How to get here
Boat: From the south of Spain. Tarifa – Tangier (takes about an hour). There are two ferry companies that perform the crossing from there. The ticket is purchased at the time smoothly in the port (I recommend doing that). Once in Tangiers, I walked to the medina (the “old town”) and may also make the crossing Algeciras – Ceuta.
Plane: You can fly to Morocco. Cheap flights departing from Europe arrive, mostly to Marrakech, Fez, Rabat, Tangier or Casablanca. If looking with time, you can find much cheaper tickets online.If you have a passport of the European Community do not need a visa to enter Morocco and you can stay up to three months. If you’re of another nationality, check this website: Do you need visa?
Health and vaccinations
They do not ask the International Certificate of Vaccination at any time. Strictly speaking, the only “mandatory” vaccination by WHO is the Yellow Fever, but in Morocco, as I read, but can ask the certificate of cholera vaccine.Also before you go travel to anywhere in the world recommend visiting your doctor or go to the “Travel Medicine” section of your nearest hospital or social work for advice. You want to know whether to take insurance or not?our answer is yes, take, because you never know. Do not take tap water, mineral water bottles are cheaper and safer.
Is it hot or cold?
All envision Morocco as an extremely hot (it is Africa! Sure it’s hot!). Yes, but not too much trust. In winter (December to March) it is cold, specially at night and in the medinas (they are constructed so as to not allow the sun to pass too much, then they are pretty cool). Morocco has several climates:
– On the coast (north-west) the climate is moderate and subtropical, with cool winds from the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. In winter (December to March) the north is rainy and humid.
– In the inner the temperatures are more extreme: the winters are very cold (in the Atlas, the central mountain range, the temperature reaching freezing and no snow) and summers are very hot (above 38 ° C).So if we ask what is the best time to go, we would say that in late winter and spring (late January to early May), when it is no longer so cold and yet not so hot. Please refer the temperature
Is there internet everywhere?
In general yes, all cities have cibers and some tourist restaurants and hostels have wi-fi. What plug used? In Morocco, the “European” plug is used. Do not worry too much, as you can buy an adapter there in any market and very cheap.
What language do they speak?
One of the most surprising things is the Moroccan “multilingualism”. They speak many languages very well: officers are Moroccan Arabic (also known as Dariya), Tamazight (Berber language) and French.
In the north, it is also common to speak Castilian (since they were Spanish colony) and in the center and south is more common to speak French or English, so with these languages will do well. It never hurts to learn words in the local language such as “shoukran” (thanks) or “salaam alaikum” (traditional greeting).
The currency used in Morocco is the Dirham. It’s recommended to change in the country of destination, so they do not charge commissions in many places and change is more favorable. Taking into account the need to come up with some cash for expenses like official taxis, etc.
Women traveling alone
I did most of my trips Morocco alone. The most important and first I want to clarify to all those women who like to travel alone is that Morocco is a safe country, where there is no problem when traveling alone. That is, it is completely reliable to travel alone by Morocco.
However, you should always take precautions and, as people always say that I know Morocco well and loves me: “You do not talk to everyone “One can also say that, seeing you alone by bus, train or other own places of travelers, many will worry about help you or protect you. It can also be heavy because, logically, if you have decided to travel alone, I do not think you’re stupid. In this case, it does not take rude to them, but you can say that you know what you have to do or your partner’s expected.
Or simply leave you really help if you do not know. As for the costumes, several times I have been asked if needed to go with a stuffy head. Obviously not, Morocco is a much more open than others in the region and even many women here do not wear headscarves country. I just think there is no need to wear miniskirts, shorts, tank tops necklines or, if you fancy go unnoticed.
Can I go during Ramadan?
Ramadan is the month of fasting for Muslims and is one of the highlights of the year for them, and ending with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. Fasting is done every day for a month, since the sun rises until it sets, and during that time Muslims can not eat, drink or smoke.
You can travel like any other time, but keep in mind that many restaurants will be closed at noon and that everything can run at a slower pace.
Fasting is not obligatory for those who are not Muslims, but respect is advisable not to eat or drink in public places in full view of those who are fasting. Please note that during the celebration of Eid al-Fitr almost everything closes for a week and Moroccans are mobilized en masse from one part of the country to the other to see their families.
New dates for Ramadan
2017: May 27-June 26 2018: May 16-June 15 2019: May 6-June 15 2020: April 24-May 24 2021: April 13-May 12 2022: April 3 to May 2 2023: March 23-April 21 2024: March 11-April 9 2025: March 1 to March 30
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