You will always get a better rate of exchange in Morocco , as the dirham is a closed currency and not normally available outside Morocco . So rates here are never good. Although your riad may not provide currency exchange , you will not have to go far to find a bank or bureau de change .
Morocco is still a cash based economy. Euros and ( US and CAD – not Australian) dollars are always accepted in Morocco and you will save time bringing cash to convert, doing away with bank lineups or non-active cash machines to acquire dirhams. You can also use your debit card at bank machines.
The dirham is considered to be a closed currency, which means it can only be bought once you arrive in Morocco . Moroccan legislation rules that it is technically illegal to bring Moroccan currency into the country from another country. Although this law is mainly aimed at business travelers, it applies to tourists too.
Morocco is a country with a big wealth gap. Haggling and negotiating over the price is an integral part of the Moroccan market experience. However, Morocco is still relatively cheap for many things and can be considered a budget destination if you bear these points in mind.
The best time to visit Morocco is during spring (mid-March to May) or fall (September to October). The weather is warm but pleasant, unlike the cold temperatures and snow of winter, or the scorching heat of summer. The coastal regions can be visited year -round.
While meal prices in Morocco can vary, the average cost of food in Morocco is MAD114 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Morocco should cost around MAD46 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner.
You can use credit and debit card in towns and tourist areas in Morocco . Visa and Mastercard are most widely accepted. If you usually use an Amex card , you’ll need to take an alternative card or carry enough cash for your trip, as you may not be able to find an ATM to withdraw cash easily.
Tipping When Eating Out in Morocco And in nicer restaurants, a typical tip is between 7-10 percent of the bill. NOTE: Your tip should always be paid in cash and left on the table. Don’t simply add it to your bill when paying with your bank card. If you do that, your server will not receive their tip .
11 Things Tourists Should Never Eat or Drink in Morocco Snails. If you aren’t a fan of going out of your comfort zone when it comes to food, you better steer clear of the snails. Cookies from carts. Often when walking down the street in Morocco you’ll spot a nice cart full of traditional cookies. Street food vendors. Fruit and vegetables. Buffets.
Do not drink the tap water while in Morocco and avoid ice cubes made from tap water . Be sure to brush your teeth with bottled water , too.
If you choose the skirt option, just be aware that most Moroccan women will not be wearing short skirts. Maxi dresses and maxi skirts are a great way to keep cool, but you might want to put a scarf around your shoulders if they are bare for both modesty and the sun.
If you buy your Dirhams outside of Morocco you will probably not get as many when compared to getting them directly in Morocco . Best advice anyone would offer you is wait until you arrive and buy from a bureu de Change although quite a few favour Hotel Ali as the best place to get them.
Summary of cost of living in Morocco
|Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area||7,695 Dirham|
|Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area||4,001 Dirham|
|Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ) for 2 people in 85m2 flat||563 Dirham|