February 22


8 Travel Bloggers Share Their Tips For Newbies In Morocco

By Bewildered in Morocco

February 22, 2016

You guys often approach me for tips about Morocco for people who come here for the first time. I believe that it’s good to hear different opinions, and even if I try to be consistent and tell you as much as I can, I may miss something. Also, getting tips from different people with different perspectives is more interesting, isn’t it?

To make the tips as objective and various as possible, I have asked several independent travel bloggers to give you first-hand suggestions! Why I’ve chosen just travel bloggers? Because I trust their opinion! I always turn to tavel blogs when I am about to embark  on a journey and I need a piece of advice about the place I am heading to.

Katie Dawes from The Hostel Girl blog

Morocco is such a fascinating country of over 446,000km², and yet so many visitors travel only to Marrakech and/or Fez. Both cities can be completely overwhelming on your first visit – and you experience so much you may never have encountered before in the Western world. But if you’re up for experiencing even more I highly urge visitors to travel to smaller villages, spend time in local towns and stay the hell away from any kind of tourist resort, because then you will see the true Moroccan culture.
For me, the South will always be my favourite. The people seem calmer and there is barely any tourism South of Agadir. I’ve spent the most time just North of Agadir in a village called Tamraght, which is slowly becoming more popular with surfers, but is still a destination where you can get to know the shop owners and café staff within just a few weeks and feel at home. 

Hind Touissate from According to Hind blog

Make new friends wherever you go, take a lot of pictures and forget everything you already read about Morocco, discover it yourself!

Demi & Damian from Romantic Vagabonds blog

We can’t find the words to describe how we love Morocco. Morocco was our first country we’ve ever visited together and luckily we spent so lovely time there. Morocco has all what travelers expect. A beautiful scenery and very nice people – famous for their kindness. But before you go to this amazing country, read our essential travel tips for Morocco:

• Never refuse when Moroccan people invite you for a cup of mint tea. This is very good way to make new friends!

• Don’t worry about getting lost in medina – this is the best way to explore the heart of the ancient city!

• Eat on the street! Drink on the street! And when you try some street food in Marrakech or drink an orange juice in Jemaa el-Fnaa, you will understand why!

• Stay in a riad at least for one night– traditional Moroccan house!

• Remember that haggling is a way of life in Morocco. So do it if you want to save some money and if you don’t want to offend the shopkeeper

Omar Oualili from Omar, in a city near you blog

I think Morocco is a very surprising country and I believe that new comers should let themselves be surprised by it. It’s a beautiful country that needs a bit of patience to handle things such as bargaining but it’s all worth it.

Agnieszka Ptaszyńska from Zależna w Podróży blog

During my first night in Morocco I had an accommodation fuck­up. They told me that my riad has never received my reservation, but they would offer me a better one. The place we went to was horrible. The room was smelly and there were bugs in the toilet. Even though I have already paid them by hotels.com they made me pay one more time – way too much for this kind of a place. It was already late at night and I had no idea where I could go so we stayed there and paid them.
Remember – never pay in advance for your accommodation and write in your travel journal few other options in the area of your hotel. Just in case it would happen to you as well.

Nadia Stoti from Lovetrotters blog

Make friends as soon as possible. They will be eager to show you around and you’ll soon discover why Moroccans are famously hospitable.

Dare to go off the beaten path: Trek to the remote villages in the Atlas mountains, stay with the bedouins in the desert and get away from the crowds.

Eat like a local and try everything. The only danger is getting hooked on tajines for life. Play the bargaining game in the souks.

Drink the mint tea, make a bid, joke around, and enjoy the interactions.

Anna Fedorova from Girl Climber blog

The best way to get an authentic experience of the place is to order exactly what the Moroccan man at the table next to you is ordering. Not only is it likely to be a tasty and authentic option, it is also most probably the cheapest thing on the menu. Last time I was in Morocco I kept noticing people ordering this reddish soup, so I asked what it was. It turned out to be harira, a soup made of lentils, tomatoes and chickpeas, that is very popular as a lunch option. Even in expensive Marrakesh it costs just 6 dirham, a fraction of the price of a traditional tagine, and it is very tasty and filling. I would not have thought of ordering it if I had not seen all the Moroccans eating it!

Ask women or old people for directions – This is a very useful piece of advice I got from the owner of the first hostel I stayed at during my latest visit. When you first arrive in a Moroccan town, you inevitably look like an easy target for punters trying to make some money out of unsuspecting tourists. It tends to be the younger men who speak relatively good English that try to capitalise on your confusion when you first get here, so don’t talk to them. Seriously, just ignore. They will only lead you around in circles for ages and then ask you for money when they eventually get you to your destination, which was probably just around the corner anyway! Ask the people who are not pestering you – the older men, the ladies. Even if they don’t speak English, you will find a way to communicate.

Amanda Ponzio-Mouttaki from Maroc Mama blog

Don’t try to see everything in Morocco in one week, it isn’t possible. Instead stick to a few places to make the most of your time. Remember that Morocco has very different climates depending on where in the country you are. With long stretches of coast, high snow-topped mountains, the expansive Sahara desert and more, you need to be prepared for anything. Bring layers so you can add or subtract as needed.

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  • Some great tips and I would definitely trust Amanda with my entire Morocco plan! Not sure the hotel thing from Agnieszka is Morocco specific. I think some places just try to screw you over. A lot of places will simply ask for a deposit as to secure your reservation which I think is fair enough (larger hotels will ask for your credit card information to hold your room).

    • True, I think the hotel thing can happen anywhere, but Agnieszka wanted to share her experience to warn travelers.

  • I journeyed to Morocco about five years ago and drove nearby the entire country in a rental car for two weeks. It was an imaginary journey, specially the Atlas Mountians, Merzouga, Air Ben Haddou and Marrakesh. We see and had tea with A Tuareg family and found most people caring and very welcoming.

  • Awesome article…I’m loving your travel blogs!
    I just got back from Nepal and would recommend it to all of your readers…people are lovely, the landscape is beautiful, and it’s pretty cheap, too!!!
    I was just wondering which is your favorite country to travel to?
    Best wishes and keep up the great work.

  • What an amazing post you have shared. I really loved your post.Morocco is a beautiful country and the warmth of people is so welcoming. Nice tips and good article.thanks

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