Tips and travel advice for Morocco

Moroccan culture is a vibrant mix of Arab, Berber, and African influences, reflected in its cuisine, music, and traditions. Millions travel each year to Morocco’s cities, such as Marrakech, Fez, and Rabat, to experience the ancient medinas, palaces, and mosques that showcase their historical significance. Here’s our round-up of Morocco travel advice, to ensure you have a great trip.

Travel advice and tips for visiting Morocco

From safety concerns to budgeting and choosing the best time to visit, there are several aspects to keep in mind when creating your itinerary. This guide is a combination of Morocco travel tips from our travel experts to answer your questions about this North African country. We’ll cover what to eat, what to wear, how to get around, and other travel advice.  

Waves on Imsouan beach, Morocco © Shutterstock

Waves on Imsouan Beach, Morocco © Shutterstock

Is Morocco safe?

Morocco is generally considered safe, but it's essential to keep your belongings secure. While Morocco doesn't have a high crime rate, it's wise to avoid carrying large amounts of cash or valuables, especially in cities like Casablanca and Tangier, and to a lesser extent Fez and Marrakesh

Mugging incidents are rare; theft typically occurs through stealth or scams. Remain vigilant at transport hubs and in crowded areas where pickpockets may target tourists. Credit card fraud is also relatively common, so be cautious when using your card and keep an eye on ATMs.

To minimise the risk of scams, stick to official guides identifiable by their large brass "sheriff's badge." Unofficial guides may be genuine, but it's harder to verify their credentials.

Morocco follows Islamic laws and customs, so it's important to respect local traditions, laws, and religions. Be mindful of your actions, especially during Ramadan or when visiting religious sites, to avoid causing offense.

For more information, see the UK Government’s foreign travel advice page, or the US Department of State’s travel advisory.

Morocco for women travellers

For women travellers, experiencing Morocco can be incredibly rewarding, but it's important to be aware of certain considerations. Solo female travellers may encounter more challenges and potential dangers, particularly in cities like Fez and Casablanca, where street harassment is unfortunately very common. However, destinations like Chefchaouen and Marrakech tend to offer slightly better experiences.

For those less experienced with solo travel, planning a group trip might be preferable to enhance safety and ease of navigation.

While it's not mandatory for non-Muslim women to wear a headscarf in Morocco, it may be appreciated, especially when visiting religious sites. Carrying a lightweight scarf that can be draped over your head when needed is a practical and respectful option.

Morocco for LGBTQ+ travellers

For LGBTQ+ travellers, visiting Morocco can present both opportunities and challenges. Morocco continues to attract LGBTQ+ visitors, however, it's essential to be aware of the legal and societal realities.

Morocco lacks official "gay hot spots" or LGBTQ+ celebrations due to the illegality of homosexuality. Hate speech from public figures and religious leaders adds to the challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals. Nevertheless, there are some LGBT-friendly establishments in urban areas like Marrakech and Casablanca, where a relatively more tolerant atmosphere can be found compared to rural regions.

Transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals may encounter even greater discrimination in Morocco. While there are no specific laws targeting transgender people, societal attitudes towards gender identity can be conservative, leading to potential discrimination, harassment, or violence.

Despite these challenges, LGBTQ+ travellers can still enjoy a great trip to Morocco. It's important to be mindful of local laws and customs and to take appropriate precautions for personal safety.

Legzira dramatic natural stone arches reaching over the sea, Atlantic Ocean, Morocco © Shutterstock

Natural stone arches reaching over the sea, Morocco © Shutterstock

How to get to Morocco

For most travellers getting to Morocco means flying into one of its international airports. Mohammed V International Airport, located near Casablanca, is the busiest airport in Morocco, welcoming flights from major cities worldwide. Meanwhile, Menara Airport in Marrakesh offers convenient access to the southern part of the country. 

Prices are at their highest during the summer months of June and August, as well as around Christmas and the New Year. 

How to get to Morocco from the UK & Ireland

If you're coming from the UK or Ireland, direct flights are readily available from major airports such as London Heathrow, Gatwick, and Dublin. Airlines like British Airways, Royal Air Maroc, and Ryanair offer frequent services to Casablanca and Marrakesh. Keep an eye out for budget-friendly deals, especially if you're flexible with your travel dates.

Alternatively, if you're interested in a more leisurely journey, you could fly into mainland Europe, particularly France, Spain, or Gibraltar. From here, you can take a cruise ship for a scenic voyage across the Mediterranean Sea. 

How to get to Morocco from the US & Canada

Many major airlines operate direct flights to Morocco from hubs like New York City, Los Angeles, and Toronto. Keep in mind that these flights can be lengthy, with durations averaging between 7 to 10 hours depending on your departure city.

If you're looking to save some cash, consider booking a flight with a layover in a European city like London, Paris, or Amsterdam. This might add some extra travel time, but it can often result in significant savings on airfare.


Traditional Moroccan mint tea with sweets © Shutterstock

Traditional Moroccan mint tea with sweets © Shutterstock

How to get around Morocco

Once in Morocco, getting around on public transport is generally easy. The country's railway system efficiently connects major cities such as Casablanca, Marrakech, and Fez. For a more budget-friendly mode of transportation, buses traverse both popular tourist destinations and off-the-beaten-path locales.

Renting a car gives you the ultimate freedom to explore Morocco on your own terms. Whether you're chasing sunsets along the coast or winding your way through the Atlas Mountains, having your own wheels unlocks a lot of the country that would otherwise be missed.

That said, if truly you're keen to dive deep into Moroccan culture, consider hiring a local guide.

See our in depth guide to getting around Morocco.

Is Morocco expensive?

In general, expenses in Morocco for food, lodging, and transportation are relatively low compared to Europe and North America. Exploring medinas, visiting historical sites, or trekking through the Atlas Mountains won't break the bank. However, keep in mind that certain activities, such as desert tours or camel rides, may come with a higher price tag.

Accommodations in Morocco cater to a range of budgets, from budget hostels to luxury hotels and riads. Prices can vary depending on location. In remote areas, where goods must be transported from afar, expect higher prices for necessities.

When it comes to dining, you can find inexpensive meals at local eateries for around £6 ($7 USD), while fine dining experiences may cost up to £70 ($88 USD).

Costs per day

If you stay in the cheaper hotels (or camp out), eat local food, and share expenses and rooms with another person, £250 (or $300 USD) each a week would be the bare minimum to survive on. Spending £350 (or $450 USD) per person per week is more realistic. This budget allows for a more comfortable lifestyle, where you can enjoy a few more luxuries without worrying too much about expenses.

If comfort is your priority and you're willing to splurge a bit, aiming for a budget of £1200–1600 (or $1500–2000 USD) per week per person should provide a cushy experience with ample room for indulgence.

Keep in mind additional expenses for souvenirs, such as rugs, carpets, and handicrafts. Also, be prepared to encounter poverty during your travels. While you can't solve systemic issues, small acts of generosity, like tipping, can make a meaningful difference to those in need.

The Hassan II Mosque or Grande Mosquée Hassan II is a mosque in Casablanca © Shutterstock

Grande Mosquée Hassan II, Casablanca © Shutterstock

Best time to visit Morocco

For pleasant weather, aim for spring (March to May) or fall (September to November). During these seasons, temperatures are mild, and there's less rainfall compared to other times of the year.

If you're heading to coastal areas like Casablanca or Essaouira, summer (June to August) is popular, but be prepared for hot temperatures. Inland regions like Marrakech and the Sahara Desert can be scorching during summer.

Winter (December to February) brings cooler temperatures, fewer crowds, and a taste of Moroccan culture without the intense heat.

For a more in-depth look, see our guide to the best time to visit Morocco.

How many days do you need in Morocco?

To get a good feel for Morocco, you’ll want atleast a seven-day trip. This timeframe allows you to hit the highlights like Marrakech, Fez, and even squeeze in a day trip to the Sahara Desert.

Stretch it to ten days, and you’re likely to enjoy a more relaxed pace during your trip. This allows you to stroll the souks without rushing. Maybe even a day spent by the coast in Essaouira.

But if you want to truly dive deep into Morocco, you’ll want to aim for a full two weeks. With fourteen days, you can take it slow, explore off-the-beaten-path gems like Chefchaouen, trek the Atlas Mountains, and really see Morocco. You’ll have plenty of time for activities,to explore historical sites like the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis, or embark on a camel trek into the Sahara for a night under the stars.

For inspiration, see our Morocco itineraries

Rose festival in Kelaa Mgouna © gary jim/Shutterstock

Rose festival in Kelaa Mgouna © gary jim/Shutterstock

Do you need a visa?

If you hold a full passport from the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or any EU country, you don’t need a visa to enter Morocco as a tourist for up to ninety days. However, your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your date of entry, and always double-check your visa requirements before departure as the situation can change. South African citizens are among those who need a visa; applications should be made to the Moroccan embassy or consulate in your country of residence.

Travelling to Morocco with kids

Travelling with small children in Morocco can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Moroccan culture tends to revolve around families, and locals often extend warm hospitality to children.

However, as a parent, you may encounter a few challenges along the way. For instance, it's important to note that amenities like baby changing rooms may not be readily available in airports, hotels, or restaurants. Being prepared with your own supplies can be helpful.

Additionally, the cultural experience in Morocco may differ significantly from what your children are accustomed to. It's wise to introduce them to the idea of embracing new sights, sounds, and customs beforehand to prevent any potential overwhelm.

When it comes to transportation, keep in mind that children small enough to share your seat on buses and grands taxis typically travel for free, while older kids may need to pay the full adult fare. On trains, there are often discounts available for children under a certain age.

Seeking out family-friendly accommodations can enhance your trip experience. Many hotels and riads offer spacious rooms, and amenities such as swimming pools, making it easier for families to enjoy their stay comfortably.

Tangia, mutton dish Marrakechia, Morocco ©

Tangia, mutton dish Marrakechia, Morocco ©

What to wear in Morocco

In conservative areas or when visiting religious sites like mosques or medinas, it's essential to dress modestly. For both men and women, covering your shoulders and knees is a good rule of thumb.

Opt for loose-fitting clothing that provides coverage without sacrificing comfort. Flowy maxi dresses, loose pants, and long-sleeved tops are perfect choices for keeping cool in the heat.

While swimwear is acceptable at beaches and resorts, it's polite to cover up when walking to and from these areas. Bring along a cover-up or sarong to throw on over your swimsuit when you're not by the water.

Morocco's streets can be uneven and dusty, so make sure you have comfortable footwear. 

Keep in mind that cultural norms regarding modesty can vary between urban and rural areas, as well as among different communities within Morocco. 

What to eat while in Morocco

Moroccan food is known for its combination of sweet and savoury flavours. You’ll want to start your day with a traditional Moroccan breakfast of msemen, a flaky, square-shaped pastry. It’s often eaten with honey or jam, and accompanied by a cup of mint tea.

For lunch, try an authentic Moroccan couscous, a staple dish made from steamed semolina grains served with succulent meat or vegetables. Or try bastilla, a savoury-sweet pie filled with layers of flaky pastry, and spiced meat, and topped with a dusting of powdered sugar and cinnamon.

For dinner, don’t miss the chance to experience a Moroccan mezze spread, including Moroccan baba ganoush and tangy preserved lemons.

Another important thing to try while in Morocco is the local baklava or sfenj.

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