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  • Always a pleasure. Which ever airport you arrive at will have ATM machines, Marrakech has 3 I believe and also a BdeC so no need to buy MAD in your own country especially as you will not get anywhere near the same exchange rate as in Morocco. Taxi…
  • Rather than pre-book via the internet and pay higher rates, I suggest you wait until you actually arrive. Ask in your riad or check the hotel lobby, depending on where ou are staying. Riads will suggest guides with drivers and hotels offer various …
  • When you do intend to change them back into GBP on your departure from Marrakech, ensure yo have any receipts which were issued when you changed GBP to MAD as they are sometimes very particular and like to see evidence that you did get MAD in Morocc…
  • Depends from which country you are travelling. If from a euro zone country then take €'s, if from UK take Sterling. Go back to page one of this thread and read the second posting about currency.
  • Drinking tap water does raise concerns as this contain bacteria which is harmful to health. You are safe to use tap water for hand washing, shower, brushing teeth. Drinking water should only be taken from bottles (Sidi Ali, Sidi Harazim etc) which…
  • Well I'm baffled! I have exchanged UK bank notes on many occasions without fuss. No-one else has ever said the contrary. All I can think of is the notes were tatty - all notes MUST be in near perfect condition as a rule, no tears or ink marks what…
  • Yh - casual dress will do just fine.
  • Jamie - is not a hard line Muslim state. You are not asked or expected to cover yourself for example as you have probably discovered from your research. Tourist destination within Morocco, such as Marrakech or Agadir, are quite cosmopolitan and dre…
  • claicerrig - Book trips/excursions when you arrive through youir hotel or riad. They always have details of trips and operators offering these in the lobby area. Get in touch by e-mail and I will send you what details I have on trips (jklejna@aol.…
  • Using ATM does involve double charging, a subject currently being investigated by the UK government. The charges are those which your card issuer charges and also the bank which is dispensing money. There is a Bureau de Change at the airport whic…
  • Forgive me for asking but where in Morocco are you going? It is a big country and your question is a bit vague.
  • You should wait until you arrive in Marrakech and book your trips either through your riad/hotel or wander around Gueliz which is an area just outside of the medina walls, near the bus and rail station. Here you will find operators in shops offerin…
  • jabby - NO is the answer, just the way Nigerian Pounds cannot be used as a substitute for British Pounds in the UK. Hint - AUE is not the UK, geddit?
  • I keep mine for the next`visit. People do sell these on ebay but be absolutely sure you are getting Moroccan Dirhams and not UAE Dirhams. Alternatively ask on tripadisor as quite a few have tried to offload theirs here.
  • I assume you are muslim in which case you will not be allowed to share a room with another muslim unless you are married and can prove this. Even non-muslims such as tourists cannot take a muslim (of either sex) into their hotel room. The only way…
  • Assuming you are staying in Marrakech for the main duration, there are so many notable sights there alone. Elsewhere are trips to the mountains or a trip to the small coastal town of Essaouira where I go for three days on each visit to Morocco. Mar…
  • Sarah - I would not change all your cash but maybe about £100 or €150's worth. This dependes largely on your spending habits. I take cash but generally use only my debit card in the ATM. The cash is fo emergency use only. I wrote an article dated 6…
  • This depends from where you are travelling. If you are in a Euro-zone country then it makes sense to only take Euro's and exchange when there. If you are from the UK then you should take only GBP and exchange these on arrival. It makes no sense to…
  • The cost should be about 500Dh by taxi from the airport. Although there should be a chart near the exit showing fares to various destinations, many taxi drivers disregard this and charge what they feel is appropriate. Apparently there is no control …
  • In spite of your apprehensions I am sure you will be perfectly safe. Moroccans love children so if you do get attention, this is why. Most traders in the tourist parts on Marrakech will speak a fair amount of English so don't be afraid to engage i…
  • You will find most furniture is hand made which means you can have it made to your specifications. Perhaps the souks are a good start although these are scattered over a large and will take up quite a bit of time searching. What I have learned abo…
  • Simo - You will need a visa, you will have to find out where the Moroccan Embassy is in your country - I am unable to see whether it is Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda or Burundi. Check this link: http://www.wordtravels.com/Travelguide/Countries/Morocco/Visa
  • Sparky - I doubt you will be asked about your religious beliefs. Moroccan guys get picked up by female tourists, likewise Moroccan girls also get picked up. I shouldn't worry. Let us know how you got on.
  • If you are clever with concealing your camera then you can get the locals in frame without their knowing. One trick I use is to aim at buildings, rugs, cats etc and get the result this way, although I don't often photograph people. If you do want t…
  • You go by train from Tanger to Marrakech as it is a ten hour journey. The fare is 190Dh€19 second class or 290Dh/€29 first class. As it is such a long way you could get the overnight sleeper, not sure what the costs are at this point. Several tr…
  • No, unlike Egypt (or is it Turkey?) who charge for a visa on entry Morocco does not. The only bureaucratic nonsense is to fill in an entry certificate which asks for personal details such as where you originate, date and place of birth, occupation,…
  • Unfortunately for all of us there are several hundred riads and hotels within the medina (yes it really is that big) so making a decision on which is the best is near impossible as I haven't stayed at all of them. The following are the top six "bou…
  • Marrakech is the top destination in Morocco and as such 5* hotels charge premium rates. There are, to my knowledge, 46 five star hotels in Marrakech, some are in Palmeraie where you find spas and the like with nothing much to see but there are free…
  • No-one can predict the weather or say this year it will rain in November. On that note, there were only five days with moderate rainfall in November of last year. I have been for short stays during Sept-Nov and have only experienced slight rain. W…