This is not your typical coastal holiday resort, though there are a variety of reasons to holiday there. Morocco boasts excellent vistas and beautiful beaches, as well as the delicious local culinary delights of slow-cooked lamb tagine dishes. Of course, Morocco is famed for haggling with traders in the bustling streets, but there’s plenty more to do beyond negotiating prices for goods in the market place.
For those with a taste for adventure, there are the ever-popular camel treks which are a great way to explore the desert. Those wanting a more relaxing stay may choose to unwind and relax in a traditional hammam steam bath.
What are the roads like Morocco?
On average, the main roads in Morocco are in good condition. While many roads may be narrow, the surface quality of the road is still very good. Single lane roads with wide shoulders are common in the south, where drivers are expected to wait for oncoming traffic to pass. Rural roads can have a lot of pot holes and generally be of poor quality. Some motorways have tolls.
How will I find the drivers in Morocco?
It is common for drivers in Morocco to be very impatient. Driving in Marrakech can be particularly unnerving, as locals will honk their horns no matter how well you are driving. It’s important to remain calm and patient, as beeping horns are almost the norm here. Another thing to note is to keep an eye on your wing mirrors, as bikes have a tendency to weave in and out of traffic and can easily clip your mirrors. It’s generally recommended to “drive defensively”.
What are the best times to drive?
Driving at night is best avoided as many roads are not lit and the mountain roads do not have guard rails. Driving during the day is recommended for the most part.
What are the driving laws?
It is compulsory to wear seatbelts in both front and rear seats of the vehicle.
Children of four and under must wear an appropriate child restraint for their age and are not permitted to sit in the front seat of the vehicle.
If you have an accident, it is against the law to move your car unless it is causing a serious obstruction that is dangerous to other road users. You must contact the appropriate authorities in the event of an accident.
The consumption of alcohol, no matter how small the amount, is strictly forbidden before driving.
It’s common for local drivers to observe speed limits and other traffic signs only if the police are nearby.
There are numerous police checks on main roads with police using speed guns. Anyone found speeding is subject to an on-the-spot fine.
Priority is typically given to any vehicle that is larger than yours. This includes trucks, buses and large taxis.