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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

We are trying to decide on a break in September and Morocco seems to be a destination we keep returning to. Can anyone help with answer a few questions?

  • Weather in mid to late Sept - will it be bearable heat or is it a bad time of year?
  • Marrachech or Casablanca - which city?
  • Is between 5 and 7 days spot on for one city or too much?
  • What can we see or do in either city (we are leaning toward Marrachech although thats not definate!)
  • Hotels (not hostels) any good ones - preferably one with a pool where we can chill out and catch some sun too! Reasonably priced - but not budget either - l like a few luxuries!
  • Jabs - are any advisable?
  • Cultural requirements - any dos and donts so as not to offend the locals!
  • Local cuisine - what taste senastions can l expect to try out!

RIGHT - l think for now that is enough to whet my appetite!

Cheers Everyone

Heather

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

u don't need anti-malaria medication. there are no special vaccinations required. couscous is the local cuisine, so u will have a lot of that;). in the bigger cities you could drink from the tap but better buy bottled water to be sure.

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Ramadan is from 13th September to 12th October.
Probably best to avoid going within those dates.
Muslim countries, to varying degrees have fewer facilities available for tourists, during Ramadan. eg. In some countries, restaurants will be closed, until sunset.

Also, wear long flowing non transparent clothes, but I am sure u know that already. Keep a scarf handy, to tie around your hair, for when u are in conservative places. Also put it on, if men are harassing u. It will give an impression of "respectibility", and thus cause u to experience less sexual harassment.

[ Edit: Edited on May 8, 2007, at 1:31 PM by Mel. ]

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Ramadan is from 13th September to 12th October.
Probably best to avoid going within those dates.
Muslim countries, to varying degrees have fewer facilities available for tourists, during Ramadan. eg. In some countries, restaurants will be closed, until sunset.

(muslim)travellers (and so all travellers) will always be given food since they don't need to participate in ramadan. its actually seen as very good if a muslim gives to a traveller. so in a way it could be an interesting experience. but at the other hand, many people will also be very cranky all day. people can't be friendly always with an empty stomic, so keep that in mind as well.

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Yeah
That is why I am not going to Iran, during Ramadan. People being cranky, I mean.

But isnt it seen as bad form, if u eat or smoke, in front of people, during Ramadan, even if they encourage u to do it? ;)

6. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

What about alcohol!!!!!!!!! I can cope with the food thing - not eating in the heat of the day is fine but if l cant get a beer!

Thanks Mel - Ramadam didnt even enter my mind - maybe it would be best to leave it until mid/end of Oct! But what about the weather at that time of year?

Im guessing Marrachech is getting a lot more influx of western European tourists - as easyjet now fly there!

7. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

they serve beer in the touristic places. and if u stay in a restaurant where beer is not on the menu, just aks for it (good chance that they have it anyways).

8. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

But isnt it seen as bad form, if u eat or smoke, in front of people, during Ramadan, even if they encourage u to do it? ;)

u should show some respect and not eating in front of everyone (if that is possible in that situation). as a traveller u need to eat and muslims know that and respect that (even when they can't eat anything because of ramadan).

[ Edit: Edited on May 8, 2007, at 1:53 PM by wouterrr ]

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

I was in Egypt, but never in Morocco.
I am just assuming the same attitudes apply in both.
But alcohol, if it is like Egypt, I would not be seen drinking alcohol, by any Moroccan person. Some people drink in Egypt/and probably Morocco too, but it is viewed at a level that we would view kerb crawling here. On the other hand, u are a foreigner, so may be less judged. I am usually very careful, about the impression I give, in other countries, because I am usually travelling alone, and think I will be safer, if I am so careful.;)

Thanks for the info, Wouter.

[ Edit: Edited on May 8, 2007, at 1:55 PM by Mel. ]

10. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

I think Purdy is going for the typical touristic places. you know the kind of places where buses with loads of tourists arrive, all dressed western and in bikinis. please correct me if I am wrong, Purdy;)