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Travel across Morocco

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Morocco attracts tourists with Arabic and African exoticism, the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic and the endless Sahara Desert. Ancient Fez and white Casablanca, vacations in Essaouira and Agadir, colorful markets and fine cuisine – all about Morocco.

Information about Morocco

Morocco is a country of temptation, an oriental beauty who skillfully flirts with an enchanted guest. Located in North Africa, but not part of the African Union, it is otherwise full of paradoxes. Beautiful and wonderful attracts people from all over the world: in the west – the rage of the Atlantic, in the north – the gentle waters of the Mediterranean Sea, in the south – space reliefs of the Sahara. And in the heart – colorful cities, where the hot temperament of the Black Continent, the millennial Eastern traditions and modern technologies of the West blended.

Behind the chic hotel’s façade is probably an ancient mosque, a shopping mall accustomed to the European look – a noisy market that spices aromas of spices, a trendy spa with an exclusive thalasso menu – a secluded beach with idyllic landscapes. 

Moroccan hotels

The country has a European classification of hotels. Most of the hotels are Arabic-style, most are on the coast. Hotels of 2-3* are located on a distance of 500-600 m from the sea, 4-5* – closer to the coast line – 200-300 m. There are options directly on the first line of the beach. Meals – often half board, but you can find “all inclusive”.

Service at hotels differs from European in the direction of greater simplicity. In this case, the “star” classification is very arbitrary: the hotel of 5* may simply not have a hair dryer and shampoo in the room, while in the neighboring 3* all this will be available. There is no European clarity in the work of the staff.

For vacationers of 13-30 years there are so-called “youth hostels”.

Some 4* and above hotels have heated seawater pools. Many 4-5* hotels are equipped with their own fitness clubs and thalassotherapy centers.

The voltage in the mains in new buildings is 220 V, in the old – 110 V, the frequency is 50 Hz. Sockets are standard European, with grounding.

Moroccan cuisine and restaurants

In Moroccan cuisine, fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood and, of course, spices are widely used. Like everywhere else in North Africa, couscous is the head. It is made from ground wheat grains and served with stew of meat, vegetables, tomato paste and spices. Another national dish – “tagine”: stewed with vegetables and seasoning lamb, chicken or fish (cooked differently in different parts of the country). The popular first course is thick harira soup, the best pastries are pastilla puff pastry, ginger biscuit, gingerbread pie with different toppings, and kab al-gzal with almond paste. Traditional Moroccan drinks – sweet mint tea and coffee: usually very strong and hot, often with cardamom. Coffee with milk is much less common and is called “kahu kashe”.

The country produces the finest wines in North Africa: the reds of Buluan, Cabernet President, Taleb, Pierre Antoine, Cardinal Amazir, and the white Valpierre.

The cheapest food is sold in the markets: if you take basic precautions, eating here is safe enough. In big cities and resorts, snack bars are open: from typical McDonald’s to colorful food establishments with Spanish bocadillos sandwiches, French baguettes, Mexican tortillas and other borrowings. There are fish, French, Italian and international restaurants. Fast food snack costs from 25 MAD, lunch at the cafe – from 40 MAD, dinner with alcohol in the restaurant – from 70-150 MAD per person.

Materials are from the site: tonkosti.ru

Transfer and travel across Morocco

How to get to Morocco

From Warsaw

Unfortunately, getting to Morocco from Ukraine will not work directly. Transplants are needed, and not one! But it only makes our journey more interesting. After all, in each city of change we can make a stop and look at additional country and city!

Connecting to Brussels is possible with Wizzair and Ryanair airlines. From € 114. By Wizzair we get from Warsaw to Brussels. Budget tickets can be found almost always, from 78 PLN (19.5 EUR) round trip or 39 PLN (10 EUR) one way.

Connecting flight to Paris with Wizzair and Ryanair airlines.

Flights cost from 149 Euros round trip. We get Ryanair from Paris to Fez (a city in northern Morocco, one of the imperial cities), with ticket prices from 56 euros round trip or from 26 euros one way. Also from Paris we can fly the same airline to Marrakech from 60 Euros round trip or from 30 Euros one way. And in the capital of Morocco – Rabat from 52 euros round trip or 26 euros one way.

From Milan

We take Wizzair from Lviv or Kiev to Milan. Tickets cost from 1770UAH (98 Euro) round trip or 790UAH (43 Euro) one way. From Milan, EasyJet flies to Marrakech. Ticket prices from € 61 round trip or € 21.51 one way. We only fly with little carry-on luggage.

Travel across Morocco

Bus

Buses are the most popular mode of transport in the country, so it is sometimes difficult to buy a ticket. All of them are equipped with air conditioning, travel is inexpensive (30-300 MAD depending on distance). The largest carrier is CTM, tickets are sold at bus and coach stations and buses do not stop on the routes.

The trip from Casablanca to Agadir will cost 250-270 MAD, from Rabat to Fez – 75-100 MAD.

For long-distance and suburban trips, so-called “big taxis” are also used: minibuses for 6 people who leave after filling all the seats in the cabin. Fare (20-50 MAD) is negotiable in advance, is divided into all passengers and paid to the driver upon arrival.

The train

The northern and central parts of the country have a well-developed ONCF rail network, connecting Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Meknes and Marrakech. Traveling by train is safe, prices are low: it is possible to get from the capital to Meknes for 70 MAD, to El Jadid – for 75 MAD. The fast trains are quite comfortable and air-conditioned, with bars or buffets almost everywhere.

Public transport in cities

There are few city buses and they are quite rare (interval 20-25 minutes, fare 5-10 MAD). There are no timetables for the stops, and the stops themselves are often not marked, so you will not be able to do without the locals’ advice.

Exotic fans who have money can buy a camel and use it as a private vehicle. On average, a single-hued dromedary costs around MAD 10,000.

Rent of transport

Car

To rent a car in Morocco, you need to have an international driving license, credit card and be over 21 years of age. Here it is a very popular service, often the car is rented “complete” with the driver.

There are many rolling international offices, prices are low. A mid-range car rental costs about MAD 450 per day. Taxes, mileage, insurance, roadside assistance and transportation costs are all charged separately depending on the type of car. In large resort areas, it is recommended to reserve your car in advance. Before making a lease, you should pay particular attention to the technical condition of the car: often the car has hidden defects that will have to be paid on return.

Taxi

In most cities there are small taxis, which can accommodate up to 3 people with the possibility of getting on the road. They are clearly visible thanks to the bright color, the flag and the roof rack. Fare – about 10 MAD per 1 km, to determine the price with the driver is better in advance (bargaining is more than appropriate), as there are no meters in such cars. City travel costs on average 10-50 MAD plus tips. Airport shuttle service to Casablanca (30 km) is 300 MAD.

Useful things

Nearby cities

Rabat (6.04km)
Sale (11.47km)
Kenitra (42.06km)
Temara (5.61km)

Currency

Moroccan dirham, د.م.

Near countries

DZA, ESH, ESP

Average coffee price

14.98 MAD

Average dish price

30 MAD

Phone code

+212

Weather

 
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Attractions in Morocco

El Badi Palace

Marrakech - the third largest, beautiful city in the heart of Morocco, with oriental traditions, very crowded, loud, which attracts tourists with memories of the former luxury. Many of Marrakech's landmarks are UNESCO protected sites.

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Ait-Benhaddu

Once a caravan-shed on the path of trans-Saharan caravans, Ait-Benhaddu is today Morocco's most striking and authentic landmark, along with Ouarzazate repeatedly reflected in the works of Hollywood directors.

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Bahia Palace

One of the main and most beautiful sights of Marrakech, located in Medina, is the rather young (1880) Palais de la Bahia, or, in translation, the "Palace of Beauty". It was built for one of the four wives of Boo Ahmed Sidi Musso's harem.

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Makhama du Pasha

The magnificent palace of Mahkama du Pasha seemed to have moved into the real Casablanca from the tales of the Thousand and One Nights. As many as sixty halls, one more luxurious than the other, are literally stuffed with masterpieces of folk crafts - virtuoso stone carvings and openwork wooden ornaments.

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Jemaa el-Fnaa Square

Jemaa el-Fnaa is the soul of Marrakech, whose main landmarks are the Cafe du France and the mosque building, where all the city tours begin. The unforgettable atmosphere has become a magnet for millions of tourists from all over the world, guests of Morocco.

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Kasbah of Agadir

As in many Arab cities, Kasbah became the oldest part of Agadir. Everywhere the kasbah is a place on the hill where the city fort was built; a kind of Old Town. Agadir is no exception in this sense.

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Habus district

If you want to experience the benefits of Moroccan exoticism with virtually inevitable disadvantages, there is a way out - head to the Habus district, aka New Medine. Built by the French in the 1930s, this Casablanca area is like two drops of water similar to a traditional Arab city.

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Sahara Desert

We say "desert" - we mean "Sahara", and in Arabic there is no other word to refer to the desert other than "sahara". And it's no accident: Sahara is the largest sandy area in the globe, stretching in North Africa from the Red Sea to the Atlantic for nearly five thousand kilometers.

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Park of Arab League

Casablanca's largest park, named after the Arab League, is a favorite spot for locals and a very appropriate option to take a break on a day trip and enjoy the beautiful scenery in the heart of the city.

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Bird park in Agadir

This park is officially called "Birds valley", but it is not only a bird park. It is also a zoo, and, by Moroccan standards and adjusted for its resort location - quite good. You can see monkeys, gazelles, deer, rams and llamas.

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Menara gardens

Tired of long walks through the loud and crowded Marrakech, tourists find rest, peace and quiet when visiting the gardens of Menard (Jardin de la Menara). This is a very nice place to stay in Morocco outside of Medina.

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Hassan II Mosque

The incredible mosque bearing the name of King Hassan II seems ready to soar from the rock over the Atlantic and ascend to the heavenly peaks. The main attraction of Casablanca and one of the most notable mosques in the world boasts a 210-meter minaret.

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Kutubia Mosque

Morocco is a land of stark contrasts: the sandy hills of the Sahara Desert and the snow-capped mountains, the golden beaches and blue waters of the Mediterranean, the silver waterfalls, the steep rivers in the mountain gorges, the cedar forests and the orange groves, the unjustified cruelty and unforgettable hospitality.

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