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Cork, Ireland
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First time in Morocco

It will be my first time in Morocco and I'm not sure how much money to bring for 1 week for a couple .... Would €1000 be enough???

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Manchester, United...
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1. Re: First time in Morocco

I should think that will be more than enough although you haven't specified if your accomodation has been pre-booked or are you just going to book on arrival?

Is this amount just for yourself or several people?

Where in Morocco are you staying or do you intend to move around?

There are many points which you have failed to mention so have a think and report back.

ps - you should only bring a certain amount in cash and then use your debit card for convenience in any of the hundreds of ATM's in all major cities/towns.

Cork, Ireland
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2. Re: First time in Morocco

There is two of us going so It would be for the two of us. We have hotel arleady booked and paid for. We def want to visit Marrakesh and Casablanca.

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3. Re: First time in Morocco

Hi,

Most people would say don't bother with Casablanca (I know some like it); Marrakech and Essaouira would be my suggestions for trips. As John says, use your debit card.

Cork, Ireland
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4. Re: First time in Morocco

Thanks a million guys

You've been great help

Manchester, United...
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5. Re: First time in Morocco

Definitely skip Casa, it is too far from Agadir and will take too much off your precious 7 days.

Good suggestions as always are Essaouira and Marrakech but if you can stay in Marrakech overnight you will not be disappointed. Night time in Jemaa el Fna square is something which no-one should miss!

Be sure you read the article on money matters in the above link so as to be absolutely familiar with common practice.

Edited: 1:13 pm, December 13, 2012
Cork, Ireland
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6. Re: First time in Morocco

Thanks John.

What link??

Manchester, United...
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7. Re: First time in Morocco

Ooops! sorry, tripadvisor.co.uk/Travel-g293730-s601/Morocc…

Stockholm, Sweden
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8. Re: First time in Morocco

But, you not need have cash with you, only a little. And there in those cities you will be are ATM:s so if you need more money, you can find one ATM and take money there.

And I am agree, if you have only 7 days, visit other more interesting places than Casa.

Scotland
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9. Re: First time in Morocco

Give Casa a miss.

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10. Re: First time in Morocco

Dorothy

I agree with everone who advised skipping Casablanca. Much more better off visiting Marrakesh, Essaouira and Tarroudant.

€1000 would be more than enough for 1 week. However, do not change vast amount. Just say €50 a day for both of you. I just come fewdays ago and lived on on 20 pund sterling a day very comfortably and still get back to the hotel with some change.

When changing your currency always keep receip, so you change any left over dirhams back to your currency upon departure at the airport.

As 1st timer to Agdir i hope you will find the following helpful:

MONEY

The local currency Moroccan Dirham is a closed currency. It means that it can be only exchanged within the Moroccan territory. Exchange rates against international currency are fixed by the Government which means that you get the same amount of dirham to your own currency wherever you go change your currency.

The notes come in 200, 100, 50 & 20 Dirhams. Coins are 10, 5, 2, 1 & ½ Dirhams.

However Dirhams are spoken when dealing with tourist or luxury higher purchases. The vast majority of ordinary Moroccan people talk Rials (there are 20 Rials to 1 Dirham). Rials are used for purchases in small local shops, souks and paying for shared taxis.

TOURISTIQUE ZONE

This is place is immediately recognisable by the concentration of huge modern hotels, the sea front promenade and some fancy restaurants along Boulevard 20 Aout and Boulevard Mohammed V.

The beach is within very short walking distance within this zone. Some hotels are actually on the sea front.

The long sea front promenade boats a huge selection of cafes, bars and restaurants serving all kind of food and drinks. It gets very crowded in the evening when some of the seafront restaurants play live music. Again, very few tourist and some rich locals were around eating in the area at that time. Hence only le Vendome and Nil Bleu do lay out some live music. There just was not big enough crowd to entertain. The only crowd was a huge bunch of non-paying spectators listening to the music and dancing away just outside these premises.

On Sundays all the families seems to be out and about up & down the promenade and on the beach. Most of the seafront restaurants & cafes are full with the local and their children.

Average 3 course in this area 70 Dirhams.

Along Boulevard 20 Aout there more fancy places to eat and drink. Most notably are the Jazz, Fouquet and of course the English Central pub.

There two new sushi restaurants under construction right now. One is opposite Shem’s casino in Blvrd 20 Aout and the other Mika Sushi opposite Agadir Beach hotel.

The touristique zone also boasts casinos (Shems and Royal Atlantic) and nightclubs (Actors, Dream, Factory.. just few to name).

Casinos and nightclubs are mainly frequented by young locals. Some are of a dodgy and sleazy character. The girls in there are mainly working girls!!!

THE BEACH

Reportedly a 10 miles long. But the main concentration of the crowds are centred around on the beach facing the entertaining parts of the promenade all the way to the Marina.

Local kids are always playing football on the beach. They can be loud and seem unruly, but in fact they are harmless kids kicking a ball about. Other feature on the becah are The vendors. Guys with all sort of good to sell to tourists. they can be a nuisance to some one who just want to relax quitelyand interrupted on the beach. That's why now most of hotels have their own cornered off section of te beach where guest can relaxy without being hassled

When out swimming be aware of the strong sea current. Stay close to the shores

BOULVERAD HASSAN II / TOUR BABEL

This strip is very popular with people who want to see and be seen. It has arguably better cafes than the touristique area, and the prices are reasonably affordable to some extent. Most famous is Scampi. Along this street and the immediate surrounding area there also are some of best value and descent hotels like Kamal and Petit Suede.

The square of Tour Babel (off Blvrd Hassan2) also boasts some lovely affordable places to eat. One of cheapest there is Queens if you like Mechoui (Grilled meat on skewers) 35 Dhs. The only noticeable place to serve alcohol there is La Truite AKA Irish Pub (Nobody knows why it is called Irish pub. There is nothing Irish about the place). A bottle of Flag Pils (1/2 PINT) is 20 Dirhams.

THE KASBAH

This is the place for bird eye view of down town Agadir. It is also the place where to find some ruin from the earthquake of the fifties. But getting there is only by small taxi and some scrupulous taxi drivers would charge a fortune to get you there and back.

TALBORJT DISCTRICT

This is the place tourists use as an alternative base to the main touristique zone for marginally huge budget difference. And it is only 20 minutes walk to the beach (8 Dhs taxi ride).

Talborjt is heaving with so many things that you are guaranteed to find something of interest. There are shops galore, supermarkets like La Vie French & Carrefour to rival the famous Marjane. Restaurants inTalborjt serve authentic Moroccan food. The best are ones that occupy that white and mosaic square Mille et Une nuit, Etiolle d’Agadir and arguably the best of them Ibtissam. You are looking at around 30 Dhs for a proper delicious tasty Moroccan meal. You pay more than a double for the same at the beachfront. Yacout is another restaurant which within walking distant, that deserves a mention.

There are other even cheaper places to eat if you don’t mind sitting around a group of Moroccans and with none of restaurant waiter code dress of white shirt & bow tie bring you the menu.

SOUK AL HAD

Noisy & Chaotic, exotic & colourful, fascinating & mesmerising, unromantic but aromatic. There are so many definitions you could use to describe the place. But it must be on your agenda when you are in Agadir. You will find anything in there from a humble potato to a huge plasma TV.

Right now there was some major work going in some part of it, however is business as usual (except Mondays). Alternatively you can try Inezzegane souk (Bus no 23 or shared taxi).

THE FISHING PORT

Like Souk Al Had, it is noisy and chaotic but the food served there is worth every sacrifice you have made to get there. It is the cheapest place to eat for the freshest fish you could ever get anywhere.

One of the best is Layounne, but also try to go for the ones inside like Sana Youness. You need to negotiate the cost of your order before sitting down. But it is still dead cheap to eat there if you love fish.

BATWAAR DISCTRICT

This is a bustling place full of Moroccan daily life. Some tourists may find it extremely uncomfortable to walk around here, especially at night time. However it is the place for connecting with major places further afield from Agadir. This is where you will find the grand taxis stand and main bus stops.

Food outlet around here is even cheaper than Talborjt, but rougher.

VALLEY OF BIRDS/ZOO

This an entrance free zoo accommodation some exotic birds, and several four legged animals and a couple of monkeys. Maily frequneted with local families and their kids. Condition of some animal leaves a lot desire!!

BUSES

ALSA buses looked a bid old and tired. They are regular and have illuminated destinations well display at the front top of the bus. There are no signs of graffiti in bus shelters, the fares are very good if you are planning to go areas outside the centre of Agadir. They tend to be crowded at early morning and late evening.

32 still goes from Mohammed V to Taghazoot and Ourir and 23 to Inezzegane. Fares are 6, 4 & 2 Dirhams respectively.

RED SMALL TAXIS

These are for hire only within Agadir town. There are not licensed to go outside town. The fare is normally display on the meter. If you don’t see the meter is on ask the driver to put it on.

WHITE GRAND TAXIS

These are for hire for long distance to other major cities and towns. There are also the main means of transfer to & from airport - central Agadir.

These taxis can be shared with other passenger all paying their share of the fare. If you are to hire all to yourself then you will pay the whole fare. This fare can be negotiable.

RAMADAN

This the time when tourists should be at their most respectful behaviour toward the locals. No blatant indulgence in front of local public. Dress code should be observed, especially females. Modesty and respect should be the order of the day from dawn to sunset.

THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY

THE GOOD

•The vast majority of the Moroccan people are very friendly, welcoming, hospitable and generous. The cuisine, the culture, the tradition and the land are just few of the many things Agadir and Morocco has to offer.

•All year around good weather.

•Some of goods you can buy here are of the best quality and best value for money in the world. The local currency exchange rate is fixed by the Government and not subject to the fluctuation of the International Market.

•The safety and the well being of the visitors are of a paramount importance to the Authority and the tourism industry. Crime against tourist is extremely rare, if not unheard of.

THE BAD (NOT THE PEOPLE BUT THE PRACTICE)

•For the first timers to Agadir (or Morocco in general) be prepared for a major culture shock. The way of life is not like home. No more evident of this than when shopping. Haggling is a must. Some may find it fun and even bag a bargain, others may find very intimidating and end up being ripped off, in which case if you start getting uncomfortable just say a polite but firm “NO” AND walk away from.

•Some taxi drivers deliberately switch off their meter, thus would try to overcharge you.

•Hotels, restaurants & bars staff are constantly looking out for tips. They tend to favourably treat the tippers than the non tippers.

•The price of brand beers and spirits are seriously expensive in bars and restaurants

THE UGLY (NOT THE PEOPLE BUT THE PRACTICE)

•Shoe polishers, individual cigarette sellers, Street & beach merchants and beggars are a unfortunate sight. But none of them would be offended if you ignore them.

•In some parts Inezzegane and Batwaar watch you valuable. Pick pocketing is very rife in some parts.

•Single female travellers would inevitably attract the attention of local young casanovas. Just ignore and they will leave you alone.

•Bars and nightclubs tend to be frequented by sleazy characters (male and female) touting for sexual services. Again ignore them if you are not interested.

Cheers

Cas