Frequently Asked Questions

How to get to Morocco?
Morocco is a popular and exotic place to visit on the north coast of Africa, so there are many flights from Europe, other places in Africa, the Middle East, and several cities in the United States. There are many choices of flights to this interesting city sitting both on the Atlantic Ocean and on the Mediterranean Sea. Exciting cities for visitors to explore include Casablanca, the largest city in Morocco, and other mesmerizing cities such as Agadir, Essaouira, Fez, Rabat, and Tangier. There are also ferries from Algerciras on the southern coast of Spain across the Mediterranean Sea to Tangier on the northern coast of Morocco. For most visitors, only a passport is needed to enter Morocco.
What is the best season for travel in Morocco?
Morocco is perfect for travel all year long! Given the country’s geographic variety, there is always a region where the climate is mild. We can recommend the best destination for you based on the weather and your travel dates. In winter, you’ll want to head south to the desert. Nights can be chilly but during the day you’ll enjoy the sun and blue skies bereft of clouds. In summer, the Atlantic coast is generally balmy and it is the best season for treks in the Atlas. At over 1800m in altitude freshness is a safe bet! That being said, nothing is stopping you from discovering the Moroccan desert as long as you choose the right accommodation and can adapt to the heat.
Can I head south in the summer?
Nothing stands in the way of exploring Southern Morocco even in July and August as long as you can adapt to the heat and you choose the right accommodation. How to: an afternoon nap in an air-conditioned room or in the shade by the pool, an air conditioned car and a schedule allowing you to take advantage of the more temperate mornings and evenings. The most important thing is to bring a pair of sunglasses, a hat, or even better a cheiche (nomadic headscarf) and to stay hydrated…You’ll be able to buy bottled quality mineral water everywhere you go in Morocco (Sidi Ali and Sidi Harazem are two popular brands). One small inconvenience: you’ll have to bring empty bottles back to the city with you as adequate waste handling is still uncertain in rural areas… The imperial cities should be visited from September to June as the summer months are often torrid, especially in Fes and Marrakech. The heat is dry however, and is bearable as long as you can adapt and stay indoors in the hotter afternoon hours.
Is the desert for everyone?
yes! Southern Morocco is easy to get to and even as you feel totally lost in the Sahara, civilization is never far away! Our bivouacs are organized to be comfortable and well equipped. Our guides are all accredited professionals who are there to support you and insure optimal security. If you’re looking for more sophistication in the desert, try our charming campsites!
How difficult is a hike in the Atlas?
As difficult as you want it to be! There are hikes of every difficulty level so there will certainly be one right for you from breezy strolls to intensive but invigorating treks. All you need to do is ask! Our mountain and desert guides are all officially recognized by the Moroccan Ministry of tourism, and know how to adapt itineraries to suit any walker’s needs. We can even organize your stay in comfortable intimate accommodations and from here you can hike the surrounding area every day at your leisure.
Do I need a local guide?
To go on a walking tour in the mountains and desert, an accredited guide is necessary. And for visits of the medinas of bigger cities they are highly recommended. Especially in Fes and Marrakesh, a guide will enhance your cultural and historic understanding with their knowledge, guide you through the mazes of narrow roads to make sure you don’t miss any of the main attractions and protect you from tourist hassling. A bit of advice: make sure your guide sports the badge that official guides are required to wear and that it is real.
What about women travelling to Morocco?
From the city of Marrakech where anything goes, to the Sahara where women dress in black with one eye showing from behind a veil, Morocco is a country of many contrasts. As Muslims, men should not touch a woman he doesn't know. If a foreign women wants respect she should not tolerate his long handshake or his lingering hand on her arm or anywhere else. Dress as you do at home but conservatively to gain respect. Foreigners are treated with the duality of wonderful hospitality or as a chance for financial gain. The invitation to visit and have tea or dine with a family is a memorable experience. But measure invitations with obligation. Traditions are strong and old ways are practiced. A good attitude and a sense of sharing and humour go a long way to breaking down preconceptions of foreigners and is always appreciated by Moroccans.
Do I need a Visa to Morocco?
Most nationalities including those from the US, Canada and the UK (other nationalities can get more info here) don’t need a visa to visit Morocco for the purpose of tourism. Your Passport should be valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date. When entering Morocco, make sure your passport is stamped, which will allow you to stay for up to 3 months.
Do I need to tip ?
People do tip in Morocco, about 10-15% on your bill. Please do not tip children, as they work hard as a culture to not promote begging.
What is the electrical system in Morocco?
The voltage in Morocco is mostly 220V, 50 Hz (two pin round plugs). Always check electronic items to make sure they “dual voltage” and they can handle 110-220 volts.
Can I use my cell phone in Morocco?
Cell phone coverage is good in Moroccan metropolitan areas, with coverage in rural areas being more erratic. Check with your cell phone plan before you leave to make sure you have global coverage.
What is the food like?
Morocco is famous for its cuisine, it's described as a sweeter, Mediterranean food full of fresh ingredients. You'll enjoy wonderful dishes like tagine and couscous, but will take you to the best places to eat in the country.If you are are following special diet restriction, vegetarian, gluten free, lactose intolerant, nut allergy, just let us know! We'll accommodate you.
Bathrooms in Morocco?
In Morocco, you will find both modern flushable toilets and Turkish toilets. On our tours, we do our best to frequent the former kind.