The official currency of Morocco is the Dirham. The Dirham can be used everywhere but some places will also except dollars or euros. It’s best to convert enough money in the airport and bring some extra of your currency to change at bureaus in the city centre. This is because we found it quite challenging to find cash points that actually worked without walking in the complete opposite direction. Also most places didn't accept card.There’s a number of Exchange Bureaus when you arrive at Marrakech Menara airport or convert some before you head over there. Don’t carry all your money around with you for obvious safety reasons but you’ll get quite a lot for your money with the Moroccan Dirham’s and if you’re eating out at simple restaurants in the city the food is relatively cheap so don’t carry around more than you need! I found most meals cost me between 50 - 200 Dirham.
I found Morocco to be a very relaxed and open country but it is still a Muslim country and it is a good idea to respect that. T-shirts and long shorts are fine but mini skirts and tank tops are not. This goes for the men as well as the culture demands covered shoulders. Marrakech is full of tourists so locals are more accustomed to the odd scantily clad visitor but if you don’t want to draw unwanted attention to yourself then dress appropriately. The streets are also often uneven or cobbled so bring sensible and comfortable shoes for all the walking you’ll be doing. The locals tend to wear modern western clothes or traditional Moroccan clothing.
3. Food And Drink
It’s best to drink bottled water whilst you’re here to avoid any unwanted contamination. The food as long as it’s hot and freshly cooked is usually fine to eat anywhere. Definitely try and eat local cuisine as it’s always going to be better and is likely to be the most fresh items on the menu.Try the food at the night market and also at the cafes overlooking the main square, they’re all delicious and much cheaper than eating at the more upmarket restaurants that are predominantly located in the new town or at the luxury hotels. You must also try the mint tea here, it’s exquisite and deliciously sugary!
4. Pushy Sales
You will be hassled in Morocco as tourists tend to be walking cash points for the locals. Whether that be Moroccan shoes, carpets, spices, tea or foreign animals they’ll be keen to flog it all to you. The best thing to do is to politely ignore them as you walk past or say "La Choukran." Some people will try to pull you into their shops or shout things to get your attention; most people are harmless and it can be fun to go along with it.
5. Useful phrases
It's always helpful to have a little knowledge of some key words when visiting a country. Morocco has two official languages which are Arabic and Berber but you'll find most things are written in French. You can easily get around Morocco with French but some key Arabic words to learn are:
"Salam Alikome" or "Salam" = greeting or farewells
"Choukran" = Thank you
"La Choukran" = No thank you
"Feen" (pronounced fin) = Where is ....?
As aforementioned you will essentially be walking money so prices will most definitely be put up when you ask. Say no and go in with a very low price that you’re prepared to budge up a little if they say no and have a maximum that you will walk away from if they don’t agree to it. The walking away tactic works very well because often as soon as they see that you’re leaving they’ll often agree to your offer.
7. Prearrange Taxi Fares
One tip that was invaluable to our stay here was to agree with your cab driver the amount you’ll be paying before the journey begins. Also if you’re staying in a hotel make sure you ask the amount they advise a cab journey to be and then pitch it to the cab driver when you get in, usually they happily agree to it after sometimes trying to haggle a little. Try not to get into taxis that are lined up outside tourist sights such as the Majorelle Gardens.
8. Cultural Customs
There are probably three big things you should be concerned about here. One is the idea of using your left hand to do anything socially important, like eat or shake hands. Muslims, Moroccans among them, feel that it's unclean. Especially in public, be aware of this important cultural distinction.
Don't show anyone the bottom of your shoe (unless you want to send that person a negative message). Also, take off your shoes when you're invited into someone's home.
Refusing the offer of mint tea is considered rude.
Also it's good to note that most shops & museums are closed on Friday (afternoon) - it's their holy day!
9. Alcohol And Drugs
Moroccans, though most are devout Muslims do seem to drink alcohol. It's very easy for tourists to find alcohol in bars and restaurants, plus most supermarkets sell alcohol which is the cheapest option. In bigger cities, like Casablanca or Marrakech, you can find bars and nightclubs where they like to party until the wee hours. The deal with the locals is that it is not advertised and they don't like to talk about it.
Hashish is also readily available in Morocco but it is illegal despite it's presence.
10. Get Out Of Marrakesh
I loved Marrakesh and had a great time while visiting but there is so much more to see in Morocco and I can't recommend travelling around the country enough! Fes is a great place to visit for shopping and maze-like medina's. For a slice of the Sahara, there's the desert town of Merzouga, near the impressive Erg Chebbi sand dunes, accessible via camel treks. Beach bums will love laid-back Essaouira and Sidi Ifni on the Atlantic coast, while surfers often head south to Taghazout. Rabbat was my favourite town and I would visit the sea-side Kasbar for some lovely streets and views.