Are you visiting Morocco for the first time? If you want to create memorable experiences, make sure you follow these ten tips. Read here!
10 tips for your first visit to Morocco
Visiting Morocco for the first time is a dream come true for most tourists. If you are going to travel to Morocco for the first time, we are sure that you have a thousand questions in your head to organize the trip, so let’s see if we can solve your doubts with these ten essential tips to enjoy the country. Read on!
1. Have Some Cash
Although you can use a credit card in hotels, in most places (especially souks and street stalls), you pay in cash since it is infrequent that they have a system for credit cards. The Dirham is the official currency of Morocco so change a small amount at the airport as soon as you arrive.
2. Explore the Desert
If you want to visit Marrakech and explore the desert of Morocco, we recommend that you do it with a local guide. You can do a 7-day route through Morocco in a 4×4, and it is one of the most incredible experiences you will have when visiting Morocco.
3. Travel Insurance
Take good medical insurance in case you have any unforeseen events. So, we recommend that you take your insurance, which in the end is a minimum cost added to the travel expenses.
4. Drink Bottled Water
Drink only bottled water, even to brush your teeth. It’s not that water is terrible, but if you taste it, your stomach is likely to suffer, and it could have you sitting on the toilet for a few days. Similarly, avoid salads or washed fruits. Bottled water is cheap, so don’t worry about the price.
5. Breathable Clothes
Even if you think you are going to a super-hot country, if you do it outside the summer season, it cools down at night, especially in the desert and the coastal area. Check the weather forecasts and especially the temperature changes when the sun goes down, to put a fleece or similar in your suitcase.
6. Shop at Souks
The souk in Marrakech is fantastic, and shopping in Morocco is safe. There are authentic wonders that you will surely fill those empty spaces that you left in your luggage. As for prices, they are rarely fixed. Be prepared to haggle with a smile. Reach at least a third of what they ask for, which is the right price for you and them.
7. Buy a SIM Card
Buy a SIM card at the airport when you arrive and use the data internet because most hotels don’t have Wi-Fi services. Buying a SIM card at the airport is an excellent way to stay connected with your family back home.
8. Try the Local Food
The quantities to eat in Morocco are usually abundant, and many times they give you a small plate of olives and a small tapa as a starter. You eat well-ordering a dish for two even if you are a good eater. It is also always accompanied by bread. If you like Mediterranean food, you will enjoy Moroccan cuisine. It is cooked a lot with pepper, tomato, and potato.
9. Sleep in Riads
The riads are small hotels with few rooms and charm, in the purest Moroccan style. The word refers to houses with a patio and a garden, while Dar would be the same but without a patio. However, today most are called Riads. In Marrakech, we recommend you choose it within the Medina, there is a lot, and it has the most charm.
10. Avoid Entering into Mosques
Non-Muslims in Morocco can’t enter a mosque except for the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. If you are a non-Muslim, make sure you stick to the rule and relish the view from the outside. In other words, respecting people’s religions and valuing their culture is crucial if you want to make the most out of your trip to Morocco.
There are numerous reasons travelers and tourists go to Morocco. The primary reason is its diverse geography, including sweeping expanses of desert, paradise-like beaches, and high mountain ranges, including the Rif and Atlas Mountains.
- Article based on personal opinion, experience and research.
- Photos from Unsplash & canva.