TOURISM IN MOROCCO

WHAT TO KNOW

PASSPORT

You need a valid passport with minimum validity of 6 months from the entry to Morocco. Europeans do not require visas. The legally permitted maximum stay is 3 months from the entry to Morocco.

 

HEALTH SERVICE

No vaccination is needed. In pharmacies are the same drugs than in Europe. By contrast, in areas where is difficult to access health services and medicine are virtually nonexistent.

 

CURRENCY

The currency is the dirham. The change is approximately 1€ = 11DH. The easiest is to change in the Moroccan airport, or after when traveling through Morocco, change in bank branches in urban areas. In some hotels, and possibly in some cities can pay by credit card.

 

TIME

Morocco is on Greenwich Time slot and is not time change in spring and autumn. With respect to most of Europe, Morocco is 1 hour earlier in winter, and 2 hours less in summer.

 

CLIMATE

Because of its geography, Atlantic coast, Mediterranean coast, Low Mountain, high mountain, steppe, desert in Morocco are all climates. Generally has a warm climate except December, January and February are the coldest months of the year. In the desert during the August temperatures exceed 50ºC.

 

LUGGAGE

Sunglasses, sunscreen, protective anti mosquito cream, lip balm, soap, tissues, ibuprofen, aspirin, laxatives, astringents (just in case), comfortable shoes, sandals, jacket for cold nights, batteries for devices that require them (in Africa batteries are of very poor quality).

 

BEVERAGES

Travelers from other countries should only drink bottled water, and while he’s hot tea in Morocco should be taken sparingly. Green tea is the national drink is prepared and sometimes mint. Part of the tradition and it is a ritual to celebrate the welcome the newcomer. They call it the Berber whiskey is known to be well prepared by his turban foam.

 

GASTRONOMY

The national dishes are the Tagine, meat and vegetable stew and couscous, cracked wheat steamed carefully a delicious stew of vegetables and meat. The main secret of the entire kitchen is a special selection of the wide variety of species that exist in Moroccan cuisine. Bread is an unconditional, is present at every meal. In rural areas, every family has a stone oven baked clay where carefully kneaded bread to eat fresh. Harira is the Ramadan soup, nutritious mixture of pasta, rice, grits, vegetables and spices and strong cilantro flavor.

 

SHOPPING

At the time of purchase must not forget that Morocco is developing so everything is a little cheaper than in Europe. Even today it is marketed as formerly with bartering, exchanging objects or food. The souks are markets where you can buy almost anything, an explosion of scents and colors. It is also usual haggling, to buy you have to negotiate the price with the seller with skill and if not abused. The idea is to start with a little less than the price you would pay for the desired object and since then the seller makes a counteroffer starting the skilled game of bargaining to reach an agreement.

 

PRODUCTS

Some typical products include orange blossom water, rosewater, argan oil, musk, dates, couscous, harissa (spicy sauce), carpets, printed scarves, turbans, silver accessories, hooded, slippers, fossils and quartz, Arab and Berber handicrafts, ceramics, textiles, musical instruments (djarbuca, castanets gnawa …), variety of spices such as saffron, cardamom, cumin… so valuable in ancient times they were used as currency change in trans-Saharan routes.

Artesanía beréber.