Morocco

As you know by now, Milly and I are blessed to live in a little place called Gibraltar.  We have a whole blog on Gibraltar which you can read here.  This blog however is about neighbouring Morocco. As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. Top things to do in Morocco In Gibraltar when we say “We are going to Morocco” we generally tend to mean Tangier.  Morocco however encompasses a much larger area than Tangier with no end of places to visit and explore.  Here are some highly recommended things to do in Morocco. Traveling to Morocco From Gibraltar or the Cadiz Area Unfortunately at present ferries between Gibraltar and Morocco are very infrequent. But if you are travelling to Morocco from Gibraltar or the Cadiz area of Spain, ferries from Tarifa operate daily. The crossing between Europe and Africa takes as little as 35 minutes.   Tarifa by the way is a beautiful surfing town and highly worth a visit. Traveling from mainland Spain If traveling from further afield in mainland Spain there are numerous direct flights operating from major Spanish cities like Malaga, Madrid and Barcelona to Morocco’s key destinations such as Casablanca, Marrakech, and Rabat. Airlines like Iberia, Royal Air Maroc, and Vueling offer convenient connections. Traveling from Mainland Europe Several European cities, including Paris, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam, serve as major hubs for flights to Morocco. Airlines like Air France, Lufthansa, and KLM provide regular connections to cities like Casablanca, Marrakech, and Agadir. Traveling from the UK Direct flights to various Moroccan destinations are available from major UK airports like London Heathrow, Gatwick, and Manchester.  British Airways, easyJet, and Royal Air Maroc are among the carriers offering these routes. Traveling from the US Major carriers like Delta, American Airlines, and United offer connecting flights with layovers in European cities. Unfortunately there are no direct flights presently available. Things To Know Before You Travel Morocco offers a vibrant blend of traditions, customs, and gastronomic delights for the curious traveler. As you embark on your journey, it’s essential to be mindful of certain aspects to ensure an enjoyable experience. Do I Need A Visa To Travel To Morocco? Travelers from around 70 countries, including the European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia and  New Zealand can travel to Morocco as tourists without a visa provided the stay is under 90 days.  Additionally, citizens from certain countries who have a diplomatic, official, or service passport can travel to Morocco without a visa for up to 90 days.  Check out this guide for further information. Weather Winter – December to February Tangier experiences its coolest temperatures during winter, with daytime highs averaging around 15 to 18°C (59 to 64°F). Winter rains contribute to the lush greenery, adding a touch of freshness to the landscape. Winter is the perfect time to visit for those wanting to avoid crowds. Spring – March to May Spring temperatures range from 18 to 22°C (64 to 72°F) perfect for leisurely strolls along the picturesque coastlines. It is also a perfect time to visit for nature and outdoor enthusiasts. Summer – June to August In Summer temperatures climb to an average high of 28 to 32°C (82 to 89°F) perfect for enjoying Morocco’s beaches. While the evenings remain balmy, the city’s vibrant energy comes alive in summer. Numerous cultural events and festivals create a lively atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. Autumn – September to November Autumn temperatures are still warm but are comfortable, averaging from 22 to 26°C (72 to 79°F). Culinary Delights Morocco boasts a delectable array of dishes that are a delightful blend of indigenous Berber, Arab, and Mediterranean influence.  This blend of culinary traditions results in a unique and mouthwatering gastronomic experience.  Tagine No visit to Morocco would be complete without sampling tagine.  Named after the earthenware pot in which it’s cooked, a tagine is a slow-cooked stew. This stew can be made with a variety of ingredients, such as lamb, chicken, or vegetables. The tagine is seasoned with a harmonious blend of spices like cumin, coriander, and cinnamon and the slow cooking process allows the flavors to meld, creating a tender and aromatic dish. Couscous Couscous is a staple in Moroccan households. Typically served with a variety of vegetables, chickpeas, and a choice of meat seasoned with a medley of spices and often topped with a flavorful broth.  Bastilla Bastilla, (also known as Pastilla), is a unique Moroccan pastry that beautifully combines sweet and savory elements. Traditionally made with layers of thin pastry dough filled with a mixture of pigeon or chicken, almonds, and a blend of aromatic spices, Bastilla is then dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon. The result is a delicious blend of textures and flavoors that delights the senses. Harira Harira, a hearty soup made with a base of tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas, and a variety of herbs and spices, Harira is not only delicious but also provides sustenance during the fasting period in Ramadan. Mint Tea (Te Nana) No meal in Morocco would be complete without sipping on a cup of traditional Moroccan mint tea. Known as “Te Nana,” this sweet and refreshing tea is a symbol of hospitality in Moroccan culture. Prepared with green tea leaves, fresh mint, and an abundance of sugar, it’s customary to enjoy multiple servings while engaging in warm conversation. Zaalouk Zaalouk is a flavourful aubergine (eggplant) and tomato salad that showcases the use of spices like cumin and paprika. Often served as a side dish or appetizer, Zaalouk is a refreshing and tangy complement to heartier main courses. Culinary Etiquette As a predominantly Muslim country, pork is generally avoided due to religious beliefs. Always check the local customs before making specific dietary requests to ensure cultural sensitivity. Cultural

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