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Questions and Answers for Travelling to Morocco

Questions and Answers for Travelling to Morocco

Is it safe to travel to Morocco?

Due to the current circumstances, we strongly recommend that you keep up to date with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel instructions in connection with COVID-19. You can read more about how we handle cancellation, travel guarantee and much more in relation to coronavirus right here . Below you will find our general recommendations for the destination.

Yes, it is relatively safe to travel to Morocco. Millions of tourists visit the country every year and crime is relatively low. On the whole, you go a long way in taking your precautions as a tourist and showing respect for local customs.

What is the climate like in Morocco?

According to Zipcodesexplorer.com, the climate in Morocco generally offers sun and heat, but can vary depending on where you are in the country. In the interior as well as the southwestern part of the country, the climate is affected by the Sahara desert, where temperatures can approach 45 degrees in summer and freezing point at night when it is winter. Temperatures along the coasts are lower due to the cooler sea breezes and more reminiscent of a typical Mediterranean climate.

Where to go in Morocco?

There are experiences for all tastes in Morocco. Where you should go depends entirely on the type of experience you want. Are you, for example, trekking in the Sahara on camelback, mountaineering in the Atlas Mountains, or do you want to experience the 1001 night atmosphere at the market square in Marrakech? Finally, contact our travel experts if you want inspiration for your next trip.

Should I apply for a visa to Morocco?

If you have a Danish passport, you are visa-free in Morocco for up to 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months in addition to the duration of the trip. We recommend at all times that you stay up to date with the current passport and visa rules for Morocco on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website .

What currency is used in Morocco?

The currency in Morocco is called the Moroccan Dirham and is abbreviated MAD. It is a good idea to exchange from home, but several places are gradually accepting credit cards, and if you run out of cash, you can find ATMs in most major cities.

What is the time difference between Denmark and Morocco?

The time difference between Denmark and Morocco varies depending on whether it is summer or winter time in Denmark. If you travel during Danish winter time, the time is the same in Morocco. If it is summer time in Denmark, you must set the clock back one hour when you land in Morocco.

Do you need to be vaccinated when you go to Morocco?

Both climate and hygiene conditions in Morocco are different than at home, so therefore you should research what vaccinations you should get before your departure. You can do this either at your own doctor or at the Statens Serum Institut .

What language is spoken in Morocco?

The official language of Morocco is standard Arabic, but a trained ear will hear that it is the Moroccan variant of Arabic, Maghreb that is spoken on the streets and in private homes. Berber, which is the language of the indigenous North African people, is spoken by approx. 40% of the population. In addition, French is the second language of Morocco, as the country is a former French colony.

Can you drink tap water in Morocco?

No, we do not recommend that you do. Buy bottled water instead.

How is the price level in Morocco?

The price level in Morocco is much lower than in Denmark. You get a lot for your money as a tourist, and a good meal food at a restaurant can be obtained for reasonable money. If you go shopping in the nearest souk, be prepared to haggle over the price – nothing has a fixed price here. It is customary for tourists to give tips, which are often given to eg guides, piccoloes and other service staff as well as in bars, cafés and restaurants (approx. 10%).

Can you go to Morocco with children?

Morocco is a suitable destination for the whole family, and a fairytale world with snake tamers, belly dancers and camels is not very far away. There is virtually no time difference, so you avoid jet lag, which can otherwise be disruptive to the smallest sleeping times. In addition, Morocco is a budget-friendly destination, making it an obvious place to go if you are a slightly larger family.

Questions and Answers for Travelling to Morocco

Places to Visit in Morocco

Places to Visit in Morocco

Sahara Desert

On a trip to Morocco, you should not deceive yourself for an overnight stay in the barren desert landscape of the Sahara. Here the blue sky stands in stark contrast to the huge, golden sand dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see.

The world’s largest desert Sahara has a daytime temperature of around 40 degrees. Incredibly, the night hours can offer freezing temperatures. The Sahara is one of the driest places on earth, and the landscape is therefore almost completely devoid of vegetation.

The trip to the Sahara takes place on camelback, so you can have the unique experience of traveling in a caravan through the desert. We travel through a local Bedouin camp and admire the sunset, which bathes the soft sand hills in a beautiful pink glow.

Dades Valley

In the majestic Atlas Mountains is the Todra Gorge, which is created by the Dadès River that runs through the mountains. The Todra gorge is spectacular nature, with the 150 meter high rock walls, which for millennia have been smoothly polished by the river water.

Along the river in the Dadès valley, the terrain is very lush, thanks to the river, which provides good opportunities for plant life. In fact, the valley is known as the ‘Valley of the roses’, as large quantities of roses are grown here for the production of rose water.

The lush landscape along the river stands in stark contrast to the dry and rocky mountain landscape that otherwise characterizes the area. The life-giving Dadès River is to the great delight of both the surrounding fauna, as well as the local people.

Dades Valley

Toubkal

According to Topb2bwebsites.com, Jebel Toubkal is the highest point in the North African mountain range Atlas Mountains. Here you can trek all the way to the top of the 4,167 meter high mountain. On the way there, there is an unbelievably beautiful view of the Moroccan landscape.

In the winter months from December to April, the summit is covered in snow, which makes the trip to the summit a little more challenging. However, Toubkal is an achievable goal for most, as no special mountaineering equipment is required.

The trip can thus be completed on foot. Along the way you can stay in the small shelters along the route. The trip up the Toubkal is unusually beautiful, and also gives an insight into the local Morocco when we stop in the small villages along the way.

Souken in Marrakech

In many Moroccan cities, one can visit local marketplaces, also called souks, where one can buy everything from ceramics and leather goods to all kinds of foods. The souk in Marrakech in particular is known for its large size and for its abundance of goods. You will find this souk in the center of the old medina.

This is a covered marketplace with characteristic narrow paths and small stalls. Clothes, food, spices, beautiful rugs and much more are sold here. The souk in Marrakech is to that extent an experience for all the senses, due to the many scents, shouts from sellers and the large selection of merchandise.

The Minarets of Marrakech

Marrakech is a city that for centuries has been influenced by the Islamic architectural tradition of magnificent mosques, which are densely populated with colorful handmade tiles.

When looking out over Marrakech, the gaze automatically falls on the city’s minarets, which tower over the city. The Moroccan minarets are tall, often square towers, which are used to call the inhabitants of the city to prayer several times a day.

The minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque in particular has a special significance. Like the mosque, the tower is built of sandstone, and points a full 77 meters into the air. The mosque was completed in the year 1195, and has since called citizens to prayer.

Popular animals you can experience in Morocco

Morocco is a large country with different climate types, which means that the country’s fauna is very diverse. On your holiday to Morocco, for example, you may be lucky enough to meet Berber monkeys who live in the Atlas Mountains. However, the monkeys’ existence is threatened by tree felling, and the species is therefore described as vulnerable.

Dromedaries are among Morocco’s larger animals, which for millennia have been of great importance to the local population as they have been used as a means of transport. Most dromedaries in Morocco are tame and are still used for practical purposes. In addition, the North African country is home to wild boars, hyenas, gazelles and desert foxes, among others.

Shopping and Eating in Marrakech, Morocco

Shopping and Eating in Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech is one of the largest cities in the country of Morocco.

Shopping in Marrakech

In the narrow streets north of Djemaa el-Fna are the souks where you are offered everything, be it gold jewelery, radios, chickens, Bedouin clothes, pirate CDs, drums, handmade rugs, shoes, swords or flowers. Here, you can walk around randomly for days without taking anything with you, and it’s easy to get lost. Merchants are very active and will not let you down until you buy something in Marrakech defined by AbbreviationFinder. Don’t ask for the price of something you can’t imagine buying. And remember that not everything that glitters is gold.

It should be mentioned that most Moroccans are considerably more relaxed than other North Africans. If you have previously been intimidated by the badger tactics (bite until it crunches…) to merchants in e.g. Egypt, Morocco is a breeze because here it is usually respected a specific and friendly no.

Also, don’t take it for granted that everything is reasonable in Morocco. Like everywhere else in the world, you have to pay for quality, and for an untrained eye it may not be easy to see the difference between a masterpiece and a masterpiece. For example, the best rugs can take 12-16 months to make, with hundreds of thousands of knots, and the seller can understandably be offended if you offer him a price equivalent to a cheap machine-woven rug. Having an authorized local guide can be worth your money, both to keep the most current salespeople away, to tip you on quality stores and assist you in haggling.

Handmade Rugs
Among the best bargains you can make as a tourist are handmade rugs. And you should actually be very determined and dismissive to avoid getting into a sales situation. If you first invite you to a carpet shop, sit down and have a cup of tea and a long pleasant chat with the proprietor who probably has a cousin at your exact home, it is very difficult to say no to an offer afterwards, traveling Go and go. Before you know it, you sit and discuss the price of a hundred-dollar blanket that you had no intention of buying at all. And when you finally get lured into saying a price you think the rug is worth, he says, “Agree!” These guys are scary salesmen!

If you do not have the patience or feel confident enough to embark on the mandatory bargaining in the souks, there are places where you can trade Moroccan products at fixed prices. Maybe a little more expensive than in the souks, but considerably faster, and you know you won’t be fooled. In the indoor market Bouchaib you have a good selection of crafts, textiles, pottery and baskets, sables and furniture, jewelry and bags. Returns can of course also be arranged. Bouchaib is located in 7, Derb Baissi Kasbah, Boutouil.

Most shops are open from 0930 to 1300, and from 1600 to 2000. Many shops are closed on Fridays. During the fasting month of Ramadan the opening hours are approx. 1000 to 1500.

Currently, there is no Tax Free Shopping scheme or VAT refund in Morocco.

Eating in Marrakech

Food in Marrakech, Morocco

The Moroccan cuisine is a delightful blend that reflects both the complex culture of the country and the location at the intersection of the European, Arab and African world. You can taste traces of Arabic, Berber, African, Portuguese, French, Spanish and Jewish food culture.

You will most likely be served chicken and beef during your stay. Most locals prefer lamb, but this is also the most expensive. Spices are actively used in cooking, and here is the saffron king. Mint leaves and lemongrass are also distinctive flavors you will come across. For many meals you will be served couscous, which most have tasted before. Couscous originates from the Berber, but has spread throughout the centuries to the whole of North Africa and the Middle East.

One of the most typical Moroccan dishes is the tajine, which is also the name of the clay pot in which it is both cooked and served. Commonly used lamb with almonds and raisins, but also kefta (meatballs and tomato) and mqualli (chicken and lemon) are popular tajine dishes.

Most people will love Moroccan food and will not feel the need for anything else while visiting the country. In Marrakech there are a few Italian and French restaurants, but otherwise the city is almost devoid of the otherwise ubiquitous international fast food chains. You can enjoy a few bucks at the many food stalls at Djemaa el-Fna, where the selection is huge. Many people may have concerns about eating here, but the food comes fresh from the roasting dish, so it will usually be perfectly safe. As always, it’s wise to steer clear of unprepared salads and meats.

Drink in Marrakech The
Moroccans are very happy in their tea, and this is served almost everywhere, at all times of the day and, in small cups. This is usually green mint tea with a lot of sugar, which is poured into the cups from high altitude.

Coffee is also very widespread, and is most often served with milk.

Although Morocco is a Muslim country, it produces both beer and wine, both red, rosé and white. But it is relatively expensive, unless you manage to find one of the local bars, where you as a tourist are sure to wake up and be in the company of almost exclusively Moroccan men. If, however, you sit in a bar at one of the better hotels, you should be prepared to pay around 40-50 kroner for a 0.33 liter bottle of beer, and considerably more for a drink.

Shopping and Eating in Agadir, Morocco

Shopping and Eating in Agadir, Morocco

Agadir is one of the largest cities in the country of Morocco.

Shopping in Agadir

Eating in Agadir, Morocco

We already inform you here and now that you have a limit on how many kilos of luggage you can carry on the plane. It’s easy to forget when visiting Morocco. The market in Agadir defined by AbbreviationFinder, which is the city’s big souk, is a popular place to shop for tourists. No wonder, considering all the gift options the product range here offers. Besides, it’s a pretty pretty bazaar.

If there is anything merchants in Morocco can do, then it is to negotiate price. Don’t think you are a world champion in “haggling”, he usually stands on the opposite side and should sell you his products. On the large souk you can trade everything from jewelry to carpets. Add everything from spices, ceramics and leather goods so you understand what kind of product range the market has.

An alternative is the smaller Medina Souvenirs shop which offers Moroccan handicraft products and souvenirs. The laughter is often decorative wood carvings, small rugs and jewelry. You will find Medina Souvenirs near the large souk, more specifically in Massira Street. If you are unsure of the road, talk to one of the city’s many taxi drivers.

Of other major shopping centers in Agadir we suggest the Marche Municipal and Agadir’s Central Market. The prices at Marche Municipal are usually slightly above what you can negotiate on the souk. But the whole thing is a little more tourist friendly. You will find the Marche Municipal between the avenues Des Far and Sifi Mohammad.

Also visit the Le Medina d’Agadir Cocco Pollizzi shopping arcade. It is also called just Medina Cocco Pollizzi and offers many great products. The architect behind this shopping arcade is fromItaly.

General about shopping in Agadir

There are many shops in Agadir and it seems that most are there for tourists. The sellers of us who come from the north ofEurope canSeems very active, but don’t take it personally. Since many are trying to find happiness in “fooling” tourists, you should be a bit skeptical of the quality of the craft products. And don’t pay the price they ask for the first time. Price you must negotiate!

When it comes to small practical products you need for life on the beach, there are plenty of shops that offer such. For general retail, and if you want wine or similar, visit the Uniprix store, located in the “Moroccan” part of town. Right next to this you will also find a bookstore (Crown English Bookshop) that sells English-language books, if you need reading material.