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dorset uk
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shorts?

My wife and I are going on a coach tour of Morocco in a couple of weeks, a daft question but what about wearing shorts, are there any recommendations or restrictions other than in Mosques.

Marrakech, Morocco
posts: 28
1. Re: shorts?

With the exception of the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca, non-muslims are not allowed to enter mosques in Morocco. Regarding shorts, I'd keep them as long and close to the knees as possible, especially for your wife. I don't know in what hotel you're staying, but If you're thinking of going to one of the better luxury hotels in Marrakech for a drink or a meal, you should avoid wearing shorts as they may not let you in.

Marrakech, Morocco
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2. Re: shorts?

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dorset uk
posts: 7
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3. Re: shorts?

Thankyou for the prompt replies and links, no luxury hotels (I wish!).

Taroudannt...
posts: 701
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4. Re: shorts?

If you are coming near the end of March, you don't need shorts at all. Err on the safe side and wear long pants, or in the case of your wife, she can wear longish dresses or skirts. The weather will not be hot no matter where you go.

Don't attempt to enter any mosques, with the exception of the Hassan II in Casa.

marrakech
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5. Re: shorts?

Hi,

No-one can say what the weather "will" be like so pack for anything. In Marrakech last week we had 27 degrees C and believe me folk were out in long shorts and t-shirts already.

Marrakech, Morocco
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6. Re: shorts?

Exactly, and last year at the beginning of April I had five friends staying for five days and it rained everyday. Temperatures hardly reached 20 degrees. The point of this story is adopt the motto of the boy scouts and "be prepared"! I hope that it stays lovely for you though!

dorset uk
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7. Re: shorts?

Thankyou all for your replies, I guess we will have to go prepared for all weathers.

Hampshire UK
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8. Re: shorts?

My son is an Arabist and tells me that basically, in somewhere like Egypt, they regard men in shorts as walking around in underpants! I have not got round to asking him what the "official" view is of shorts. It seems odd to me to see Egyptians, and presumably Moroccans, walking round in jeans in 30+ degree heat.

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10. Re: shorts?

The 'underwear' thing is quite an old view. Yes, T-shirts and shorts were once considered underwear by the remote tribes, but things change. I wore shorts when trekking in remote areas ten years ago and even then nobody raised an eyebrow.

The other Moroccan mosque that 'Nazarenes' (Christians) can enter is at Tinmal near Ijoukak on the road between Marrakech and the Test pass.