USA, CANADA, UK and any other EU passport holders do not require a Morocco visa to enter the country for up to 3 months (ninety days). However, make sure to check your passport validity and visa requirements before you depart .Entry to Morocco is pretty straightforward: you only need fill in a form about your personal details, profession and purpose of visiting the country. Note that point-of-entry officers may enter goods – especially cars and motobikes – into your passport. If you leave the country without them, they will be assumed sold and you will be liable to 100% duty.
A visa is required by all overseas nationals except for nationals of the following countries :
European Union (EU) and nationals of the Commonwealth countries
- Cote d’Ivoire
- South Korea
- New Zealand
- Saudi Arabia
- United State of America
- United Arab Emirates
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It has often been said that the people are the pulse of a nation. The rich culture and diversity of Morocco is reflected in every inch of the vibrant nation that trade frantically and enthusiastically in the bustling streets as songs of worship ring out overhead. Moroccan people have a long and fascinating heritage and though they’ve started to embrace the modernizing of their world; there is a sort of captivated timelessness which still hangs over them all. Below you will find a bit about the demographics of the country as well as a little about the history of the nation.
Most of the Moroccans today can claim both Berber and Arab ancestry, though they are generally referred to as Berbers. There is a small amount which can claim pure Arab decent and a few small groups of true Berbers which exist in the Rif Mountains, Atlas Mountains and Souss Valley and who are able to speak several ancient Berber languages. There is also a small number of Jews and black African Moroccans. The population of Morocco numbers over 36 million people . Lifestyles differ depending on the areas that people live in. People living in rural areas are often unable to get fairly basic items, such as plasters. They generally tend to grow plants or tend livestock for food. However there are far greater clusters of people in the cities which bustle with life at all times of the day. Souks (markets) are virtually a way of life for most Moroccans and can be found in every town and city. The Majority of Souks, however, are closed during the lunch period and on Fridays. Most moroccans are friendly and hospitable and will extend warm invitations if you do not act rude or unfriendly towards them.
72 People per square kilometer
0-14yrs Males: 5,355,388; Females: 5,156,762
15-64yrs Males 10,013,466; Females: 10,112,060
65+ Males: 692,465; Females: 878,960
Arab Berber: 99.1%
Art & Culture
The almost medieval-like hustle and bustle of Morocco is for most travelers a world away from their own cities and towns. The culture and people are usually so completely different from what they know that they often find themselves in situations to which they have no idea how to react. The following brief explanation of Moroccan art and culture is designed to help you get the most out of your stay in this amazing country.
The art of this country is truly special. Many historical examples are on display at the local museums . More modern examples are on display at art galleries and in souks. Beware of cheap imitations though!
There are so many different ways that the people express themselves – in carpets, clothing, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, painting, carving, and calligraphy. They even hold an international art festival once a year to showcase all their talent. If you ever have the opportunity to visit this country, you should consider buying some of the local artwork. Not only will it provide you with a little memento of your trip, but it will help out the local people.
Souks are a way of life in Morocco and you usually wont have to go far to find one. You can often get good bargains here, but remember that most Moroccans will have a lot more experience than you will when it comes to haggling the price so you will seldom find yourself able to get better than that which is offered.
You may find, if you are friendly and courteous enough, that you will soon start to make friends with the locals. If this happens and you are invited to a meal, it is good to keep in mind some of the local customs. For example, you will usually take off your shoes when entering a house. You can follow your host’s example in this regard. Also, it is a good idea to take a gift of some sort with. If you are in a home in the city, you might take some pastries or some sugar with you. If you are in the county, it would be better to buy a live chicken for the household which is likely to not be quite so well off. A home invitation is perhaps the most authentic way to sample Moroccan dishes. Most Moroccan food is eaten with the hands. If you are invited to join someone for a meal, you should always eat with the right hand as the left is supposed to be used for the toilet.
Any plans to visit mosques will usually meet with failure as these are considered to be very holy places that only Muslims are allowed access to. Though this is allowed in other parts of the world, the closest you will likely get to the inside of a mosque in Morocco is if you visit some ruins or disused mosques such as Tin Mal and Smara or the new mosque Hassan II in Casablanca . Most other monuments are on view to the public for a price, and you can also observe certain celebrations such as the Imilchil wedding Fair.
In general, Moroccan culture can be an exiting and worldly experience. The people are friendly and the place is colorful. Hospitality is really a part of their culture so you can strike up friendships virtually anywhere if you have the right attitude. Usually, this results in further association with these dynamic and interesting people and a real taste of Moroccan life.
You will be fascinated by the masterpieces in the Museum of Moroccan Art housed in the palatial Dar El Makhzen in Tangier, the superb Roman mosaic of the Three Graces in the Archaeological Museum in Tetouan, the sublime Dar Jamaï Museum in Meknes, the not-to-be missed Rabat archaeological Museum, the Oudaïa Museum with its exceptional collection of carpets, the superb Moroccan ceramics in the Dar Batha Museum in Fez or the sumptuous Dar Si Saïd Museum in Marrakesh…
Morocco abounds with museums overflowing with treasures. (Brochure available from the Moroccan National Tourist Office). Civilisation in Morocco goes back to prehistoric times – thirty centuries that have included Roman, Berber and Arab cultures. This rich past has left impressive ruins at Larache, Lixus, Cotta, Banasa or Volubilis and some surprising cave dwellings at Tarraga, Tamegoul, Merkala, Taourirt, Erfoud, Taous and, the most impressive, Foum El Hassan.
THE MUSEUM OF MOROCCAN ARTS
The imposing silhouette of the Dar el Makhzen dominates the Tangier kasbah.
Formerly the governor’s palace, it was built in the XVIIth century and is laid out around a splendid patio decorated with enamelled faience.
The Museum of Moroccan Arts is housed in the prince’s apartments which are indeed princely: painted wooden ceilings, sculpted plaster work and mosaics, all of them exquisite.
A worthy setting for works of art from all over Morocco, which are honoured as prestigious ambassadors of their regions.
The north is represented by firearms decorated with marquetry and its pottery bearing subtle motifs of flowers or feathers, while from Rabat come the shimmering carpets with their characteristic central medallion…
the Fez room is quite dazzling… silks with their subtly shifting highlights, superbly bound illuminated manuscripts with the finest calligraphy, centuries-old dishes decorated in the most brilliant colours, from golden yellow right through the famous “Fez blue”.
From the miniscule to the monumental, the Moroccan Museum of Arts is an entire universe of beauty.
Dar el Makhzen, Place de la Kasbah
THE AMERICAN LEGATION MUSEUM
This museum retraces the history of the relationship between the United States and Morocco.
As Morocco was one of the first countries to recognise its independence, the USA established its legation in Tangier in 1821, It holds the distinction of being the only historical monument to have remained in its possession since the birth of the American nation.
On display is a letter from George Washington to Moulay Abdallah, a collection of mirrors and works by Lecouteux and Ben Ali R’Bati, the first Moroccan “naif” painter…
American Legation Museum
8 Zankat America
DAR BATHA MUSEUM
Dar Batha Museum
Place du Batha Fez
This old XVIth century fortress close to the ramparts remains true to its military tradition since it has been transformed into the Weapons Museum. The collections have been built up mainly as a result of royal donations and include a number of rare pieces.
Weapons specialists will appreciate the development of techniques while art lovers will be impressed by the splendour of the objects.
Live the golden age of weaponry: everyhting is on display here, from the pre-historic axe to the modern rifle. And every civilisation is represented: Indian, European or Asiatic. However, the finest exhibits are undoubtedly Moroccan: the daggers encrusted with stones or the rifles with their inlaid butts – and there can be no question as to the most imposing piece of all – its size and weight speak volumes!
A canon 5 metres long and weighing 12 tons, used during the Battle of the Three Kings.
DAR SI SAID MUSEUM
In one of Morocco’s most beautiful cities stands a sumptuous palace housing the very quintessence of Moroccan art.
On the ground floor you can find clothes, objects in beaten copper, arms and Berber jewellery. Splendours from the past?
Not at all, for many of the objects on display are still used and worn in mountain areas.
The first floor salon impress with its Hispano-Moorish decoration and elegant furniture in cedar wood. It is such an accurate reproduction that, at any moment, you half expect to see a bride in her ceremonial dress return to the armchair and show herself off to all the admiring guests.
The other rooms are filled with an abundance of carpets. Stop a moment to examine those coming from the sahara region, characterised by the use of leather, and large, simple mats evoking the dry beauty of the semi-desert.
A remarkable collection of door and window frames is to be found around the courtyard, all encrusted with the most delicate and refined ornamentation. And in the streets outside you will soon understand that the town and its inhabitants know how to keep the traditions of their culture alive.
Dar Si Said Museum
Riad Ez-Zaitoun El Jadid
Situated in the former studio of the french painter, Jacques Majorelle, the museum houses a collection of islamic art.
The wonderful garden is alive with the sound of birds, its incredible cacti standing out in sharp contrast against the blue facade of the villa.
DAR TISKIWIN MUSEUM
Displayed in the municipal theatre, this collection of costumes, jewellery, arms, musical instruments, carpets and furniture was assembled by Bert Flint, a deutch art historian.
It is a charming little museum of art and popular traditions from the Souss valley and the Sahara region. It should be noted that another section of the museum is situated in Agadir.
Bart Flint Museum
Rue de la Bahia
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The museum is situated in the opulent lodge built by Moulay Ismail in the XVIIth century as his Rabat residence. The garden is the first of its masterpieces. The exuberance of the vegetation softens the strict geometry of its paths. Flower beds, fountains and ramparts make it the very finest of all andalusian gardens.
At the far end is a room reproducing an ancient Moroccan interior with a vast bay opening onto this glorious spectacle. Cushions in brocade, silk and gold cover the divans all around the room. A little further on, in a cool marble room, stand rows of very old illuminated Korans, jewellery, pottery and musical instruments.
The exceptional carpet collection deserves particular attention. The city style Rabat carpet can have as many as 150,000 stitches per square metre! The craftsmen – or rather the artists – have taken up traditional motifs and developed them inventively. Using a less elaborate technique, the rural carpets, called berbers, demonstrate a powerful sense of composition, colour and ornamentation which is an art of its own with a unique appeal.
Kasbah des Oudaias
Built in 1932 and enlarged a few years later to display the finds resulting from intense archaeological research, this museum has housed the National Museum collections since 1986. It is one of the most sumptuous in Morocco and should certainly not be missed!
The prehistoric section brings together human remains from the middle palaeolithic period (probably Neanderthals) to the neolithic (4000 B.C.), proving the continuity and size of the population at this time.
The Islamic archaeology section is constantly growing with finds coming from the excavations of VIIIth and IXth century sites. A good omen for the archaeological future!
Enabling us to have a clear idea of their potters, herdsmen, surgeons and bakers have left us the legacy of their tools, while their womenfolk have left us their jewellery and the animals their harnesses.
Pre-Roman and Roman civilisations are particularly well-represented by some of the finest pieces to have survived from those periods. there is a first-rate collection of Hellenistic-style bronzes, so exceptional that it is difficult to know where to look first: the “Drunken Donkey”, passionately lyrical, an incomparable masterpiece from the time of Augustus, the “Volubilis Dog” with its stunning realism, the “Young man Crowned With Ivy”, a marvel of elegance and grace and the “Heads of Young Berbers” in marble, remarkable for their technical perfection and the vigorous strength of their expression.
23 rue Brihi
THE POSTAL MUSEUM
For the delight of philatelists from all over the world, this museum was founded in 1970. It brings together superb collections of Moroccan stamps, envelopes, telephones and telegraph machines, including the Baudot (telegraph with printer), as well as belinographs (machines for reproducing photographs over a long distance) and postal vans.
Among the major items is Morocco’s first official stamp, dated 12th may 1912, showing the Aissaoua Mosque in Tangier.
The Postal Museum
Ministry of POST
DAR JAMAI MUSEUM
Before housing the Meknès collections, the Dar Jamai had a number of different uses.
Built in 1882 to be the residence of the illustrious Jamai family, which included two of Moulay el-Hassan’s ministers (1873-1894), it was used as a military hospital after 1912, only becoming the Museum of Moroccan Art in 1920.
The elaborate decoration with sculpted plaster and painted wood as well as the andalusian garden planted with cypress and fruit trees, gives an accurate idea of the degree of luxury enjoyed by the prosperous bourgeoisie of Meknes.
Wrought iron work, wooden sculpture, weaving, leather working, brass and copper ware, metalwork… this museum is devoted to the crafts of the region.
Local craftsmen are particularly skilled in working and painting wood such as chests, panels, and moucharaby, in the use of rich colours for the decoration of their pottery and in the magnificent multi-hued embroidery for which they are so famous.
Dar Jamai Musuem
Sahat El Hadim
Formerly the palace of Sultan Youssef Abdelhak el Merini between 1258 and 1281, the history of this impressive building also includes its use by the Spaniards as a setting for state occasions, as a courthouse and even as a weapons room.
The view from the palace over the Loukos region is quite staggering.
Today, it houses reminders of all the great moments in Morocco’s life. Souvenirs of its struggle for independence, ancient coins, fishing equipment, musical instruments, statues, jewellery and perfume bottles…