TOURISM IN MOROCCO
What to Know?
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To travel in Morocco you need a valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from the entry to Morocco. Europeans do not need a visa. The maximum legally authorized stay for tourism in Morocco is 3 months from entry to Morocco.
It is not necessary to get vaccinated. The same drugs are found in pharmacies as in Europe. On the contrary, in areas with difficult access, health services and medicines are practically non-existent.
The country’s currency is the Dirham. The change is approximately € 1 = 10DH. The most comfortable thing is to change at the Moroccan airport and once traveling through Morocco, at bank offices in urban centers. In some hotels and possibly in some cities you can pay by credit card.
Morocco is in the Greenwich time zone and there is no time change in spring and autumn. With respect to Spain, in Morocco the same time in winter, and 1 hour less in summer.
Due to its geography, Atlantic coast, Mediterranean coast, low mountains, high mountains, steppe, desert, in Morocco there are all climates. In general it has a warm climate except December, January and February which are the coldest months of the year. In the desert during the month of August the temperatures reach up to 50º.
We advise you to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, anti-mosquito protector, lip cream, soap, tissues, ibuprofen, aspirin, laxatives, astringents (just in case), comfortable shoes, flip-flops, jacket for the cold of the nights, batteries for devices that require them (in Africa batteries are of very poor quality).
Travelers from other countries should only drink bottled mineral water. Green tea is the national drink and is sometimes prepared with mint. It is part of the tradition and it is a ritual to celebrate the welcome to newly arrived tourism in Morocco. They call it the Berber whiskey and it is known to be well prepared by its foam turban.
The national dishes are Tagine, a vegetable and meat stew, and Couscous, a wheat semolina carefully steamed with an exquisite vegetable and meat stew. Harira is the Ramadan soup, a nutritious mixture of pasta, rice, semolina, vegetables and spices and strong-flavored coriander. The main secret of the whole kitchen is the special selection of spices that exist in Moroccan cuisine. Bread is unconditional, it is present in all meals. In rural areas, each family has a stone or clay oven where they carefully bake the kneaded bread, to eat it fresh.
When buying, we must not forget that Morocco is in the process of development, so everything is a little cheaper than in Europe. The souks are the markets where you can buy almost everything, an explosion of smells and colors. Haggling is also common, to buy you have to negotiate the price with the seller skillfully and without abuse. The idea is to start with a little less than the price you would pay for the desired object and from there the seller makes a counter offer, starting the skillful game of haggling until an agreement is reached.
Some typical products are orange blossom water, rose water, argan oil, musk, dates, couscous, harissa (very spicy sauce), carpets, patterned scarves, turbans, silver accessories, djellaba, slippers, fossils and quartz extracted in the country, Berber and Arab crafts, ceramics, fabrics, musical instruments (djarbuca, gnawa castanets …), a wide variety of spices, such as saffron, cardamom or cumin, so valuable in ancient times that they were used as currency in the trans-Saharan routes.