A few things worth knowing before you visit Morocco:
1) You may already live by this rule but if not, only brush your teeth in bottled water you may regret it otherwise and always remember a small bottle a hand sanitizer – this was a life saver when camping in the desert. (Chances are if you go against this piece of advice you may find yourself using your International Health Insurance when seeking out the services of a local doctor!)
2) Morocco has a closed currency so you have to change your currency once you arrive. Try to avoid changing currency at the airports you will get a better rate in the cities.
3) Book into Riads and Kasbahs rather than hotels for an authentic experience (we can wholly recommend: Riad Laayoun in Fes, Kasbah Ellouze in Ouarzazate, Riad Cinnamon in Marrakech and our personal favourite in Marrakech, Riad Camilia)
4) Enjoy the food in the Riads – you will need to book in advance but it is definitely worthwhile.
5) If using a taxi set a price beforehand so that you are not challenged on price at the end of your journey (Only use reputation taxi firms – Petit taxis are countrywide and can be spotted by their colour: Blue in Rabat; Red in Fes, White/Cream in Marrakech and Ouarzazate).
6) Be aware of the street hustlers they work in groups but you will not realise this until it is too late.
7) You are in a Muslim country, so ladies respect their culture and dress appropriately.
8) Sit on a terrace as the sun sets in the city and listen to the call to prayer – this is a very different experience.
9) Check out the fixed price shops before heading into the Souks so you know what to aim for when haggling and most importantly have confidence.
10) Complete a desert camp – the simpler the better. Relax and enjoy your surrounding and make sure you are up to watch the sunrise.
11) Get yourself lost; it’s a great way to explore the cities.
12) Arabic and French are the two main languages – outside of the cities English is rarely spoken so make sure you learn some key phrases if you intend to go off exploring.
13) Ask before taking photos of people. Many will oblige, others may ask for a few dirhams for the privilege.
14) Try the mint tea, even if you are not normally a tea drinker (I hate the stuff normally), it is quite refreshing.
15) Get use to the fact that you will probably be un-contactable – phone signals are pretty much no existent, but is that not a good thing?
Have you visited Morocco? What tips would you have for your fellow travellers?