We give some comments on Morocco to get to know the country a bit before reaching it, entry requirements, location, climate, currency, religion, language, ethnicity, food.
Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament. The King of Morocco has broad executive powers, with the possibility of dissolving the parliament and government and military conduct, as well as other powers. The opposition political parties are allowed and several have been submitted to the elections in recent years.
It is separated from Europe by 14 km, called the Strait of Gibraltar. Its neighboring countries are: Algeria to the east (the Algerian border has been closed since 1994), on the southern Mauritania and northern Spain, with whom he has strong trade ties and shares both sea and land borders.
DOCUMENTATION TO ENTER MOROCCO : PASSPORT AND VISA : To enter Morocco is required passport in good condition, a day and at least 3 months validity. Visas : All foreigners must have visas except for:
For three months: European Union , Argentina , Mexico , United States.
Nationals of Andorra, Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Congo, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Philippines, Guinea, Iceland, Indonesia, Korea, Kuwait, Libya, Liechtenstein, Mali, Monaco, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman, Peru, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey , United Arab Emirates and Venezuela for stays of up to three months .
Hong Kong nationals for stays of up to 30 days. The transit passengers continuing their journey by the same or first flight within 24 hours, with documentation to track your journey or return home, and do not leave the airport.
The official language is classical Arabic and Berber , but will surprise the many languages spoken , not official , but they speak Moroccan Arabic , the French and the Spanish especially in the north.
A majority of more than 98 % practice Islam ( Sunni ) and a small Christian and Jewish minority.
The climate varies as the geography of the country, the coast has a warm Mediterranean climate , tempered on the eastern coast by southwest winds, making it a paradise for surfers, inside the climate is hot, dry and continental. The south of the country is very hot and dry for most of the year, with the cold nights in the months of December and January. The rainy season on the coast is from November to March. Summer temperatures are very high and is quite dry. The weather is cooler in the mountains.
The dirham ( DH ) is the official currency of Morocco , which is divided into 100 cents.
Approximate relations are:1 dirham = 0.10 Euro 1 Euro = 10.10 dirhams tickets are for:200 DH 100 DH 50 DH and *20 DH . The coins in use are : 10 DH , 5 HR, 1 DH , DH 0.50 , 0.05 DH . Money exchange :not forget that the dirham can not even import or export , therefore , the acquisition of this and other currencies change is possible only within Morocco .
GASTRONOMY IN MOROCCO
Gather in a refined vegetables and fruits impregnated sun, spices , delicate fish and savory meats … An extraordinary cuisine famous worldwide , varied, rich and healthy . Here are the main Moroccan dishes that you must try out over a Mint tea is served to soothe, revive, tone, is drunk in the morning, after meals, at any time. It is a pleasure ever not rejected.
Probably the most famous dish of our cuisine . Is the traditional family lunch on Friday, but you can find every day in restaurants. It consists of steamed semolina accompanied by vegetables, meat, chicken or fish. Throughout the trip, enjoy thousand different Couscous, as they vary by region and the creativity of the cook.
This word refers to the continent while earthenware dish decorated with typical conical lid –
Lamb roasted on grill or bake very slowly. The meat is so tender it melts in your mouth.
A thin pastry stuffed with pigeon and almonds. It is the famous ” sweet salt ” Moroccan. There are also variants with fish, chicken, and even pudding for dessert.
At the entrance to a souk , in a square on the edge of a road, are prepared before your eyes –
As the sun sets , the fast is broken ( F’tour ) with rich and flavourful Harira ( a soup with meat, lentils and chickpeas), the Beghrir ( honeycomb pancakes served with melted butter and honey) and Shebbakia ( cakes fried in oil and coated with honey). This “light” snack lets wait for the real dinner , which takes place later , at night .
Honey cakes , Pill , Kaab Ghzal ( gazelle horns ) , Feqqas with almonds , raisins , almonds Ghoriba with Sesame delights … the list is endless.
Health in Morocco :
Sanitary conditions in Morocco are generally correct. In major cities you can turn to if you need to private clinics where there will be good people , but in minor towns , and generally in rural areas , sanitary facilities are of a very inferior.
In the pharmacies you can find all kinds of medicines, a fairly high price, so it is convenient to travel with a kit provided with sunscreen, mosquito repellent, lip balm, anti-
Vaccines: No vaccine is not mandatory.
Light cotton clothing prepared for the heat and sun with hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and as we always say comfortable shoes for long walks through the cobbled streets of their cities. Anyway, should come prepared with a jacket as the nights cool .
The best thing about shopping in Morocco is its lively souks and medinas , which you can buy a variety of handicrafts , from clothing, as caftans different designs and colors, slippers, scarves, shirts, pants and hats. Also typical products of brass and copper, ceramic, glass and interesting inlay work and wooden items . The favorite gift to bring to Morocco is usually the desert rose , the curious formation of sand and salt. Musical instruments are very original, among them drums, bagpipes and oboe reeds Berbers made with two wooden flutes NIRAS calls , the qarqab , which are iron castanets and mandolins Andalus. For deeper pockets, jewelry is exceptional with high quality materials : gold, silver and precious stones, and is a union of great tradition in cities like Essaouira, Fez, Marrakech, Rabat and Tangier.
This is one of the countries where it is practiced the art of haggling wonderfully, so that when we go to buy something, We will establish a long chat with the seller, usually accompanied by a mint tea cozy. We say an excessive price, and we will continue haggling offering less than half with a big smile. The best advice, patience and good vibes.
It is customary to leave between 10 and 15% of the total bill , and it is important to tip the guides, porters and employees. In some restaurants, the service itself is included in the bill, but some coins over a smile will always start .