Morocco is an ancient country in Northwest Africa with shores on both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic with a territory of around 200,000 square miles (500,000 square kilometres).
About 33 million people live in Morocco and its official languages are Arabic and Berber, although you can hear many other languages on the streets such as Darija, Riffian, Tamazight, Shilha and even French and Spanish.
What Draws Travelers to Morocco
Although it’s less than 9 miles (14 kilometres) from Europe, Morocco is a world apart. Morocco’s breath-taking diversity of ancient cultures can make you feel like you’ve travelled in time or that you’ve been transported into a tale from the 1001 Arabian nights.
You can walk the alleyways of a medieval medina, dodging donkeys carrying their loads to market. You can camp under the starry Saharan skies. Even if you visit one of its modern cities such as Rabat, the capital, the soft hum of the calls to prayer that you’ll hear infuses the air with something timeless.
In short, there are endless travel options for you to enjoy this unique culture.
Morocco has wealth of mountain scenery and desert landscapes with coasts on both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. So, it terms of climate, we can think of Morocco as four different areas:
The North: between the Rif mountain range and the coast, with mild summers and cool, wet winters.
Central: Morocco’s heartland, hotter than coastal areas, while winters are more moderate, summers can be very hot, with an average of around 38°C (100°F) in cities like Marrakech.
Desert: In the southern desert summer months can be hotter than 40°C (104°F) but with more pleasant winters. However, like most deserts it’s always cool at night regardless of the season.
Mountains: Cooler overall temperatures, often going below 0°C (32°F) in winter in the Rif Mountains and for most of the year in the Atlas Mountains.
You can check more detailed information, as well as month-to-month temperatures and weather for the main destinations at the following link: Climate in Morocco.
Before You Travel
The following articles are a treasure trove of tips and ideas, essential reading before your trip to Morocco:
Find out about Moroccan currency, exchange rates, how much cash you’ll need and where to exchange money.
Morocco’s national pastime, so if you plan to buy anything you should read our instructions first.
Check out the advantages and disadvantages of all the different public transportation options.
Plan your trip to make the most of your time with our map that shows the main points of interest and the distance between them.
Find out what a Moroccan riad is, what it’s like to stay in one, and the advantages and disadvantages of hotels in Morocco.
If you already have dates in mind, check out our post on the Moroccan calendar, and see how their calendar differs from the Western calendar.
We wrote these articles to help you understand the fascinating complexity of Moroccan culture.
Useful facts about Moroccan cuisine, simple-to-make recipes and the most highly recommended restaurants in each city.
Learn the meaning behind this celebration, as well as the pros and cons of a month in which Morocco changes radically.
Information by Destination
The following is all the pages that group the specific content on certain places, with information such as what to visit, where to eat, how to get there, etc.
Click on the image of any destination that interests you.
How to Get There
Air travel is the preferred option for most travellers and Morocco has several airports.
The most popular airports with the largest number of international flights are Casablanca, Marrakech and Agadir. Other airports with slightly less traffic and with most of their flights from Europe are Fez, Tangier and Nador.
Boats are the most used and cheapest way for tourists who come from Southern Spain to northern Morocco.
There are all kinds of ports, such as Casablanca, where cruise ships stop for day trips, as well as Tangier, where most tourists and Moroccans cross the Strait of Gibraltar.
In Tangier, there are two ports: first, Tangier City Port, located in front of the medina wall. Departing from Tarifa, a ticket costs approximately €70 and the trip lasts about 35 minutes.
It has the disadvantage of being heavily dependent on weather conditions, and can be closed for several hours if the wind or waves are unfavourable. Its main advantage, in addition to the short crossing, is its frequency, with ferries leaving practically every hour.
There is also the Port of Tangier Med, 35 kilometres from the city where the ships that leave from Algeciras arrive. These ships are more bulky and are used for freight transport but also as an alternative when the weather is bad (since they can better withstand wind gusts), or for those looking for a cheaper way to cross with their car.