Things to know about Morocco
- Handshakes are regarded as important. Moroccans shake hands every time they meet you and every time they leave you.
- Touching, long handshakes, grasped elbows, males walking hand in hand, holding hands, hugging and kissing amongst close friends (same gender) is common in Morocco.Moroccan customs and behavior condones the outward display of affection between male friends.
- Hospitality and giving a warm reception to strangers goes back to the culture of the desert. Take off your shoes at the entrance and leave them there before entering a house.
- Men should not wear shorts, and women should not wear short sleeves or sleeveless apparels.
- Avoid stretching legs in front of someone or sitting up higher than others, sitting with the left hand behind the back, or positioning oneself so the shadows fall upon half of ones body.
- In Morocco the driver is on the right. Be careful when crossing roads.
- Take special care in Marrakech, where the traffic is busy, particularly in the main square.
- Guide books give a lot of good information, but do not explain everything, so do not rely on them totally.
- It is much cheaper to buy bottled water at the shops than in hotels.
- Learn the phrase “La Shukran” (No thank you!) and do not be afraid to say it to anyone who tries to sell you anything.
- Ask for permission to photograph people and it is ILLEGAL to photograph police officers.
Here is a useful list for anyone who is going on a trip to Morocco for the first time :
- Travel alarm clock
- Clothesline and clips
- Plastic bags
- Safety pins
- Spot remover
- Rain poncho
- Calling cards
- Reading materials, books, etc
- Pen and paper
- Sun glasses and creams
- Flashlight & batteries
- Laptop computer
- Digital Camera
- Flash card
- Universal power plugs
- Compression bandages
- Diarrhoea tablets
- Insect and/or mosquito repellent
- Iodine/hydrogen peroxide
- Medicines/prescription Drugs
- Motion sickness tablets
- Paracetemol, tylenol etc
- Replacement/rehydration salts sachets
- Small scissors