Morocco Travel Information
Morocco cultureMorocco is a country with a multiethnic society and a rich culture, civilization, and etiquette. Throughout Moroccan history, many peoples, in addition to the indigenous Berbers, coming from the East (Phoenicians, Arabs), South (Sub-Saharan African), and North (Romans, Vandals, Andalousians both Muslims and Jewish). All of these have left an impact on the social structure of Morocco. Each region possesses its own uniqueness, contributing to the national culture. Morocco has set among its top priorities, the protection of its diversity, and the preservation of its cultural heritage.
Climate of MoroccoThe climate is Mediterranean in the North and in some mountains (West of Atlas), which becomes more extreme towards the interior regions. The terrain is such that the coastal plains are rich and accordingly, they comprise the backbone for agriculture, especially in the North. Forests cover about 12% of the land while arable land accounts for 18%; 5% is irrigated. In the Atlas (Middle Atlas), there are several different climates: Mediterranean (with some more humid and fresher variants), Maritime Temperate (with some humid and fresher variants too) that allow different species of oaks, moss carpets, junipers, Atlantic cedars and many other plants, to form extensive and very rich humid cloud forests. The climate changes when moving east of the Atlas mountains due to the barrier, or shelter, effect of the mountain system, becoming very dry and extremely warm during the long summer, especially on the lowlands and on the valleys facing the Sahara. The Sahara Desert begins here, and it is perfectly visible, for example, on the Tafilalet Valley, where it is possible to find oases, sand dunes and rocky desert landscapes.
Health concernsNo vaccination certificate is required for visitors coming from Europe or America. An anti- cholera vaccination certificate may be required of visitors coming from areas where this disease is prevalent. Anti-malarial treatment is not necessary. It is advisable to drink bottled water
Currency - MoneyThe official currency of Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham, denoted as MAD or Dhs. The ATM cash machines are available anywhere in Morocco, some hotels and restaurants accept Credit Cards such as Visa and MasterCard.
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Moroccan cuisineMoroccan cuisine has long been considered as one of the most diversified cuisines in the world. This is a result of the centuries-long interaction of Morocco with the outside world. The cuisine of Morocco is mainly Berber, European, Mediterranean cuisines. The cuisine of Morocco is essentially Berber one. Spices are used extensively in Moroccan food. While spices have been imported to Morocco for thousands of years, many ingredients, like saffron from Taliouine, mint and olives from Meknes, and oranges and lemons from Fez, are home-grown. Chicken is the most widely eaten meat in Morocco. The most commonly eaten red meat in Morocco is beef; lamb is preferred but is relatively expensive. Couscous is the most famous Moroccan dish along with pastilla, tajine, and harira. The most popular drink isgreen tea with mint, Atai.
Accommodation in Morocco, Riads, Hotels and Desert Camps
Accommodation in Morocco like all over the world is a matter of choice and fit every budget. You can find clean and comfortable accommodation from 3 to 5 stars (luxury), there is riads, hotels and desert camps. Stays usually include breakfast, and many include dinner.
Riads or Dars In Marrakech, Essaouira, Fes or anywhere there is a medina (old city), also can be found in the south region of Ouarzazate and Erg Chebbi, riads are often small, clean and charming, often with an internal garden, courtyard and roof terrace. Riads may have what is called a plunge pool to cool off in during summer months. Some are in former merchant houses or palaces and may have large opulent rooms and gardens. These are ideal places to stay in Morocco. Riads are beautifully decorated in traditional Moroccan style and offer a truly personal service and an intimate atmosphere at the heart of Moroccan culture.
Desert camps are traditional nomad camps. Composed of camel wool tents which nomads still using in the desert because this tents are the perfect material for Sahara Desert as their thickness protects from the heat of the sun and when it rains, the wool expands. Basic tent accommodation and luxury en-suite tents are available.