Top travel tips in Morocco

Morocco

  • Moroccans are very welcoming, hospitable and tolerant. Whilst most of the population are religious, they are relatively relaxed in their approach – the majority of young Moroccan women won’t wear a veil yet they may wear a headscarf for example. That said, it is naturally imperative to be aware of acts that may disrespect people’s religious beliefs therefore skimpy clothes, kissing and cuddling in public or eating or smoking in the street during Ramadan ought to be avoided. 
  • When invited into a home it is customary to bring a small gift such as sweet pastries or tea. Shoes must be removed before entering the reception rooms.

 

  •  Small tips – up to 5 MAD – are expected by waiters, gardiens de voitures, filling station attendants, museum and monument curators and luggage porters. More upmarket restaurants may expect a tip of up to 15% of the total bill. Whilst taxi drivers don’t expect tips they are of course always appreciated.

 

  • Most mosques in Morocco do not allow non-Muslims to enter – exceptions include the partially restored Almohad structure of Tin Mal in the High Atlas, the Great Mosque at Smara, the courtyard of Moulay Ismail in Meknes and the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca. Non-Muslims may be allowed to take the occasional peek through open doors but should treat any opportunities with the utmost respect.

 

  • Women ought to be conscious of the fact that whilst most Moroccan women will still not drink or smoke a cigarette in a bar this notion is slowly disappearing amongst the younger generations and occasionally you can find some Moroccan women drinking in the more sophisticated bars. Women should avoid smoking in public entirely and wearing ‘modest’ dress will give the impression of respectability.

 

Discover the enchanting Moroccan city of Marrakech with a stay at the following exceptional properties: 

 

‘Classique’ rooms at La Mamounia in Marrakech available from 6,500 MAD (£462 based on current exchange rate) per room per night on a room only basis. Price includes VAT and service.

 

One-bedroom Riads at Royal Mansour Marrakech available from 11,500 MAD (£818 based on current exchange rate) per room per night on a bed and breakfast basis, inclusive of return transfers from Marrakech airport. Price includes VAT and service but excludes local taxes.

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