A fairytale holiday awaits visitors in Morocco. The hustle and bustle in the winding streets of the cities and the endless expanse of the desert contributes to the country’s unique rhythm. History and past lie just below the surface, waiting to enchant travelers. The hospitality of the people and the Moroccan emphasis on wellness as a part of life make this destination an unforgettable holiday experience. It’s for a good reason that Morocco is considered the country that will always remain in your heart. Morocco is considered the country that will never let you leave. Once you go, you will see why it earns that title.
Facts & Figures
Official name: Al-Mamlaka al-maghribiya (Kingdom of Morocco) Location: North Africa, between Algeria and Western Sahara on the Mediterranean and Atlantic Area: 459.000 km² Capital: Rabat Population: 33 million Religious and Ethnic groups: Sunni Islam as state religion, 1% Christians, Jews, Bahai / 99% Arab-Berber Language: Arabic (official language), Tamazight (official language), French Geography: North coast and inland mountainous with high plateaus, mountain valleys and coastal plains. Highest point: Jbel Toubkal (4165m) Time zone: Western European Time (UTC + 00:00) Political and Economic: Constitutional Monarchy with elements of parliamentary democracy, GDP: € 95.6 billion (2017) Currency: Moroccan dirham (for the exchange rate please search the internet)
Arrival and departure
Since the entry by car to Morocco is often difficult, most visitors use air travel. Many fly to Gibraltar or Málaga and take a ferry to Morocco from there.
Visa: Vaccinations: In general, vaccination for hepatitis A is recommended and for longer stays- hepatitis B, typhoid fever and rabies. Upon arrival: The road network is generally described as good. However, instead of owning a car, most visitors use the country's dense bus network. The railways are often used; however, fewer destinations can be gotten to this way.
Climate and best time to travel
The climate in Morocco is Mediterranean, but inland is subject to extreme fluctuations. In the south, the climate is characterized by the Sahara. Winter average temperature: North / desert: 13 ° C / 21 ° C (lows around 8 ° C in February / 17 ° C in January)
Summer average temperature: North / desert: 21 ° C / 39 ° C (maximum temperatures around 27 ° C in August / 45 ° C in July) Water temperature: Maximum 22 ° C in August For a trip to the heartland, the period between March to May and October to November is ideal, because it is often very hot in the summer. The cooler northwest invites you to travel between April and November.
The most beautiful holiday regions
Atlantic coast - Pristine beaches and bay of Agadir Middle Atlas Mountains - Cedar forests and Berber Village Fés Marrakech - Former capital of the Moroccan Empire, lies to the west. Economic center with many beautiful gardens and attractions.
Public holidays and celebrations
New Year (January 1), Public Declaration Day (January 11), Labor Day (May 1), Eid al-Fitr (marks the end of Ramadan) Throne Festival (July 30), Oued Ed-Dahab Day (August 14), Revolution Day (August 20) Revolution Day (August 20), Birthday of King Mohammed IV (August 21), Sacrificial Festival (according to the lunar calendar, moves 11 days each year), Islamic New Year (according to the Islamic calendar), Green March anniversary (November 6), Independence Day (November 18), Prophet Muhammad's birthday (moves according to the Islamic calendar and ethnicity)
DOs and DON'Ts
DOs • Take off your shoes. Before you enter a house, leave your shoes at the entrance. • Apply mosquito repellent. In some parts of the country, malaria spreads rapidly during certain seasons. Wear light and long sleeve clothing if possible and use insect repellent as well as mosquito nets. • Visit a hammam. These steam baths are deeply rooted in the tradition of the country and always worth a visit.
DON‘Ts • Don’t use the left hand. It is considered impure and you should only use the right to interact with others and while eating. • Don’t ‘Lese majeste’. The Moroccans are generally very loyal to the king and insults towards the kingdom will be punished. • Don’t take photos without permission. As a precaution, get permission to photograph strangers or religious sites. If you photograph snakes, monkeys or dancers on the street, you can usually expect to pay for it.
Can you drink the tap water? The Moroccan tap water usually does not meet the drinking water standards. Therefore, drink bottled or boiled water. Do I need an adapter? In Morocco there are different types of sockets. Since not all are compatible with the European plugs, an adapter is needed. What about medical care? Although there are excellent private clinics in Casablanca and Rabat, medical care does generally not meet European standards. A travel health insurance with medical evacuation transport is therefore recommended.
Top tips and discoveries
Fés The city in the northeastern part of the country which has the best preserved old town of the Arab world, where even today a large part of everyday life takes place. In the narrow streets, you will find workshops and small unique boutiques which offer beautiful displays that can be sure to surprise you. Take a tea break at a café situated between the imposing gates of the old town to fully appreciate the cultural centre of morocco.
Casablanca The French and oriental influences of the past can be seen in the Casablancan cityscape which give the city its unique flair. The old town, with colorful markets and exotic scents, as well as the second largest mosque in the world and the rich nightlife attracts visitors daily. Casablanca’s history is rich and surrounds the city in an aura that constantly floats between myth and reality. The city was so enchanting that it became the location of the 1942 film by the same name, “Casablanca”.
Aït-Ben-Haddou The village of Aït-Ben-Haddou in the northern Sahara is known for being home to the most beautiful Kasbah in Morocco, with its widely visible, angular clay buildings. Built by the Berbers, today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been the scene of countless films due to its beauty. A tour through the branchy labyrinth of the streets offer insights into the often-traditional life of the inhabitants and makes the journey something very special to remember. If you are leaving from the city for a trip, you can admire the impressive desert landscape of Morocco (best from the back of a camel), whose high dunes are crisscrossed by streams in the spring and attract a variety of animal species.