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How is living in Morocco in 2020?

Morocco is food. Morocco is culture. Morocco is the smell of petrol in the air. Morocco is the old lady decorating the hand of a young girl with henna. Morocco is a sunset behind the palm trees. Morocco is history. Morocco is a unique country. 

Moroccan Carpets Souk

“A Maze Of Carpets”

We lived in Marrakech for 3 months last winter. We’ve both traveled to Morocco with our family before knowing each other a few years ago. Unfortunately, we both had a bad experience back then and, if Eddy was positive about going to live in Morocco, I was not excited about it. Why? Because during my first trip to Morocco, I felt many times not comfortable as a woman and I felt oppressed. Despite this, we decided to go there anyway because Morocco has many positive points as well: warm weather, cheap prices, an ancient culture and its Moroccan charm. In this article you’ll discover the cost of our (beautiful) accommodation in the Ville Nouvelle, the prices of food and transportation. But that’s not all: we’ll talk about how’s being digital nomad in Morocco, and specially in Marrakech, and we’ll share with you our money-saving tips. Yalla!

Things to See and Do in Morocco

Get lost in time in the Medina
Have a romantic break in ‘Le Jardin secret’
Get a real Moroccan treatment: the Hammam
Run on the sandy beach in Essaouira
Think blue: visit the city of Chefchaouen
Eat an incredible healthy (and veg) meal at 'Ayaso'
Buy spices, leather slippers and carpets at the bazaar
Join the Sahara Desert and spend one night there
Eat Moroccan Nutella, Hamlou
Moroccan Souk Essaouira

“The Medina In Essaouira”

Old Moroccan Souvenirs

“Old Charming Objects”

Typical costs when living in Morocco

Accommodation – When we decided to move to Morocco for three months, a big dilemma caught us: where should we live? In a Riad in the Medina or in Gueliz? We immediately discarded the idea of living in the Medina because the constant chaos scared us a bit. In fact, the Medina is a completely different world. We think that if you’re not used to it, living there will be a shock. The Medina is also a bit dangerous at night, because either you’ll get lost in the maze of narrow streets, or you’ll meet strange people. Moreover, there aren’t classic supermarkets, but only minimarket that, as soon as they see you’re a tourist, will double the price. In the Medina, it’s easier to find Riad and hotels, while the real apartments are in the district of Gueliz in the Ville Nouvelle. If you want to discover the best neighborhood to live in Marrakech, check out our guide and our reviews!

Once we discarded the option of moving to the Medina, we focused on the districts of Gueliz and Semlalia, both in the Ville Nouvelle where most of the expats live. These neighborhoods are the best following the reviews of expats on different online forums. We always use Airbnb when we search for apartments, but when it comes to hotels, our favorite website is Travala. If you’re more of a hotel person, find the best hotel in the city with Travala and get a discount of xx euros on your first booking! 

After our research, we found the best accommodation ever. We found a private room in a beautiful new house made by a French architect expat in Semlalia. Since we rented the room for three months, the price decreased until 17 euros per night. Such a good deal! Kevin, the owner, is just amazing. He’s not intrusive, he’s very funny and we had so many laughs with him. His home is a paradise and a taxi from there to the Medina costs only one euro. If you’re not sure you want to move to Morocco, we really advise you to spend one month there instead of engaging you in a one year lease to see if you like the city, the vibes and the country. Kevin is an expat there for many years, so he’ll be glad to give you some advice about living in Morocco and in major Moroccan cities. 

Apartment Marrakech

“The Front Door Of Our Apartment”

Jardin Maison

“Secret Garden”

Food – Food in Morocco is good and cheap. Its cost is in line with the tenor of Moroccan life, so a standard meal in a local restaurant will cost you between 3 and 5 euros. On the other hand, if you’ll eat in the Medina or in touristy/for expats restaurants, prices can go up to 30 euros and more for two. If you want to discover our favorite (vegan and not) restaurants, check out our article. 

We were following a vegan and vegetarian diet while in Marrakech and it was completely affordable for us. You’ll find most of the occidental products in Carrefour at ‘Carre Eden’ shopping mall in Gueliz, but know that prices will be the same as in France or Europe (or even higher). There you can also find international vegan and vegetarian products. Our favorite shop for buying vegetarian and vegan goods was ‘Ayaso’. There, you’ll find both international and local high quality and organic products and Monika, the owner, will recommend you the best choice for your needs and the diet you’re following. Once a week, they also have a local market of organic vegetables, fruits, cheese, honey, olive oil and so on. In this way, you’ll discover products that are not so popular and for tourists. In Morocco you’ll be able to buy vegetables from the streets since there are many vendors that walk around with their donkey, selling products from their garden. Yes, they will be cheaper than in the supermarkets and the organic market in ‘Ayaso’, but you’ll never know which products they put on them since in Morocco agriculture is not really controlled. Again, if they see you’re a tourist, they will more than double the price. If you want to discover the real price Moroccans pay, check out our article about scams in Morocco.

Moroccan Couscous Marrakech

“Lunch In AYASO”

Moroccan Typical Couscous

“Friday's Couscous”

Transportation – In Morocco we always moved on foot, by cab or by bus. Taxis in Marrakech are horrible. A normal taxi ride from everywhere to the Medina costs approximately 10 dirhams, something around one euro. Taxi drivers will never put the counter on, even if in Morocco it’s illegal to drive without it. The worst thing to do is actually ask the price before you get on a taxi. As soon as they see you’re a tourist or an expat, they will charge you 50 dirhams, five euro, just to reach the Medina. If you want to discover our infallible technique to take a cab like a local, check out our article about how not to be scammed in Marrakech. 

On the other side, walking in Marrakech is free and completely amazing because it’ll permit you to discover places you would have never discovered otherwise. Taking the buses number 1 and 6 from the Medina to the Ville Nouvelle cost around 40 cents and it’s really safe. We once traveled by bus from Marrakech to Essaouira and, besides being really cheap, it’s also very fast and clean. From Marrakech there are also trains for Casablanca, Rabat and Moroccan biggest cities, which are pretty economic if booked a month or so in advance. Expats didn’t recommend us moving by car because most of the time, if you have a foreigner plaque or you look like an expat, police will stop you to ask for some money finding something not in order with your car. 

Scooter In Marrakech

“Moroccan Old Scooter”

Taxi In Marrakech

“Taxis In Marrakech”

Money Saving Tips for your life in Morocco

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Take an ‘Orange’ Sim card - One of the first things you should do once you land in Morocco is definitely taking a Sim card in an ‘Orange’ office. Your normal telephone operator would be extremely expensive to use 4G, call and send texts to Moroccan numbers. With ‘Orange’ you can get a good monthly offer for the cost of five euros and you'll also have a Moroccan number. To get it, you'll only need a valid passport. If you'll want to unsubscribe the offer, remember that you'll have to do it one month before you want it to stop.
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Have zero credit card fees - If you want to have zero fees while paying with your credit card in Morocco, you should create a Crypto.com account. With it, you'll be able to pay everywhere and get up to 8% back on all spending. Getting money from the ATM is also without fees and this credit card has countless advantages. Depending on how much money you'll block on the card, you'll get discounts or free services on Spotify, Netflix, Airbnb, Amazon Prime, Expedia and Airport Lounges. Eddy also wrote this article on the best credit card to get no fees and the maximum of advantages and the best way to manage your money while being abroad. Don't forget to give it a look!
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Get a great VPN - After a while you'll be living in Morocco, most sites (including Netflix) will change your current location. We use Nord VPN to simulate a connection from wherever we want to access specific content from our home countries, to see all the movies on Netflix (most of them get censored in Morocco) and to prevent hackers from stealing our data, especially on a public Wi-Fi. Moreover, your research on Google without a VPN will not be pertinent and most of the results will pop up in Arabic or French.
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Ask the expats - For any information, make sure you ask the expats first. In Morocco there is a large and really united network of expats from all over the world who lived there for more than one year. To connect with them, we advise you to join events on MeetUp, Facebook groups and InterNations. You'll make some friends, discover the best places in the city and, who knows, maybe meet somebody with whom you'll do some business! Instead of just reading reviews on online forums or on your guide book, ask them which is the best new health insurance, where you can eat the best couscous and which is the best city in Morocco!

DISCOVER OUR FAVORITE PLACES IN MOROCCO

Marrakech: a mix of colours, people and perfumes

Marrakech is a maze of perfumes, colors, voices and much more. We lived there 3 months during winter and we really fell in love with this country. If you want to discover how to appreciate and understand this controversial city, give a look at our article.

Essaouira: a charming city on the Ocean

We loved Essaouira. This city has such an hippie vibe, there you can smell freedom and people are much more relaxed and friendly than anywhere else in Morocco. Discover our experience and enjoy this beautiful pearl of the Ocean.

Place Des Epices Marrakech

“Place Des Épices, Marrakech”

Essaouira City Medina

“Essaouira’s Landscape”

BEING DIGITAL NOMAD IN MOROCCO

Being a digital nomad in Morocco was overall a good experience for us. In Morocco you can get fiber in your home and have a very fast and efficient internet. For example, in the Airbnb we stayed, there was the best connection ever. Before choosing your accommodation, always make sure there’s a good connection. In the city of Marrakech, it’s pretty easy to find nice restaurants, hotels or Riad with a good connection to spend your working day. We never went to a co-working because we didn’t find them really nice and cozy in Marrakech. We rather preferred going to a nice restaurant or Riad with a view on the Medina, eat there and have a productive day. If you’re a digital nomad too, please don’t hesitate to ask us whatever you want and we will be happy to reply to you! Otherwise, you can give a look to this article we wrote about our experience as digital nomads there.  

Jardin Secret Marrakech

“Photoshoot At The Jardin Secret”

Digital Nomad Couple Working

“Eddy Working On A New Website”

Why moving to Morocco?

Moving to Morocco has many positive sides. Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech, Essaouira are amazing cities where you’ll be able to live and build your family. In the Country there are many French and American schools for expat kids. Morocco is really cheap and if you earn a good salary, you’ll be able to live your best life in villas with swimming pool just outside the city. From North to South, you’ll have plenty of choices and we’re sure you’ll find the city that will meet your needs. 

If you want some advice or information, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment or write us a message. We will be glad to reply to you and share our experience with you. See you in Morocco, Inshallah!

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Hello! We are Alessia and Eddy, a couple of digital nomads traveling the world. From the sunny Greece to the charming Morocco, read our articles to organize your next trip, or why not, to leave your 9-5 job and start living the life of your dreams. Because yes, dreams can come true.

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