The flight duration is approximately three hours and 30 minutes. British Airways and EasyJet operate flights to Marrakech from London Gatwick.
Language and culture
The official language of the Morocco is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood in business and commerce.
Bargaining or haggling is a way of life in Morocco and can be an enjoyable experience. Strolls in the Souks or the market of the Jewish quarter, the Mellah are among the highlights of the city of Marrakech.
During the holy month of Ramadan, all Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. It is important to respect the local customs during this holy month whilst also enjoying the festivities it brings with it. During Ramadan you will notice a change in policy regarding alcohol, eating and entertainment (dates are dependent on the sighting of the new moon and therefore vary each year).
Currency and time difference
The Moroccan Dirham is divided into 100 centimes. You can change money in a bank, bureau de change or at the reception of your hotel. When changing money in Morocco, you’ll be issued with a receipt which you must keep in order to change back unwanted Dirhams when leaving the country. Cash can be withdrawn from ATMs in larger towns, so if you’re planning a trip to the countryside make sure you have enough cash with you.
All major international credit cards are generally accepted at hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, larger supermarkets and stores, hotels and restaurants. Smaller retail shops and small restaurants however, prefer to deal in cash.
Morocco is the same time as GMT (during Ramadan this may change).
British citizens do not require a visa for entry into Morocco. If you or any member of your party is not a British citizen or holds a non-British passport, please check with your appropriate Government consulate or embassy.
Important things to note
The electricity supply in Morocco is 220 and sockets are of the European two pin variety, we suggest therefore that you take the necessary adaptors with you.
What to pack for your Morocco Holiday
Due to the arid subtropical climate and cultural traditions we would advise you to consider the following:
- Lightweight summer clothing is suitable throughout the year. Sweaters or jackets are recommended during the evenings and winter months
- During the evening most restaurants have a smart casual dress code.
- When visiting rural villages, it is a good idea to bring a scarf to cover bare shoulders and arms.