Need Morocco travel advice? Some good tips for your Morocco trip? What is the weather is like? How should I dress? What is the currency in Morocco? What languages are spoken in Morocco? How much should I tip?
Using questions commonly asked by our guests, here is some Morocco travel advice. Use these hints and suggestions to help you get the most out of your trip to Morocco.
- Morocco Weather
- Do I need a visa for my Morocco trip?
- Dressing for my Morocco trip
- Currency in Morocco
- Shopping in Morocco
- Languages Spoken
- How much should I tip?
- Guides and Drivers
- Trains and Buses
- Taking Photographs
- Travel Insurance
Morocco Travel Advice – Morocco Weather
Winters (November to February) in Morocco are generally mild and pleasant, although snow in some areas can bring cold temperatures. In the South it is drier, although it can get cold at night, particularly in Middle and High Atlas mountains and the desert. In the North and along the coast it can be quite wet. Temperatures in Autumn/Fall and Spring tend to be fairly mild and pleasant, usually in the low 20’s. It can however, still get cool at night.
During the peak summer months (July-August) it can get extremely hot, particularly in the inland areas of Marrakech and Fes, and in the southern and south-eastern desert regions. Coastal areas such as Tangier, Casablanca, Rabat and Essaouira are a bit more comfortable due to cooler ocean breezes. The higher altitudes of the mountains are also cooler during the summer.
Distinct geographical areas of Morocco create differing climates across the country. It is possible, depending on your itinerary, to experience four seasons in one day during your Morocco trip!
Our top tip is to check a long-range weather forecast for your different destinations in Morocco. This will help you get an accurate idea about the weather you can expect during your trip.
Morocco Travel Advice: Do I need a visa to visit Morocco?
Visa requirements are country-dependent. We suggest you contact your country’s Moroccan Embassy/Consulate for up-to-date visa information before your trip. At present, UK, EU, Australia, New Zealand, Canada & USA nationals do not require a visa to visit Morocco. On arrival in Morocco your passport should be valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended visit.
Morocco Travel Advice: Dressing for my trip to Morocco
You will see a variety of dress styles in Morocco; from the very conservative and traditional, to those not out of place in any cosmopolitan western city. Our top tip is to remember that we Moroccans tend to be modest in our dress. In Fes, and especially in rural areas where it is more conservative, we recommend dressing modestly, with skirts or pants to at least below the knees, and tops with long or 3/4 sleeves (i.e. covering between your elbows and knees). If your tour includes visiting a mosque, women may be required to cover their head. Other than that, there is no need for women to cover their heads. Your guide or driver will always be there to help and advise you.
Temperatures can vary across regions, and between day and night. It can be warm and sunny during the day, but in Autumn through to late Spring, temperatures do drop at sundown, when you will need warmer clothes e.g. layers, fleece and a wind-proof jacket. In the heat of Summer, we suggest loose breathable clothing that is not only comfortable and keeps you cool, but also protects from the sun’s rays. Summer nights are normally hot, and although it is unlikely you will want a jacket, we advise packing something light. Long loose pants are most comfortable to wear on a camel trek. Whatever the season, dressing in casual and comfortable layers is recommended.
Outside of the Summer months, a warm, windproof jacket, long sleeved tops, and long pants are needed, particularly for the Middle and High Atlas mountains, and desert. Warm clothing is essential for the winter months.
Other packing tips for your Morocco trip include:
- comfortable shoes/sneakers for walking
- sun protection items (e.g. sunscreen, hat, sunglasses)
- small bottle of hand sanitiser
- flip-flops for bathrooms or hammam
- personal prescription medication (over-the-counter medications such aspirin, topical antibiotic, Band-Aids, mosquito repellent, anti-diarrheal, and antacid can be bought in Morocco)
Morocco Travel Advice: Currency in Morocco
The local currency is the Morocco Dirham (MAD). Morocco’s currency cannot be bought or sold outside of Morocco, so you will need to convert your own currency on arrival. ATMs are easily found in the large cities and airports, although are less common in rural and remote areas.
Major credit cards are accepted by most large shops, hotels and restaurants, although smaller vendors and market stalls often only accept Moroccan Dirham.
When travelling out of the city, we recommend being prepared by having enough cash, as ATMs are not always an option.
Please note that our cooking class and tour payments (other than your deposit) are made in cash only (MAD, Euro, US Dollars).
Morocco Travel Advice: Shopping in Morocco
Shopping in Morocco can sometimes seem like a challenge rather than a casual leisure activity. Our best advice is to treat your visits to the souk as one of your unique travel experiences. Selling – and buying – in Morocco is an art form in itself!
Your shopping experience will likely involve sharing a glass of mint tea with the seller while you examine the range of goods brought out for you, inspect the quality of the craftsmanship, and haggle for a bargain. This is not a process to be completed quickly! We suggest that approached with good heart, it can be a lot of fun!
Learning to say ‘no’ might be part of the process for you. Only bargain for items you want to buy; try to know how much you are willing to pay; and try to stick to your price.
If you have an official guide, feel free to tell them what goods you might be specifically interested in looking at (and those which you are not).
Morocco Travel Advice: Languages Spoken
Morocco is very much a multi-lingual country! Standard Arabic is an official language. However on the streets and in homes you will find the two most common languages are Darija, a Moroccan Arabic dialect, and Berber. French is also widely spoken, and you will also find Spanish and English spoken in popular tourist destinations. While not essential, knowing a few words of Darija or Berber will help make your visit to Morocco more enjoyable. Your attempts will also immediately endear you to the locals you meet on your travels.
Morocco Travel Advice: Electricity/Internet/Phones
Voltage in Morocco is typically 220V. Sockets take 2-pronged European-style plugs, so we suggest packing an adapter if needed.
Morocco has excellent mobile phone coverage, although there are areas with no signal (mainly in the mountains and desert areas). Most villages will also have pay phones you can use. Internet access is also very good in the cities and you can usually find wi-fi or internet cafes easily. Less internet access is available in rural areas.
Morocco Travel Advice: How much should I tip?
Tipping is common practice in Morocco. If you are happy with the service provided by anyone (e.g. in restaurants, cafe, accommodation, guides, drivers, porters etc) you can tip them. How much to tip is entirely up to you, although 10%-20% can be used as a rough guide. In other situations, a tip of 5 to 20 dirham is generally suggested as suitable for porters, direction givers, bathroom attendants, and photo subjects. You might want to carry some loose change in your pocket for small tips along the way.
We recommend that it is never a good idea to tip or give children gifts of any kind.
Morocco Travel Advice: Guides and Drivers
Guides, drivers and vehicles are required to be licensed to work with travellers to Morocco. Guides are also licensed according their specific district and activity (i.e. Fes city guides, Marrakech city guides, mountain guides etc). When you take your Morocco trip with us, your driver will have a comprehensive knowledge of Morocco. However, it is important to be aware that drivers cannot act as official guides unless they are specifically licensed to do so. This is why in certain destinations on your itinerary, an official guide will be organised for you.
Morocco Travel Advice: Trains and Buses
Morocco has an extensive train and bus route which provides opportunities for both seeing the country and engaging with the local people. It is not possible to book your ticket outside of Morocco. We are happy to include bus or train travel as part of your Morocco trip with us. Click here for train and bus information.
Travelling by public transport is a great way to see Morocco. However, be aware that transport on which there are tourists, particularly trains, is often targeted by those looking for business. You may be approached by someone wanting to know all about you, your trip and what you have planned. Over the course of the conversation, you may be given suggestions of ‘better’ options. As Moroccans, we are in general very friendly and welcoming, and interacting with local people is of course a wonderful part of your trip. However, knowing what you might expect can help you sit back, relax and enjoy your journey.
Morocco Travel Advice: Taking Photographs
If there are any places where photographs cannot be taken we will explain this to you. When photographing people it can be helpful to ask them first. Here is an interesting article discussing the ethics of photographing people in Morocco.
Morocco Travel Advice: Travel Insurance
Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, we recommend travel insurance as an essential part of your trip.
Morocco is a very open country and we welcome many visitors from all over the world. We have many cultural traditions, but please do not worry as we will explain these to you as we go. A friendly smile is often all you need. Remember, if you need any Morocco travel advice, just contact us.