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Morocco Travel Advice? When is the best time to visit, and what should I do?

Hi there! I hope someone can give me some advice. I have plans to travel to Morocco in the next year. It is my first time visiting the country and I'm really excited. Can someone who has visited before tell me when is the best time to visit, and what attractions I should include? I want to land in Marrakesh and use public transport. Is this a safe option for a solo traveller?

Thanks in advance!

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  • edited June 2
    @nomadic_sporadic
    Why not check out the Word Travels advice on Morocco
    http://www.wordtravels.com/Travelguide/Countries/Morocco
    another useful site is the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
    https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/morocco
  • edited June 14
    Hey, @nomadic_sporadic!

    Morocco is definitely better experienced during its milder seasons: autumn is crisp and cool (September to November), and spring/early summer is tranquil and warm without being stiflingly hot.

    Good idea to start in Marrakech! It'll definitely introduce you to the authentic Moroccan experience (incidentally spring is the best time in Marrakech, so there's a conclusive answer for you :smile: ). Marrakech is hypnotic in its chaos and beautiful; however, I should warn you that it can be a bit of a culture shock.

    As for getting around Marrakech, I would suggest exploring by foot - that way you can really immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the city. The bus system is hot and stuffy, but regular, cheap and it can take you pretty much anywhere in the city. A more comfortable option is the white taxis which are fairly cheap and much more comfortable. By and large, though, your best bet is the new, modern tram system which runs throughout the city.

    For attractions, you are spoiled for choice. The first stop should always be Djemaa el-Fna which is full of vendors and snake charmers and exotic aromas. Next, visit the iconic Majorelle Gardens which were owned by Yves Saint Laurent. For an excursion, Todra Gorge is an epic, breathtaking canyon which is completely worth the trip!

    Most trips to Morocco are relatively safe, although you should be aware that there is currently protest action in the north of Morocco which has turned violent. Marrakech should avoid this, but just make sure you stay abreast of any developments.
    Check out our full, up to date travel guides on the Word Travels website.
  • Thanks so much @LukeC and @Alethia for the useful advice! I can't wait to get there.
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