It is recommended that you be vaccinated for Tetanus and Polio, if you haven't had a booster in the last ten years. Food and waterborne diseases are more common, so we recommend vaccinations for typhoid (valid 3 years) and Hepatitis A (validity varies). Vaccination and health information can change so please contact your local health care provider for the most up to date information.
Temperatures in Morocco are generally high, particularly during the summer months from May to September, when the sun can be fierce and temperatures are at industrial levels, so take plenty of sunscreen, cover up and drink lots of water!
In winter (October to February), it does become cooler, especially in the evenings - so take a jacket, long-sleeved tops and trousers. In the High Atlas and the desert it can become very cold in winter, especially at night and some peaks can remain snow capped from November to July. Pack plenty of warm clothes.
We recommend you check the five day weather forecast online before packing to get an accurate idea of the temperature.
Morocco is on GMT, so the same time as the UK. Daylight Saving is currently being observed. However it changes frequently and is not observed during the holy month of Ramadan.
The local currency is Moroccan Dirham (MAD). Exchange facilities are available at various bureau de changes in major towns and most banks have ATMs. Credit cards are virtually useless outside main cities and towns. Travellers Cheques are very difficult to change.
Moroccan cooking is characterized by rich spices, with mixtures that combines anywhere from ten to a hundred spices. Couscous is traditional chow and often cooked with spices, vegetables, nuts, and raisins. It’s a meal in itself, though it is often topped with rich stews and roasted meats. Lamb is a principal meat and is cooked until tender enough to be pulled apart and eaten with the fingers. Tagines are a fruity meat and vegetable stew cooked for some time. Savory foods are enhanced with fruits, dried and fresh and preserved lemons are used in many poultry dishes. Pine nuts, almonds, and pistachios are often used as well. Moroccan desserts are uncompromisingly rich. A common dessert is kaab el ghzal (‘gazelle’s horns’), which is a pastry stuffed with almond paste and topped with sugar. Try also honey cakes, which are essentially pretzel-shaped pieces of dough deep-fried and dipped into a hot pot of honey and sprinkled with sesame seeds!
Morocco is a shoppers paradise. The souks of Fes, Marrakech and Meknes are full of pottery, carpets & killims, leather goods, spices and cloth. Thuya wood products are found predominantly at Essaouira. Keep space in your backpack for your purchases!
Trekking expeditions in the Atlas Mountains require a good level of fitness, you will be trekking from 4 to 6 hours a day. Make sure you have a good pair of walking boots that have been worn in before the trek, to avoid blisters and painful feet.
Most travel insurance does not cover for trekking above 2000m as standard and you may have to pay a premium to cover yourself for higher altitudes. It is essential that you get the correct level of cover so please check the maximum altitude you'll be trekking to before arranging your insurance.