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Travelling to Morocco

Renowned for its vibrant souks, bustling medinas and historic Kasbahs, a trip to Morocco promises the unexpected and exciting. Morocco’s proximity to Europe and no time difference make it a popular destination for Brits, with half a million visiting every year. Its rich history is part of its enduring appeal; nine Moroccan locations feature on Unesco’s World Heritage list.

The country’s cities remain popular tourist hot-spots, particularly the grand imperial city of Fez and the infamously chaotic Marrakech.  Although less well-known, the city of Meknes is a great place to get a true sense of Morocco, with its blend of Islamic and European-style architecture exemplifies Morocco’s cultural heritage.

For families, the resort of Agadir is unbeatable, boasting 9km of white sands and clear seas. Completely rebuilt after the 1960 earthquake, Agadir’s architecture is in stark contrast to that of traditional Morocco. Proud of its tourist culture, Agadir is a very tolerant city and extremely welcoming of its Western visitors. Its location, close to the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara, provides ample opportunity to venture outside of the resort and explore Morocco’s incredible natural landscapes and traditional Berber villages.

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Language

Arabic

Currency

Moroccan Dirham

Local Time

GMT

Flight Time

Just under four hours

Weather in Morocco

Morocco has a seasonal climate, varying by region. The coastal areas generally have a warm, Mediterranean climate, while inland the weather is hotter and drier. Moroccan summers tend to be dry rather than humid, particularly in the North of the country where the influence of the Sahara is not felt, so this is a popular time to visit for those heading for the beaches.
April to May and September to November can be the best times to visit Morocco’s cities, with better deals to be found than in the summer high season and a more tolerable temperature for long days spent exploring Medinas.

Religion

Nearly all of Morocco’s population are Muslim.

Be aware that if you are travelling during Ramadan, which normally occurs in June and July, eating or drinking on public streets should be avoided out of respect for those fasting. If you’re travelling to a remote area of Morocco, it is worth bringing food and drink with you as it may not be easy to purchase.

Safety

Although Morocco is becoming increasingly progressive in its attitudes, the majority of the population are devoutly religious and as such it is generally best to conform to local customs where possible. For women, covering the shoulders and knees is advisable when venturing outside the hotel or resort.

Morocco is one of the safest countries in Africa to visit, although terrorism remains a threat. Protective security measures are in place at many Moroccan hotels and sites popular with tourists. Visit the Foreign Office website before you travel for the latest information and advice. Ensure you purchase travel insurance before travelling and check with your insurance provider that cover for Morocco is included in your policy.

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