8 Travel Bloggers Share Their Tips For Newbies In Morocco
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
Hind Touissate from According to Hind blog
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
Agnieszka Ptaszyńska from Zależna w Podróży blog
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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