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When you think of Morocco, you can’t help but picture the colourful souks, spice markets and friendly people. The North African country is steeped in Islamic history and is the birthplace of the famous explorer Ibn Battuta, so get ready to discover Morocco with Rihaala. Muslim travellers can find Morocco very welcoming and the highlights include the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, the quiet coastline of Essaouira and of course Fes, home to the oldest university in the world. 
 
There are several airports in Morocco you can fly into including the capital Rabat, the port city of Casablanca, Marrakech, Fes, Tangier and Agadir. Each city has its own charm, and couples will find Marrakech a blend of culture and gastronomic experiences, whilst families will find the beaches of Agadir ideal to keep the children busy. If you’re planning to spend a week or longer and you’re feeling adventurous, discover the country by train. You can purchase tickets at local train stations and are reasonably priced. Just remember local holiday periods mean you may struggle to get a seat!

 

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  • Time Difference: GMT +1 hours
  • Capital: Rabat
  • Currency: Moroccan Dirham
  • Flying Time from the UK: 3 hours direct
  • Visa: 90 day visa-waiver for UK citizens
  • Our Highlight: Sharing a plate of Cous Cous

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Highlights

Starting from the north of the country, Tangier is the gateway to Morocco if you’re combining a trip to Spain with Morocco. The ferry from Algeciras arrives into Tangier port where you can start your trip. As connections from Tangier are limited, we would recommend arriving into Fes, Casablanca or Marrakech. 

 
The medieval city of Fes has maintained much of its heritage with the old medina of the city an icon of the country. Deep with n the medina you’ll find the Al QuaraouiyineUniversity, founded by Fatima Al-Fihri in 859. A 45-minute train journey away from Fes you can discover the ancient Roman ruins of Volubilis and the city of Meknes, taking a step back a few millennia to ancient times. On your way to Casablanca, you’ll find the capital Rabat. The city is different from others in Morocco, with its leafy green boulevards and historic sites including the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and the Chellah Fort. Casablanca, an industrial city an hour south of Rabat is well worth a stop to visit the largest mosque in Morocco, the Hassan II Masjid. 
 
 

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Muslim Friendly Amenities

Being a Muslim country, Morocco is very accessible for Muslims travellers. Restaurants and cafes all serve halal food, and you’ll find most restaurants away from the tourist areas don’t serve alcohol either. With mosques at what seems like almost every mile, you’ll find plenty of places to pray during your stay. If you’re travelling during Ramadan, Morocco can be a unique experience with the whole country observing the month. If you’re invited to a Moroccan iftar, then don’t miss out. A typical iftar can sometimes be quite lengthy with many courses so be prepared! 

 

If you only have a few days, then head to Marrakech where you can get a taste of Morocco with its bustling Jemma El Fna. The famous square comes alive after Maghrib, which you can pray at the nearby Koutoubia mosque. From fresh orange juice stalls to spice markets, the weird and wonderful sights of Jemma El Fna is a must on any Marrakech itinerary, just make sure you find your way out of the medina! The square is also a great place to sample some Moroccan cuisine, you’ll find over fifty stalls, just pick one that is busy with locals and you can enjoy a thrifty dinner.

 

 

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