WHAT YOU’LL FIND HERE:
- Travel Tips
- How Much to Budget Daily
- Things To Do
- Places to Eat or Drink
- Culture (Fashion, Tips to Navigate the Culture, etc.)
Main Airport: Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport (TNG)
Airport to city center of Tangier: I was on a booked tour with City Life for my trip to Tangier. When we flew in, we didn’t see any busses, but there are PLENTY of taxis. You can taxi to Tangier, it’s only 16 minutes.
Public Transportation: Transportation in Tangier is a bit more difficult than any city I’ve been to. You will rely a lot on the taxis here, though you can take a bus. There is no metro system and everything is a bit far to walk to.
Currency: Moroccan Dirhams (although some places accept Euros AND U.S. dollars–it’s easier and economically savvy to convert to Dirhams as MOST businesses will list their prices in Moroccan currency.
Haggling: In most shops where they sell goods in Tangier, and cities like Chefchaouen, you can haggle for a MUCH better price.
For example, a shop owner might say: “Typically, I sell this for $200. But, for you, $50.00!” You can say, “That’s too high, I want it for $25.00”. They might say, “Ok!” or “No no no!” If you’re denied and you start to walk away they might say, “Wait, how much do you want to pay for this!?!” You can then tell them again “$25!” or lower if you want… They might be more inclined to give it to you or say “$30.”
*Almost every single shop has different prices for the SAME product/item. Same goes for restaurants –but you can’t haggle there.
Toilet Paper: You HAVE to have this on you, or in your purse. A lot of restrooms do not have toilet paper.
Water: You CANNOT drink the tap water here. I went to Morocco with a travel group, our native Moroccan guides advised us to use water bottles to brush our teeth! Buy bottled water wherever you go or bring a huge one with you. This is not a slight towards Morocco; simply the water contains completely different bacteria than our bodies are used to. You might get sick!
Imodium & Allergies: We were advised to bring anything to guard ourselves against stomach pain and diarrhea. On top of this warning, I advise to bring drowsy and non-drowsy allergy medicines for those who might be allergic to cats or don’t know if they’re allergic to any animals (camels, cows, goats). There are cats and animals almost everywhere!
Henna: In the streets and near tourist attractions, a lot of women will be soliciting to put Henna on women. In Morocco, a lot of the Henna contains a substance called PPD which is banned in the U.S. and other countries. It causes natural Henna to appear “black”. Natural Henna should appear “dark brown” when applied, and appear light brown-brown on the skin. A lot of women including myself got Henna (because it’s so pretty!) and we suffered mild allergic reactions and scabbing at the site. I would just avoid it in Tangier and Chefchaouen.
Nearest U.S. Embassy: The closest one is in Rabat: Avenue Mohamed VI, Souissi, Rabat 10170, Morocco.
For food, Morocco is very very cheap and you could easily spend less than 5 euros for each meal if you eat 3 meals a day. However, if you’re not with a travel group, you may have to bus and use the taxis a lot.
I would recommend 226-283 Moroccan Dirhams (20-25 euros) cash per person. A LOT of restaurants and business DO NOT accept card, carry cash with you and keep it safe!
As always, you can certainly spend more or less.
Free Things To Do: Visit Hercules’ Cave (30-45 mins), Visit the coast of Tangier, In Tangier and Chefchaouen there’s not a lot of FREE things to do, but there are a great many cheap things you can do. Sometimes they even charge you for taking pictures of shops, merchandise, animals and restaurants.
MUST-SEE: The blue city of Chefchaouen, the markets, the medinas, Cap Spartel (beautiful lighthouse by the beach), Caves of Hercules
Cheap Eats: You’ll find that eating in Morocco can be VERY cheap! You can find a lot of warm, fresh Moroccan and other foods for 34 Dirhams (3 euros)- 114 Dirhams (10 euros).
Language: Moroccan Arabic, though a lot of people speak European Spanish (being so close to Spain) and English.
Moroccan Foods & Drinks To Try: Couscous, Moroccan Mint Tea, Tagine, Baklava
Tips for POC: Moroccans were generally very nice and accepting. However, many Moroccan men will cat-call women, and you’ll hear a lot of “My sister!” when it comes to black women.
Tips for Women: I might sound harsh, but I’m talking especially to the young beautiful women. Do NOT walk alone by yourself at night. Walk in groups, at least another girl with you. Moroccan women don’t even walk by themselves and a lot of them are completely covered up. Even when I was around others, I was cat called, men made kissing noises, asked me to marry them and all sorts of nonsense. In my travel group, someone had their boob grabbed, another had her butt grabbed. It’s very upsetting. Some women were perfectly fine. You just have to be aware–and smart! DRESS CONSERVATIVELY. Cover up your goodies!!
On top of everything I mentioned, our native Moroccan guides also advised women to avoid restaurants where they can only visually see men in them, as some restaurants refuse service to women. When you’re out walking the streets of Tangier, you’ll notice immediately that Moroccan men are everywhere in groups–you will rarely see women out. If you DO see a Moroccan woman, she is with her husband, or family.
Alcohol: Since Muslims are forbidden to drink alcohol to adhere completely to their faith; you will not find alcohol in medinas or most shops. You can purchase them in hotels and some restaurants, especially in popular tourists areas.
Moroccan Fashion You’ll see a lot of older men wearing the traditional Moroccan clothing like the djellaba with a hood. The majority of women I saw were dress conservatively and wearing the hijab. I saw a couple women wearing a burqa which covers their body entirely. I saw only two women wearing a niqāb which covers the entire female body with slits for her eyes. In most shops, they sell traditional clothing, including Caftans. They are beautiful and I wore one for an entire day! I was met with a lot of kindness and warm smiles from Moroccan women.