Holidays in Morocco
Morocco is an amazing country in North Africa, combining elements of the culture of Africa, the East and Europe. Holidays in Morocco will allow you to lie on the beach, see the unique architecture, visit the Sahara desert and even go skiing.
Advantages and disadvantages
- Non-standard and exotic
- No visa formalities
- Fairly inexpensive tours and low prices in the country
- Very beautiful beaches
- You can swim in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean
- Delicious local cuisine
- Not too many tourists
- Lots of interesting sights
- There are great surf spots
- Local bazaars and markets are very colorful
- The weather is not always happy, there are fogs and cool evenings, the sea is often cold
- During Ramadan, rest is very boring, there is nowhere to eat and drink
- Undeveloped tourist infrastructure, you can not even dream of “All Inclusive”
- The country is very poor, locals are constantly begging and demanding money for any help, thefts are frequent, even in hotels
- Residents are very persistent, especially merchants, it is extremely difficult to get rid of them
- The streets are dirty
- Muslim country – there is almost no alcohol, you can’t find pork, you need to follow a special style of dress, especially for girls, but they are not recommended to walk alone
- Almost no one speaks English
In terms of recreation, Morocco is very comfortable due to the influence of air masses from the Mediterranean Sea – summers are hot and winters are a little cool. At the same time, the heat is easily transferred due to the ocean breeze. In the mountains, the temperature drops below zero. In areas far from the sea, it is very hot and stuffy in summer due to the influence of the Sahara. There is little rainfall throughout the country, although fogs do occur.
According to toppharmacyschools.org, it is also worth noting quite strong differences between day and night temperatures.
Frequently asked Questions
How to choose a hotel?
For recreation, Morocco offers its guests a variety of hotels and hotels. There are chic 5 * hotels, and simple hostels, and establishments for one or two stars. Inexpensive low-star hotels are of several types:
- Riads within the city, most often in the medina;
- Auberge, usually in villages and towns;
- Zhit d`etap on the roads between cities.
Cheap hotels often do not have hot water or air conditioning, so if you want to save money, it is better to stay in hostels – it is sometimes more convenient and, as a result, even cheaper. In small family hotels, even inexpensive ones, breakfasts and sometimes dinners are included in the price. There are not very many hotels with three stars, 4 and 5-star hotels are located either in the city center or on the coast, often have their own beach. In such hotels there is a bar with alcohol, you can order pork, there is an opportunity to have fun. Often casinos are open at large expensive hotels.
What to do in case of emergency?
The country as a whole is quite safe, but tourists often become victims of theft and fraud by locals. In case of trouble, you can call:
- 19 – police;
- 15 – fire and ambulance;
- 117 – roadside assistance.
IMPORTANT: The tourist police can help you – they are very loyal to tourists, and the locals are afraid of them.
In case of loss of documents or other similar problems, call the Russian Consulate at (8-10-21237) 75-3590.
If you have already decided where to relax in Morocco, when is the best time to go there?
The climate in the country is very different, the rest is also diverse, so it’s impossible to say unequivocally. It is advised to go to the sea in August-September, when the water is warm and there are no dust storms, although you can also swim in summer. The winter months are well suited for surfing, with a mild climate and high waves. For a ski holiday in Atlas, it is also worth going in winter, in January and February. If you are not planning mountains and sunbathing, but want to go sightseeing, then it is better to choose Morocco in spring or summer – the climate at this time is especially mild, there are not a lot of tourists. Also, this time is ideal for a visit to the Sahara. But to go to Morocco in Ramadan is definitely not worth it. The month of fasting usually falls at the beginning or middle of summer, its exact date can be found on the Internet.
Are there any special rules of conduct?
Morocco is a country with strict Muslim laws, so special rules of conduct should be observed here.
- If you arrive in the country during Ramadan, then you should not eat, drink (especially alcohol) and smoke on the streets from sunrise to sunset;
- In general, drinking alcohol on the streets is not recommended;
- Ignoring annoying merchants or locals is impolite – they just need to be resolutely refused;
- Women should not bare their shoulders and legs, it is also better to refrain from blouses with a neckline and short shorts and skirts. It is also better for men not to wear shorts;
- Women should not walk alone, look men in the eyes, smile at them and smoke in public places. If you need help, it is better to contact an elderly woman;
- It is not customary to eat with the left hand, as it is considered “unclean”.
How are things with cellular communications?
In Morocco, the easiest way is to buy a tourist SIM card at the airport. They are also sold in communication stores. Such packages are inexpensive, valid for two weeks, convenient for calls around the country and surfing the Internet. For a short visit, you should not choose between operators, since the offers are similar, for a longer period it is already worth deciding – for the Internet, for example, Orange is suitable, and for voice communications Maroc Telecom. There is roaming from Russian operators, but it is very expensive.