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

Partially Wouterr! Tend to visit any touristy spots under our own steam rather than get off the tourist bus! BUT l do admit that likely will be staying in 4-5 star hotel - so yip the bikini will be packed (although not to go sight seeing!)

But you did guess right l aint a "backpacker" traveller!!!! So l will give you a 8.5 out of 10 for your guess!

12. Posted by djiboutici (Full Member 465 posts) 9y

;)As not to seem to be steering off course but just to let mel know that people who fast are not #Cranky# at all.They are in fact a very happy bunch of people.

Coming back to the original question in hand...Sept weather in Morrocco(Marrakech) is a great time to visit,temp varies from 11C at night and a little over 30C during the day.Casablanca on the other hand as it is on the North Atlantic Ocean is much cooler so i'd visit both really(not much to see in Casablanca).

One thing you would not need to worry about in Morrocco is food.it is by far One The Most Fabulous Culinary In The World.It is a muslim country obviously you would need to have a scarf handy thus i am a muslim and can't say i needed one when i visited there(except for the mosques of course).

I think i'd spend more time in Marrakech than Casablanca as the second destination is more about space than anything else.

In Morrocco,the famous Djemaa el-Fna square provides perhaps the greatest open-air spectacle in the world.
Be drawn back into a world of frenzied motion, where jugglers and storytellers jostle for position with snake charmers, magicians and acrobats. Your nose will guide you to row upon row of open-air food stalls whose pungent smoke fills the air with mouth-watering aromas.
A visit to Djemaa el-Fna and the souqs is a must.

In Casablanca,Terrorism Concerns - Western Sahara
In March and April 2007 several suicide bombings were carried out in Casablanca targeting Western interests. The overall threat of further attacks has increased, particularly in Casablanca. Travellers should exercise caution, pay attention to news reports regarding safety and heed any local advice regarding potential dangers.

The disputed territory of Western Sahara has a history of political instability and insecurity. Many areas of the Western Sahara are mined.:(...Like you would be anywhere near those places but i thought you should know.;)

Other than that,Casablanca is right next to the Atlantic Ocean so guaranteed lots of beaches maybe not warm though.

Regarding the hotels,have you tried Expedia if not i will you post you some nice hotels with swimming poos and stuff...

One more thing,i'd defenitly go in Sep so what if it's Ramadan you'll have just as much fun and you'll notice people will be just as hospitable.

You do not need any jabs as far i know but i'll look into it cuz as you know people immune system is very different.;)(i didn't need one)

Have Fun Planning
Love Djibouticix

13. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 9y

Ramadan probably depends on which country you visit.
There are lots of people that for different reasons don't join the Ramadan. I experienced this in Syria and Lebanon, and that were not only non-muslims!
Jordan was more strict though. I wouldn't advise to go during Ramadan, because maybe most of them are not cranky, in some areas they will look upon you not so friendly.
I guess if you stay in only Marrakesh and don't go visiting rural areas, you are fine, food and drinks everywhere.
Thanks for saying that Easyjet flies to Marrakesh...probably won't visit it anymore now...;)

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

Djiboutici - wow thanks for all your great advice - its likely we will stick to Marrakesh in Sept!

I have looked at Expedia for hotels and some look quite nice and not too far from the centre of everything or within walking distance at least! Now l need to check them out on trip advisor to see what others thought of them!

Thanks for all the info ref the bombings in Casbalanca - fore warned etc!

Appreciate all your help!

Heather

15. Posted by dewberry (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Purdy,

Me and my missus are going in august, you wanna get hep a and typhoid, free on NHS. Plus Malaria tablets wouldn't hurt. 4-8 weeks in advance. Some would tell you not to worry, but they're free so why risk it?

Dewbs.

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

Thanks for the advice - l must go to your GP then cos mine charge me for my jabs (holiday injections have a charge £20 for a consultation!) along with the perscription charges too!

It would probably be cheaper to go private!

17. Posted by S_Paradise (Full Member 65 posts) 9y

I personally prefer Fez to Marrakech. Nothing against Marrakech of course. I agree the Djemaa el Fna is awesome, but Fez is the most complete Medieval city in the Arab world. It is great to just wander around through the Medina and it's impossibly tight alleyways. Try to hit a hammam as well.

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