Morocco do-it-yourself – Travel tips

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A trip to Morocco can be easily arranged by relying on travel agencies, but it is very expensive and you will be forced to follow the hectic pace dictated by adherence to the itinerary.

It is much better to organize a do-it-yourself trip, you will save some money but most importantly you will be free to build your own tailor-made itinerary and be the master of your time. Our trip lasted about two weeks, we left from Agadir and following a loop itinerary we visited Marrakech, Ait-Ben Haddou, the Sahara desert and surfed the ocean waves. We drove through indescribable vistas with fantastic colors and above all we discovered a kind, helpful, courteous people…

If you are coming from Italy, you must have a passport to enter Morocco. On leaving the country, your passport must have a remaining validity of at least 6 months. Entry without a tourist visa is allowed up to a maximum of 3 months.

I always recommend checking in advance on the Farnesina website.

No health prophylaxis is required. 

The local currency is the Moroccan DIRHAM, 1 euro = about 11.15 dirhams.

Almost everywhere you will find ATMs and exchange agencies.

In Marrakech I recommend changing at the Ali hotel. a short walk from Jema el Fna Square, as it does not charge exchange fees.

Caution: not all hotels accept payment by credit card; inquire before departure.

Morocco is described as a “cold country with a hot sun”: depending on the season, there can be considerable temperature fluctuations even during the same day.

In summer, on the Atlantic coast, the sky is often overcast but out of season it is quite cold.

Summer is the ideal time to explore the Upper and Middle Atlas, but not to visit cities where the heat can be unbearable. If you travel in summer, get up early and return to your hotel for a break during the hottest hours.

In the south and in the desert it is best to travel in winter, from October to May; in summer, temperatures exceed 45 degrees.

In summer, though, tourists are few and experiencing the desert completely on your own is something priceless. I recommend renting a comfortable car with working air conditioning and staying in riads with swimming pools so you can spend the hottest hours of the day there.

Arabic, Berber and French are spoken in Morocco. In large centers many speak English and Italian.
Morocco has decided to adopt summer time throughout the year therefore in winter it coincides with Italian time while in summer it coincides with Greenwich time. The exception is the period of Ramadan.

Except in some areas, the power is supplied at 220 volts with round bipolar sockets so you do not need an adaptor.

If you will be spending many hours in the car, I recommend bringing a car charger, it will be useful for charging your phone but also your camera, go pro, ……

Local SIM cards are compatible with European cell phones, they are inexpensive, and you can buy them either at the airport or in many stores in large cities. There are several operators; ask for the one with the most coverage for the area you plan to explore

Almost all hotels offer free wifi.

Google maps proved to be very useful as always.

Remember that you are in a Muslim country and show respect by avoiding too short shorts or provocative necklines. A T-shirt and a pair of shorts or a skirt is sufficient.

At the beach avoid topples

In both cities and towns we always found very nice accommodations. Even those that looked dilapidated from the outside were beautiful inside. Almost all with swimming pools and great breakfasts.

These were the ones we used:

Marrakech: Riad Al Wafa

Ouarzazate: Ecolodge l’ile de Ouarzazate

Gole di Todra: Auberge Le Festival Todra Gorge

Zagora: Riad Zagora Palms

Erg Chegaga (Sahara Desert): Chegaga Berber Camp

Tissint: Kasbah Tissint

Mirleft: Aftas Trip

To drive in Morocco, you need an international driver’s license. You can get it in several ways, the most convenient, but also the most expensive, is to go to a driving school, it will do all the paperwork for you and save you time.
If you will be traveling on the main roads a 4 x 4 will not be needed; the roads are well maintained.

Gas stations can be found everywhere, even in the most isolated villages so you will have no problem filling up. The price of gasoline is almost as high as in Italy.



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