Morocco Travel Tips


Dec 4th, 2011, 03:44 PM
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Morocco Travel Tips

Hi my dear Fodorists, and everyone participating on the forum, we want you please to read this travel tips which could Help any one heading to Morocco, whether for Business,Fun,Cultural....Trip. Morocco is known as the land of contrast and this travel tips may brighten your way to Morocco, and might open your ways to enjoy and get Morocco in an easy way to feel, learn and explore.
So please everyone, wants to use Fodor's should read the Guidelines first and keep in mind that on the forum of the Fodor's staff will not allow you to advertise, attacking, criticising, spaming and for more details please try to read the Guidelines, and please if someone of you knows about other World Wide Travel website copy this but in respect of the copyrights.
For Tours, there are many Tours has been discussed whether on the Lonelyplanet, Tripadvisor Things to do tab, check there you will find Tours listed by the Tripadvisor, and for Fodors we have many tours has been mentioned on Trip reports, but the best way when you find any tour please try to ask about them here for recent informations, because there are many tours are not exist anymore, many tours offered good services and now not anymore, and there are tours that just has touts and spaming in the begining so now we want you please to discuss any tour operator with us to let you know whether to use it or now, as we assure you to ask the reviewers who has reviewed Hotel,Tours, Restaurants or any Attraction, but keep in mind that Google is one of the best ways to look for tours using the key word( Morocco guided tours and camel Trekking, Or Morocco Guided Tour......)to avoid spams and fake posters.

Money Advice
The official currency unit is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD), divided into 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of MAD 10.00, 20.00, 50.00, 100.00 and 200.00. Coins used are in value of MAD 1, 5, 10 and 5, 10, 20 and 50 centime.
ATMs or cash machines are available in the larger towns, but can be unreliable; currency can be exchanged at banks or official bureaux de change. The Dirham cannot be obtained or exchanged outside Morocco and traveller's cheques can be used in tourist areas.
Credit Cards
Most major credit cards are accepted throughout Morocco. However, it is advisable to clarify with your credit card and debit card companies on outlet acceptability and any special promotional offers available.

Morocco Tipping Advice
In Morocco, leave small change amounting to about 10%. Restaurants and hotels often state a service charge but it is polite to leave change. To make everyone happy and leave smiles on their faces.

Business Hours
Most banks operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm, although some may close early at 2:00 pm during summer. Banking times vary all through Ramadan. Shopping centres and souks are open from 9:30 am till 1:00 pm and from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Many government offices function Monday to Thursday from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm. On Fridays, these offices operate from 8:30 am to 11:30 am and from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Local Holidays
Most banks and government offices in the Morocco are closed on the following national holidays:
New Year’s Day: 1st January
Manifesto of Independence Day: 11th January
Labour Day: 1st May
Feast of the Throne: 30th July
Fête Oued Eddahab (Oued Eddahab Allegiance Day); 14th August
Révolution du Roi et du Peuple (The King and the People’s Revolution Day); 20th August
King Mohamed’s Birthday: 21st August
Marche Verte (Anniversary of the Green March): 6th November
Fête de l’Indépendence (Independence Day): 18th November

Health and Safety Advice
Health Advice
Morocco generally is quite safe from a health point of view; however, some precautions will ensure a healthy, enjoyable trip. It is recommended that visitors see their physician to obtain appropriate inoculations. It is advisable to always wash hands with soap and consume bottled water. Avoid consuming too much edibles sold by street vendors, especially ice. Take precautions against insect bites and sunburn. If necessary, tourist offices and many Morocco hotels can put you in touch with linguistically proficient and English-speaking doctors. Medical facilities are good in all main towns. Travellers to Morocco will need to take vaccinations for hepatitis A and typhoid fever, as well as carry prescribed medication for diarrhoea. Health insurance is important.
Safety Advice
Morocco is a relatively safe country, but visitors should remember these common-sense tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.
• Avoid carrying lump sums of money and don’t let strangers see how much money you are carrying.
• Keep a firm hold on purses and knapsacks, carry your wallet in your front pocket and avoid wearing expensive jewellery.
• Stay awake when riding public transport and keep packages close by.
• Always park your car in a well-lit area. Close windows, lock doors and place valuables in the trunk.
• The disputed territory of Western Sahara has a history of political instability and insecurity. Many areas of the Western Sahara are mined.
Exercise precaution when eating food sold at the main marketplace Djemma El Fna and other small restaurants. Many of the dishes, including goat head and bowls of local snails may be too adventurous for the unaccustomed palate. Salads prepared haphazardly have caused cases of diarrhoea.
Although there have been no recent terrorist attacks in Morocco, it is regarded as one of the countries where there is an increased threat from international terrorism and it is wise to be vigilant when away from your hotel. Violent crime is not a major problem, but there have been some incidents of theft at knifepoint in major cities and on beaches. Sensible precautions such as avoiding badly lit streets at night should be adhered to. Guides offering their services should display an official badge from the local tourist authorities.

Clothing: What to Wear
Lightweight cottons and linens are worn throughout summer along with a hat. Warm medium fabrics are suitable in winter or when travelling to the mountainous regions. Waterproof clothing is the preferred garment during the wet season, particularly along the coast and in the mountains.

Local Culture and Customs
Morocco is predominantly a Muslim city; therefore it is essential that visitors opt for attire that is not offensive and revealing. Modesty by wearing a cardigan over the shoulders when visiting places of worship or religious significance is most appreciated. Swimsuits, shorts etc are best worn inside hotel premises, by the pool. Smoking is practised widely and it is customary to offer cigarettes in social gatherings. Traditions and customs should be respected, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan. Eating, drinking and smoking during daylight should be indulged inconspicuously during this time.
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