directly across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain. Morocco borders Algeria to the east and southeast, Mauritania to the south, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north. It is the only African country with coastal exposure to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
The indigenous people now collectively known as Berbers (self-name Imazighen; singular, Amazigh), Morocco has been subject to extensive migration and has long been the location of urban communities that were originally settled by peoples from outside the region. Controlled by Carthage from an early date, the region was later the westernmost province of the Roman Empire. Following the Arab conquest of the late 7th century ce, the broader area of North Africa came to be known as the Maghrib (Arabic: “the West”), and the majority of its people accepted Islam. Subsequent Moroccan kingdoms enjoyed political influence that extended beyond the coastal regions, and in the 11th century the first native Amazigh dynasty of North Africa, the Almoravids, gained control of an empire stretching from Andalusian (southern) Spain to parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Attempts by Europeans to establish permanent footholds in Morocco beginning in the late 15th century were largely repulsed, but the country later became the subject of Great Power politics in the 19th century. Morocco was made a French protectorate in 1912 but regained independence in 1956. Today it is the only monarchy in North Africa.
Although the country is rapidly modernizing and enjoys a rising standard of living, it retains much of its ancient architecture and even more of its traditional customs. Morocco’s largest city and major Atlantic Ocean port is Casablanca, an industrial and commercial centre. The capital, Rabat, lies a short distance to the north on the Atlantic coast. Other port cities include Tangier, on the Strait of Gibraltar, Agadir, on the Atlantic, and Al-Hoceïma, on the Mediterranean Sea. The city of Fès is said to have some of the finest souks, or open-air markets, in all of North Africa. Scenic and fertile, Morocco well merits the praise of a native son, the medieval traveler Ibn Baṭṭūṭah, who wrote that “it is the best of countries, for in it fruits are plentiful, and running water and nourishing food are never exhausted.”
Morocco is definitely a diverse country where no two cities are the same and you can visit the Moroccan desert, the blue sea coast or the breathtaking mountains. knowing the different places is a great way to make you understand where you want to spend your precious time.
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: Please discuss immunisation with your doctor in advance of your trip.
PASSPORTS & VISAS: On arrival in Morocco your passport must be valid for 6 months. On your flight you should be given a landing card to complete for Passport Control - you will need your riad name and address. You can also pick up a form in the Passport Control Hall. Visa requirements are country dependent but, for EU subjects, you only need to complete the landing card to obtain a Tourist Visa: http://www.morocco.embassyhomepage.com/index.htm
TRAVEL INSURANCE: You are advised to take out Travel Insurance as this is not included in the Price.
HOTELS: In some hotels, irrespective of category, it can take time for hot water to arrive in the shower.
MONEY: It is not possible to obtain Dirham outside Morocco. There are ATMs and bureau de change at all major airports in Morocco. Taxi drivers accept Euros from the airport - €15 but please have €20 handy. ATMs are readily accessible in Morocco.
DRESS: You advised to cover from knee to above the elbow. From late summer through to late spring pack layers and a warm jacket; in summer a light-weight fleece or similar.
Safety and security:
Morocco is considered the safest country in the North Africa. The good news is the safety status of Morocco was updated to level 1 in early 2018, which means it's now considered safe to travel to the country and tourists should exercise a normal level of caution while visiting.
Solo Travel in Morocco as a Woman
According to Theblondeabroad website, It is totally safe to travel by yourself in Morocco. Of course, you all know that you may find solo travel to be an incredibly empowering experience. There are so many amazing destinations perfect for visiting on your own in Morocco. Majority of women have never been in a danger.
Sahara desert and must see attractions in Morocco
Merzouga is considered to be the best destination for tourists; therefore, it is included in most Morocco itineraries. Especially 3& 4 days desert tours that can either start in Marrakech or Fes. in Erg Chebbi, you will see the 150m high dunes at Merzouga as they change from the palest cream to deep oranges which will inspire you, day or night. Whilst some easily accessed areas have become touristy, with So Morocco you can experience the romantic desert of your imagination, where the only other footsteps you will see are those of your camel. If you have more time available and are looking for something even more wild and remote from tourism, we will take you to Erg Chigaga, M’Hamid. The sky is vast and clear in the day and filled with millions of dazzling stars at night. You can choose to sleep in your exotically cosy Berber camp or lay out under the stars absorbing the mystical power of the desert. Time spent in this area, with the people of the desert, is an exceptionally spiritual experience and I have never yet met a single person who wasn’t moved by it. If you need to heal, if you need to discover or if you just need to relax, deeply – explore the Sahara with us.
Our tours can be extemded to Fes, Chefchouan, Tangiers, Rabat, Casablanca…etc. Basically our tours can start and end up anywhere in Morocco.
A group tour or private trip to the Sahara Desert
The choice to travel independently or within an organized tour is often based on personal preference and travel style. In Morocco, if you are experienced in traveling independently and are familiar with French or Arabic, it is possible to travel independently. Travel books and public transportation can teach you the basics and take you pretty much anywhere within the country. It is worth noting you should never go into the actual desert unassisted. On a private tour, you will be able to dive deeper into Moroccan culture, get to interact with locals on a daily basis and learn about some of the country’s best hidden gems with knowledgeable guides. See below for some of the private tours we offer to the Sahara Desert.