Diarrhea in Morocco: Tips for preventing and handling the most common travel sickness

Diarrhea is one of the most common health problems that you have to deal with on a vacation in Morocco. How to protect yourself from it and what to do when you are haunted by “Montezuma’s revenge”, is revealed in this article.

How do you get infected with diarrhea and what can be done to prevent it? About 40% of all travelers are affected by the unpleasant disturbances of the digestive tract between the third and the ninth day of travel. They spend more time on the toilet than outside their hotels. The infections of the stomach and intestines are usually caused by contaminated water, unpeeled fruit or uncooked food.

Diarrhea in Morocco

Food Hygiene and Diarrhea: cook it, boil it or forget it!

The best precaution therefore is to use a particularly hygienic handling of food in keeping with the motto: cook it, boil it, peel it or forget it!; which, however, cannot always be applied. Meat and fish should always be thoroughly cooked or baked. So the couscous and tagine dishes, which are offered everywhere, are on the safe side. Read more

Field Report: 3 day desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

This three-day desert tour takes you from Marrakech to Erg Chebbi and back. On the way to the Sahara, you will be able to enjoy the numerous sights of South Morocco and experience the unforgettable highlight of the trip: spending a night in the desert.

A trip to the Sahara is definitely worth to putting on your list for an amazing vacation in Morocco. The breathtaking motifs of the postcards sold in Marrakech will suddenly become reality: an endless ocean of sand, a clear horizon, and, if you’re lucky, a gigantic starry sky. The absolute highlight of the three-day “Desert Safari from Marrakech to Merzouga” is the night in the desert camp. The tour described here is offered by a Moroccan travel agency via Getyourguide and is one of the most frequently booked desert tours with top reviews.

Desert tour from Marrakech to Merzouga

Round trip with overnight stay in the Sahara desert

The tour begins in Marrakech. There is room for a maximum of 17 participants in the air-conditioned minibus. More than 1300 kilometers will be covered in the next three days, but that sounds more stressful than it actually is. The view from the bus window is phenomenal and the landscape breathtaking. Regular stops will make the photographers happy, as well as those who need to use the rest room. The longer stops include more detailed sightseeing. And there is plenty to see, as the journey to the Sahara and back takes you to several important sights, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site Ait Benhaddou or the Todra Gorge. As mentioned above, the number of participants per tour is limited to 17. This makes the trip very enjoyable as you don’t travel anonymously but get in touch with your fellow travelers easily. Read more

Field report: Atlas Mountains & 4 Valleys Day Trip

A day trip to the nearby Atlas is a great addition to a longer stay in Marrakech. On this tour, you will explore four different valleys and experience the landscape diversity of Morocco.

This day trip is designed for small groups of up to seven people. It takes you to the four valleys of Ourika, Oukaïmeden, Asni and Sidi Fares, which are very different from each other despite their geographical proximity. They show the rich and diverse Moroccan nature.

Day Trip: Atlas Mountains & 4 Valleys

Hiking to the falls in the Atlas Mountains

The trip begins in Marrakech. Driving in a modern minivan, the journey first takes you through the fertile Ourika valley into the High Atlas. After a short stop at an Argan oil cooperative you arrive at Setti Fatma. The small town is mainly known for its waterfalls, which are cascading gradually from the nearby mountain. Read more

Maison Tiskiwin

Maison Tiskiwin is one of the oldest museums in Marrakech. The collection of North African cultural objects compiled by Dutchman Bert Flint is housed in a restored riad and takes you on a historical tour from Marrakech to Timbuktu.

The private Maison Tiskiwin (also: Dar Tiskiwin) is one of the oldest museums in Marrakech. The national historical collection was founded by Dutch anthropologist Bert Flint. It shows numerous exhibits discovered and secured by Bert Flint along the former caravan route from Marrakech to Timbuktu. The primary focus of the exhibition is the culture and often merely orally transmitted history of the Amazigh Berbers, including the Tuareg people.

Maison Tiskiwin Marrakech

Maison Tiskiwin – a cultural-historical journey from Marrakech to Timbuktu

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Withdrawing money and managing travel finances in Marrakech

You will not get very far without money — especially not in Marra-Cash. Some of the most frequently asked questions regarding money are how you can organize your travel finances during your trip and how to get Moroccan Dirham at attractive rates once you’re there.

There are several ways to approach currency exchange issues. Most of them have both advantages and disadvantages. In the past, it was common to order and pick up the desired amount of foreign exchange from your local bank. But today no one does it anymore because of the cumbersome process. You are only allowed to take up to 1000 Dirham with you to Morocco and you are probably not to keen on keeping an eye on your cash permanently during your trip.

Moroccan money: one hundred Dirham

100 Moroccan Dirham banknote

Traveler’s cheques have lost their popularity as well, since their use is equally complicated and too expensive. European cash can be exchanged at many places but not at very good exchange rates, and you would still have to carry around too much cash. So the only option left is plastic money. Read more

Cafés and Restaurants in Marrakech: Restaurant Jama

A tranquil atmosphere, traditional Moroccan dishes, low prices and an ideal location. Restaurant Jama is a real insider tip for eating out in the southern medina of Marrakech.

If you are going out for dinner in Marrakech with the mere goal of satisfy your hunger, you don’t have to look far. There is food offered on almost every corner, whether it’s at the food stalls at the Jamaa el Fna, the small diners in the medina, or at restaurants frequented by a large number of tourists, such as Les Nomads or Café des Épices. However, finding a cozy restaurant where not only excellent Moroccan food is served, but where you can also spend the whole evening in peace and quiet, requires some patience. If you do not have this kind of patience, you should try the Jama restaurant.

Restaurant Jama Marrakech

The family-run Jama restaurant is hidden in a pretty riad in the southern medina, about a five minute walk from the large Jamaa el Fna square in Rue Riad Zitoun Jdid. Note that the location indicated on Google Maps and TripAdvisor is not correct. You enter the riad through a small candle-lit door and arrive at a tree-covered courtyard with several tables. The restaurant also has two separate rooms with comfortable seating. As it can be a bit cooler in the courtyard in winter, there will be gas-fueled heaters next to the tables, making it pleasantly warm for the guests. Read more

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