FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Defined by the High Atlas Mountains, rolling Sahara and coastal beaches, the best time to visit Morocco depends on what you’re most wanting to experience. The high season of spring and fall from mid-February to May and September to October is the best time to visit Morocco for all-around pleasant temperatures across the majority of the country. The shoulder season from November to February makes for cooler and ideal temperatures in the Sahara Desert as well as festive holiday celebrations in Marrakesh for Christmas and the New Year. Summertime from June to August means warmer temperatures and a perfect time to visit Morocco’s Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts.

Among the most interesting cities to visit in Morocco, Casablanca and Marrakech both teem with culture and history but are also uniquely their own. The main difference between Casablanca and Marrakech is the way each city allows a visitor to experience time in Morocco. Traditional Marrakech brings to life an ancient way of life still defined its bustling medina, endless souks (markets) — such as the famed Djemaa el Fna — and labyrinth-like alleyways, backed by views of the iconic Koutoubia minaret and snow-capped Atlas Mountains. An Atlantic port city as well as the business capital of Morocco, Casablanca is a more modern cosmopolitan city that also affords a great heritage of traditional markets, old towns and French colonial architecture.

Morocco boasts tremendous geography and culture, with some of the best experiences to have on a journey here highlighting Morocco’s timeless cities, spectacular landscapes and fascinating locals. Start with visits to: Marrakech, where you should experience its buzzy medina and souks (markets), but also exotic cuisine with a privately arranged culinary feast with a traditional family cook; and ancient Fez to experience Fez-el-Bali, the largest living medieval Medina-city and cultural heart of Morocco. Exploring the vast Sahara is a must and favorite experiences here include cresting the vast red dunes on a camel and in a private and expertly driven 4x4, and finishing the day under the stars at A&K’s Exclusive Desert Tented Camp. Our experts also recommend an Atlas Mountain adventure, where you may trek through beautiful scenery, witness daily life in local Berber villages and even soar over the Atlas foothills on a hot-air balloon ride.

Along the Spice Route that stretched from China through the Middle East and Africa to Europe, Morocco became a hub for an abundance of exotic spices that came to define Moroccan cuisine. While there is no definitive Morocco Spice Route, the country’s most famed spices — among them cardamom, cinnamon and saffron— can be experienced today in gorgeous combinations and dishes that include ras el hanout spice blend, harissa paste and tgine stew.

When deciding on what to pack for Morocco, choose versatile, casual clothing that can be layered if the weather (or level of air-conditioning) requires. Smart casual attire is appropriate for evenings and formal clothing is not necessary. While there is no strict dress code in Morocco, it is relatively conservative country and appropriate for both sexes to cover their arms, legs and shoulders (women should pack a scarf for this purpose). This is especially true when visiting temples, mosques and other religious sites, which require conservative dress. We also recommend wearing or carrying a pair of socks when sightseeing, since shoes must be removed when visiting certain religious sites. Most importantly, if you enjoy shopping, be sure to leave space in your luggage for Moroccan souvenirs, gifts and keepsakes.

Holders of U.S. and Canadian passports are not required to obtain a tourist visa for entry into Morocco for stays of up to 90 days.

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