Hi, and welcome to my blog!
I’m Nassir, a thirty-something American/Moroccan guy who loves to travel, write, and design websites. I have been a blogger for a while but this is my first travel blog, I am also a web designer, editor, and a professional linguist. I am active on writing platforms like medium, quora, and steemit.
I have traveled to many countries around the world, especially in North Africa and South Europe -- basically the countries of the Mediterranean sea. I have learned about new cultures and traditions, and whenever I meet local people in a destination, they start talking about their culture, food, traditions... and I said to myself why not do the same thing and talk about the country I was born at, the Kingdom of Morocco, but in a different way, that is how traveletomorocco.info started seeing light.
I decided to create and design Traveltomorocco.info for one reason which is, introducing the greatness of Morocco to the whole world, and tell travelers and tourists from around the globe why they should visit this beautiful Mediterranean, North African kingdom.
Dear reader, thank you for visiting my blog and I hope that you find our travel guides and tips helpful.
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Climate and seasons in Morocco
Morocco is a land of contrasts. Lapped by the water of the Mediterranean in the north and by the waves of the Atlantic Ocean to the west, it is also crisscrossed by the Rif and Atlas Mountains, which means the country is affected by a host of climatic influences.
The coastal regions are lavished with sunshine. The sun's rays are constant throughout the year and you can soak up their goodness in any season. Agadir, for example, is on the shores of the Atlantic. As the country's premier seaside resort town, it offers fans of la dolce vita, 300 days of sun per year with mild temperatures and gentle breezes. Further to the north, Taghazout, Mogador and Magazan are also worth a visit.
Because these are a bit further inland, their climate is less Mediterranean and more continental. The topography is more pronounced with splendid panoramas. This is where you find wide, open spaces where adventurers embark on treks and hikes in all seasons.
To the south, the country opens up to the vastness of the Sahara. Spring and fall are the best times to venture here. The sun gleams and reflects off the dunes in a sand-filled landscape. The desert expanses exude a sense of unreality. Climb atop a camel to find yourself in one of the most beautiful scenes nature has ever made.
Accommodation for all budgets
With luxury chains, camping, riads, bed and breakfasts, cottages, hostels and even bivouacs, you will be treated to unique experiences!
Spend a night in a bivouac -- a tent in the middle of the desert – to unplug completely. Let yourself be swayed by the timeless ambiance of the desert and wake up to the world's most beautiful sunrise for a unique experience that you won't soon forget!
Or stay in a riad, a traditional house in a historic district punctuated by a patio in the middle of a column of light. Your stay is guaranteed to feel authentic.
Exploring a country also means getting to know the locals and experiencing their everyday lives at home. Choose a cottage or hostel to have a sightseeing experience full of direct contact with the native population. Or why not go camping? It is the preferred way to stay for surfers working up the coast. Camping in the mild Moroccan climate promotes team spirit and human contact.
Finally, if you are hoping for a premium trip, sleep in the best international or local luxury brand hotels that have built a long-standing reputation!
In Morocco, you will be an honored guest.
Languages Spoken in Morocco
Exploring a country means learning about the language. Morocco's two official languages are Arabic and Amazigh, or Berber, but virtually all Moroccans speak and understand French. Spanish is widespread in northern and southern Morocco. You will be enchanted by Arabic. The language sings and its warm intonations encourage conversation. The Amazigh language, which uses the Tifinagh alphabet, is the shared heritage of all Moroccans.
To rub elbows with the locals and make the most of your trip, here are some Arabic concepts you should learn. Once you leave your hotel, a few words are all it takes to make contact. With "as-salaam alaykum" you have said hello to a new friend, who will reply with "waalaykum as-salaam". Ask "labass" to find out how he's doing, then say goodbye with a hearty "beslama".
When your day takes you to the souk, the art of negotiation kicks in. For successful dealings, make note of these essential phrases: "kayen" means "do you have" something; "ma'arft" means you are not sure; "iyah" and "lla" mean "yes" and "no". Finally, say "rally bizef" for "too expensive" and the bargaining has begun!
Later, as you order tea on the patio, tell your server "AtiniAttay" for "I'd like a mint tea" and when he brings it to you, thank him: "Shukran".
Because Moroccans have a natural gift for languages, your stay is destined to be a pleasant
Transportation in Morocco
With its colors, friendly people, customs and traditions, and characteristic architecture, Morocco is a place that compels you to explore every last inch.
The national airline, Royal Air Morocco (RAM) operates many domestic flights. There are 18 airports to help you discover Morocco, from north to south!
The rail network run by "Office National des Chemins de Fer" (ONCF) covers the entire country and the Supra-tours bus company takes over if your destination does not have a railroad station. Starting in 2018, a high-speed train will serve the Casablanca-Tangiers route.
If you choose to travel by coach, the "Compagnie de Transport Marocains" (CTM) and other private companies offer comfort and convenience for a pleasant journey.
Within cities, choose from taxis, buses and trams (in Casablanca and Rabat). Rates are regulated and all taxis have meters. For a quaint ride, hop aboard a horse-drawn carriage in Marrakesh or Taroudant.
If you decide to rent a car, there are plenty of agencies at your disposal. Cars drive on the right and most vehicles have manual transmissions. Road signs are in French and Arabic. There are national highways that run north-south to serve all of Morocco.