Welcome and Marhaba to a country me and my family call “home”. You are about to enter a magical world of kindness, color and artistic detail in every corner. Meet the Moroccans with kindness (as you should all) and you will be warmly welcomed. Moroccans generally speak many languages such as Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Berber, German. Why not also learn some of the Arabic? A few words in the native tongue will open doors, I promise!

Morocco welcomes all cultures, color and religion with open arms. Follow their lead in hospitality and kindness. Respect them for their culture and you will be met with the same respect. If you wish to take a photo of someone, ask first, because you would like to be asked yourself!  In general, women do not want their photo taken.

Here is list of general admin info you should now:

  • This is Morocco not Europe, America… Here the pace is Moroccan. One thing at the time, wait, be patient, drink tea, smile and be fair.
  • Yes, you need a passport when traveling into Morocco. Make sure it is valid for 6 months passed your planned exit date.
    Make sure to leave a copy at home and carry several copies in various places in your bag/wallet.
  • Make sure you get your passport stamped when you enter and leave the country.
  • On your first arrival, you will also get a Moroccan ID-number stamped in your passport(6 numbers and two letters). Take note of this number since you will need to write it on hotel forms and entry/exit forms.
  • Fill out an entry form (white) when you enter the country and a exit (yellow) when you leave.

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General big city info:

  • A warning: How some rude people meet you upon arrival in for example the port of Tangier and at the airport of Marrakech selling you all kinds of things, offering tours etc does not represent the general public of Morocco who are the kindest people I know. See past this!
  • Each city offers various cultural richnesses that you need to experience. Pick up local tourist info to see what is going on when you get there. A great place to mix is for example, Cinema Rif in Tangier, Plaza Uta el-Hammam in Chefchaouen and Jemaa-el-Fnaa in Marrakech.
  • Ask the locals where to go and eat to avoid the worst tourist traps. Tripadvisor offer some decent advice.
  • When wanting to buy artisan goods, make sure to let the bargaining take time, be fair and kind. Look around because many things can be found in the small alleys, in small shops.

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Vilostrada offers:

We first visited Morocco in 2003. We now call it “home” even if we live permanently in Andalucia, Spain at the moment. We take pride in our extensive network of great people, awesome & unique places and amazing artisans. Of course, we want to share this with you.

  • We can help you personalize your tour for the day, days or weeks with recommendations on tour guides, trusted hotels and restaurants starting at €20. 50% of our fee, we donate to our non-profit work with the Vilostrada Foundation.
  • If you are looking for a personal shopping guide, ask for a quote.
  • We can also recommend tour operators all around Morocco.

Happy traveling.

/ Victoria Ahlén, founder Vilostrada, hello(at)vilostrada.com