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Ramadan in Marrakesh, Chefchaouen and Agadir...

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Ramadan in Marrakesh, Chefchaouen and Agadir...

Hi :)

Myself and two other friends will be travelling to Marrakesh on the 28th July for 2 weeks. I am worried that we will not be able to see the buzz of true Marrakesh...will the souks be reasonably lively and busy still, along with the museum/attractions? Also will we be able to do treks into the Sahara and other such activities?

We also want to go to smaller towns, like Chefchaouen...will trains operate as normal even on the day after Ramadan?

Basically, would it be best to avoid Morocco during Ramadan?

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1. Re: Ramadan in Marrakesh, Chefchaouen and Agadir...



Have a look through these previously sent questions and answers which should help.

To answer your final question I'd say Ramadan can be an interesting time to visit Morocco and I personally wouldn't hesitate to say visit during this time.

Edited: 5:29 am, February 13, 2013
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2. Re: Ramadan in Marrakesh, Chefchaouen and Agadir...

The only day that you notice any real difference is on Eid es Seghir (the little fete) falling this year on the 8th or 9th of August. Otherwise the holy month of Ramadan is an interesting time to visit. Transport links still operate as usual.

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3. Re: Ramadan in Marrakesh, Chefchaouen and Agadir...

In Marrakech you will find the streets deserted at sunset - don't expect to find a taxi at this time either. It's really quite a sight to behold when you see the usual chaos! In the evenings many people are out socialising and lots of people stay out until late at night or early morning. Quite a vibrant atmosphere.

The museums are still open but usually operate different opening hours, so check the correct times with your riad/ hotel.

Train travel continues as normal. The only difference that you will find is that there is no snack trolley during fasting hours - so take drinks and snacks with you. Also if you plan to travel on or around public holidays purchase your train tickets in advance - as the train could be packed and if first class is full you will have to find a space in second or stand in the aisle.

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4. Re: Ramadan in Marrakesh, Chefchaouen and Agadir...

If you want to eat and drink during the day, do it discreetly out of the view of Moroccans, in your hotel room if possible. This year Ramadan is mostly in July, the hottest month for Morocco, and you need to show consideration for the locals.

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5. Re: Ramadan in Marrakesh, Chefchaouen and Agadir...

I agree that people should eat and drink discreetly (I.e. Don't stand in the middle of a busy street drinking a bottle of water) but people don't have to hide in their hotel rooms. In Marrakech, many cafes and restaurants remain open so obtaining food is easy and plentiful.

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