Morocco in detail

Planning Tips


The View from Fez ( News and opinions.

Visit Morocco ( Moroccan National Tourist Office website.

Maroc Mama ( Morocco-themed food and travel blog.

Al Bab ( Handy links.

Morocco World News ( Moroccan news portal.

Lonely Planet ( Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Top Tips

  • Morocco is a much bigger country than you think. Don't over-stuff your itinerary, and allow plenty of time to travel between destinations.
  • Many Moroccans speak French, but try learning a few words of Darija (Moroccan Arabic). Locals will reward you for your efforts.
  • Haggling in the souqs is best thought of as a performance rather than a zero-sum game.
  • Shared taxis (grands taxis) are a quick way of getting between towns. Buy all six seats if you want to make an outright hire.
  • If you get lost in a medina, follow the flow of people until you get back to a main thoroughfare or ask a shopkeeper for directions.

What to Wear

Morocco's brand of Islam is pretty relaxed, especially when it comes to foreigners' dress, but it's worth bearing a few things in mind. Both sexes should wear tops that cover their shoulders. Shorts may be appropriate in cities, but less so in more conservative rural areas. It's not necessary for women to wear headscarves, though cleavage should be covered. Hats are useful to protect from the hot sun.

What to Take

  • Moroccan plug adaptor.
  • Comfortable footwear for exploring medinas on foot and hiking in the mountains.
  • A hat to protect against the strong Moroccan sun.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date.
  • Check the airline baggage restrictions.
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company you’re heading away.
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance.