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Morocco : When and where to go?
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Morocco: Climate & Weather
One of the characteristics of the Moroccan climate is the distinct differences between day and night, summer and winter.
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Rabat, updated 03:00 GMT
What to do in Morocco
Nature and culture rub shoulders to the greater pleasure of the visitors in Morocco; relaxation, adrenalin boosters, discovery of a civilisation, various festivals, trekking in the desert, hiking in the mountains… Everyone will find what you dream of doing available in this country of contrasts, geographic as much as human.
A visit to the Imperial cities should not be missed by visitors interested in history; Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat, Fes, will all amaze you in their turn with their numerous treasures. The Jema El Fna square, the minaret at Koutoubia and the gardens of Majorelle at Marrakech rival the Medina of Casablanca or that of Fas where you can take part in the Sacred World Music Festival if you should be there in June.
Visitors seeking more physical activities have many opportunities to enjoy themselves in the magnificent and wild surroundings of the open country; discover the southern provinces with a 4 wheel drive, go on the oasis trail and follow the desert tracks, navigate the sand dunes on the back of a camel or go walking in the High Atlas mountains, climb Mount Toubkal (4,068 metres), play golf in Agadir or surf at Essaouira… You are spoilt for choice here.
Whatever you decide to do during your visit, one thing that everyone will enjoy is the warm welcome received from the hospitable Moroccans.
Morocco : The basics
Very well served by numerous airlines, Morocco is about three hours flight from the majority of European airports.
No visa is required for the majority of European visitors but make sure you have a valid passport. Note that a tourist permit is valid for 90 days.
The Moroccan currency is the dirham, you can withdraw cash in all the major towns, the banks are equipped with ACMs.
The budget required depends on you according to the place where you stay and the month of your visit. Obviously a more touristic resort will cost more than stating in a town off the beaten track however, as a rough guide, a double room in a reasonable hotel will cost around 300 Dh per night and a restaurant meal between 50 and 300 Dh depending on the type of establishment; local, tourist or gourmet.
Do not forget to reserve some money for the souvenirs you will no doubt wish to take home with you; rugs, spices, pottery, wicker work, brass trays and Touareg jewellery are all very popular.
Basic health precautions to take include washing your hands well before meals, drink only mineral water and wash and peel fruit.
If you need to travel internally there are several train lines that connect the major towns although buses are cheaper and between them the local companies cover the whole country. You can also rent a car for a reasonable price but make sure you take out an all risk insurance cover.
In the larger towns, small and large taxis enable you to move around easily for a reasonable price.