Food destinations: Morocco. 02
Morocco, where the sun sets
It's Another World Out There: Morocco during Ramadan
Backpacking Solo in Morocco
Pro Tips a) Knowledge of French will help a lot as it is a widely spoken language (after Arabic); but people in tourist places definitely understand a bit of English – so it shouldn’t be a problem b) Good time to visit the country is beginning of winter or beginning of summer (either October to December or March to May respectively) c) Must visit places: Merzouga (Sahara Desert), Imlil (Mount Toubkal Hike), Essaouira (great beach and vibe), Chefchaouen (beautiful hill station with blue buildings), Rabat (capital city which has a stunning Kasbah) and Marrakech d) Optional places: Fes (oldest city in the country), Casablanca (not very touristy), Tangier (port city in the Mediterranean), Ait Benhaddou (shooting location of Game of Thrones) e) Driving is on the other side of the road as compared to India/New Zealand/South Africa – they drive on the right side of the road f) There are speed traps at multiple places – be careful especially near the 60 kmph boards as I got a speeding ticket 2 hours into taking my car g) While entering big cities, watch out for a sign which reads “Halte Police” – you are expected to stop for a couple of seconds, wait for the police guy to give a signal and then drive ahead h) I took the Maroc Telecom sim card (10 GB data, with 1.5 hours of local calling for around 199 Dirhams at the airport); Network is usually good except inside the Medinas or the desert – make sure you have downloaded offline maps of all places you are planning to visit i) There is a good train and bus network between the big cities like Casablanca, Rabat, El Jadida, Tangier, Marrakech; beyond the major cities, the way to commute is by taking public taxis or buses which are often not convenient (from what I have heard – I never took that) j) In big cities like Marrakech and Fes, unfortunately the locals tend to make money off tourists/travellers in unpleasant ways – beware of having dinner in the Central Souk (market) of Marrakech where the restaurant person would insist on giving little portions of several food items and charge you the full portion amount of everything you have had (3 of us ended up paying 500 Dirhams for very little food); and in Fes where it is easy to get lost in the Medina, little kids will ask you for your destination, show you the way and demand money in exchange k) On the other hand, people in smaller towns like Merzouga, Imlil, Chefchaouen are extremely friendly, helpful and warm l) Hostels are a good and economical way to travel and meet new people – I ended up travelling with different people I met in various hostels throughout my trip m) Food options for aplenty for vegetarians – there are veg versions of the most famous food items – the Tagine and Couscous n) Morocco has the daylight savings time during winters – make sure you adjust your clocks accordingly in order to avoid last minute shocks Safe travels!...