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Safety in Morocco

Is a Tour of Morocco safe?

Morocco today remains one of a handful of continuously stable countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The monarchy ruling this Kingdom is strong and very popular. The relationships and strategic partnerships between Morocco and Europe and the USA help to foster the continuance of Morocco’s stability over the longer term.

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Food

Moroccan Food – The perfumed soul of our culture.

The fusion of influences from Africa, Arabia and Europe create the distinctive cuisine that Morocco is respected for. Spices and fruits feature extensively and the ingredients are fresh, natural, home-grown and delicately balanced.

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Dress

What should I wear in Morocco?

Morocco is a tourist friendly country and society is not overly conservative regarding clothing, however, the Moroccan custom, still very much alive, is to wear the traditional dress of Morocco. The djellaba, a long, loose, hooded gown is seen everywhere as are the slippers known as babouche.If you tour the country with us you will notice the dress varies from region to region but apart from in the major cities, it is always modest. Most young Moroccan women don’t wear a veil but they usually wear a headscarf (Hijab).

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Climate

Morocco – The cold country with the hot sun.

Morocco is perfect for year round travel thanks to its wide variety of temperatures. The climate ranges from the snow- capped mountains to the Sahara desert. Daily sunshine hours range from 6 in the winter in the North to 13 hours in the desert. The north coast has a Mediterranean style climate being generally hot and sunny in the summer months. The hot temperatures cool extensively in the breeze of the Atlantic coast and the climate grows drier and hotter as you move south.

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Language

In Morocco, people greet each other by touching their heart and saying “Salam Aleikum” which means “peace be with you.”

السلام عليكم

The Moroccan form of Arabic is the main language spoken. In addition Tarifit, Tamazaight and Tashlhyt are the three Berber dialects used in different regions of the country. French is also widely spoken and less so Spanish. Many locals have no English although this is on the increase.

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Religion

In Morocco the pre- Islamic Berber beliefs have blended with Islam to produce a unique belief system.

Morocco is a Sunni Muslim country with small pockets of Christians and Jews.  Moroccans are extremely hospitable to non-Muslims, but, with a couple of exceptions, they don’t allow them access to Islamic religious monuments.

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Shopping

Haggling and Bartering

Haggling (debating and negotiating price) is almost unavoidable in Morocco. Many Europeans are uncomfortable with this and you can always ask your Driver Guide to take you somewhere with fixed prices. However –  we would encourage you to have a go. Not only will you find some amazing bargains (dependant on your haggling skills) but you are also entering into the spirit of the way of life here. Haggling means that you take the time to engage and browse and often you will be served refreshments at the same time.

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Currency

The Moroccan Dirham (MAD or DH)

Like Cuba, Vietnam and Tunisia, Morocco has a closed currency. This means that it is heavily restricted and you may find it difficult to buy local currency outside of Morocco although currently it is available at major London Airports (at very poor exchange rates). You are not allowed to take more than 1000 Dirhams into or out of the country.

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So Morocco Ltd support Jarjeer Mules Donkey Orphanage, Morocco and pledge to donate £10 from every booking taken in 2018 directly to this foundation. (The Machin Foundation)