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Essaouira alcohol in Ramadan.

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Essaouira alcohol in Ramadan.

Hi, me and my friends are visiting Essaouira in August during Ramadan.

We would like to enjoy the odd beer or glass of wine while we are there but have read that this might be difficult because of Ramadan.

Will any shops or bars sell alcohol?

Or will we have to stick to our hotel bar.

Many thanks.

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1. Re: Essaouira alcohol in Ramadan.

Hi,

Check out this link to a multitude of answers regarding Ramadan in Morocco:

www.tripadvisor.ca/SearchForums…

cheers

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2. Re: Essaouira alcohol in Ramadan.

We spent our honeymoon during ramadan in Essaouira and Marrakesh a couple of years ago. There was absolutely no problem getting a glass of wine anywhere. The only thing we experienced differently was that the fish market was very quiet and not so good for lunch, but then I think it's a bit touristy anyway.

We were also a bit worried, but actually we found it was especially nice being there during ramadan, since the vibe was really nice in the evening when they served soup everywhere in the street and everyone was happy. We're even going back this August.

So don't worry, you'll have a great time. It's the best city ever.

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3. Re: Essaouira alcohol in Ramadan.

Remember that Ramadan is a very special time for Moroccans, and showing respect for their traditions is paramount when holidaying in Morocco at this time.

Though alcohol (and food, drink and cigarettes for that matter) are still available during daylight hours during Ramadan, it is incredibly disrespectful to consume these products in front of a many fasting Muslim. That’s not to say, as a non-Muslim, you can’t eat, drink and smoke during daylight, but doing so in full view of loads of Moroccans will be very disrespectful. It is normally common courtesy, when in a café etc during the day, to sit inside or at the back, as to avoid drawing attention to your self. Another option, as you said, is to keep it to your hotel.

After dark is a totally different matter. Alls back to normal.

From a previous post: Please, please try to respect Ramadan traditions. Most (if not all) non-tourist establishments will be closed around Morocco, so that indicates just how important Ramadan is to Moroccan society, and to openly drink, eat and smoke in front of locals participating is sometimes seen as a sign of ignorance and arrogance by many locals. I have seen many disapproving glances, sharp words and outright anger at tourists openly flouting the customs, especially smoking, as this is something that is hard for many to do. My fella was verbally chewed out by some locals for smoking when driving up in the Rif. We were in our car and they pulled up along side us to give him a gob full.

Many Moroccans are too polite to say anything, but ignoring and disrespecting Ramadan will only server to reaffirm in the minds of many locals that tourists are rude, arrogant and disrespectful and deserve to be treated with contempt…..don’t give them the ammunition!

If questioned by locals who want to know if your participating, you could say your giving it a go (which you could!) or that you can’t as you have already fasted for your own Christian festival of lent (if you did of course)…….both answers always get a lot of respect and go a little way to combat the growing disrespect for western tourists in Morocco.

So chose what impression you wish to give your fellow tourists and countrymen when deciding to eat, drink or smoke in public during Ramadan and you may find that an attempt at participating will gain you great respect even if you fail……many Moroccans think we are too weak and lacking in self control to successfully fast, so proving them wrong can only be a good thing!

Edited: 6:02 am, July 08, 2011
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4. Re: Essaouira alcohol in Ramadan.

Of course we will be respectful, I have visited Marrakech before during Ramadan and really enjoyed the experience.

Thanks for your tips.

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