Morocco Travel Guide
Morocco is a country that draws you in. From the colorful, heady markets filled with the rich scents of spices to the vibrant Atlas Mountains, there is just so much to see in this incredible North African country.
While you can have a great time hitting up the main spots over a few days, I highly recommend lingering in Morocco for a week or two to uncover all of the hidden treasures. Keep in mind that Morocco is a more conservative country, so it’s important to be aware of your surroundings, especially as a female traveler.
Morocco is a great year-round destination. With its coastline, mountains, and desert landscapes, it’s an incredibly diverse country that offers something unique to see any time of the year. January is the wettest and coldest month and July and August are the hottest– so you’ll find they’re the least crowded. Spring (March & April) and Fall (September & October) have the most pleasant weather.
Check out The Best Time to Travel to Morocco for complete details!
What to Expect
Language: Morocco is a melting pot of languages. The most common language is Arabic, but many locals also speak French (most common), Spanish (in the north), Berber (indigenous populations) and English (because of tourism).
Currency: The currency in Morocco is called a dirham. 1 USD is equivalent to about 10 Moroccan dirhams.
Read More: Tips for Traveling Morocco on a Budget
Credit Cards and ATMs: Many retailers and restaurants accept credit cards as payment, however, you will need cash for souk vendors and small shops. There are ATMs in major cities.
Plugs: Most plugs in Morocco are type C and type E. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. A universal adapter will work for most electronics (be sure to get one with surge protection!) but you need a converter for hair dryers and hot tools.
Safety: People often ask me if Morocco is safe and if it is a good travel destination for females. The simple answer is: yes. I traveled all over the country and I never felt in danger. Read What It’s Like Traveling As a Woman in Morocco for my complete opinion!
My Experience as an Asian Traveler
In Morocco, men in the medinas will try to get your attention. We received constant shouts of ‘Ni hao! Konichiwa! China? Japan?’ daily throughout our travels. We’d typically be offended if someone were to shout racially targeted comments at us, but we knew that this was their way of getting our attention. Instead of getting upset, ignore the comments, stick together, and continue with your plans.
My Experience as a Latina Traveler
I traveled to Morocco for the first time in 2013. Due to my dark hair and tanned skin, many locals confused me for a Moroccan. In fact, most workers in shops, restaurants, and hotels would first speak to me in Arabic. As a result, I felt a bit more comfortable traveling around the country and using public transportation to reach nearby cities.
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