Welcome and Marhaba to a country we 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.

A few quick tips:

  • Smile. Let the adventure begin. Meet Morocco and world with your head held high and meet your fellow humans with a big smile and sparkle in your eyes.
  • Let all that is Morocco embrace you. Europe and America are Europe and America… Here the pace is Moroccan. One thing at the time, wait, be patient, drink tea, smile and be fair.
  • Local currency is dirham, MAD, and can best be collected at any ATM.
  • 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.
  • Remember to get your 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.

woman in red morocco vilostrada photo joakim ahlen

General big city advice:

  • 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.
  • 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!

hanni melnicenko freedomfix victoria ahlen personal moroccan shopper vilostrada

Advice for rural areas

  • Follow the rhythm of the locals. Old traditions and amazing history for you to discover in a world that moves in a slow pace.
  • Respect the local culture. Open your heart and be curious. Do not hesitate to ask if want to know more. The rest will follow.
  • Visiting these areas with a local guide will lead you to find hidden treasure, meet the people and maybe share a meal with the locals. Agree on the guide fee before the tour starts.
  • I recommend all women to adapt your clothing to suit the environment. In general, cover legs, arms to the elbow and maybe wear a scarf around your neck. I promise you many smiles and conversation starters when you wear similar clothes they do. Usually you will discover beautiful fabric in colors and patterns. Each region and even village have their own traditions. Go look for the details.

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Vilostrada offers:

I first visited Morocco in 2002. I now call Tagounite, Essaouira “home” as well as Frigiliana (Malaga). I take pride in the extensive network of great people, awesome & unique places and amazing artisans. Of course, I want to share all this with you.

  • Our Vilostrada team 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.
  • Welcome to visit one of my personal basecamps which is Sahara Sunrise desert camp

Happy traveling.

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