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Morocco


Description

This North African country is known for its traditions, flavors and landscapes. Experience Moroccan culture as it is very different from Canada. During a truly impressive journey, you will have the chance to discover the country of contrasts: desert, souks, spices, gardens, palaces and much more. You must plan a visit to the Hassan II Mosque if you go to Casablanca. This beautiful monument is partially built on the sea. Every corner of Morocco will indeed surprise you!


Map



What to do in Morocco


Marrakech

Nicknamed "the red city" because of its buildings and ramparts of beaten clay, Marrakech is the tourist capital of Morocco. This former imperial city is a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. Many activities are offered to travelers such as several museums, gardens, souks, a medina... A visit of the Majorelle Garden is a must. This botanical garden is one of the most visited sites in Morocco. The medina is Marrakech's old city, the city's most beautiful district. The souks of Marrakech are an important place for trade and tourism in the country. This is where you can purchase Moroccan handicrafts and souvenirs. What an experience!


Ouarzazate

Known as the Hollywood of Morocco, this city is a small oasis located at the gates of the desert. The studios of the Atlas Film Corporation and the Cinema Museum are located in the city. Since 2007, tourists can visit the prison from the movie Gladiator. The Mummy, Hercules, Babel and several other movies were partly shot in Ouarzazate. About 30 km from the city is the fortified village of Aït-ben-Haddou. This traditional pre-Saharan habitat has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987.


Chefchaouen, the blue city

You will most likely be charmed by the blue houses of this small village. Located in the heart of the Moroccan Rif mountains in the northeast of the country, Chefchaouen is one of the most beautiful villages in Morocco. Its beauty and authenticity turn this place into a paradise on earth and a very attractive place for visitors. During a visit, take a tour through the narrow streets and its medina. You will be able to buy unique handicrafts such as wool clothes and hand-woven blankets.


Essaouira

This port city is located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. It is an ideal seaside resort to take a few days off. You can visit its medina, its fishing port and its fish market. Sports fans will be delighted. Throughout the year it is possible to practice surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing. Bordered by beaches, Essaouira is also very popular during the summer. It has a pleasant climate with an average of 25 ° C.


Merzouga Desert

Merzouga is famous for having the highest dunes in Morocco. A desert tour is one activity you must absolutely consider. Ride in a 4x4, take a camel ride... Regardless of the means of transport, take a moment to climb the dunes and to observe this immense land of beauty and silence. Sunrise and sunset are magical moments that you should not miss. Treat yourself to a night in a Moroccan tent in the middle of the dunes. Enjoy this unforgettable experience! Two words to describe this place: wonder and beauty.


Temperatures

Maximum (°C)

Minimum (°C)

Precipitation (mm)

Jan.

24

4

44

Feb.

23

5

37

Mar.

27

9

33

Apr.

30

13

32

May

33

15

17

Jun.

37

18

11

Jul.

41

22

10

Aug.

41

23

7

Sep.

35

21

15

Oct.

32

16

28

Nov.

27

10

42

Dec.

26

6

47


Currency

The country's currency is the Moroccan dirham. It is important to know that it cannot be converted outside the country. We advise you to exchange only the amount of money you need, as it is illegal to take dirhams out of Morocco. It will be possible, when you leave the country, to convert the remaining dirhams into Canadian money. You can do this at the airport exchange office, as long as you show proof of your original currency purchase.

Convertor

CAD
to
MAD

Official language

Morocco's official languages are Berber and Classical Arabic. Before you go, learn a few words and phrases in the local language to wow the locals!

Voltage

You will need a power adapter and maybe a converter. Electrical outlets used in Morocco are not the same as in Canada. Voltage is 220V and frequency is 50Hz. Make sure that your devices mention the words: "INPUT: 100-240V, 50/60Hz". Otherwise, you will need a converter.

Electrical outlet
Electrical outlet

Passport and entry & exit requirements

It is strongly recommended that your Canadian passport be valid for at least 6 months after the date of your return from travel. For more information, visit the Government of Canada's website.