Morocco is a one-of-a-kind adventure. It captivates from the minute one steps foot on the Moroccan soil, holds through the entire journey, and leaves a pleasant aftertaste once the trip is ower.
We made a big circle by car around this country. It mesmerized us. It reminded of a good movie where each new scene introduces a new mood, story, and emotions. There was a loud and busy Marrakech. The calm and relaxing Essaouira with its stunning sunsets over the ocean. There was the quietness of the Ouarzazat mountains and billions of stars in the Sahara desert. The bursting blue colors of Chefchaouen were a cherry on top.
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Along with the beauty of this country’s landmarks, it is also the people that made us fall in love with this Morocco. Never-ever, throughout many of my journeys, have I seen a local responding so gratefully and with such hospitality to a foreigner saying a greeting in a local language. In this case, it was Arabic.
By the second day in this country, we greeted everyone by saying Assalamu Alaikoum, and were happy to hear Moroccan “Salam” in return. Then, of course, there was this moment of awkwardness when we had to admit that our vocabulary was very scarce. Which never stopped our collocutors from teaching us some new words.
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We visited the country in October, and it turned out to be the perfect timing. The weather was warm throughout all the destinations. Along with that, there were not that many people. We went by car, but public transportation is very good in this country, and many landmarks can be reached by trains and buses.
Morocco is very friendly to all budgets. There are plenty of cheap hostels along with some luxurious hotels and apartments with swimming pools. Renting a car for a company of three or four people may be even cheaper (and definitely more convenient) than using public transportation.
In Morocco, almost everywhere the people speak French and Arabic. In north Morocco, however, in such its towns as Chefchaouen and Tangier, people tend to speak Spanish instead of French, and Arabic remains the first language to refer to.
Dirham is the local currency.