Here’s a super interesting and useful travel guide by Gerard Bani,
whom I would like to thank a lot for the article. So… enjoy Morocco!
Full country name: Kingdom of Morocco
Area: 446,550 sq km
Population: 35 million (July 2010 est.)
Capital City: Rabat
Language: Arabic (official), Berber, French often the language of business, government, and diplomacy
Religion: Muslim 98.7%, Christian 1.1%, Jewish 0.2%
Government: Constitutional monarchy
Time Zone: UTC 0
Dialing Code: 212
Electricity: 127/220V 50 Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Money & Costs:
Currency: Moroccan dirham (MAD)
What to Pack
Bring along warm clothes if you are coming in winter, especially if you plan to visit the mountains. This is also the time when unexpected showers occur, so do not forget to pack your umbrella or raincoat. Also carry your medicine kit along with you. It is also advisable to carry an insect repellent if you are planning to take part in some adventure activities.
If you are travelling during the summer months carry enough precautionary measure as you might fall prey to heatstroke. To avoid getting sunburn, carry sunscreen, sun block lotions and also an umbrella. While packing summer clothing, keep in mind that Morocco being a conservative nation does not encourage wearing revealing clothes especially by women.
Also do not forget to add a comfortable pair of sneakers or hiking shoes, you will need it to take part in the outdoor activities. Bring along a digital camera, to capture the natural beauty engulfing you.
Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months. European Union residents, the Swiss, British, US and Canadian passport holders will get a visa on arrival valid for 3 months. All other nationalities need a visa to enter, so please check with the embassy in your country for the needful.
How to get Morocco
Getting to Morocco by Plane
The Moroccan national airline is Royal Air Maroc. The company has flights to Europe, North America, Middle East and Africa. Of course, the airline covers the whole of Morocco.
Also, there is the privately-owned Regional Air Lines, the airline that is operating mostly inside Morocco, with a few flights to Spain and Portugal.
Low-Cost Airlines That Fly to MoroccoThe following low-cost airlines have flights to Morocco:
- Aigle azur
- to Agadir (from Paris)
- to Casablanca (from Paris)
- to Marrakech (from Paris)
- to Oujda (from Paris)
- to Rabat (from Paris)
- to Tangier (from Paris)
- Air Berlin
- to Agadir (from Basel, Zürich, Salzburg, Vienna, Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Leipzig, Münster, Nuremberg, Paderborn, Rostock-Laage)
- to Marrakech (from Zürich, Vienna, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Hanover)
- Atlas Blue
- to Fes (from Marseille)
- to Marrakech (from London, Brussels, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Mulhouse, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Toulouse, Geneva, Bologna, Milano, Barcelona and Madrid)
- to Nador (from Brussels)
- to Oujda (from Brussels and Marseille)
- to Tangier (from Brussels)
- to Agadir (from Berlin, Bremen, Cologne/Bonn, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Leipzig, Munich, Paderborn, Saarbruecken and Stuttgart)
- to Casablanca (from Madrid)
- to Marrakech (from Madrid and London)
- to Agadir (from Paris)
- to Casablanca (from Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Brussels)
- to Marrakech (from Paris)
- to Fes (from Paris)
- to Casablanca (from Milano and Venezia)
- to Marrakech (from Milano and Venezia)
- to Fes (from London, Frankfurt, Marseille and Barcelona)
- to Marrakech (from London, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Marseille and Barcelona)
- to Marrakech (from Amsterdam)
International and Local Airports in Morocco
- Agadir, Al Hoceima, Casablanca, Dakhla, Errachidia, Essaouira, Fes, Laayoune, Marrakech, Nador, Ouarzazate, Oujda, Rabat; Tan-Tan, Tangier and Tetouan
Note: Although all the airports listed above are open to international flights, most of them have only local flights available. The airports with frequent flights from/to Europe are the tourist centres: Marrakech, Agadir and Fes. Of course, there is also the biggest airport in Morocco, Casablanca’s Mohammed V and the capital, Rabat.
Getting to Morocco by Ship
Departure Points for Ferries Going From Europe to Morocco
- Spain: The main port from which the ferries go to Morocco is Algeciras. There are also Almeria and Malaga.
- Italy: You can sail from Genoa to Tangier. This is a good choice if you are going to Morocco from Central or Eastern Europe. However, the duration of the trip is around 2 days, so you’ll make a wise decision by booking a full pension, which includes a room with a bed and meals.
- France: Sète.
Note: Ceuta (Sebta in Arabic) and Melilla are two Spanish towns (exclaves — this is Spanish territory) on Morocco’s Mediterranean coast. So, if you are going to take a ferry to either one of them, you will cross the border and enter Morocco not when the ship arrives at these ports, but once you reach the border either by car or some other means (taxi, bus). If you want to enter Morocco directly, choose Tangier as your destination port.
Important: If you are travelling to Morocco during August, prepare for a long wait before boarding a ferry. It is during August that many of the 3 million Moroccans living in Europe are travelling to Morocco to spend their holidays there. Although the shipping companies do prepare for this, the wait can still be long.
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