Helpful Travel Tips Before Your Morocco Tour

If you’re planning your Morocco travel below are some things you should know before visiting this incredible land!

Most mosques are off-limits to non-Muslims

Nearly 99% of the population is Muslim. While very few Moroccan mosques are open to non-Muslims, one exception is the towering Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca If you can’t make it to Casablanca, Marrakech’s 16th-century Ali ben Youssef madrassa-turned-museum is open to all and also features striking Islamic design.

Multilingual Moroccans

Moroccans switch languages mid-sentence, reflecting the cultures — Berber, Arab, French and Spanish — that have crisscrossed the country. Arabic is the official language. French continues to be widely spoken in cities; foreigners are often addressed in this first. Spanish is still spoken in Tangier. There are also three main dialects spoken by the country’s Berber majority: Tashelhit, Tamazight and Tarifit. You’ll be able to get by with English in the main tourist hubs.

Trains are Cheap, Comfortable and Reliable

Train company ONCF operates one of the best train networks in Africa, making it the easiest way to travel between cities. It’s worth paying extra for first class, which comes with a reserved seat and A/C.

Couscous is served on Fridays

You’ll see it on every restaurant menu, but traditionally couscous is served on Fridays when families gather after prayers.

About the author

Joshua Mok is a cultural enthusiast and adventurer who can speak 6 different languages. Joshua currently lives in Tunisia and has firsthand experience with the language, people, and culture of North Africa. At Mosaic North Africa, Joshua is combining his business marketing expertise with his passion for travel to help others discover and enjoy the cultural and historical beauties of Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.

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