Overview of Morocco

 

Morocco sits just a short step from Europe, but can feel a million miles away. Let our UK Travel Managers arrange an exotic African break for you, taking in the marvels of Morocco.

Just across the narrow Straits of Gibraltar there lies a very different world brimming with colour, mystery and unexpected contrasts. Where the Mediterranean merges with the Atlantic, Morocco is to be found at the most accessible northwest corner of Africa.

Here the bazaars of Marrakesh await, the Rif and High Atlas Mountains beckon, the sands of the Western Sahara promise to unveil their mysteries and timeless medieval medinas gradually unlock the secrets of their souks.

Sensory experiences explode in Morocco as snake charmers weave their magic, tanners' yards cast aromatic atmospheres and the call of the muezzins echo from ancient minarets. Enjoy the tang of mint tea at a street cafe and take in the riot of brightly coloured rugs, slippers and jewellery made by local artisans.

Although most of its suburban enclaves are thoroughly modern, Morocco still boasts a great many ancient monuments and magnificent buildings that reflect its turbulent history. Since the Phoenicians, the country has been overrun by Romans, by Vandals and Visigoths, by ancient Greeks, Arabs and, more recently, by European powers.

This rich multicultural past, timeless atmosphere and varied landscape mean that Morocco can offer you a magical mystery tour of surprises and enchantment.

Climate

Morocco's climate is moderate and subtropical, cooled by sea and ocean breezes.

Marrakesh has an average summer temperature of 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) and warm winter climates around 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit).

In the Atlas Mountains temperatures, can drop below freezing and mountain peaks are snow-capped throughout the year.

The winter in the north of the country can be rainy but in the south, at the edge of the Moroccan Sahara, it is dry and bitterly cold.

The best time to visit is between April and early June, or between September and November, when the weather is warm and dry.

Language

Arabic is the official language, but there are eight other languages widely used, including Berber, French and Spanish. English is generally understood in the tourist areas only.

Passport Visa

The nationals of most countries can enter Morocco visa-free for up to 90 days. Upon entry, you must hold proof of sufficient funds to cover your expenses. Should you wish to stay for a longer period you must report to a police station within 21 days of arrival in Morocco. Please check the rules around visa requirements before you travel, as they may change regularly.

Safety

Violent crime is not a major problem in Morocco, but sensible precautions against petty theft should be observed.

Whilst most visits to Morocco are trouble-free, terrorist attacks have occurred in the past and there is a general threat of kidnappings in northern Africa.

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