Morocco attracts tourists with Arabic and African exoticism, excellent beaches on the Atlantic Ocean, and the endless Sahara Desert. Ancient Fez and snow-white Casablanca, holidays in Essaouira and Agadir, colorful bazaars, and delicious cuisine – all about Morocco: weather, tours, maps, and photos.
Morocco is a country of temptation, an oriental beauty, skillfully coquetting with the fascinated guest. Located in North Africa, it is full of paradoxes. The beautiful and wonderful beckons from all sides of the world: in the west – the turbulent Atlantic, in the north – the gentle waters of the Mediterranean Sea, in the south – the cosmic reliefs of the Sahara. And in the heart – the colorful cities, where the hot temperament of the Black Continent, millennial eastern traditions, and modern technology of the West are mixed.
Behind the facade of a chic hotel probably hides an ancient mosque, behind the usual European view of the shopping center – a bustling market, maddening aromas of spices, behind a trendy spa with an exclusive Thalasso menu – a secluded beach with idyllic scenery. The traveler needs only look around more closely and be prepared for endless discoveries.
Regions and resorts in Morocco:
The capital is Rabat, a city of parks, wide alleys, and architectural sights by which you can read the entire history of the state. Here is the residence of the royal family, the white and blue Medina, ancient mosques, and museums that plunge into the depths of centuries. Within the city has an excellent beach on the Atlantic Ocean, the best hotels are on the central street Mohammed V.
The tour route should definitely include the rest of the imperial cities of Fez, Marrakech and Meknes. The first is called the “African Athens”: the medieval quarters are not reconstructed over the centuries, family crafts (chief among them – leather) are handed down from father to son.
Fes has two ancient centers: Fes el Bali with its endless maze of streets (there are 6000 of them!) And Fes Jdid with the luxurious Palace of the Emir.
Marrakech is a huge tourist attraction: just have time to dodge souvenir vendors, street acrobats, and snake charmer. Leaving the hustle and bustle behind, stroll around the UNESCO-listed Medina and the magnificent gardens and parks. Meknes dubbed the “Moroccan Versailles” is much more intimate and chambered: its palaces, minarets, and mausoleums are full of noble grandeur.
Morocco has a beach resort, the most popular of which is Agadir with 6 km of coast covered with golden sand, comfortable hotels, and all kinds of entertainment, from golf to thalasso. In Essaouira there is always wind and waves, making it an ideal place for surfing, and in Tangier, you can swim in both the Mediterranean Sea and the ocean. Oualidia, hidden in a picturesque lagoon, is famous for its delicious oysters, and El Jadida for its European architecture, preserved since colonial times.
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Due to large variations in terrain and the proximity of the capricious Atlantic, the climate in Morocco varies greatly throughout the country. On the Mediterranean coast it is mild, subtropical, with hot summers and moderately cold winters. Temperatures reach +29 … +35 ° C in summer and +15 … +20 ° C in winter, and -15 ° C in the mountains. The summer heat is well tolerated by the cool ocean breeze. The average water temperature is +18 … +21 ° C. In the mountains, even on the hottest days the temperature does not rise above +15 ° C, in winter, some peaks are covered with snow. Snow at an altitude of 2000 meters lies more than 5 months a year.
In Morocco, there is rarely a single cloud. In Marrakech and Fez, as well as in Agadir, on average, more than 8 hours of sunshine a day. The number of frosty days per year is 120. Update: weather forecast for the main resorts in Morocco in the coming days.
Visa and customs:
Russian citizens do not need a visa to Morocco if their stay in the country does not exceed 90 days. Medical travel insurance – at your own risk, but it is better not to stay in a foreign country without a policy.
Import and export of foreign currency is not limited, but its circulation in Morocco is prohibited. The export of national currency is prohibited: the unspent dirhams are exchanged back into euros and dollars on the receipt of the original exchange. It is permitted to import duty-free: no more than 1 bottle of spirits and 1 bottle of wine per adult, up to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco. Visa is not a big deal for your Morocco excursions.
Hunting equipment and professional photography equipment are subject to the mandatory declaration; in some cases, official permission is required. Importation of photographs, videos, and printed material containing pornography or material contrary to the norms of Islam, drugs, or weapons is prohibited. Items of historical and artistic value must be accompanied by authorization documents.