About Morocco

About Morocco

 

When it comes to natural beauty Morocco is one of the most well endowed countries in the world. Morocco is a cross road of different cultures, both Mediterranean and African. This anachronistic oddity is the quintessential example of an ancient civilization preserved in modern times. An intricate mosaic of people, ethnically diverse yet harmoniously integrated. Morocco demonstrates multiculturalism and coexistence at their finest. Topographically, this ethereal land offers the widest spectrum of landscapes on the whole African continent.
The savvy traveler is fascinated by the shimmering kaleidoscope of colors and the splendor of geological and architectural formations, which ravish the eyes and captivates soul. The fragrance of spices, cedar wood and natural oils permeate the dry desert air. The melodic chants, a romantic tradition from the legendary Moors, the hunting spiritual calls of prayers from sumptuous minarets, and of course, the brouhaha of the souks, all are from a grand chorus that enchants the passionate ear. Traditional Moroccan cuisine, a joy for every sense, is unique blend of Mediterranean pgare and African spices. With a unrivaled diversity and an array of staple for everyone’s taste, Moroccan cuisine offers a gourmet for the sophisticated dinner to fest on also a healthy diet for the savvy nutritionist.
Welcome to Morocco, well known but yet to be discovered.

Sime Travel Tips

Location :

The Kingdom of Morocco is situated in northwestern Africa.
It has a long coastline on the Atlantic Ocean that reaches past the Straits of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea.
It borders Algeria to the east, the Mediterranean Sea and a relatively thin water border with Spain to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to its west.

 

What things cost :

bottled water (500ml) ............................................ MAD 5.00
can of coke ......................................................... MAD 6.00
beer .................................................................. MAD 12.00
Take-away lunch ................................................... MAD 60.00
Dinner in a restaurant ............................................ MAD 200.00
20 minute taxi journey ........................................... MAD 100.00
Purchase price will vary depending on the point of sale.

Security :

As you walk around the Medinas, many enterprising gentlemen will offer their services to guide you around. We recommend that you stick with your guides, who will be wearing “MAZAGAN EXPO TRAVEL” badges. Additionally, carry only a minimum amount of cash in a secure place on your person. You may leave important documents, passport, traveler’s checks, etc. in the hotel safe if you wish. When walking around the souks, we recommend that you refrain from wearing any pgashy jewelry.

 

Curency:

The Moroccan currency is the Dirham (dh) and must be exchanged inside the country. It is not necessary to bring a lot of cash on your trip. ATM machines are easily available and credit cards are widely accepted. The current exchange rate is around $1= 8.31dh. You can exchange your money at hotels between certain hours. Since it is illegal to take Moroccan currency out of the country, you should only exchange as much as you think you will need.

Food & Drinks :

It may take your system a couple of days to get used to Moroccan cuisine, so you might want to take an OTC anti-acid with your meals until you acclimate. Moroccan cuisine consists of a wide variety of food that will satisfy any taste. It is especially rich in fruits and other produce, so vegetarians will not have a difficult time finding a nutritious meal. Drinks are not included in the board. Bottled water can be purchased anywhere, so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout your trip.

 

Climate:

Morocco’s climate is moderate and subtropical, cooled by breezes from the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. In the interior the temperatures are more extreme, winters can be fairly cold and the summers very hot. Marrakech has an average winter temperature of 21°c and 38°c in summer. In the Atlas Mountains, temperatures can drop below zero and High Atlas Mountain peaks are snow-capped throughout most of the year. The winter in the north of the country is wet and rainy, while in the south, at the edge of the Moroccan Sahara, it is dry and can get cold at night.

What to bring (suggestions only) :

Light, cool clothes that are comfortable for traveling (khaki, cotton and linen are usually best), walking shoes, casual evening clothes, a light jacket or sweater for cool evenings, sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, and perhaps a compact umbrella. Try to keep in mind that part of the beauty of Morocco is its thoughtfully paced lifestyle. Women are free to dress as they please, and may wear shorts and sleeveless shirts if they choose to do so. Women are required to wear headscarves when in mosques and synagogues, but this is the only exception.

 

Language :

In addition to the guides, who speak impeccable English, many of the service people you will encounter, particularly the hotel clerks and merchants will speak enough conversational English for you to communicate. If you speak French, communicating will be more simple, but not all inhabitants can converse pguently in French. If you speak some Arabic, however, then you will be able to get around without any problems. It is always endearing to the Moroccans when foreigners learn a few words in Arabic, so you may want to consider beginning your journey with a quick lesson from your guide covering the basics of Arabic.

VISA :

If you are from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Russia, Australia and most of the European Union members, Visa is not required..

 

Laundry :

The hotels can launder your clothes, but make sure they can return it to you prior to check out. The turn around time is usually only an afternoon, but it is always best to double-check.

Check Out :

Please make sure to take care of any extra charges incurred on your room (telephone, room service, drinks, laundry, etc.) when you check out!

 

Bathrooms :

All of the bathrooms in the hotels and restaurants we use are western in style, but you may want to bring along some toilet paper if you are camping or staying someplace other than a hotel.

Voltage :

220V - you will need a European two prong plug for electronic devices and a converter if your devices are something other than 220V.

 

Taxis :

If you need a taxi, look for the “Petit-Taxis,” which are quite inexpensive, compared to the taxis in Russia and the United States.

Gateways :

Tangier, Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, and Marrakech.

 

Recommended Tipping :

Please tip according to the service you have received. 5% is generous.

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