Morocco Travel Tips

Drink Mint Tea

Moroccan tea, also referred to as “Maghrebi mint tea” or simply “Moroccan mint tea,” is deeply intertwined with the country’s tea culture, symbolizing hospitality. A customary gesture of welcoming guests includes offering them tea, a practice so prevalent that even while casually shopping in a store, you might find yourself presented with a cup. Typically, this tea is a harmonious combination of green tea, fresh mint leaves, and sugar. Embracing a cup of this traditional beverage is not just a sign of respect and gratitude but can also lay a favorable foundation for engaging in price discussions!

Greetings

In formal settings, it is customary to offer handshakes as a form of greeting to individuals of both genders. Among individuals of the same gender, a warm hug or cheek kisses (often starting from the left cheek) might be shared. Initiating a meeting with a cordial “Salam Alaikum” and a handshake is considered polite, especially when meeting someone for the first time.

Use Your Right Hand

Moroccan tradition regards the left hand as impure. When meeting others or exchanging objects, it is customary to extend the right hand as a sign of respect. Additionally, when dining or touching food, it is proper etiquette to solely utilize the right hand, although when using utensils, both hands may be employed.

Shoes Off

In Morocco, it is a common practice to take off your shoes before entering a residence or a mosque. Certain restaurants and establishments also adhere to a no-shoes rule. When in doubt, observe the locals or simply inquire to ensure you are following the appropriate custom.

Haggle Over Prices

In Marrakech, immersing yourself in the vibrant shopping scene stands out as a top activity. Street markets (souks) and souvenir shops play a significant role in boosting Morocco’s tourism sector. Engaging in the traditional practice of bargaining is customary, with vendors anticipating a brief negotiation before finalizing a sale. The initial price quoted often hovers between 25-50% higher than the seller’s actual target, allowing room for haggling. Opting to pay the asking price outright is an option, but embracing the art of negotiation adds a unique cultural dimension to your shopping experience.

Cash Is King

In major urban centers, credit cards find wide acceptance, while cash remains the primary mode of payment in rural settings, smaller shops, and local markets. It’s essential to ensure you have an adequate amount of cash on hand for daily transactions. Additionally, Moroccan ATMs are known for their unreliability, particularly in bustling tourist spots where machines frequently run out of cash. To mitigate this issue, you might have to attempt multiple ATMs or inquire at your hotel’s reception for currency exchange services. I highly recommend refraining from withdrawing excessive cash, as this can make you a target for theft. It’s advisable to store any extra money securely in the hotel safe.

Don’t Expect Much Personal Space

Moroccans tend to be warm and outgoing individuals, often having a smaller sense of personal space than what you might be used to. It’s typical for them to engage in close conversations and view gestures like touching the arm or shoulder as friendly. Regrettably, despite the progress of modern times, women exploring Morocco often face unwelcome harassment in public spaces. It’s essential to endure any behavior that causes discomfort.

Show Respect for Religion

Morocco has Islam as its dominant religion, emphasizing the importance of respecting religious customs and traditions. Visitors should be considerate of prayer timings and etiquettes at religious sites, refraining from disrupting people engaged in prayers or ceremonies with flashy cameras.

It’s crucial to note that certain shops and attractions may be closed on Fridays, a significant holy day throughout the country. When in this Muslim-majority nation, dressing modestly, especially in conservative regions, is highly recommended. Women, in particular, should carry a scarf or shawl to cover their shoulders at religious sites and ensure attire covers their wrists and ankles when visiting mosques.

Tipping Culture

Tipping in Morocco, referred to as “baksheesh,” is a widely practiced custom to show appreciation for good service. Here are some general tipping norms to keep in mind:

1. In restaurants and cafés, it is customary to leave a tip equivalent to about 10% of the total bill. High-end restaurants may include a service charge in the bill. Additionally, it is usual to tip hotel service personnel a nominal sum for their assistance, with 10-20 Moroccan Dirhams (MAD) per service being considered appropriate. For private tour guides or drivers, a recommended tip ranges from 100 to 200 MAD per day.

2. While tipping taxi drivers is not obligatory, rounding up the fare or adding a small gratuity is a common practice.

 

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