Morocco

Morocco Travel Guide

Morocco is an Arabian beauty - vivid colours, intricately painted buildings, and the home of delicious tagine. Wander the streets and take in the the fragrant sites and smells of Fez, visit the medieval and imperial city of Marrakech, ride camels in the Sahara or escape to the magical blue city (aka Chefchaouen). No matter how well-seasoned a traveller you are, Morocco will excite and inspire you.

Morocco facts

moroccan language

Languages Spoken

The official languages spoken in Morocco is colloquial Arabic (known as Darija) and Berber.

morocco currency

Currency

Moroccan Dirham (MAD).
Symbol: درهم
100 MAD is approximately $13

time in morocco

Time Zone

Western European Time Zone
UTC +00:00
Australia is 10 hours ahead of Morocco

What's the capital of Morocco?

The capital of Morocco is Rabat. If you fancy visiting you'll find a quiet and charming city, with well-groomed surroundings, palm-fringed streets, and a beach (are we talking about Africa?!). But seriously, it's a good place to escape the craziness for a few days.

Where to go in Morocco?

Marrakech
Marrakech
If you want cosmopolitan city mixed with Moroccan traditions, then Marrakech is the place for you. Located in western Morocco, this is a great place to visit to soak up the history and the culture. Sip a mint tea as you wander around vibrant souks and charming back alleys, go for a traditionaly hammam (steam), and take your camera to the medina, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 
Tangier
Tangier
Also in the west, but this time in the north west, lies Tangier. It's a port on the Strait of Gibraltar, meaning it's an easy way to get in to Morocco if you're travelling around Europe. If you're a Bond fan, you may recognise some of the streets from 'Spectre' as well. The city has gone through some major restorations to it's landmarks, and is once again lively and bustling with business types, locals and tourists. 
Fez
Fez
If you're looking for traditional, authentic Moroccan vibes, then Fez is where it's at - from aromatic spice stalls to bright and colourful tannery's, intricately detailed buidings to magical-looking doorways that can be found in winding back alleys, this city is enchanting. Wander the streets where you can watch artisans hard at work, or take a seat in a busy market square and just soak it all up.
Chefchaouen blue city
Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen: aka The Blue City, ticks all the boxes. For one, it's painted in vivid shades of blue with brightly coloured plant pots set against the walls (great for Insta), two, it's way more relaxing than the other cities, three, tourists rarely get hassled (score!), and four, it just seems like another world - it's a bright blue village that lies beneath the Rif Mountains. 

Where is Morocco?

Morocco is located in Northern Africa, and is bordered by Algeria and the Western Sahara. It's actually not far from Gibraltar, and it would take around 1.5 hours to take a ferry between the two. Morocco is also only a short flight away from Spain and Portugal.

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Morocco, Kasbahs & Desert | 8 days
Perfect for travellers looking for a fast-paced trip, this short but sweet adventure offers up a great combination of Moroccos must-see highlights and a little free time to explore on your own. Take to a camel to tour the dunes before really experiencing the Sahara on an overnight camping excursion. Explore high-walled kasbahs and wander the labyrinthine alleys of Fes and Marrakech. Discover the history and rugged natural beauty of mysterious Morocco.
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Morocco on a Shoestring | 15 days
In our humble opinion, theres no better way to spend two weeks than travelling around majestic, marvelous, magical Morocco. In a country with no shortage of highlights, we make sure to hit all the main ones, including Fes, Chefchaouen, the coastal hippie mecca of Essaouira, and plenty of souks to shop in and beaches to relax on. After an overnight stay in a Berber camp and a few market barters under your belt, youll feel like a local in no time.
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Highlights of Morocco | 15 days
If you want to hit Moroccos highlights, this is your adventure. Wander through kasbahs, spice markets, and cities pulsing with energy on this comprehensive trip. Climb onto a camel and explore the edge of the Sahara before admiring the views from the heights of the Atlas Mountains. Experience the energy of imperial cities as you explore souks stuffed with exotic wares. Then take a moment to appreciate this amazing adventure as you camp under the stars among some of the world's biggest sand dunes.
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Morocco fast facts

cost of beer morocco

Drinks

A bottle of local Moroccan beer costs 25MAD on average (around $3.40). The most popular beer in Morocco is actually Heineken, which is brewed locally under the supervision of the company.

cost of food morocco

Meals

A cheap meal in a Moroccan restaurant averages at around 30MAD, so not much more than a beer! Street food is very popular in Morocco, and it can cost as little as 5MAD (approx 68c). Local delicacies include snail soup in Marrakech, Chebakia (syrupy cookie goodness) and of course, fresh orange juice.

cost of accomodation in morocco

Hostels

A basic hostel, or riad as they're known in Morocco, can cost you as little as 50MAD per night (about $6).

morocco hotel cost

Hotels

For a mid-range room in a hotel or guesthouse, you'll pay anywhere between 500-1400MAD per night (approx $68-$191). Credit cards are accepted at most hotels.

taxi cost morocco

Taxis

Taxis start from 1.60MAD (approx 22c) and at night the price of all taxis double. If you're getting a small 'petit taxi' then remind them to use their meter, however 'grand taxis' do not have a meter and you will need to negotiate a price.

transport cost morocco

Transport

There are a few different ways to get around Morocco - you can get around by train or bus, with a one-way ticket starting at 5MAD (around 68c). Within a city, it's easiest to get around by taxi.

Flights to Morocco

Settle in for the long haul, because flights from Australia to Marrakech take about 36 hours, or if you fly to Casablanca it takes around 26 hours. Alternatively, if you're planning on a trip to Europe, you could take a ferry from France, Spain, or Gibraltar to Tangier or a flight from London only takes 2.5 hours!
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Morocco visa for Australians: how to get a visa for morocco

If you're visiting Morocco as a tourist, you don't need a visa if you're not planning on staying longer than 90 days. Your passport must be valid for 6 months after you plan to leave Morocco. If you plan on staying longer than 90 days then you'll need to obtain a visa - contact the Morocco embassy for more details. 

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