Travel with Smart Insiders to Morocco.
Who’s ready to travel to Morocco? This amazing country has much to offer including adventurous activities, amazing cuisine, and a ton of beautiful scenery. It’s a whole new world to explore and we want to share some advice before traveling to Africa with our Ultimate Morocco Guide. Smart Insiders is well accustomed to this fascinating place and we would love for you to come with us on one of our future trips. If you want to learn more about traveling to Morocco with Smart Insiders click on the options below. Hurry up! These trips sell out fast.
Step 1: Start your investigation.
Modern Standard Arabic (Moroccan) is the official language with French being the second “unofficial” language. Both are spoken all over the country. Don’t speak either Arabic of French? No problem. There are other languages emerging in this country, especially in larger cities. If you are traveling to one of the more popular areas you will most likely be able to find someone who can communicate to you in English. Also, you will notice many merchants try to attract tourist’s attention by calling out in English and then being able to negotiate prices with you. When you start to wander off the beaten path you will notice that English is less common, and this is where you might have to practice your Spanish since it is more common in the northern regions.
Important Arabic Sayings:
- Salam Aleikum (salaam a eleikum): May the peace be with you.
- Choukran (shokran): Thank You
- La Choukran (la shokran): No Thank You.
Morocco is an Islamic country which affects its population and tourists traveling there. Muslims who follow the Islamic religion are expected to pray 5 times a day, with the first call to prayer at dawn (the call to prayer coming from speakers on the tower of the mosque.) Friday is the Muslim holy day where shops or markets are likely closed around midday. The biggest rules Muslims follow are that they are not expected to drink alcohol (even though alcohol is available), eat pork (available for tourists), or expose their bodies.
Step 2: How do I pack?
What documentation do I need?
There is some important documentation that you need before traveling. Remember you are going to another country on another continent! First, DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSPORT. A copy of your passport or any other form of identification will not be enough. Only your original Passport will grant you access to the shores of Morocco. Also, it’s very important that you look to make sure if your passport is valid. If the date is expired you will not be able to go. Second, there have been experiences where the nationality of your passport requires you to have a visa to enter the borders of Morocco. You can check out here to see what the specific visa requirements depending on your nationality.
What cities you will be traveling to, the transportation for getting there, and where you will be staying are all factors for what you should pack. Also, another thing to keep in mind is what season you will be visiting. For example, during the winter months it’s important to pack layers. Normally the temperatures are higher than in Madrid but it can get cold, especially in the morning and evening times. You will be surprised with how it warms up in the middle of the day, so our recommendation is to come prepared with more. That way, you can take off layers as the day goes on rather than wishing you had more. What’s most important when thinking about what to pack is the dress code for an Islamic country.
Girl’s Dress Code
We like to inform anyone traveling with us to Morocco that culturally, women tend to dress modestly. Our recommendation is to wear long pants with a more modest top which would be a short sleeve or long sleeve shirt. We don’t recommend wearing tank tops. It’s not against the law to wear something other than this, but by dressing in this way you will avoid unwanted attention.
Men’s Dress Code
Guys can dress in any way that they please. Just remember to consider what time in the year you will be traveling to dress for your comfort.
- Loose fitting pants.
- Light scarf
- Comfy, loose fitting t-shirts
- Light long sleeve shirt