GET READY FOR A MAGIC CARPET RIDE
Morocco is one of those countries that pleasantly surprised me. I had heard horror stories from other women but I am happy that I still went to share my own experience.
Morocco is a country that literally draws you in with its vibrant colors and the smell of spices. This North African country has so much to offer!
I traveled to Morocco and actually went on a road trip. In my opinion it’s the best way to see this country and it’s a safe way to travel here.
Within the timespan of 12 days you’ll be able to explore everything that Marrakesh has to offer, drive up to the Atlas mountains, wander through the maze that is Fez and explore the blue town of Chefchaouen.
You do need to keep in mind that Morocco is a more conservative country so you will have to adjust your dresscode.
You can compare it a bit with dressing in India.
But I’ve also listed some of my favourite riads to stay in Marrakesh! Cause if there’s one thing that you really have to experience it’s staying at a riad in Morocco!
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT MOROCCO
Morocco is an amazing destination to visit all year round but the Summer months of July and August can get excrutiatingly hot during the day!
It’s an incredibly diverse country in terms of climates and offers something unique to see any time of the year. And yes, it might be very hot during July and August but then again, these are also the months with the least crowds. The same goes for January, it’s the wettest month in Morocco but also a lot less visitors.
The most pleasant weather can be found in the spring months of March and April, as well as fall, September and October.
I actually visited during the Ramadan period and I actually liked it a lot. A lot of the vendors in the soukhs were simply too tired or hungry to even bother haggling us. They left us alone which is what I heard from other women had been a big problem for them.
Most restaurants simply stay open throughout the day so as a tourist you don’t really experience any inconvenience. The only thing which was sometimes a “little” annoying is that in the evening dinner was only served after sunset.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN TRAVELING TO MOROCCO
Language – Morocco is a true melting pot when it comes to languages. The most commonly spoken language is Arabic but also French and English are widely spoken. In the North you’ll also find that a lot of people speak Spanish as well.
Currency – The official currency in Morocco is the Dirham.
Credit Cards & ATM’s – Many retailers and restaurants accept credit cards as payment, however, you will need cash for souk vendors and small shops. There are ATMs in major cities.
Safety – This is probably one of the most asked questions: is it safe to travel to Morocco as a woman. And the answer is yes, it is!
Plugs – Most plugs in Morocco are type C and type E. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST VISIT TO MOROCCO
Don’t drink tap water – Make sure to only drink bottled water to avoid getting sick.
Dresscode – Morocco is a rather conservative country so make sure not to wear anything too revealing. I usually stick to flowy midi and maxi dresses combined with All Stars or sandals.
Catcalling – It will happen, that you can be sure of. The best thing to do is to not make eye contact and to simply keep on walking. They’ll keep following you for a while but in the end they will stop.
Scams – There are plenty of tourist scams but most of them happen in the soukhs in either Marrakesh or Fez. People expect you to pay them for everything. One very typical scam is that if you look a little lost someone will tell you which way to go and in the end will ask you for money. We’ve also had it that they tried to charge us double at a restaurant because it was Ramadan and made less income… It’s safe to say that none of this worked on us but the more you know from before the better.
Moroccan Police – Well it’s safe to say that they’re not my friend! Every single time that we drove to a different city we got pulled over to the side at least 5 times per day. Up until the point that it became so ridiculous. But this is a very comon thing to do. The Moroccans themselves drive like complete nutcases but they will have the tourists pulled over and they will try to convince you that you’ve broken a traffic regulation. Don’t fall for this and don’t give them your money!
🚘 ROAD TRIPPING THROUGH MOROCCO
When it comes to choosing a rental car company things can get a little confusing cause there’s a lot of companies out there ready to rip you off.
Horror Story: In South Africa the rental car company that I booked with actually copied my credit card details and 1 day later my card was blocked. So there I was, in the middle of South Africa and without a credit card. Luckily we would switch to a different company the next day for the further duration of our trip but you really don’t want this to happen on your holiday.
You also don’t want any hidden costs added to your bill.
A good rental car company should include the following in your rental price: unlimited mileage and a fair fuel arrangement, third-party insurance of at least €7.5 million, damage insurance, theft insurance, towing cost if your car breaks down and cancel or change your reservation without any hassle.
For my road trips I always prefer booking with SunnyCars. Here you can already rent a car for as little as €27 per day and every single cost is included upon check out. Oh, and all of the things that I mentioned above that should be included are also included with them!
💡 TIP – Sometimes the local rental company will try to make you pay for additional insurance. This is in no way necessary cause SunnyCars offers you full coverage.