Morocco is one of the most visited countries in Africa and a very common destination for Spaniards, thanks to its proximity, its good prices and its stability. Despite being a neighboring country of Spain, preparing for Travelling In Morocco always raises doubts and questions of all kinds. When to go to Morocco? What should I know about their customs? How do I get around? We are going to answer all of them. Keep reading to plan the best Morocco tours for you!
Safety in Morocco
Is it dangerous to go to Morocco? Morocco is one of the safest countries in Africa, which does not detract from the fact that the global terrorist threat is still active since 2014, according to the Moroccan government itself. As detailed by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, "no risk areas are identified", and it is advisable to pay attention to potential theft by carelessness and tugging.
The main advice is caution. Morocco is a safe and politically stable country, but it is not exempt from small incidents such as robberies and tourist scams. The big cities are safe, except in certain neighborhoods far from the center or extremely late hours. Nothing that does not happen in a large European or American city.
Best time to go to Morocco
The best times to travel to Morocco are spring and autumn. Morocco's geography is very varied, ranging from Mediterranean climates in the north to desert climates in the Sahara, passing through mountain climates with altitudes exceeding 4,000 meters in the Atlas Mountains.
In summer it is common to reach 50 degrees Celsius in cities such as Marrakech. In winter, areas near the Atlas Mountains have a rainy and snowy climate.
The Ramadan period (dates vary from year to year) should also be taken into account, as most businesses, such as restaurants and stores, will be closed during the day, during the hours of fasting.
Thus, April, May, and October are the best months to travel to Morocco. If traveling only to the north coast, the summer months may also have acceptable temperatures, but as you enter the interior of the country the heat becomes unbearable.
Customs and laws
Customs and religion should mark the way tourists behave when visiting Morocco, as they can offend someone and even incur a crime.
Our trip could coincide with the celebration of Ramadan, so it is advisable to take these dates into account because it has its advantages and disadvantages. Each year it is celebrated on different dates. It is best to investigate it during the preparation of the trip.
How to get around Morocco
Depending on the type of trip we make, in Morocco, we have to consider all means of transport, whether by train, bus, car or plane. The Alawite country has a good network of railroads linking the main cities, so the train is the ideal transport in Morocco. Tangier, Fez, Nador, Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakech are connected by train. In addition, Morocco's first high-speed line is already in operation, linking Tangier and Casablanca in about two hours.
The bus is the substitute transport for the train in Morocco to access those places that do not have railroads. It is the most popular means of transport among Moroccans because of its low prices and wide range of frequencies. The company CTM covers practically all destinations.
A car is an option of transport very demanded by the tourists to explore villages, beaches, the Atlas Mountains or even to approach the desert. The possibility of taking your own car from Spain is very interesting because of the advantages it offers. If you opt for car rental in Morocco, it is important to note that you will find the main international companies. The European driving license is valid to rent a car in Morocco and the driving rules are very similar.
Driving in Morocco is not as easy as in Spain and other countries. Moroccans drive in a somewhat chaotic way with respect to the rules, so it is advisable to be very careful and patient. As for the roads, the country has new toll highways linking the main cities. Outside them, things change and it is advisable to drive with caution, as traffic is very heavy.
Another way to travel within Morocco is by plane, as the main cities have airports. It is the fastest and most agile option, but perhaps the least attractive as it prevents knowing the geophysical variety that offers a country this.
We chose the option of 10 days tour from Casablanca with a travel agency and we haven't regret anything, they were very professional.