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  • The decision should not be your nephews on where to travel. As responsible adults, all relatives should become involved in the decision of where he goes and at his age, he should be accompanied by an adult. 
  • I disagree with the last post.You do not need a guide to walk into the medina. Although it is a very large and sprawling place you will see so much more going it alone. You most certainly wil get lost but there are many exits and entrances which enc…
  • A shared taxi from Marrakech takes six passengers, four in the rear and two in the front seat. You can purchase a single seat in which case you get all the front seat although this is a very cramped and uncomfortable way to travel over longer distan…
  • I wrote the following article on money matters some time ago but this is still applicable: http://www.wordtravels.com/forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=2872&page=1 There is a Bureaux de Change which gives a commission free rate (use only the cur…
  • They can go into the square but the streets are far too narrow for them to negotiate. During the day the square is full with performers and traders so you will not get far in a caleche. During the evening the square is filled with performers and is …
  • You will see but a few of the local people in wheelchairs although you will be looked at as something of an oddity but not in a menacing way. People will just leave you to do your own thing here. When first in Morocco, one of my fellow travelers wa…
  • The average high temperature in September is 32°C with a historical range of 21°C to 43°C. The average low is 19°C with a historical range of 1to 27°C. September has mostly sunny days with a 5% chance of a cloudy one and may be quite humid. For saf…
  • Just found this info: The number 19 Marrakech Menara airport bus offers a half hourly service from Marrakech Menara airport and stops at the destinations below. These are not in order of the actual stops but feature on the Alsa bus leaflet – ask the…
  • Perhaps you could say at which hotel you are staying so we can get an idea of how best to get there. There are a number of stops at which the 19 bus parks up, mainly outside of hotels for the benefit of travellers not wishing to use outrageously ov…
  • Apparently so but only from London Stansted from 24 March 2013. That's assuming you are in the UK as you haven't specified.
  • The popular auction house ebay sells MAD from time to time but these don't always work out cheap. Be sure you don't buy UAE Dirhams as these are not the same. Just wait until you arrive at the airport and use the ATM there. Some airports have multi…
  • bga-44 - Try not to be charmed by the smooth talikng Moroccan guys. They will try, and in some instances succeed, in dating and marrying into European families for visa/residency in a European country. Try to have fun but do not go wild. Although a…
  • Three days may indeed be sufficient for a visit to the desert but please bear in mind that it will take you most of a day to get there from Marrakech and another day to return.
  • If there is severe political unrest or the threat to human life then do not go. At present there is no such danger and travel to Morocco is perfectly safe. I too have read the FCO website info (UK) on Morocco and find it slightly amusing. I does a…
  • I mentioned GBP in the above post as the question posed by Crinkly was about changing Dh back to GBP. If you go back to my reply at the start of this post, I have specified the three currencies which are not accepted in Morocco - $Aus, £Irish and £…
  • Sorry for the delay in replying. Credit cards are acceptable in the more upmarket restaurants and shops although you should expect to pay more as there are charges on both sides, i.e. you for the exchange rate mechanism and the trader or shop for t…
  • From Non EU Countries you can bring the following amounts of tobacco back without declaring them or paying duty: 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
  • The 1000Dh limit refers to the import and export of Moroccan currency only. You can change any reasonable amount, in this case £100, into local curency without question at the airport. When you leave Morocco you are only allowed to take out a maxi…
  • You can bring all these currencies but realistically there is no point changing CAD into € only to again change these into Dirhams when you arrive. You will needlessly be paying commission charges when exchanging each time. All major world currenci…
  • I cannot recommend any tour operators on this forum. I can, however, send you names of some of the operators in Marrakech if you contact me at my e-mail (given above). Many do not bother to reply if contacted by e-mail or fax. If telephoning them…
  • Wait until you arrive and check in the hotel lobby on what tours are offered. These may not be suitable as they are mainly day trips so arrange to see the tour rep for the company offering these. If you are in a riad then ask the owner to arrange a…
  • Apparently not as this is not a Moroccan staple food. There are plenty of alternative wholefoods and specialities such as corn meal, chickpea, semolina, and bulgar wheat. When there I suggest you try Marjane, Acima, Souk Salam or Metro which are …
  • A completely pointless contribution by marc90 which has nothing to do with the original subject.
  • Too much travelling is the reason for the three day itinerary. You cannot possibly get to the desert and back in one day s it takes a day to get to Erfoud/Rissani/Merzouga from Marrakech. Part of the problem is travelling over the Atlas Mountains. …
  • Euros are widely accepted in the major cities but not in out of the way places which see few, if any, tourists. You lose out slightly when paying for services with Euros as traders round the value down to 10Dh for each € rather than the official ra…
  • Go with the standard advice of NOT buying Dirhams anywhere other than when you arrive in Morocco. You will not need them until you arrive so why bother buying in the UK or elsewhere?
  • You are allowed 30 days in Morocco, any loner and you must present yourself at any police station expressing your interest to stay longer.
  • If possible you should avoid Agadir or Morocco in general during July. I realise that this is during school holidays and you may not be able to go later but there are several reasons not to go. 1. July has seen very high temperatures of 40+C 2. S…
  • I am no expert on Algeria but would also like to go there but.... Whilst people do travel there I still have concerns about personal safety mainly brought on by the threat of the "fatwa" which is a death sentence imposed on outsiders, ie non-Muslim…
  • I don't comprehend the last post