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About Morocco

Entry requirements

passeportvalid passport for a stay of less than 90 days.
Some nationalities require a visa, it will be necessary to check with the Moroccan consulate or diplomatic representation in your country.
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Change

Dirham-marocainThe Moroccan currency is the dirham, which is divided into 100 cents. The currency must be exchanged at banks or other accredited establishments.
At the airport, in the new city Guéliz, Avenue Mohammed V, near the Jemaa El Fna, exchange offices are numerous in Marrakech.
Some hotels may also offer this service.
Traders willingly accept euros (1 euro = 11 Dirhams).
The currency is as such: $ 20, 50, 100 and 200 dirhams. Parts 0.1 to 10
The payment method is still preferred cash because very few traders and hoteliers have a credit card achine.

 

Language

langMorocco has two official languages: Arabic and Amazigh, taught in schools and used by scholars. In everyday life it is a local dialect, Darija is used, with some differences among regions and even villages.
Berber, second language is also widely used and is now also as a national language.
Morocco is one of the few countries to encourage the French to English. This can be explained by a
common past to the two states, which still binds them today. Most Moroccan therefore know French, which is taught in primary school. However, learning a few words of Darija will be very useful and will delight your Moroccan party.
The north of the country, because of its proximity to Spain, has a good command of Spanish.

 

Vaccine

vaccinNo vaccinations are required to return to Morocco. If your pet with you, please have immunization record less than six months.
Pharmacies are found in abundance in Marrakech and provide most European drugs or their equivalents.

Time zone

Located on the Greenwich time zone, Morocco lives GMT

Climate

sun-308679_640Marrakech enjoys almost all year of a clear blue sky. temperature differences are important in summer and winter, even if the mercury does not drop below 10 ° C.
Spring and autumn is both ideal seasons to visit the area.

- In Spring

It was during this season that nature reveals all its beauties. The massive bloom bougainvillea adorn the city of vibrant colors, as well as flowering trees, especially in the Ourika Valley. Are ideal temperatures ranging between 22 ° C and 27 ° C.
Side luggage: Light clothes are entirely appropriate. Warmer clothes will also not be too much for the evenings that remain fresh. If you go in the mountains by the sea, a windbreaker will never be too much.
If you plan to hike, grab of walking shoes.

- In Summer

Marrakech is known for its hot summers, with temperatures around 45 ° C. But its dry air, however, allows you to enjoy the city. Hats are essential for protection from lime sunlight, already strong in the morning. It is therefore better focus on early visits in the morning or in the evening. Parks, gardens and water points present in numbers nevertheless provide freshness during the day and the shaded souks.
Go towards the Atlas mountains for the day is another way to find less high temperatures. The differences may vary up to 25 ° C in one day.
Side luggage: Loose clothes are covering to protect from the rigors of temperature and sunlight. A hat is also essential.
Although Morocco is a very tolerant Muslim country, it is best seen not to wear your outfits provoquentes.

- In autumn

The temperatures are about the same in spring. The days are shorter, but the peculiar luminosity can enjoy the spectacle of the snowy peaks.
Luggage side: similarly, light clothing is entirely appropriate. Warmer clothes will also not be too much for the evenings that remain fresh, or at the seaside outings where the wind blows.

- In Winter

Surrounded by snow High Atlas Mountains, the winter season to discover Marrakech in another aspect. Mornings and nights are cool, but in the day, the mercury still reached 18° C. This period remains very pleasant.
Luggage side: Warm clothes are essential, especially if you want to discover the valleys and mountains. The nights will be more fresh.
The weather forecasts available on the website www.meteoma.net
Electrical measurement and weight

Electrical measurement and weight

Electricity
electricitemade of 220 volts are customary in Morocco. Some hotels in the most remote region, one can find generators for power supply or with more natural means such as candle or oil lamp if you venture into the wilderness.

Measured

The metric system is also used, which facilitates the assimilation of distances.

Weight

Again, you will not be confused, one kilogram is still a kilogram in Morocco.

Holidays

Morocco is one of the few Muslim countries to have a schedule of the week following that in most Western countries. Friday is not a holiday for government and public services, even if some adjustments are made to attend the Friday prayers. The weekend takes place on Saturday and Sunday.

  • National holidays
  • 1erJanuary 1: New Year's
  • January 11: Anniversary of Independence
  • May 1: Labor Day
  • May 23: National Day
  • July 23:  Throne Day. This is the most celebrated festival calendar, which provides an opportunity for the emergence of parades, fireworks and dances throughout the country
  • August 20: Anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People
  • August 21: The Youth day
  • November 6: Anniversary of the Green March
  • November 18: Independence Day
  • Religious holidays

Religious holidays are observed throughout the country and are celebrated by the vast majority of the population. Fixed according to the moon, the dates are not set back and forth every year about ten days. Ramadan is a key time of year in the lives of Muslims, which lasts 40 days and upsets habits.

  • Eid el-Fitr, "the party", marks the end of Ramadan.
  • Eid el-Kebir, "the big party", also called "sheep festival" is an opportunity to commemorate the sacrifice of Abraham.
  • Prime Muharram is the first day of the Hegira, the Muslim year. The Muslim calendar starts in effect in 622.
  • Mouloud is a festival celebrating the birth of Prophet Muhammad.

Getting around the region

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If you need to move within the country, there are several train lines serving major cities. The bus remains the least costly means of transport, and local companies cover the whole territory.

the bus

Regular bus lines, the ALSA company, allow you to reach cities located a few dozen kilometers from Marrakech.

For longer distances, different providers offer trips to Essaouira, Safi, Agadir and Ouarzazate. The two main companies, Supr @ tours and CTM are particularly effective. The first depends on the ONCF, the equivalent of SNCF.

The bus station is located in Bab Doukkala and it is in the lobby you can obtain tickets for.

 Taxis

By visiting taxi ranks (there are several, the main is located next to the Koutoubia in Sidi Mimoun and Bab Doukkala), it is possible to call a taxi for you by putting you agree to Prior to the driver on the fare.

From Sidi Mimoun, it will be possible to go for example in Ourika (1:30, 100 DH) in Imlil for departure to Mount Toubkal (1:30, about 70DH), to stations of Oukaïmeden ( 1:30,

100-150 DH) or the Ouzoud (2:30, 100 to 150DH).

From Bab Doukkala, departure to Essaouira (3h, package 300 to 500DH) Oukaïmeden (1:30, package between 400 and 600 DH) or the Ouzoud (2:30, package between 350 and 500 DH) are possible.

So-called taxis "collective" offering regular services to cities around Marrakech. The transport conditions are somewhat spartan through sharing the taxi with other passengers and they must wait until the car is full to start.

Tourist transport

In small groups of about ten people, made up of individual or group, it is possible to discover the points of interest in traveling by minibus. The delivery usually includes transportation, but also stops the visit photo and cooperatives. Many agencies exist in the medina and the new city Guéliz. Make sure, however, the sustainability of the company to avoid any inconvenience.

The rental car or moped.

Car rental agencies are numerous. Besides international names such as Hertz, Sixt, Avis or Europcar, local agencies also offer this service.
Renting a small car has a price about 30 euros a day.

Distances

  • Marrakech - Agadir : 260 km – 3h – A7
  • Marrakech - Casablanca : 240 km – 2h37 – A7
  • Marrakech-Essaouira : 177 km – 2h36 – N8 then R207
  • Marrakech - Fès : 525 km – 5h32 – A7 then A2
  • Marrakech-Imlil : 67 km – 1h20 – R203
  • Marrakech - Meknès : 469 km – 5h07 – A7
  • Marrakech-Ouarzazate : 196 km – 2h51 – N9
  • Marrakech-Oukaïmeden – 77km – 1h30
  • Marrakech-Ouzoud : 161 km – 2h28
  • Marrakech - Rabat : 322 km – 3h22 – A7
  • Marrakech - Tanger : 569 km – 5h56 – A7 and A1
  • Marrakech - Tetouan : 597 km – 6h38  - A7 and A1
 
Agadir             
Casablanca     240       
Essaouira     177       
Fès     525       
Imlil     67       
Marrakech 24017752567 46919677161322569597
Meknès     469       
Imlil             
Ouarzazate     196       
Oukaïmeden     77       
Ouzoud     161       
Rabat     322       
Tanger     569       
Tétouan     597       
 AgadirCasablancaEssaouiraFèsImlilMarrakechMeknèsOuarzazateOukaïmedenOuzoudRabatTangerTétouan

MOVING TO MARRAKECH

 

Getting around on foot is the best way to visit the ocher city. The dense and sports movement in the city center does not make use of the appropriate car. Moreover, the narrow streets of the medina make it impossible to motorized traffic other than the motorcycle.

If you are more in a hurry or in hot weather, the ALSA bus network in the city is well developed and have expensive (4 dirhams trip). Taxis are also very effective, and the fare is very affordable, around 20 dirhams depending on the length of the journey and the increase which takes place the night for trips downtown. The minimum fare is 7 dirhams.

On arrival at the airport of Marrakech Menara located 15 kilometers from the city, two choices for you to reach the center, if your hotel does not provide transfers: shuttles ALSA urban network, n ° bus 19 run between 6am and 21:30, for a fee of 30 dirhams (passing every 20 minutes). You can also take taxis, which are present at the airport day and night. Their rates are regulated and are displayed on a thumbnail. It will cost 70 dirhams during the day and 100 dirhams a night in the airport direction city center. In the opposite direction, the prices are negotiable.

Renting a car is more recommended if you are staying in the Palmeraie or if you plan some trips outside Marrakech.

Car rental agencies are many. Besides international names Such As Hertz, Sixt, Avis Europcar gold, local agencies aussi offer this service.

Renting a small car has a price about 30 euros a day.

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