Morocco is perhaps the best tourist destination in northern Africa, with adventures ranging from treks across the spectacular High Atlas Mountains, to the beaches of Agadir, the dunes of the Sahara, or the imperial and local history of metropolitan centers like Marrakesh, Fez, and Rabat. The country is bustling with cultural experiences awaiting your discovery, and there is no better way to live like a local and visit the country’s best sights than by hiring a car.
Morocco is an excellent place to visit year round. Desert nights are cold in the winter and the days unbearably hot in the summer, but July and August is still a good time to visit Morocco’s coastline. April and May will offer visitors the most comfortable weather, regardless of the regions you plan to visit.
Road signs are typically in both Arabic and French, though you will come across signs only in Arabic. Vernacular Moroccan Arabic or Darija is quite different to the Modern Standard Arabic of religious and governmental institutions and specific to the region. Morocco’s second official language is Berber. Many Moroccans still speak excellent French, and speaking French is likely your best bet for navigating travel throughout the country, though some people involved in tourism will also speak English.
The currency is the Moroccan dirham. While larger shops and hotels will accept credit cards, any purchasing you do in smaller stores or markets will require cash. Plan ahead if you know you’ll be in need of cash for a longer period of time, as ATMs often run out of currency.
If you’re arriving to Morocco by air, you’re likely to fly into Marrakesh, Casablanca, or Agadir, all of which are cities that require thorough exploration, and are the best locations from which to rent a car. One-way car rental is also possible from many major rental companies! It takes about five hours to travel from Agadir to Casablanca, along the A7 expressway.
While guided trips and busy local buses are available for tourist travel in Morocco, auto hire is your best bet for thorough and inexpensive exploration! Road conditions are good throughout Morocco, though many streets are quite narrow and will be populated by pedestrians, cyclists, and horses in addition to buses and cars. This is particularly true of city streets, so plan some extra time to enter and exit cities.