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Travel to Morocco during Ramadan

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Travel to Morocco during Ramadan

Hello all,

I am very much looking forward to traveling to Marrakech this July, and am wondering if anyone has any insight on traveling to Morocco during Ramadan. Any advise on extra planning would be very much appreciated. In particular I am curious about when and how it is appropriate for travels to snack during the day, is this something that can be done discreetly in special circumstances/locations? Any advice on clothing for both men and women during this special time would be very much appreciated.

1. Re: Travel to Morocco during Ramadan

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2. Re: Travel to Morocco during Ramadan

Hi,

In addition, on the main Morocco forum in the top questions box on the right of the page you'll find loads of useful information in the Ramadan posts.

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3. Re: Travel to Morocco during Ramadan

The snack trolley service on the trains doesn't operate during the fasting hours.

Bus drivers may make an extra stop at sunset.

Don't expect to find a taxi around sunset.

Airport services are reduced around sunset.

Dress modestly - t-shirt and cropped trousers or similar. Even the Moroccans who usually dress "a la mode" dress more conservatively during Ramadan.

If going to the beach beach-wear is ok, away from the beach wear clothes.

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4. Re: Travel to Morocco during Ramadan

The above 3 answers are nearly all you will need, but I do advise you to take the good advice @2 and do some research. Just don't do anything extremely stupid like smoking in public or swilling water on the street, and you will be fine, and in addition you will come away with an increased understanding of one of the "pillars" of Islam. Moroccans are lovely people, even when they are fasting all day during hot weather.

What JohnW says @1 is very true. That last hour before breaking the fast (Iftar) can get quite hectic and I have seen a few minor accidents and scuffles at that time of day, which is completely unsurprising. Just use some empathy and try to imagine how you would be feeling under the circumstances.

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