Guide to Morocco
Morocco Facts & Info
Morocco, officially called the Kingdom of Morocco, sits at the top western side of the continent of Africa. The Atlantic Ocean is off the west coast and the Mediterranean Sea sits to the North. Algeria sits to the east and The Sahara Desert sits to the south. Morocco has been occupied by humans for at least 90,000 years, going back to the Paleolithic times. The capital of Morocco is Rabat but the largest city is Casablanca. Explore this Guide to Morocco to learn more.
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Guide to Morocco: Exploring the Fez Medina
The medina in Fez has over 10,000 alleys of shopping, homes, restaurants, and schools and not a single car. The alleys are too narrow so carts and donkeys are used to carry goods. You will find that similar goods are grouped together in the medina. So if you’re looking for lights, you’ll find all the shops that specialize in lighting are in the same area.
Guide to Morocco: What you need to know
Currency: The Dirham
Language: Arabic and Berber are the official languages of Morocco but French and English are widely spoken
Population: Around 37 million
Food & Drink: Couscous, Tagine, and Mint Tea
Climate: Morocco is hot. It has a warm desert type climate but believe it or not it does snow in the mountains
The best time to visit is either in the spring or fall when the temperatures aren’t so hot but it’s still warm. Avoid summer if you can unless you love super hot temperatures.
Most people fly to one of two International Airports: the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca, or the Menara International Airport in Marrakech. You can also catch a Ferry from France or Spain. Read more about Morocco below in our Morocco Travel Guides.
Morocco is very affordable from hotels to food to souvenirs. Your flight and hotel will likely be the most expensive part of the trip. If you are shopping, make sure to haggle. It’s expected. Rugs, Moroccan Poufs, dishware…everything is negotiable.
There are a lot of options for traveling in the country. Morocco has a train system that connects all the major cities. They are affordable too, around $25-40 depending on how far you’re going.
Morocco also has a great bus system with seats that recline and wifi. Always a nice bonus!
If you need to get around one of the cities, there are several cab options. The Petite Taxis are small vehicles that sit up to 3 people and only stay within the city limits. The Grand Taxis are larger, generally sits up to 6 people, and can go within and outside city limits.
It’s not recommended to rent a car because accident rates are high. There is no Uber but there is an app similar to Uber called Careem.
Morocco’s lodging ranges from very affordable to luxury. There are some really nice hotels if you want to splurge. I have my eye on a few for my next trip back there! You can find hostals in Marrakech for about $20 or luxury hotels for almost $2,000 a night. You can even find nice 4 star spa hotels for just around $100. Definitely something for everyone’s budget. Consider staying in a Riad, which is similar to a bed and breakfast. These are traditional Morocco homes that usually have less than 10 rooms and have unique Moroccan architecture and designs.
You could see a lot in just a week. Most people visit mainly the cities of Marrakech and Fez so spliting your time between those cities would give you a good Moroccan experience. Unless you’re flying out of Casablanca, I would say to skip it. It’s more of a modern city and doesn’t have quite the same feel as the other two. You may want to add a day to go to the Sahara Desert or to the blue city of Chefchaouen.
Guide to Morocco: Bucket List Ideas