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How to Plan a Trip to Morocco: Frequently Asked Questions

Updated: September 1, 2022

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Located in the western part of North Africa, Morocco is one of the most exotic and culturally significant treasures to explore, and we have the answers on what to consider when planning a trip to the kingdom.

Embrace the flavors of a destination rich in architectural and cultural heritage, taking in scenery that stretches from golden deserts to snowcapped mountains, all the while stepping into alluring souks or remote cinematic towns.

A destination where the African and Arab worlds have blended for over a millennium, Morocco has inspired artists and architects for years. Find the information you need to start planning your perfect trip to the country.

Overview
  1. Can I travel to Morocco?
  2. When is the best time to visit Morocco?
  3. How many days should I spend in Morocco?
  4. What are the most popular destinations in Morocco?
  5. What should I do on my trip to Morocco?
  6. Can I visit other countries with Morocco?
  7. How do I get around in Morocco?
  8. Is Morocco a good destination for families?
  9. Is Morocco suitable for seniors?
  10. Is Morocco a good destination for romance?
  11. What food should I try in Morocco?
  12. Is Morocco safe for travel?
  13. Which airports should I be looking at?
  14. What currency is used in Morocco?
  15. Do I need a visa to visit Morocco?
  16. What vaccinations do I need to visit Morocco?
  17. How can Zicasso help me plan my trip to Morocco?
  18. Where can I find recommended itineraries for my trip?

Can I travel to Morocco?

Morocco is open to American travelers.

US residents need a passport that is valid for at least six months from the time of their return date and one that has at least one blank page for each stamp. A stay of up to 90 days is granted and no visa is required to experience magical Morocco.

For more ideas on where you can visit without restrictions, browse Where Americans Can Travel Right Now.

Learn more: Plan Your Trip to Morocco

When is the best time to visit Morocco?

The best time to visit Morocco is from mid-March to May and October to November. These months represent the best weather due to milder climates, making this a popular time to travel from city to village.

February is also a great month because it is the low travel season. The weather is cold in the Sahara, but it is one of the few times of the year you can experience snow on the mountains. Take advantage of better value by avoiding the peak travel months between June and August, as well as December, when rates can soar, but services remain the same.

Avoid the crowds by traveling just outside the peak travel period, with late spring and early fall providing good opportunities to experience Morocco at your pace. Be sure to check the dates for Ramadan before embarking on your adventure, as many services will be limited or closed.

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How many days should I spend in Morocco?

The ideal number of days to spend in Morocco ranges from 10 to 14, depending on how much of this captivating country you wish to see.

Travel from Casablanca to Rabat and on to Fes, spending time discovering the picturesque north and the dramatic desert landscapes of Erfoud and Merzouga, before settling in Marrakech for a few nights.

With so many places to uncover and activities to enjoy, 10 to 14 days gives you enough time to discover souks and blue cities, enjoy camel adventures and quiet beaches, or travel beyond the desert cities to reach the renowned Sahara sand dunes.

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What are the most popular destinations in Morocco?

Morocco’s popular destinations range from vibrant cities, one of which is blue, to picturesque deserts. Below is a list of some of the must-see highlights:

  • Marrakech
  • Fes
  • Rabat
  • Casablanca
  • Chefchaouen
  • Ouarzazate
  • Midelt
  • Dades Valley
  • Erfoud
  • Essaouira

The 7 Best Places to Visit in Morocco offer different experiences for any kind of traveler, from sightseeing in Marrakech to learning the art of traditional cooking in Fes, exploring the terrain of the High Atlas Mountains to uncovering Roman ruins at Volubilis. You might not see them all, but you can find the right places to explore with our collection of historic cities, artistic landscapes, and getaways.

What should I do on my trip to Morocco?

The list of things to do in Morocco is endless, but our options can help you with the highlights:

  • Explore the Roman ruins at Volubilis, a UNESCO heritage site
  • Visit the monuments and tanneries of Fes
  • Experience Erfoud - the “gate to the Sahara desert”
  • Compelling art galleries in Morocco’s diverse cities reflect how the national heritage inspires contemporary and modern Moroccan artists
  • Trek and hike the High Atlas Mountains to experience the highlights of Morocco’s natural beauty and access Berber villages
  • Admire the striking dunes of Erg Chebbi
  • Visit the majestic sand castles of the Dades Valley
  • Walk the souks and medina in Marrakech and try your hand at an authentic Moroccan cooking class

Our list highlights some of the best things to do in Morocco, but you can find more information  with our Top 8 Things to Do in Morocco.

Can I visit other countries with Morocco?

Morocco is a fascinating destination that spreads across the northwest corner of Africa, making it easy to visit during a multi-country trip. Whether flying into a major city or taking the ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar, some of the best countries to pair with Morocco are:

  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • France

Learn more: Spain & Morocco Tours

How do I get around in Morocco?

Getting around Morocco is easy by plane or car, making even remote corners of the country accessible.

The most common way of getting around Morocco is usually by car or van, with luxury air-conditioned vehicles and comfortable seating offered.

Flying between destinations is a possibility too for those looking to cut out the longer distances set between villages and towns.

Is Morocco a good destination for families?

Morocco is a great place for families. From walking through the fascinating blue city of Chefchaouen to trekking in the High Atlas Mountains and riding camels in the desert near Merzouga, there are many exciting activities for families.

Experience a cooking class in Marrakech and enjoy some time on the beach at Essaouira. Visit souks and local restaurants, and fully embrace the magic of Morocco as a family.

Consider the distances that are traveled between each destination and plan your experience accordingly, ensuring you have enough time to really explore your surroundings before moving on to your next adventure.

Learn more: 9 Best Places to Visit in Morocco with Family

Is Morocco suitable for seniors?

Morocco is a great destination for seniors to discover at their own pace, with comfortable vehicles and qualified guides to take you from place to place.

Choose from shorter itineraries that show you the highlights of Morocco, such as Marrakech and Merzouga, or longer stays that take you from Casablanca to Fes.

Consider traveling outside the busy tourist season of spring and fall to avoid crowds, with the cooler months recommended for more comfortable Morocco Tours for Seniors.

Is Morocco a good destination for romance?

Morocco is a romantic destination suited to adventure travelers and those seeking an experience full of culture, cuisine, and breathtaking scenery.

Ride across the Sahara sand dunes at sunset, set foot in Morocco’s film studio in Ouarzazate, and spend downtime on the beaches of Essaouira.

Private meal locations in historic medinas and quaint winding roads with local stores make for a romantic day out, while dining under the stars near your luxury desert tent is an intimate experience.

Learn more: 9 Most Romantic Places in Morocco for Couples

What food should I try in Morocco?

Morocco is known for incredible flavors that appeal visually and in taste, so trying any of the local dishes is a must. The following is a list of popular dishes:

  • Tagine, a traditional dish of a slow-cooked stew brimming with spices and flavor
  • Couscous
  • Zaalouk, a blend of olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, eggplant, and spices
  • Hariria, lentil soup
  • Bastilla, “pigeon pie” with a sweet and salty flavor.
  • Deep-fried makouda, potato balls, are simply delicious.
  • Sellou, one of Morocco’s most popular sweet treats, comprised of flour, almonds, sesame seeds, and honey.

You can indulge in these dishes on culinary tours across Morocco and find more unique flavors specific to each city or village you visit. Find inspiration in our sample custom culinary tour Moroccan Food Tour: An Epicurean Delight.

Is Morocco safe for travel?

You will feel safe in Morocco with qualified guides and drivers.

General safety rules should be adhered to when walking through any city or village, with restaurants, riads, and hotel staff on hand to assist guests at all times. Pickpocketing and petty crime can occur in large cities and populated areas, as in any large city in the United States.

Keep your personal belongings protected and follow any added advice from trip planners or local guides.

Which airports should I be looking at?

For most travelers, the most convenient airport to reach in Morocco is Casablanca. The busiest airports are:

  • Casablanca (CMN)
  • Rabat (RBA)
  • Marrakech (RAK)

What currency is used in Morocco?

The currency in Morocco is the Moroccan dirham (DH)

Euros and US dollars can be used throughout the country as well. Major credit cards such as MasterCard and Visa are often accepted in larger cities and in neighborhoods or businesses visited by tourists, such as restaurants, souvenir shops, and accommodations.

You may receive change in local currencies and having a few smaller bills or coins of any of the accepted currencies in Morocco is always a good idea, especially when visiting smaller towns or villages outside the major cities.

Do I need a visa to visit Morocco?

American travelers do not require a visa to visit Morocco.

You do need to ensure your passport is valid for at least six months from your return date and that you have at least one blank page for every stamp you may require.

Upon entry into Morocco, your passport will be stamped for a period of 90 days.

What vaccinations do I need to visit Morocco?

Entry requirements regarding vaccination status in Morocco can change. For the latest information on what vaccinations are required or recommended, view the CDC Morocco Vaccination Information.

Your Zicasso travel specialist can provide further insight into necessary vaccinations based on any additional preferences you have.

How can Zicasso help me plan my trip to Morocco?

When you work with Zicasso, a travel specialist will help you plan your entire trip, with our favorite Morocco Tours & Vacations sharing ideas of what is possible.

After browsing these sample tours, you will have a clearer idea of how you could spend your time in Morocco, whether for your honeymoon on the coastline or with your family exploring the culture of Fes, Marrakech, and beyond.

When you are ready, fill out a Trip Request in which you can narrow down your destinations, trip duration, travel style, and budget. Our Travel Care team will use this information to match you with a top Zicasso travel specialist in Morocco.

Our experts will help you plan every aspect of your trip, from organizing your transfers and tours to booking your accommodations. In addition, they will be available to you on vacation to ease travel stress and ensure you have a sensational stay.

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Where can I find recommended itineraries for my trip?

Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakesh, Morocco

Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakesh, Morocco

Morocco captures nature’s grandeur and the opulence of daily life found in art, artisan work, and cultural preservation.

From the legendary sand dunes of the Sahara to vineyard oases, the rolling waves of the Atlantic to the meandering lanes of a traditional medina, you can find the right ideas for your perfect trip with Morocco Tours & Vacation sample itineraries.

Zicasso’s Morocco Travel Guide has plenty of helpful information for your next trip.

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