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  • Morocco
  • Morocco, situated in North-Africa, is a country definitely worth visiting. It has a mixed culture of Berber and Eastern influences. Visit the 3 oldest cities: Fes, Meknes and Marrakech - and get lost in the souks; go climbing in the Atlas Mountains; discover the natural beauty of the desert and relax at the Atlantic coastline on the most beautiful beaches. There is so much to see that even a month of travelling is not enough!

  • Language
  • Visitors who don’t speak Moroccan can get by with French, English and Spanish. People who work in tourism in Morocco are very gifted in languages! As well as the Moroccan language (a dialect of Arabic) there are three other Berber dialects: Tamazight, Tarifit and Tashelhit.

  • Religion
  • Morocco is an Islamic country; almost 95% of the people practice Islam. Their holy day is Friday. This is celebrated with long prayers at midday followed by a large meal of couscous. You will notice that on Friday afternoon most shops are closed.

    Respect photography rules. Many people don’t like to have their photograph taken.

    Respect Ramadan. One month in the year people don’t drink, eat or smoke during the day. In public places it is best that you adhere to this too.

    Respect the culture and dress modestly. Don’t wear miniskirts, shorts and shirts without sleeves when you go outside your Hotel or riad. By doing this, you too will receive respect.

    Islam follows 5 religious pillars:
    1) Shahada (creed) Islam declares that there is no other god than Allah and that Mohamed is the one and only Prophet.

    2) Salat (prayer) Prayer takes place 5 times a day - before sunrise, midday, afternoon, sunset and after sunset. The Imam announces this from the mosque.

    3) Zakat (religious taxes) An amount of a person’s salary must go to the poor.

    4) Saum (ramadan) One month a year Muslims carry out Ramadan. From sunrise till sunset they don’t eat, drink, smoke or have sex.

    5) Hadj (going to Mecca) In the 12th month of the Islamic calendar some Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca.

  • Money
  • currency
    1€= 10.8 MAD (Moroccan Dirham)

  • Visa
  • To enter the country you will receive a free visa at the airport. The Customs Officer stamps your international passport and then you can stay in the country for up to 90 days. Your international passport must be valid for at least 6 months before entering Morocco.

  • Getting there
  • Morocco is easy accessible by airplane. There are many flights from various countries. If you travel by car you must take the boat from Spain to Tangier.

  • What to bring with you
  • * International passport, valid for at least 6 months.
    * Simple clothing e.g.T-shirts, shorts etc (+ sweater and socks in wintertime), a hat and warmer clothes for night-time
    * Strong walking shoes (preferably already worn-in), comfortable shoes or sandals. * Suncream, hat, scarf and sunglasses
    * Suncream, hat, scarf and sunglasses
    * Medication: Immodium, Motilium, disinfectant spray, painkillers, plasters, vaseline, Apranax, eyedrops (when using lenses)
    * Moisturising wipes and toilet paper

    Handy items:
    * Sleeping bag
    * Torch or petzel
    * Swiss Army knife
    * Goggles (in case there is a sandstorm)
    * Board games, cards, a book
    * Camera with a plastic bag to protect it against sand.
    * Small rucksack to carry with you whilst trekking.
    * eventueel een eigen drinkfles
    * Insect repellant spray
    * USB stick with music
    * If you would like to drink beer or other alcoholic drinks we advise you to buy them at the airport or bring them from your own country. In Morocco it’s not always easy to buy alcohol although there are a couple of supermarkets in Marrakech where alcohol is sold.

  • Seasons
  • Treks in the desert are organised from mid-September until mid- May.
    We organise 4x4 tours throughout the year.

    Treks in the Atlas Mountains are best made between mid-September and mid-May.

    Beach fun: The best time to surf is from October until the end of February. Treks along the coastline can be made throughout the year.

  • About money
  • At the airport and in Marrakech there are several Bureau de Change where you can easily get dirhams.
    There are also banks who accept VISA and MasterCard. You must be aware, however, that you’re in Africa and sometimes things (like banks) don’t always work as they should!

  • Health
  • Vaccinations are not compulsory, but we do advise you to have the following: tetanus, diphtheria, polio, hepatitis (A) and rabies.

    It is advisable for people who easily get stomach problems to drink only bottled water and to avoid eating raw meat and vegetables.

    People who get sunburnt easily should bring with them high factor suncream, a hat and sunglasses.

    In the desert it is necessary to drink plenty of water so you don’t get dehydrated.

  • Safety
  • As in any large city, one must watch out for pickpockets. Do not take too much money with you when you go out and put it in a safe place. Also, remember to keep your passport with you. Do not leave anything lying around. Take care of your valuables.

  • Events
  • Nomadic festival: In M’Hamid (near the desert) there is a 3-day festival with a lot of nice Saharawi music. However the date of the festival is not fixed and it can be held in May or September.

 

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