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ATMS, banks and exchange currency

The official currency of Morocco is the Moroccan dirham, denoted by Dhs or MAD. The “dirhams” is widely accepted. The tickets are as follows: 20 DHS, 50 DHS, 100 DHS, and 200 DHS.

Banks and cash machines are found throughout the city and in the old town, but the easiest places to find them are in the city’s main square Jemaa el-Fna, and in Gueliz, the new part of Marrakech.

We have a lot of currency exchanges around the city but the best are normally found in the square Jemaa el-Fnaa (exchange Hotel Ali, bank popular near the pharmacy ).

The exchange rates are normally higher in this place better than in the airport and hotels.

Owing to the importance of the tourism industry in Marrakech, some Riad only accepts euros.

How to pay?

Although you can pay in euros or U.S. dollars in most shops and restaurants, the best way to save on commissions is to pay whenever possible with your credit card, because if you pay by card the exchange rate is less and, depending on the issuer of the card, the maximum fee is 1%.

Merchants will always try and convince you that the exchange rate euro/dollars to dirhams are favorable to them.

Thus, we recommend paying by debit or credit card whenever possible, and if it is not to pay in dirhams.

Travel During Ramadan

Ramadan is a lunar month dedicated to fast from sun-up to sundown, the faithful abstain from food, drink, tobacco and sex to concentrate on spiritual renewal and charity.
Many businesses operate with limited hours and staff, so try to book accommodation, transport and tours in advance. Call offices to ensure someone will be there. Most restaurants close during the day, pack lunches or reserve at tourist restaurants. Stores often close in the afternoon; bargaining is better before thirst is felt in the midday heat.
From 2017, Ramadan falls in the summer, so be prepared for long, hot days.
Sunset streets fill with Ramadan finery.

Tourists are exempt from fasting; it’s hard enough at home under controlled conditions. To show support, avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public, and grant people privacy at prayer times. Taxi drivers don’t appreciate being flagged down minutes before the evening call to prayer announcing iftar.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is insurance that is intended to cover medical expenses, trip cancellation, lost luggage, flight accident, and other losses incurred while traveling.
Although Morocco is at a short distance from Europe, its healthcare system is very different from the old continents’.
The national healthcare system in Morocco leaves much to be desired, so we recommend visiting a private hospital if you are ill or get injured during your stay in Marrakech.

The cost of these private hospitals is quite high, for this reason, we recommend hiring travel insurance before flying to Morocco. This way you will be fully covered and won’t have to worry if anything should happen.

Marrakesh in winter

The average temperature during winter is 55.4°F; 286,15ºK (13°C) with minimums of 42.6°F; 279,15ºK (6°C).
When the sun is out you can explore the city in a t-shirt or with a thin jumper, but at night the temperatures drop drastically. Marrakech has relatively wet winters, so it might be a good idea to bring an umbrella just in case.

Marrakech in spring and autumn

The best months to explore Marrakech, in our opinion, are March, April, October and November. During the day you will probably be a little hot, but it is not uncomfortable to visit the city. At night, the weather averages are very enjoyable.

Marrakech in summer

July and August are the hottest months in Marrakech with an average high of (102,2 °F ; 312,15ºK ) (39°C) and an average low of ‘84,2°F ; 302,15 ºK ) (29°C). The record high is over (120°F; 322,15 ºK )(49°C), so if you travel to Marrakech during summer, be prepared to be hot. It practically never rains during this season.

Public Holidays in Marrakech

It is impossible to determine most of Morocco’s public holidays, as the dates are timed according to the lunar calendar; therefore, the dates vary from year to year, so the Muslim calendar begins around 11 days earlier each year. This happens in other Islam countries and cities like Dubai and Istanbul.
Although the public holidays do not have a set date in Morocco, it always comes in handy to find out about the country’s main bank holidays before travelling.

  • New Year’s

    1 January

  • Independence Manifesto

    11 January

  • Labour Day

    1 May

  • Feast of the Throne

    30 July

  • Allegiance of Oued Eddahab

    14 August

  • Anniversary of the King’s and People’s Revolution

    20 August

  • Youth Day

    21 August

  • Anniversary of the Green March

    6 November – commemorates the Green March ‘reclaiming’ the Western Sahara on November 1975

  • Independence Day

    18 november – commemorates independence from France

Major Islamic Holidays

  • Moulid (or Mouloud) an-Nabi

    Celebrates the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.  Children are often given presents.

  • Eid al-Fitr (Feast of the Breaking of the Fast)

    Also known as Eid as-Sagheer, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan

  • Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)

    is the latter of the two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year. Also called Aid lkbir, it honours the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God’s command.

To know

  • Electricity, plugs and sockets

    The power sockets used in Morocco are type C and E. The voltage is 220V and the frequency is 50 Hz. If in your country you use another outlet, you will probably need a travel adapter.

  • The area code

    Morocco area code is +212

  • Vaccinations

    You will not need any vaccines to travel to Morocco.

  • Ambulance

    In case of emergency call the number 15

  • Postcode

    The Postal code of Marrakech is 40000

  • The police

    If you need to call the police just dial number 19

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