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Morocco

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Hop on your virtual magic carpet to the mystical country of souks, Sultans, chaotic markets, and bright colours. Wander around the winding laneways in the warm sunshine and discover local artists, spice stalls, mesmerizing medina's and doorways that look like they were made for an Instagram photoshoot. Morocco awaits.

Morocco Fast Facts

morocco language

Languages Spoken

The official languages spoken in Morocco is colloquial Arabic (known as Darija) and Berber.

currency of morocco

Currency

Moroccan Dirham (MAD).
Symbol: درهم
100 MAD is approximately $10

morocco time zone

Time Zone

Western European Time Zone UTC +00:00, so Morocco is 5 hours ahead of Washington DC.

Where is Morocco?

Morocco is located in Northern Africa, and has a coastline along the North Atlantic Ocean as well as the Mediterranean Sea, and shares it's borders with Algeria and the Western Sahara. It's easily accessible from Gibraltar, so you could even take a trip to Morocco on your way to or from Europe (it's a 1.5 hour ferry between Gibraltar and Tangier). Travelers sometimes decide to group Spain, Portugal and Morocco together into one trip due to their proximity to eachother. 

Top places to visit in Morocco

Marrakech
Marrakech
Located in western Morocco, Marrakech is a popular destination for first time visitors to the country as it's easy to travel to. It also isn't completely removed from Western culture, so travelers often find it the easiest place to start. Having said that, Marrakech still gives travelers a great taste of Moroccan culture and history, with it's traditional and lively souks, charming streets, and the medina, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
Tangier
Tangier
This is the city which is a port on the Strait of Gibraltar, an easy way to get in to Morocco if you fancied getting the ferry or taking a roadtrip from Europe (did we just suggest the best trip ever?!). Tangier is in the north west of Morocco, and is recognisable from the Bond film 'Spectre'. You may not find Daniel Craig, but you will find many landmarks, such as their legendary bookshop 'Librairie des Colonnes', lively tourist hotspots, museums, colonial buildings and a hub of other cultural attractions.
Fez
Fez
The picture above is probably one of the most recognizable views of Morocco - a colorful tannery in the middle of Fez, which is just one of the ways Fez delivers authentic, traditional Morocco. Explore this city and you'll smell the aromatic spice stalls, the tannery's and the faint smell of cooking tagine. You'll see intricately detailed architecture, artisans hard at work along the streets, and rows of minarets surrounded by fountains. Fez is bursting with life, colour, sights, smells and sounds.
Chefchaouen blue city
Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen: it's easy to see why it's known as The Blue City. The picturesque village's old buildings are covered in a vivid blue colour, dotted with brightly colored plant pots, and local artists' workshops along the laneways. It's the perfect place to take some time out of the chaotic Moroccan cities, wander around taking photos and absorbing the beauty and charm of the area. It lies beneath the stunning Rif Mountains, and locals are known to be friendly to the tourists, as opposed to hassling them. You're ticking all the boxes, Chefchaouen!

Morocco Fast Facts

cost of beer morocco

Drinks

A bottle of local Moroccan beer costs 25MAD on average (around $2.60). The most popular beer in Morocco is actually Heineken, which is brewed locally under the supervision of the company.

cost of food morocco

Meals

A cheap meal in a Moroccan restaurant averages at around 30MAD, so not much more than a beer! Street food is very popular in Morocco, and it can cost as little as 5MAD (approx 53c). Local delicacies include snail soup in Marrakech, Chebakia (syrupy cookie goodness) and of course, fresh orange juice.

cost of accomodation in morocco

Hostels

A basic hostel, or riad as they're known in Morocco, can cost you as little as 50MAD per night (about $5.30).

morocco hotel cost

Hotels

For a mid-range room in a hotel or guesthouse, you'll pay anywhere between 500-1400MAD per night (approx $52-$150). Credit cards are accepted at most hotels.

taxi cost morocco

Taxis

Taxis start from 1.60MAD (approx 17c) and at night the price of all taxis double. If you're getting a small 'petit taxi' then remind them to use their meter, however 'grand taxis' do not have a meter and you will need to negotiate a price.

transport cost morocco

Transport

There are a few different ways to get around Morocco - you can get around by train or bus, with a one-way ticket starting at 5MAD (around 53c). Within a city, it's easiest to get around by taxi.

Morocco tours

morocco desert tour
Morocco, Kasbahs & Desert | 8 days
Perfect for travelers looking for a fast-paced trip, this short but sweet adventure offers up a great combination of Moroccos must-see highlights and a little free time to explore on your own. Take to a camel to tour the dunes before really experiencing the Sahara on an overnight camping excursion. Explore high-walled kasbahs and wander the labyrinthine alleys of Fes and Marrakech. Discover the history and rugged natural beauty of mysterious Morocco.
From $899
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Morocco on a Shoestring | 15 days
In our humble opinion, theres no better way to spend two weeks than travelling around majestic, marvelous, magical Morocco. In a country with no shortage of highlights, we make sure to hit all the main ones, including Fes, Chefchaouen, the coastal hippie mecca of Essaouira, and plenty of souks to shop in and beaches to relax on. After an overnight stay in a Berber camp and a few market barters under your belt, youll feel like a local in no time.
From $1,329
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mt toubkal
Climb Mt Toubkal | 7 days
Jebel Toubkal, Morocco's highest peak, has captivated mountaineers for centuries. Our ascent up the rocky giant of North Africa is no picnic, but is accessible to anyone in good shape and hungry for a thrilling high-altitude adventure. Traditional Berber communities line the route on this trip and you'll have plenty of time to learn their customs through village visits and overnight camping with hearty home-cooked meals. The views on the way up are spectacular, but nothing compares to what you'll see at the top.
From $699
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Getting to Morocco

The easiest way to get to the heart of Morocco is to fly into the Marrakech Menara Airport, with flights from LAX taking around 15.5 hours on average, or 9 hours 40 minutes from Washington (with one stop). Alternatively, you can go by ferry from France, Spain, or Gibraltar into Tangier.
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