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Morocco: Travel tips and travel preparation for the individual round trip

With our Morocco travel tips we want to help you plan your individual vacation in Morocco.

Here we have collected everything that we have put together in terms of information for our Morocco trip. A small mini travel guide for your individual round trip.

From general information you need to prepare for your vacation to sights, routes, transport and activities. Here you will find everything in compact form to be able to plan carefree.

Are you still missing information? Then leave the comments with your question and we'll see if we can add the travel tips directly.

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Travel preparation and planning

Where is Morocco located?

Morocco is one of the Maghreb countries and is located on the western corner of North Africa. It has a coast on both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. In the east it borders on Algeria. In the south lies the Western Sahara and Mauritania occupied by Morocco.

The capital of Morocco is Rabat. The flag of Morocco shows a gold star on a red background.

The country is criss-crossed by the Anti-Atlas, Middle Atlas and High Atlas Mountains (from south to north). The Sahara expands to the east and south.

What is the best time to visit Morocco?

The country has different climatic zones that can be visited at different times.

For friends of hiking and trekking tours in the Mountains is the summer ideal. It doesn't get too hot on the heights. In other times of the year it can get very cool.

When traveling to the Sahara Desert you should spring or the autumn choose. In summer it gets unbearably hot during the day and bitterly cold in the desert in winter.

The levels and beaches can all year round be visited. In winter, however, you have to expect rain sometimes in the north. On the southern Atlantic coast (Agadir) there is bathing weather all year round, provided the consistently cool temperature of the Atlantic does not scare you.

High season is over Christmas, during the Easter holidays and in July and August. Then prices go up and beaches and attractions are overcrowded. Avoid this time if possible.

Before you travel to Morocco, you should also make sure that it is Ramadan. During this time, it can be difficult to find cafes and restaurants open during the day, except in tourist centers. People are often tired and irritable from fasting during the day.

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Recommended travel guides for Morocco:

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Arrival and entry

Most tourists will arrive in Morocco by plane from Germany. There are many connections from different airports. There are also numerous airports in Morocco that you can go to, e.g. B. Marrakech, Casablanca, Agadir or Tangier. Both low-cost airlines and scheduled airlines fly there.

We all know that flying is not good for the climate.

We do not always give up flying when we are attracted to a holiday destination.

In any case, we offset the CO2 emissions we generate by donating to compensation programs that promote climate protection projects elsewhere, e.g. B. over Atmosfair.

If you have more time, it is generally also possible to travel overland.

By train and ferry you can travel to Morocco via Algeciras in Spain. Even with that own vehicle you can travel the country well. Morocco is a popular destination for motorhome tourists, especially in winter. There are ferry connections from Algeciras to Tangier or Ceuta and from Almeria to Nador or Melilla.

Entry into Morocco

To enter the country, you need a passport (ID card is not enough!) That is valid for at least six months. You do not need a visa.

Can you do a Morocco tour individually?

A very clear yes!

Morocco is wonderful to travel to on your own. In the north you can explore the country by train or bus. A rental car is recommended for the southern part.

Is Morocco Dangerous?

One of the most frequently asked questions when traveling to a foreign country is security.

Since the "Arab Spring", many people have had a queasy feeling when they travel to Arab countries. In Morocco, however, the situation is very relaxed. It is considered to be the safest of the North African countries. On the side of the Foreign Office you can find out about travel and safety information. However, the information there is characterized by a very great deal of caution.

The Foreign Office recommends that the controversial area of Western Sahara to avoid. For legal reasons, it cannot offer consular protection there. If you travel to Western Sahara, you should stick to the existing roads and paths, because there are still landmines in the interior.

As everywhere else, petty crimes such as pickpocketing occur particularly in tourist areas. So take good care of your valuables in the crowd or leave them in the hotel room right away. Overall, however, the crime rate in Morocco is not very high.

If a theft does occur and you need a loss report from the police, be prepared for lengthy bureaucratic processes. Think carefully about whether this is worth your valuable time on vacation.

Emergency telephone number in Morocco:

19 or 119

Health travel tips: travel vaccinations, hygiene and medical care

You do not need any special travel vaccinations if you are planning a vacation in Morocco. The basic vaccinations you should have at home should be up to date: tetanus, diphtheria, polio.

If you travel the country individually, it makes sense to be vaccinated against the following diseases:

  • Hepatitis A (inflammation of the liver caused by contaminated food)
  • Hepatitis B (inflammation of the liver from contact with blood or sex)
  • Rabies (there are many stray cats in Morocco)
  • Typhoid (from contaminated food)

Typical illnesses are diarrhea. You can avoid them through good hygiene. We always have a pack of disinfectant gel in our bag, which we use after every visit to the toilet and before every meal.

You should definitely take out health insurance abroad for your trip to Morocco. The statutory health insurance in Germany does not cover the cost of treatment.

Doctors are usually well trained, and they have often studied in Europe. If hospital treatment becomes necessary, seek out a clinic in a larger city if possible.

As a pharmacist, I of course also have tips for yours travel pharmacy.

What language do they speak in Morocco?

Morocco has three official languages: French, Arabic and Berber (which is divided into the three languages ​​Tamazight, Taschelhit and Tarifit).

Trilingual signage: Arabic, Berber and French.

Many people speak English in tourist areas. Off the beaten track, it helps if you master a few words of French. You don't need Arabic, but of course people are happy when you can say “hello” and “thank you” in their language.

Mini PhraseBook Morocco

GermanFrenchArabic
Good dayBonjourAs salamu alaikum (short: salam)
GoodbyeAU RevoirBislama
or masalam
thanksmercishukran
please (in response to thank you)de rienla shukran ala waschib
please (as a request)s'il vous plaîtafak
GermanyGermanyAlmanya
Sorry!Pardon!almaʿṯirah
Yesouilye
Nononla
The Bill pleaseL'addition, s'il vous plaîtAfak, brit nakhlass
1, 2, 3un, deux, troiswahid, shush, tlata

Travel tips on money, currency and travel expenses

The currency in Morocco is the Dirham.

You can get money from ATMs in all major locations. The best way to do this is to use a credit card that you can use to withdraw money abroad free of charge, such as the one from the DKB or the Santanderbank.

If you really want to take euro cash with you (why ??), you can easily exchange it in tourist places in exchange offices. In banks, on the other hand, it is quite bureaucratic and complicated to exchange your cash.

Moroccan banknotes and coins.

As in many countries, change is rare in Morocco. So pay with larger bills wherever possible so that you always have enough change in your pocket for smaller amounts. Credit card payments are only possible in large hotels or restaurants.

We paid a total of 2344 euros for our Morocco vacation. We were on the road for 23 days. We had a rental car for nine days, and we covered the distances between the royal cities by train.

A list of our expenses:

categoryCosts in euros for two people
flight293
Overnight in accommodation typical of the country696
Eating in small restaurants, street food, groceries487
Transport (rental cars, fuel, trains, taxis)473
Tours and admissions (including 265 euros for the desert tour)290
miscellaneous105
Total cost for 23 days2344

Telephone and internet

Since Morocco is not part of the EU (surprise!), There are significant roaming charges for mobile calls and surfing. You can ask your provider how high these are - purely for the sake of interest.

If you want to make phone calls and / or surf the web while on the go, it is advisable to have a SIM card from a Moroccan supplier. We chose Maroc Telecom and thus had quite good coverage. Much better than the mobile network in Germany.

You can either buy the SIM cards in small shops or go straight to the provider's branch in a larger town. The latter is recommended, because there you can make the right settings on your smartphone. The best thing to do is to look for a cell phone provider in the place of arrival or at the airport.

WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS is available free of charge in most accommodations. However, the quality is not always satisfactory.

Overnight in Morocco

We prefer typical accommodation instead of faceless hotel complexes. There are many beautiful custom hotels operating in Riads or Kasbahs are housed. We definitely recommend that you look around for such accommodations. Most of the time, a delicious and plentiful breakfast is included in the price.

We only have the first one Hotel in Agadir * pre-booked from Germany. When we arrive in a foreign country, we like to know where we're going to spend the night. Otherwise we always booked the accommodations from place to place. Finding something in May was not a problem. We only looked a little longer in the desert town of Tata. There weren't many acceptable hotels close to the center.

We paid an average of 30 euros per night for our accommodations.

Many stand for campers and mobile home owners Campsites to disposal. There are also hotels that rent out parking spaces on their premises.

Whether a romantic riad, a typical hotel with a nice atmosphere or a rustic kasbah - we have described our 7 most beautiful accommodations in this article:

7 beautiful and inexpensive hotels in Morocco.

to eat and drink

The typical dish from Morocco's cuisine is the Tagine. Onions, meat or fish, potatoes and various vegetables are cooked in a clay pan on the fire. A tajine with chicken and lemon is very tasty. There is hardly any offer for vegetarians. Even if a vegetable tagine is on the menu, it's usually made with meat that is fished out before serving.

If you want to cook a tagine at home, we have it 3 tagine recipes to you.

The second typical dish is couscous, steamed wheat semolina with vegetables and meat. Often couscous is only available if you order in advance, as it takes several hours to prepare.

Brochettes (meat skewers), kefta (meatballs) and other meat dishes are also served.

Harira with sweet side dishes.

A small, very typical dish is Harira. It's a soup made from lentils, chickpeas, lamb and rice. Often something sweet is served with it, such as dates or pastries. Try it out! Harira is very cheap in small restaurants.

As Street food For those who are hungry in between, grilled corn on the cob, merguez (spicy lamb sausages) in flatbread and shawarma, the Syrian-Lebanese kebab, are offered. I found lbabuches, snails cooked in a tangy brew, very tasty.

Most riads offer this breakfast consisting of bread, olive oil, jam, various pancakes, orange juice and tea or coffee. Sometimes there is also egg or fruit. We always had a delicious breakfast in the riads.

If you have chosen accommodation without breakfast, you go to the nearest café. If you order breakfast, you may only get bread, oil and jam. You can always order the other components in addition.

Our tip for breakfast in the Berber regions: Berbère omelette! It's a hearty omelette with onions, olives and vegetables.

Our favorite breakfast: Berber omelette and fresh orange juice

When it comes to drinks in Morocco, you immediately think of it tea one, also called Berber whiskey. It is brewed from green tea, mint and plenty of sugar in an elaborate ceremony. The tea is typically poured from a great height so that a nice foam forms in the glass.

Mint tea is also a part of the smallest restaurant.

There is also freshly squeezed, very aromatic orange juice everywhere. Definitely try it!

Tip: If the tea is served in a pot at the table, first pour a glass and pour it back into the pot. You repeat this process a few times. This distributes the sugar that is placed in lumps at the bottom of the pot.

Good ones too coffee you get in Morocco. This is thanks to the times of the French government.

alcohol is frowned upon in a Muslim country like Morocco. It is not offered in simple restaurants. Both wine and beer are available in upscale restaurants and wherever tourists gather.

To Self-sufficiency you can find supermarkets in larger cities, such as Carrefour. But you can also get fresh goods such as fruit, vegetables and bread in the small shops and on the market. The only thing we haven't always found to buy is cheese.

Typical vegetable shop in Morocco.

Behavioral tips for Morocco

Morocco is a Muslim country with conservative values. As Mrs you should dress discreetly. You are not required to wear a headscarf or cover yourself completely. But you should be careful to keep your shoulders and knees covered.

In rural areas in particular, women dress very conservatively.

For the desert tour is the Chech a very useful piece of clothing. It is a long fabric scarf that you wrap around your head several times and also pull in front of your face. It protects you from the sun, wind and sand. You can buy Chechs in most places. The seller will show you how to wrap it. I love my Chech and now wear it as sun protection outside of the desert.

Marcus leaves as a Tuareg.

In the tourist cities, especially Marrakech and Fes, you should avoid the so-called "Faux Guides" beware. The self-appointed guides offer you their help, for example to find your accommodation in the maze of alleys of the medinas. In retrospect, they charge outrageous, inflated prices for this. If you don't want to pay, they can get very aggressive. In Marrakech you will be chatted every few meters that you are on the wrong way to the “Grand Place”. Don't let that put you off!

Many Moroccans, especially the Berbers, have not only an aversion but a downright superstitious fear of to be photographed. Please respect that and only photograph people with their consent!

Should you be in the Ramadan When you are out and about, it is not appropriate to eat, drink or smoke in public during the day.

Film and literature tips

We like to get in the mood for a travel destination by watching films or books that are set there before going on holiday. Even after the trip, it's a nice way to remember places you've visited. How great to suddenly recognize a place in a film scene or to have an idea of ​​what it looks like while reading a book.