Morocco has two official languages: Arabic and Amazigh. Each language is spoken in different dialectal forms. In addition, classical Arabic and French are administrative languages and Amazigh does not have a unified form (in fact it corresponds to different northern Bereber languages).
Morocco is an African country with a very young population, the majority of its inhabitants, around 70%, are under 30 years old. Being in total 26 million people. It has many traditional customs that in other parts of the world can be very curious.
10 recommended places to visit in Morocco
- Medina of Chaouen.
- Asilah viewpoint.
- Bab el Mansour Meknes.
- Medina of the imperial city of Fez el-Bali.
- Kasbah of Rabat.
- Medina of Marrakech.
- Portuguese fortress of Essaouira.
- Dunes and dromedaries in Merzouga.
Its main dishes are different preparations of meat and sweets. The best known foods are chickpea soup, harira, for Ramadan nights, and semolina couscous, especially with vegetables and lamb. The pastela is a delicious and very thin pastry stuffed with pigeon meat. In many stalls we will find the famous kebabs and kefta, a kind of veal meatballs. In the cities there are many Italian, French and Spanish restaurants.
Moroccan cuisine takes advantage of the rich vegetables of its orchards and the seasoning of a multitude of sauces spiced, especially with cumin and coriander. The pastry uses honey, dates and almonds without avarice.
The national drink is the mint tea that Moroccans enjoy in every house and in the cafes.
The best months to travel to Morocco are all year round, that depends on the places we are going to visit, in summer it is recommended to visit the coasts, beach and mountain, however to visit and enjoy well, we always recommend the first, between April and May.
Morocco is an overwhelmingly Muslim country. 98% of its citizens profess this religion and the country lives a progressive turn towards more conservative religious postulates. If a few decades ago the percentage of women who wore veils was similar to those who did not, today is overwhelming majority. The influence of religion is evident in all daily activities and we must observe a series of basic rules of respect if one does not want to have problems.
To travel to Morocco do not need a visa, for stays shorter than 90 days, citizens of Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Venezuela. For more information you can visit this visa website to Morocco.
Moroccan Dirham. The euro is widely accepted in the shops of large cities and there are also plenty of exchange houses.
Mediterranean in the coastal strip. The Atlas mountains create the pre-desert continental climate of the eastern part. The west coast enjoys a temperate climate that becomes very dry inland.
Morocco’s business hours are very broad. Practically, it is possible to buy basic goods at any time. Moroccans eat at 12.30 and have dinner at 7:00 p.m. The breaks for traditional tea are plentiful throughout the day. Getting alcohol is sometimes difficult outside of hotels and restaurants for tourists. Even in these, it is usual that they do not serve alcohol due to religious precepts.
The recommended vaccines are those of typhoid fever, hepatitis and tetanus (all of them general recommendations in any destination if you are going to stay in rural areas). There is a low risk of malaria in the Chefchaouen area from May to October. The reality is that the dry and sunny climate of Morocco has traditionally been a factor that has made it famous as a place to go to recover from diseases. However, the health care service in Morocco is not very good, so it may be advisable to take out an assistance insurance at destination and, if you usually have dental problems, carry out a review before embarking on a trip. For more information on health and vaccines, we advise you to visit the Ministry of Health website
Traditionally the greatest natural risk that Morocco has suffered has been earthquakes. In 1960, an earthquake destroyed Agadir and took 12,000 human lives. In 2004, in the area of Al Hoceima, another earthquake cost the lives of 600 people.
Morocco is a tremendously safe place. Beyond the small scam and the heaviness of their false guides, one can travel alone from one end of the country to the other, and staying in the cheapest hotels or pensions in the medinas, without having the slightest security problem. For more information about security we advise you to visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs