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Organizing Your Trip
Means of Transport Recommended in Town
`Small taxis' of different colour according to the cities are a practical and relatively cheap option (they are equipped with taximeters).
Buses are not very reliable and dilapidated.
- Maps of Urban Networks
UT Library on line
Transportation From Airport to City Centre:
Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country
There is a railroad in the Tangier-Fes-Marrakech triangle. Though not very fast, it is a comfortable and relatively reliable option.
Apart from this route, there exists a rather dense bus network. Best maintained are those of Morocco Public Transportation, information and services for travelandSupratours Travel.
To access more isolated areas, "big taxis" must be taken. Several seats can be bought if one is in a hurry.
- Rail Companies
Railway National Office
Different Forms of Tourism
Agadir, Fes, Marrakech, Meknes, Ouarzazate, Tangier must be visited, as also numerous sites entered in the world heritage of the UNESCO: the Ait-Ben-Haddou Ksar, la Essaouira medina, those of Fes, Marrakech, Tetouan, the historical city of Meknes, the Portuguese city of Mazagan and the archaeological site of Volubilis.
One can appreciate the time-honored works of tanner artisans in Tétouan or the special atmosphere of a riad in Marrakech. In a more modern range, there are the Arab-Andalusian or Berber musical concerts, the villa of Arts in Casablanca and the Majorelle villa at Marrakech.
Morocco impresses by the variety of its country sides: forests of the Rif, plains lined with orchards, and the Middle-Atlas, mountain tops of the High-Atlas, rock and sand deserts in the South.
The Hassan II mosque in Casablanca is one of the biggest in the world.
As of now there are only 2 important sites, Moulay Yaacoub and Sidi Harazem near Fès, but the sector is being fully developed.
The Agadir beach, several kilometers long is world famous.
The Mediterranean beaches, around Tétouan in particular, are also very pleasant.
- Winter Sports
Alpine skiing and ski-touring are practiced during winter in the High-Atlas, mainly in the Oukaïmeden and in the mountains of Toubkal.
- Outdoor Activities
Possibilities are varied and significant: mountain sports (trekking, ski, rafting), sea sports (sailing, jet-ski, water-skiing), golf, parachuting, etc.
Moroccan craft industry, in particular the carpets as also leather articles and potteries, is much appreciated. The souks of big cities offer business possibilities.
Argan oil, distinct in the world, is also sought for its numerous virtues.
Health and Safety
- Health Precautions
No vaccination is required for international voyages. The risk of malaria (exclusively in the benign form of P. vivax) is limited from May to October in certain households of certain rural areas of the following provinces: Al Hoceima, Chefchaouen, Khouribga and Taounate. Disease prevention recommended. To protect oneself against the traveler's diarrhea (tourista), it is recommended to avoid foods which are more at risk: pre-cooked dishes and cold soups; seafood, meats, undercooked fish and raw vegetables as well as fruits not peeled by oneself. Drinking water must be boiled, filtered or consumed in sealed bottles. Decontaminating tablets (Hydroclonazone, Micropur) are partially effective.
Drinking water is supplied in all the big cities and in certain villages, but it is recommended to drink mineral water. Wash fruits and vegetables carefully. Consume well done meats. Avoid bathing in the wadis and dams.
- International Hospitals
There are relatively few international hospitals.
Nevertheless, one can cite the Cheikh Zaid International Hospital in Rabat and the Ifrane International Hospital.
- For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
MD Travel Health
CDC Traveler's Health
- For Further Information on Safety Conditions
Site of the US Department of State
Time Difference and Climate
- Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Rabat (GMT during winter and GMT+1 during summer)
- Summer Time Period
+1h between May 31 and September 28.
Map of the Time Zone
- Type of Climate
The temperatures are mild in the coastal area and more extreme in the interior of the country.
- For Further Information
Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall
- Food Specialties
Moroccan cuisine is prepared with exquisite spices, vegetables and fruits, fish and meats.
You can taste:
- Kebabs: pieces of beef or chicken marinated with spices
- Couscous: wheat flour with meat and vegetables
- Lamb barbecue: whole lamb on a skewer
- Pastilla: with pigeon, chicken or seafood (this recipe contains all the Middle-East and North-African flavors).
- Tajines: red or white meat with sauce and vegetables or dry fruits
Tea is found everywhere. Moroccans consume green tea of China, often decorated with mint. Coffee is also found very much.
Fresh fruit juices are varied and excellent.
Alcohol is relatively rare, though the Meknès region produces pleasant wines.
- Dietary Restrictions
The only dietary restriction in Morocco is the pork meat.
- Domestic Currency
- ISO Code
- To Obtain Domestic Currency
The national currency is Dirham (MAD), currency made convertible in 1993.
- Possible Means of Payment
Bank cards are accepted in some large institutions of the main cities.
Foreign currencies, Euro in particular, are accepted in the tourist areas
- Official Language
- Other Languages Spoken
60% of the population speaks Moroccan Arabic while 30% to 40% speak the Berber of the early Egyptians. Moreover, it is important to note that French is the second language of Morocco and occupies a very important place in public life. Finally, Spanish is also spoken in the north of the country. Berber is widespread and English is mainly used by Moroccans who have studied abroad (mainly in the United States).
- Business Language
French is used with Arabic for administration.
- Getting Some Knowledge
Speak Moroccan and Learn Moroccan Arabic - method to learn Moroccan dialectal Arabic - French/Arabic vocabulary Babel Project - French/Arabic/Amazighe vocabulary
- Free Translation Tools
Arjeeb : Dictionary and translation online
Ectaco : Online dictionary
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