ADVICES AND TIPS BEFORE TRAVEL TO MOROCCO
Before to travel to Morocco you should read this tips and advices :
- Is it safe to travel to Morocco on your own?
Morocco is one of the safest countries in Africa, especially for travelers. Keep in mind that tourism is one of the great sources of income for the country and the government allocates numerous resources so that you feel comfortable and protected at all times. This does not mean that in less touristy areas of the country and isolated neighborhoods of big cities, especially at night, you have to take extra precautions and be well informed of possible dangers before traveling through areas you do not know.
Thefts are not common, although it is necessary to be aware of small scams in the most tourist cities. Some of the most common are the false guides that are offered in the medinas and that work on commission for shops and restaurants, the taxi drivers who do not put the meter or do not set a rate before to be able to inflate the price or the sellers who sell to gold price products that are not of sufficient quality.
A good option to have a pleasant first contact and get to know a bit of the idiosyncrasy of a city like Marrakech is to book a private tour in which you have a good guide in Spanish and you choose the itinerary, or book this free tour in Spanish for free! ! If you visit Fez you can book in advance this guided tour in Spanish that goes through the main points of interest in the Medina.
- What is the best time to travel to Morocco ?
The best times to visit Morocco are the low seasons: spring and autumn. Summer can be hot in the south and winter can be very cold in the Atlas. However, if you choose your destination carefully, you can find a region with the climate that suits you best. One of the characteristics of the Moroccan climate is the difference between day and night, as well as between winter and summer. Only the Atlantic coast has moderate temperatures. The rains are usually irregular and often abundant on the hills in autumn and spring, if they are also combined with the hot and dry climate as early as May, they will make you know the cold and the heat, the rain and the sun.
Morocco can be visited throughout the year, as it has great climatic diversity. Therefore, the best time to travel to Morocco does not depend only on the region you want to visit, but also on your preferences, for example, you can enjoy trekking in the desert in February, beaches in Essaouira in July, summer will be a auspicious season in the Rif and the Atlas mountains, while visiting the imperial cities is highly recommended in April … as we have already mentioned it depends on your preferences.
- Requirements and visa to Morocco
For most citizens of Europe and Latin America we do not need to obtain a visa for Morocco in advance. It goes without saying that before traveling, consult the nearest consulate or embassy to your country of residence or nationality. You can also check this website by entering your nationality.
Within the requirements for the trip to Morocco are to have a passport with at least six months of validity from the entry, and fill out a simple visitor form when entering and leaving the country. You hand this document along with your passport to the border police.
- How to get to Morocco ?
Morocco is well connected through its airports and ports.
From Spain and many European cities there are various nonstop flights that connect the main Moroccan cities such as Casablanca, Marrakech, Fez, Agadir, Tangier, the capital Rabat and other beautiful towns. For the rest of the cities, you can have short flight, bus or train connections.
There are also various ferries that arrive from Algeciras, Tarifa, as well as from other Spanish and Portuguese cities that connect with Morocco in a short time.
- Health: travel and vaccination insurance
Al llegar por libre o con agencia a Marruecos, ya sea en avión o barco, no piden como requisito de entrada un seguro de viajes, ni vacuna en específico.
Una emergencia o inconveniente puede suceder en cuanto menos te lo esperas. No tiene por qué ser malo o de gravedad, así que contratar un seguro para viajar nunca está demás.
En cuanto a la comida marroquí, esta lleva algunos picantes, y aunque puedes encontrar farmacias, te recomiendo siempre llevar un kit viajero con pastillas: Ibuprofeno, Paracetamol, Aspirina, antidiarreicas, o el medicamento que estés usando.
Recuerda beber solo agua embotellada en Marruecos, como parte de los consejos sanitarios que recomienda, por ejemplo el Ministerio Español de Asuntos Exteriores (MAEC).
- The currency of Morocco and the exchange rate
The currency of Morocco is Moroccan Dirham (DH) whose financial symbol is MAD.
At the main airports you can find money exchange offices, although the transaction may be very low, the difference is minimal. Therefore, it is possible to change a necessary amount for your initial expenses.
As a reference, I always use the application or the xe.com website to stay up-to-date and have a comparison regarding the currency and the current exchange rate. 1 Euro is equal to approximately 10 dirhams.
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