This list of the best tips for traveling to Morocco It will help you prepare your trip to a country that we are safe, will make you fall in love with its cultural contrasts and unique corners.
Located a few kilometers from Spain, in Morocco you can enjoy labyrinthine medinas, deserts of large dunes where you can spend a night watching the stars, ancient fishing or adobe villages that seem frozen in time, Roman vestiges and one of the best gastronomies of the world, which together form one of the most incredible countries in the world.
Taking into account the cultural difference, to have the best experience and to know the kindness of the Moroccan people, we recommend you to travel with an open mind, without the prejudices or initial fears of a culture and way of life totally different from ours.
Based on the experience of our three trips to this country, one of our favorites in the world, we have made a list of what we think are some of the 10 essential tips for traveling to Morocco. We start!
1. What is the best time?
The best time to travel to Morocco is in spring or autumn, when you will avoid the suffocating heat of summer and bad weather in the form of cold and rains in winter, especially in the northern part of the Atlas. The most tourist cities in the country like Marrakech or Fez can be visited throughout the year, although in July and August they can reach temperatures close to 40 degrees.
Another important fact is to know the month in which Ramadan is celebrated, a period in which Muslims do not eat from dawn to dusk and many businesses remain closed during the day. The start date of Ramadan changes every year, as it is governed by the lunar calendar and not the solar like ours. To have a reference, in 2019 it will be held during most of the month of May and each year is usually done about 11 days before the previous year.
Although at this time it is perfectly feasible to travel to Morocco, it is convenient to take it into account to be able to adjust the times if necessary.
Morocco is one of the safest countries in Africa, especially for travelers. Keep in mind that tourism is one of the great sources of income for the country and the government allocates numerous resources to make you feel comfortable and protected at all times. This does not mean that in less touristy areas of the country and isolated neighborhoods of large cities, especially at night, you have to take extra precautions and inform yourself of the possible dangers before touring areas that you do not know.
Thefts are not usual, although you have to be aware of small scams in the most tourist cities. Some of the most common are the fake guides that are offered in the medinas and that work on commission for shops and restaurants, taxi drivers who do not set the taximeter or do not set a rate before then to inflate the price or the vendors they sell to Gold price products that do not have sufficient quality.
A good option to have a nice first contact and get to know the idiosyncrasy of a city like Marrakech is to book a private tour where you have a good guide in Spanish and you choose the itinerary, or book this free tour in Spanish. !
If you visit Fez you can book in advance this guided tour in Spanish that passes through the main points of interest of the Medina.
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