Staying in a riad, getting lost in the medina, accepting mint tea, bargaining in the souk, taking a quad tour through the desert, photographing the palm groves, visiting a hamman, touring the blue town, breathing the breeze off the Atlantic coast ... The list of things to do and what to see in Arab is endless and irresistible. And, in the face of such experiences, we want to visit Morocco, we are not lacking. To enjoy all the possibilities offered by the African country, keep in mind these travel recommendations.

What is the best time to travel to Morocco?

Morocco has a privileged climate practically all year round due to its geographical situation. However, the most propitious time to visit the country is spring, when temperatures are more temperate and its landscapes are more beautiful. The fall is an equally good season to make a trip to Morocco.

During the summer, the most recommended area is the coastal one, where the climate is less hot than in the rest of the country. Of course, many Moroccan beaches of the Atlantic coast and the Strait are open seas, with strong currents, so you must be careful. Waters like those in Essaouira are ideal for surfing. Trekking enthusiasts usually take advantage of this station to walk through the north of the country or the Atlas Mountains. Hundreds of tourists visit for trekking in Morocco, let's plan your next trip with following tips in mind.

Documentation to visit Morocco

Spanish citizens only need a valid passport for a minimum of 3 months without having to apply for a visa.

In addition, both at the entrance and exit of Morocco, you must fill out a form with personal information and about your stay. This procedure is done either at customs or on board the ferry.

The maximum legal stay allowed for tourists is three months a year. If you want to extend it, go to the immigration office.

Travel insurance to Morocco

In Morocco, the main incidences in travel are related to medical assistance due to illness and luggage theft. While Moroccan health infrastructures are acceptable in major cities, they can be precarious in rural areas. In some areas the sanitary service is deficient and the qualification of the staff may be below the standards. In addition, if complex treatment is required, it will be necessary to go to private clinics, which entails a high cost. For this reason, when visiting Morocco it is important to have travel insurance that has a high limit of medical expenses in private centers and in repatriation, which can be very expensive.

Standards and safety

Security in Morocco is high, especially in the cities, where there is a high police presence. However, it takes measures against petty theft, such as not carrying all the money in cash, keeping documents well or showing off valuables such as jewelry or technological devices. Do not get scammed by unofficial guides or resellers. Avoid risk areas such as military zones and desert areas without signaling. Specifically in the mountains of the Rif, around the Ketama area, ignore those who try to sell illegal substances insistently to tourists.

Due to its culture, in Morocco the use of very striking garments, without sleeves or that do not cover the legs is not well seen. The practice of other religious cults is allowed but proselytizing is prohibited. Homosexual relationships can be subject to criminal prosecution.

What can you bring or bring from Morocco and what not?

It is forbidden to enter Morocco with dirhams, weapons (except hunting and with authorization), narcotics, objects contrary to good manners or public order (publications on sex or critics of the political situation and religious propaganda) and drones, even if they are recreational

There are products whose import is subject to limitations: tobacco (200 gr.), Alcoholic beverages (1 bottle of wine of 1 liter and another of high alcohol), cologne (250 ml.), Perfume (150 ml.), Articles personal or gifts (their value can not exceed 2,000 dirhams). You can temporarily import objects destined for personal or professional use, such as a camera, camcorder, binoculars or disc player, which you must re-export at the end of your stay.

Author's Bio: 

Angelina is a regular contributor at Te Independent.