You don’t always need to spend more than 8 hours on a plane to reach an exotic destination. Morocco is only a few hours away
It also offers excellent value for money, whether you want to travel on a budget using simple accommodation and public transport, or treat yourself to a stay in traditional riads where you can relax in sumptuous palaces without breaking the bank
Around 10.282.944 tourists from all over the world visited Morocco in 2014 while neighbour countries of Morocco were having much troubles due to the arab spring, so most visits are trouble-free.
Leaving behind the buzz of the cities, you can drive through snow-capped mountains and reach the desert in a few hours. A night camping under the stars and a camel ride on the golden sand dunes of the Sahara are an absolute must!
The Atlas Mountains dissect the country forming a barrier that results in a dramatic contrast in climate between North and South. Whether you only want to visit for a day and take a relaxed walk or whether you want to attempt climbing the majestic Jebel Toubkal (4167m), this is a stop not to be missed!
Apart from when they fast during Ramadan, Moroccan people make sure they dedicate to food the time it deserves. Homemade bread, fresh salads, tajines, couscous and delicious pastries are always on the table. Food will often be offered to welcome you as a guest wherever you visit and, before you know it, mint tea and biscuits will have become an indulgent habit!
Traditional Moroccan houses reflect the Roman villa with the typical internal courtyard featuring a fountain. This clever and traditional architecture, often decorated with mosaics, geometric patterns and calligraphy, has become increasingly popular in recent years and beautiful old buildings have been converted into impressive hotels and restaurants which provide an authentic Moroccan experience.
Moroccan architecture is rich, alluring, and as varied as the landscape of the country itself, also has been described as exotic, majestic, eclectic, contemporary and traditional, a true mix inspired from the Arab world, Spain, Portugal and France which still can be seen in Moroccan architecture, both on their own and blended with Berber and Islamic styles.
The Berbers are some of the friendliest and most hospitable people. In the remote villages of the south especially, people are very simple and genuine and will always try to make sure you feel welcome as a guest. Language may be a barrier, but smiles, gestures, food and, of course, that ubiquitous mint tea can make up for it!
You don’t need a visa to get in
Almost all of Europe,USA and Canada require no visa to enter the country, and visitors can stay up to 90 days, which is quite generous. Please note that your passport expiration date MUST be after the date of your intended return
With beaches lining both the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, there is no shortage of seaside relaxation. The Mediterranean coast has rockier beaches; the sea is also rougher and many people choose not to swim from here, but the views are beautiful. Families with children may want to consider visiting the beaches along Agadir and Regions or Tangier and regions
Fez, Meknes, Casablanca and Tangier are the country’s most popular places to shop. The souks are stacked with ceramics, leather goods, baskets, carpets and jewelry. Bargaining with the shop owner or artisan is both expected and accepted in Morocco.
Morocco’s history encompasses influences from the Berbers, the Roman Empire, the French and Spanish settlers who tried to claim the country as their own. As you move from city to city and region to region, you will be able to see the influences all of these people have had on Morocco.