Morocco is a safe place to visit for the most part. Its crime rates are comparatively low, but it is recommended that you be aware at all times and store your possessions in a secure place. Since it is a welcoming Muslim country, visitors are supposed to respect Islamic culture and customs.
When preparing for a holiday in Morocco, the most critical considerations are the duration of your journey, the temperature, and any non-standard clothing or equipment you may need. Even on a short trip to Morocco, you could go from sweating through your t-shirt visiting Marrakech to shivering outside on a freezing night in the Atlas mountains. As a result, we consider getting a clue about what you want to do and where you’re going in order to get a clearer idea of how to pack.
- 1 pair of shoes (for walks and outdoor adventures — climbing boots are unnecessary)
- 1 pair of flip-flops/sandals (especially if you intend to visit a hammam or stay in a hostel, “shower flip flops” are required)
- 1 or 2 pairs of jeans and 1 pair of breathable, loose trousers
- 1 slender skirt (for the ladies)
- 3–4 t-shirts (one of which should be good for outdoor wear)
- 1 long-sleeved shirt
- 1 sweatshirt
- 1 jacket (it can get cold in certain places at certain times of the year)
- A bathing suit
- Morocco has two official languages: Arabic and Berber (Amazigh). People communicate in Berber, Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.
- Morocco’s national drink is mint tea, also known as Moroccan or Berber “whiskey.” It’s made with green tea, a couple of mint leaves, and sugar.
- The national Moroccan costume is the “djellaba.” It is a hooded, unisex, calf-length garment with a one-piece design. In cold weather, you’ll notice that almost everyone is wearing them.
- Morocco is now mostly a cash economy. Major hotels and restaurants can accept foreign credit cards, but anything else must be paid in cash.
- In phone stores, you can purchase low-cost SIM cards for service and get them activated for you.
- Moroccan cuisine is steeped in tradition, prepared with precision, and dependent on the freshest ingredients. Spices are important, and combining sweet and sour flavors is popular.
- Non-Muslims Are Not allowed in Most Moroccan Mosques. Non-Muslims are welcome to visit Hassan 2 Mosque during non-prayer hours.
- On Fridays, Muslims celebrate holy days, which means that nearly everyone goes to the mosques to pray. As a result, business hours may differ from those of other days of the week, especially in the afternoons. The souks will undoubtedly be quieter, and several shops will be closed.
- Many Moroccans do not want you to photograph them. Before taking pictures of people, you can still ask for permission.
- In Morocco, it can be very cold in the winter and very hot in the summer.
- Morocco’s ecosystem contains a wide range of natural elements. There are miles of beaches and mountains that climb more than 13,000 feet above sea level. There are dramatic sand dunes as well as palm-tree-filled oases. The range is incredible.
- As a Muslim-majority region, alcohol is relatively scarce in Morocco. It can be sold in riads and some pubs, but you won’t find it in supermarkets unless you go to the French supermarket Carrefour.
Rabat, Arabic “Ribat”, Moroccan city and capital. It is one of the country’s four imperial cities, situated on the Atlantic coast at the end of the Wadi Bou Regreg, opposite Salé.
Morocco has two official languages, Arabic and Amazigh (Berber), which are spoken in the streets and villages. The country’s administrative language is Classical Arabic, also known as Literary Arabic.
Many Moroccans practice Islam, and the vast majority are Sunni Muslims who adhere to the Maliki school of Islamic jurisprudence. Christianity, Judaism, and Bahaism are among the other minority faiths.
While Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, Morocco is a mild Islamic country where you are likely to feel free to drink in excess in private or where alcohol is consumed.
Alcohol cannot be bought in shops in medinas, but it is available in several riads and hotels. Some restaurants sell alcoholic beverages, although there are only a few bars in cities and towns.