Bordering Northern Africa, the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Morocco possesses diverse landscapes and cultures, with a mixture of Berber, Arabian and European influences.
From antique medinas, camels, medieval quarters, mint tea, blue towns, lanterns, and patterned moasaics to oasis channels, mountains, beach and desert plains, Morocco truly has it all.
It is also a relatively safe country for tourists which is great, but you still need to keep your wits about you. Petty crime (theft etc) is still an issue in some spots.
The cost of living in Morocco is cheaper than that in Australia, by about 55-75%.
Top Things to See & Do in Morocco:
- Sahara Desert
- Chefchaouen (The Blue City)
- The Atlas Mountains
- Visit the cities of Casablanca, Fez, Tangier, Marrakech, Tangier, Rabat and Essouira
- Fez Medina & leather tannery
- Aït Benhaddou
- Visit the desert at Merzouga
- Ouzoud Waterfall
- Todra Gorge
- Visit a local woman’s co-op & how they make Argan oil
- And much more!!
Given Morocco is located in the northern hemisphere, Winter typically lasts from December to February, and Summer from June to August.
The best time to visit Morocco is generally in Autumn (September–November) or early Spring (March–early April).
During this time, the temperatures are warm and comfortable which makes for a more pleasant stay in places like Marrakesh, Fez or south-west Morocco.
These cooler times of the year are also best for visiting the Sahara desert, as you’re less likely to get scorched to death!
If you’re planning on visiting the coastal towns, you may prefer to go in Summer due to the cool ocean breeze.
Keep in mind that no matter the season, temperatures tend to drop after dark. That’s why it’s important to pack a warm jumper/jacket, regardless of when you travel to Morocco.
Trains, buses, shared taxis and group tours are available to help you move between the main cities.
They are generally safe for tourists and won’t break the bank.
You can also rent a car if you want to have more flexibility. However, if planning to drive yourself, do keep the following in mind:
- Driving around Casablanca and the bigger cities can be a challenge and very chaotic & stressful experience.
- Driving on the highways and on rural roads is usually quite safe
- Ride a camel through the Sahara Desert and camp overnight in a Bedouin Tent
- Go surfing or horse-riding in Essouira
- Go Canyoning in the Mid Atlas Mountains
- Rock Climbing in Todra Gorge
- Sand-boarding in Merzouga
- Skiing at the Atlas Mountains (only limited times of the year)
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Disclaimer: Always check the smartraveller.gov.au website (or related) before travelling overseas, for their latest safety updates, advice and recommendations.
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MY TOP 3 RECOMMENDED GEAR FOR MOROCCO
Therefore, it’s always handy to have a small day pack that you can use for hiking, exploring the town or staying overnight somewhere.
You also want a pack that is durable, convenient and well protected backpack. That’s where Matein comes in.
This backpack by Matein is great because it is good quality, has lots of functional pockets for your valuables and tech, and zips that you can lock together for additional safety.
They allow you to organise your clothes into different sections, so that you don’t have to disturb EVERYTHING when you only need one thing from your bag (eg. a warm jumper).
Personally, I loved using different packing cells – one for my Winter clothes and another for my Summer clothes.
It made things easy to find, and kept my bag looking neat and tidy which was always a bonus.
The catch is that you want something that wil:
- be warm
- durable and
- won’t take up a lot of space in your backpack
This is where duckdown puff jackets are perfect!
Not only do that satify all of the above, but most of them come with a small compact casing which makes for easy packing.
Amazing! Ensure to check out our Solo Travel page that is loaded with important advice & tips to know before you go.
They will help you to prepare for the journey and overcome any personal obstacles you experience during your trip.
Finding the right gear for your trip can be overwhelming and expensive – especially if you don’t know where to start.
On our Travel Gear page, I list my favourite travel gear and accessories to help you narrow down the field, save money and buy quality gear at reasonable prices.
There’s no doubt that planning and booking your trip is the most exciting part for any new adventure.
Here I outline 20 steps that you need to know in order to plan and book a successful trip & have fun whilst doing it.