Morocco: country information
North African country offers tourists not only hot desert, but also visa-free entry. Citizens of Russia, going to the Kingdom for a period not exceeding 90 days, the visa is not needed. On the border they ask only a passport and a completed migration card. Sometimes the border guard can be curious, do you have a ticket for the way back and a sufficient amount of money for traveling. Consular fee in Morocco is not charged.
If three months for travel is not enough, you can try to get a temporary residence permit in the nearest police station. You need to seek you no later than two weeks before the expiration of the first three months.
How to fly?
There is only one version of the direct flight from Moscow to Casablanca — ROYAL AIR MAROC (about 36,000 rubles. For tickets back to January). Getting to the country of Arabs and Berbers can be transit through Paris, and with other transfers. Wings Airlines AirFrance transfer you to the capital — Rabat city for 26,000 rubles. You can also fly by Lufthansa, Alitalia, Iberia to Casablanca — from 20 000 USD From the our capital, charter flights to the city of Agadir are flying, which can be tracked on the relevant sites.
Original travel option: get to Spain, and from there sail on a ferry through the Gibraltar Strait in Morocco.
Climate in Morocco is heterogeneous throughout the country. On the Mediterranean coast it is soft, subtropical. Here hot summer and moderately cold for African countries winter. Summer temperature — +29–35 °C, Winter — +15–twenty °C, only in the mountains «tormented» cold — –15 °C. In winter, some vertices are even covered with snow.
In Marrakesh and Fez, as in Agadir, eight hours a day sunny. In Morocco, generally clouds — a rare phenomenon, so the reasons for depression here will definitely not be!
Dollars will need to exchange for local currency — Moroccan dirham. $ 1 at 10.07 Dirhama. When exporting currency, you must have a bank certificate of exchange.
Riding on roads in Morocco — Exceptional pleasure, because they are called the best in Africa. Convenient lamination inscriptions will help the traveler not to get lost in someone else’s country.
In the city, it is best to move on a mini-taxi, which only three people will serve. Fare — about $ 1 for 1 km. Run in cities and a taxi resembling our minibuses. This type of transport is intended for long-distance travel.
Morocco are popular buses that are equipped with air conditioning (cost from $ 3 to $ 10, depending on distance), and aircraft intended for internal flights. In addition to 12 international airports in Morocco, there are 40 airports that provide internal air traffic. Flights around the country carries out Royal Air Maroc and Regional Airlines.
Cheapest way of movement — Trains. In the northern and central parts of the country a network of railways oncf is developed. Its total length is almost 2000 km. She connects to Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, Meknes and Marrakesh. Sourid trains are sufficiently comfortable, most of them have bars or a buffet.
Nature generously awarded Morocco a variety of wealth. Here you will plunge into the eastern fairy tale with palaces and lakes, you will find yourself among the mountains with waterfalls and in the infinite desert. Resting on the beach in Morocco can be held all year round. The old resort cities include Casablanca, Marrakesh, Rabat, Meknes and Fez. Agadir — Modern seaside resort, there you can explore the skill of surfers and conquer your first Atlantic wave.
One of the most popular resorts — Marrakesh. This is the fourth largest city country with a population just less than a million people. Marrakesh — The former capital, known for its bazaars, hippie and crime. The state remains the same as it was during the Middle Ages. In Marrakech, you can look at the square of the magicians and sorcerers of Jema El Fna. At night, the streets of the city turn into a scene for the carnival. Here you will get acquainted with snake camp, acrobats, monkeys trainers, artists, painting henna, and many beggars.
What to buy?
In the bazaars in Morocco you will find any treasure. Stop yourself until a single coin remains in the wallet, almost impossible. Ideal shopping place — Markets and Fez markets. Ordinary tourists and avid shopping lovers bring Argan oil from Morocco, spices, olives, Moroccan cookies and tea, Baboshi (national sneakers), leather things, African masks, silk and carpets.
Keep in mind that it is impossible to export without a special document items representing historical value. There is also a restriction on the importation of alcohol and cigars — You can enter no more than one bottle of strong alcoholic beverages and one bottle of wine, no more than 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars and 250 g tobacco. Be careful, and it will have to part with all the brought products.
Rules of behavior in Morocco
Travelers need to pay attention to the elementary rules of conduct in the Arab country (98.7% of Moroccans — Muslim) . For example, women are better not to appear in public places without accompanying men. And it is better not to enter into any contacts with local representatives of strong sex, since even consent to drink tea may be regarded as «good» for sex. Similarly, touches are perceived: if you can touch your hand, it means that you can touch other parts of the body. The same applies to clothes — skirt above the knee means easily accessibility.
Men should also be more attentive to local orders and prevent liberties in the manifestation of feelings in public — Even with his wife. In general, local residents are less intrusive than, for example, Egyptians or Turks.
How to say?
The population of the kingdom is divided into Arabs (60%) and Berber (40%), their languages are official in the country. Official languages Morocco — Arabic and Berberian. French and Spanish are also widespread. French, which is not a state, but is actually considered as the second language of Morocco, is widely used in business and economics. Part of the specialists who studied in the USSR or in Russia are owned by the ours, but it is rather a rarity than the norm. English understand not everywhere, so it is desirable to learn a pair of phrases or carry a pocket phrasebook.
Moroccan Arabic phrasebook
Hello — Salam at Aleikum
Hey — Salam
How are you doing? — Lyabez?
OK, thank you — Culch MZEN, Ahamdulilla
What is your name? — And Smitke?
Very nice to meet you — Tasharafna
thanks — Shukran
Please (thanks to gratitude) — PSHA