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Morocco Travel – All You Need to Know

Morocco is a beautiful country located in the northwest corner of Africa, bordered by the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. 

In this country, you will find the charming port city of Casablanca and various ancient cities, epic mountain ranges, and sweeping deserts. But what many people love most about this country is its rich history, diverse culture, and warm hospitality. 

Find a list of things to do in Casablanca to get your travel plans started. 
To follow are some important things to know about Morocco travel. This way, you will be more than prepared for when you decide to visit.

History   

  • History suggests that Morocco has been inhabited by humans since the Paleolithic era of prehistoric times. 
  • Since the Palaeolithic era, Morocco has been occupied by various groups. This includes the Romans, Vandals, Visigoths, and Byzantines.
  • From 1549, various Arab dynasties, including the Saadi Dynasty and Alaouite Dynasty, ruled the land. 
  •  In 1786, Sultan Mohammed III established the Moroccan-American Treaty of Friendship. Today, this is the United States’ oldest non-broken friendship treaty. 
  • In 1956, Morocco gained their independence. 

Capital City

The capital of Morocco is Rabat. The city is located along the shores of the Bouregreg River and the Atlantic Ocean. The city is renowned for its iconic landmarks reminiscent of its Islamic and French-colonial heritage. 

Currency

The currency in Morocco is known as the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). The exchange rate between this currency and the US dollar is currently 1 MAD = $0,11 USD. 

Food

Olives, citrus fruits, honey, dates, and various Mediterranean vegetables are heavily used in Moroccan cuisine. Below are some examples of typical Moroccan dishes: 

  • Couscous: This dish comprises small steamed granules of rolled durum wheat semolina and is generally served with stews or tagine dishes. 
  • Mechoui: Traditionally, this dish is prepared by roasting a whole lamb either on a spit over a fire or in a pit in the ground. 
  • Harira: This is a fragrant Moroccan soup made with tomatoes, chickpeas, and lentils. It’s a popular offering in Moroccan homes, especially during Ramadan. 
  • Mint tea: This is a popular beverage in Morocco. So much so that it is symbolic of the country’s cuisine, hospitality, and culture.

Electricity

In Morocco, there are two main plug types – types C and E. The standard voltage is 220 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. If you visit Morocco, be sure to bring along a travel adaptor

Public Transit 

Public transport in Morocco is reasonably priced and is mostly quick and efficient. For residents and people visiting Morocco, you can opt to travel by car, train, or bus. However, the most popular way to travel is via taxi. 

Morocco’s collective taxis or ‘grand taxis’ are the workhorses of the country’s transportation system. These taxis are affordable and run set routes between nearby towns and cities. 

For anyone looking to travel to Morocco, the country can be reached by plane or by boat, too. 

Layover Destinations

Popular stopover or layover destinations in Morocco include the capital city of Rabat, the beautiful Casablanca, and the charming Marrakech. 

For a longer layover, check out the best things to do in Marrakech

Is Morocco Safe?

Overall, Morocco is a safe place to visit. But, like many other places in the world, the country does experience its share of crime. Generally, it is safer in well-lit and busy areas. So when travelling to Morocco, it is best to avoid the dark corners of the medinas and back alleys.