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Morocco

Morocco on a Budget

Morocco is easy on the wallet. The cost of living is low, and you don't need to restrict yourself to hostels in order to find inexpensive lodging (though those are plentiful). We love riads, traditional Moroccan homes designed around a central courtyard; many of these have been restored into beautiful and often affordable boutique hotels. Buses and trains offer inexpensive transportation around the country (travel in second-class trains for lower fares). Cheap eats are plentiful at food stalls in the medinas or at Jemaa el-Fna Square, the famous open-air market in Marrakesh.

Best Time to Go to Morocco

Morocco's summer heat can be stifling, so if you're planning on visiting the desert or the big imperial cities, schedule your trip for the spring or fall. One exception: The summer is the best time to go beach bumming in coastal cities like Essaouira and Agadir -- the Atlantic Ocean is a bit too nippy to swim the rest of the year. Speaking of nippy, the Atlas Mountains are cold and snowy throughout the winter; trekking is best done in late spring.

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