Morocco Travel Basics

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Morocco: Where Old Meets New

Morocco is a regal, magical country in Northeast Africa. It has gorgeous coastline on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Whether you're interested in history, cultural exploration, or relaxation, you can use the Internet to discover the country and create your ideal vacation.

Morocco Travel Basics

Morocco has a rich culture steeped in ancient history, and many tourist activities involve simply witnessing daily life, whether in the country, or in town. Moroccan cities are things of beauty unto themselves, and the marketplaces alone are worth the trip. Use these resource to discover the parts of Morocco you'd most like to visit.

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  • Part of Morocco's allure has always been its ancient, mystical feeling-but that could be changing, to a degree. In Fez, for example, celebrities fly in for parties, while outside the city's centuries-old walls, restaurants and Western tourists are ubiquitous. See this New York Times travel article describing the scene in Morocco just one year ago; you may get a better understanding of what to expect from your trip.
  • Visiting a souk—a Moroccan market—is an essential activity to include in your itinerary. These somewhat circus-like daily markets present innumerable items, such as brass goods, meat, rugs, spices, and perfumes. You can haggle your way from one merchant to another, or stroll through, sipping a sweet mint tea. TravelLady Magazine gives an overview of the souk experience, with tips for what to look for, how to pay, and where to find souks in Morocco.
  • Web sites of tour companies may be a useful introduction to Morocco's tourism possibilities, even if you don't plan to book a tour. In addition, most tourism sites offer beautiful images that give you a sense of Morocco and its regions.

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Travel Requirements for Morocco

Morocco is an African country but, because of its proximity to Europe and occupations by various European countries, Morocco also has a European air. Moroccan culture today is very much reflective of its complex, fascinating past. Before you go, get familiar with the history and local customs. Combine cultural knowledge with advice and information from government sites, so that you'll be prepared for your trip in every possible way.

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  • If you receive an invitation to someone's home while in Morocco, keep in mind that it is customary to bring a small gift. It is also customary to take your shoes off when entering a home. The Web sites highlighted in the sections below offer more cultural insights for you to keep in mind during your travels.
  • In some places in Morocco, particularly in smaller villages, there are considerations for women regarding dress. You can find more information in the customs- and culture-related sites below.
  • Because Morocco is an Islamic country, traveling there during Ramadan (the ninth month of the Muslim calendar) can be a unique experience. Most restaurants and stores close during the day, with some reopening after sundown and staying open until later in the evening. If you plan to travel during Ramadan, be sure to do some thorough research on what to expect.
  • The U.S. Department of State urges travelers to consult with their medical insurance provider before leaving for Morocco to confirm whether their policy is applicable overseas.

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Getting to Morocco

In this section you'll find advice for booking your flight, along with innovative flight search tools. Use the fun, fast features we've found to enhance your travel-planning process. This section of the guide helps you book travel to Morocco by air, land, or sea.

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  • Flights to Morocco fill up early, so book your flight at least two months in advance to ensure getting a seat, particularly if you are traveling during the December holidays.
  • Flying through Europe can be a good way to keep travel costs down. Search for flights through London, Paris, Amsterdam, or Madrid using the Web sites and search engines listed below.
  • Booking flights through more than one carrier is another good money-saver, particularly if you are willing to fly through Europe. Use search engines like Orbitz and Travelocity to search multiple carriers simultaneously.
  • Find more general travel search engines in the findingDulcinea Travel Guide. Depending on the type of trip you're planning, you might also find some helpful resources in the findingDulcinea Adventure Travel, Budget Travel, or Luxury Travel Guides.
  • As the country becomes an increasingly popular destination for tourists from the United States, more and more airlines offer direct flights to Morocco, including flights into Casablanca, Tangier, Agadir, and Marrakesh. Major carriers that offer flights to Morocco include Continental, American, and United. Morocco's airline, Royal Air Maroc, offers nonstop flights to major cities in Morocco from U.S. cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta.

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Morocco Hotels

There are a few types of accommodations in Morocco, each with its own benefits. Hotels are the most popular option, ranging from budget spots to five-star resorts. Riads, luxurious homes built around gardens, can be more affordable than you'd expect. Camping is another alternative, and can be a great way to meet fellow travelers and locals while also saving money.

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  • Bargaining is part of the culture in Morocco. Always ask for a lower price when a room rate is quoted, particularly when booking a room in small, local hotels.
  • Hotels can fill up quickly in large cities and popular destinations. It is not uncommon for hotels to try to place multiple groups in a room. It's a good idea to reserve rooms before leaving for Morocco.
  • It always helps to check out other traveler's comments to gain insight into great places to stay. See the "What do other travelers think of Morocco?" section of this guide for sites that include user reviews of accommodations.
  • Some riads rent single rooms, whereas others may be entirely rented out. Most include breakfast and cost less than $100 per night.

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Getting Around Morocco

There are many options for tourists when it comes to traversing Morocco. The country has an efficient rail system, for example. Renting a car can be similarly convenient, as many rental companies allow pick-up in one city and drop-off in another. Within cities buses and taxis are also readily available. Use the sites below to get familiar with transportation options so that your travels will be as hassle-free as possible once you arrive.

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  • If renting a car or booking a flight online, make sure the sight is secure before entering your payment information. You can do this by checking the URL on the site's payment page to make sure it begins with the letters "https." The "s" means the site is secure. Still, secure or not, if you don't trust a site completely, don't enter your personal information.
  • Most of the travel Web sites listed here provide phone contact information. If you have any questions about the services offered, you can always call. Get some insider information by asking for travel tips and favorite spots when you call to ask about arranging travel.
  • Bus and train travel in Morocco are safe and efficient, and can be great options for tourists looking to avoid the responsibility of car rental. The bus and train sites we've recommended below have more information.
  • Be forewarned that most car-rental agencies require an international driver license. Also, keep in mind that traffic rules are different from those to which you may be accustomed, as most of the time they don't really apply. Morocco.com furnishes some rules for safe driving.

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Morocco Travel Blogs and Forums

Why travel blind? Thanks to the Internet, you can mine a wealth of information from those who know best: people who have traveled to Morocco. In this section, we'll introduce you to forums and blogs offering a wealth of information on Moroccan travel.

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  • Reading blog and forum posts might give you some useful tips that aren't covered on other travel sites, which are often sponsored by tour companies trying to sell packages.
  • The postings on most travel forums aren't really categorized carefully. Look for forums with a search feature to help you to locate information quickly.
  • Joining most forums is quick, easy, and free. Consider joining a forum so you can add to postings as you plan your trip and when you return to provide your good insight to future Moroccan tourists.
  • As with any online community, it is important to be careful how much personal information you provide to strangers. Report suspicious behavior immediately. It's recommended that you pick a username that does not contain your last name or other identifying information.

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