Ultimate Morocco Guide: Discover the Culture of Africa

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. 

Maybe you’ve decided to travel with us to Morocco or have a trip planned to go on your own, but aren’t sure how to prepare. Before going we think it’s important to read our Ultimate Morocco Guide to answer any questions to help you feel comfortable with both traveling and visiting this country. Morocco is a whole different world, with its language, currency, laws, and religion. Anyone taking a trip to Morocco should research beforehand to make sure you have the most authentic experience possible. There’s a lot to keep in mind such as documentation, currency exchange, and respecting cultural differences. As a result, we’ve created this guide so you don’t have to go digging on your own and you have all the most important information right here.

The Language

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.

The Religion

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’s the dress code?

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.

Seasonal Recommendations

Warm Seasons:

  • Loose fitting pants.
  • Light scarf
  • Comfy, loose fitting t-shirts
  • Sunglasses

Cool Seasons:

  • Jeans
  • Scarves
  • Jacket
  • Light long sleeve shirt

What about exchanging money?

The Moroccan currency is called the “dirham” and although some travelers find it confusing, with time, it is easy to understand. The dirham is divided into one hundred centimes (c). Centimes may also be referred to as francs or pesetas in different regions. Before traveling to Morocco it is important to know how money is exchanged there and what the value of your countries currency is worth. If you arrive unprepared, it will be easy for merchants, taxi drivers, and others who deal with tourists on a regular basis to take advantage and not charge you the standard cost for things. One way to become familiar with Moroccan money before arriving is to check the currency convertor. It’s not necessary with Moroccan dirhams because all airports, banks and exchange places in all major cities are open from 8:30am – 4:00pm and there are also ATM machines available.
If you’re traveling with Smart Insiders, we will account time for exchanging money.

Step 3: What is the cuisine like?

Morocco has some fantastic food that is rich in flavor, and much of it is hard to come by elsewhere. They’re famous for their spices and their method cooking in a tajine. Before you go we want to list some popular food items so you will recognize the menu better.

Is the water safe to drink?

Unfortunately, for those who are not native to Morocco the tap water is not safe to drink. For that reason, we recommend buying bottled water to drink and brush your teeth with. This isn’t just a problem with drinking, you also have to be careful about what you’re eating too. For example, any fresh fruits and vegetables are most likely washed in tap water. It’s safe to say we would recommend you don’t eat the salad on this trip. 🥗 Finally, it’s important to stock up on the bottled water because it is easy to get dehydrated with the warm temperatures
If you’re traveling with Smart Insiders we recommend that you buy a big bottle of water at the last rest stop in Spain before taking the ferry.

Do you have dietary restrictions?

If you are going to Morocco and worrying about whether or not there will be enough tasty food for you to enjoy as a vegetarian, then stop being concerned. Moroccans love meat which is served at the main meal, but there are many good options for you as a vegetarian.
If you’re traveling with Smart Insiders we will help you communicate your dietary restrictions at any restaurant we go to as a group.

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