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Morocco - Traveling

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Entry requirements

Organizing your trip

Means of transport recommended in town

`Small taxis' of different colour according to the cities are a practical and relatively cheap option (they are equipped with taximeters).
Buses are not very reliable and dilapidated.
Maps of urban networks: Maporama

Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country

There is a railroad in the Tangier-Fes-Marrakech triangle. Though not very fast, it is a comfortable and relatively reliable option.
Apart from this route, there exists a rather dense bus network. Best maintained are those of Morocco Public Transportation, information and services for travelandSupratours Travel.
To access more isolated areas, "big taxis" must be taken. Several seats can be bought if one is in a hurry.
Rail companies: Railway National Office
Airlines
Name Type Domestic flights International flights
Royal Air Maroc Major Yes Yes
Jet 4 You Low-cost No Yes
JetairFly Low-cost No Yes

Traveling by yourself

Recommendation: Driving during night is not recommended. Generally, prudence is required.
Road maps: Morocco Weather
Find an itinerary: Marocou

Visiting

Different forms of tourism

Historical: Agadir, Fes, Marrakech, Meknes, Ouarzazate, Tangier must be visited, as also numerous sites entered in the world heritage of the UNESCO: the Ait-Ben-Haddou Ksar, la Essaouira medina, those of Fes, Marrakech, Tetouan, the historical city of Meknes, the Portuguese city of Mazagan and the archaeological site of Volubilis.
Cultural: One can appreciate the time-honored works of tanner artisans in Tétouan or the special atmosphere of a riad in Marrakech. In a more modern range, there are the Arab-Andalusian or Berber musical concerts, the villa of Arts in Casablanca and the Majorelle villa at Marrakech.
Nature: Morocco impresses by the variety of its country sides: forests of the Rif, plains lined with orchards, and the Middle-Atlas, mountain tops of the High-Atlas, rock and sand deserts in the South.
Religious: The Hassan II mosque in Casablanca is one of the biggest in the world.
Thermal: As of now there are only 2 important sites, Moulay Yaacoub and Sidi Harazem near Fès, but the sector is being fully developed.
Beach: The Agadir beach, several kilometers long is world famous.
The Mediterranean beaches, around Tétouan in particular, are also very pleasant.
Winter sports: Alpine skiing and ski-touring are practiced during winter in the High-Atlas, mainly in the Oukaïmeden and in the mountains of Toubkal.
Outdoor activities: Possibilities are varied and significant: mountain sports (trekking, ski, rafting), sea sports (sailing, jet-ski, water-skiing), golf, parachuting, etc.
Shopping: Moroccan craft industry, in particular the carpets as also leather articles and potteries, is much appreciated. The souks of big cities offer business possibilities.
Argan oil, distinct in the world, is also sought for its numerous virtues.
Tourism organizations: National Office of Tourism

Living conditions

Health and safety

Health precautions: No vaccination is required for international voyages. The risk of malaria (exclusively in the benign form of P. vivax) is limited from May to October in certain households of certain rural areas of the following provinces: Al Hoceima, Chefchaouen, Khouribga and Taounate. Disease prevention recommended. To protect oneself against the traveler's diarrhea (tourista), it is recommended to avoid foods which are more at risk: pre-cooked dishes and cold soups; seafood, meats, undercooked fish and raw vegetables as well as fruits not peeled by oneself. Drinking water must be boiled, filtered or consumed in sealed bottles. Decontaminating tablets (Hydroclonazone, Micropur) are partially effective.
Drinking water is supplied in all the big cities and in certain villages, but it is recommended to drink mineral water. Wash fruits and vegetables carefully. Consume well done meats. Avoid bathing in the wadis and dams.
For further information on sanitary conditions: MD Travel Health

Time difference and climate

Map of the time zone: Rabat (GMT during winter and GMT+1 during summer)
Summer time period: +1h between May 31 and September 28.
Climate: The temperatures are mild in the coastal area and more extreme in the interior of the country.
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Eating

Food specialties: Moroccan cuisine is prepared with exquisite spices, vegetables and fruits, fish and meats.

You can taste:
- Kebabs: pieces of beef or chicken marinated with spices
- Couscous: wheat flour with meat and vegetables
- Lamb barbecue: whole lamb on a skewer
- Pastilla: with pigeon, chicken or seafood (this recipe contains all the Middle-East and North-African flavors).
- Tajines: red or white meat with sauce and vegetables or dry fruits
Drinks: Tea is found everywhere. Moroccans consume green tea of China, often decorated with mint. Coffee is also found very much.
Fresh fruit juices are varied and excellent.
Alcohol is relatively rare, though the Meknès region produces pleasant wines.
Dietary taboos: The only dietary restriction in Morocco is the pork meat.

Speaking

Getting some knowledge: Speak Moroccan and Learn Moroccan Arabic - method to learn Moroccan dialectal Arabic - French/Arabic vocabulary Babel Project - French/Arabic/Amazighe vocabulary
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