The gateway to Africa, Morocco is culturally rich in addition to being packed with history and filled with dazzling architecture. From sprawling deserts to bustling cities and even mountain ranges, a tour here is always surprising. April and May are thought to be among the best months to visit, due to the pleasant and sunny climate. This North African country also plays host to some spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which will captivate the imagination of any archaeology or history lover. There’s Volubilis, where ancient Roman remains and intricate mosaics have been well preserved; then the historic city of Meknes, which is known for its magnificent Bab El Mansour gate decorated with mosaic and inscriptions; and even the labyrinthine medina of Fez, where mosques, workshops, palaces and homes are intertwined.
British nationals do not require a visa in order to visit Morocco and can stay for up to three months. The same applies to U.S. citizens who wish to visit for up to 90 days, however there must be at least six months of validity in U.S. citizens’ passports from the arrival date.
The local currency used in Morocco is Dirham, which you’ll see denoted as MAD or Dhs.
Packing clothing that can be layered is essential when preparing for a trip to Morocco because the days can be hot, the nights cool off quickly and the weather can change dramatically between areas and altitudes, and from desert to mountain.
The country’s two official state languages are Moroccan Arabic (Darija) and Berber (Tamazigh), with English often being spoken in major tourist centres.
While tipping is discretionary, it is common practice to round up bills in cafés and restaurants. Some establishments will add a service charge to your total, but if this isn’t the case then adding between 10 and 15% is perfectly fine.