Practical A to Z
Practical A to Z
- Eating out
- Embassies and consulates
- Getting around
- Public holidays
- Social etiquette
Restaurants are often closed on Sunday or Monday.
It is customary to leave a tip (DH2 to 10) in cafés and restaurants.
It is possible to drink alcohol in bars and/or restaurants in some towns, but in others, such as holy cities like Fes, you can only drink tea or soft drinks.
The voltage in Morocco is 220V and sockets are standard two-pin.
Embassies and consulates
British Embassy – 28 Avenue S.A.R. Sidi Mohammed - Soussi 10105 (BP 45) - Rabat - t 0537 633 333 - http://ukinmorocco.fco.gov.uk/en
British Consulate General – Villa Les Salurges, 36 rue de la Loire - Casablanca- t 022 857 400
Irish Consulate – Boulevard Moulay Ismail Km 6300, Route de Rabat – Casablanca - t 022 660 306 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Petit taxis for trips of under 40km, generally inside towns.
Grands taxis, often Mercedes, leave when they are full and the fare is (in theory) shared equally between the passengers.
A trip to Morocco would not be complete without a visit to a hammam (steam bath), which offer a genuine insight into the country’s civilisation and way of life. We recommend public hammams.
Also see Know before you go.
In southern Morocco, contact with stagnant water can cause schistosomiasis and flies carry tracoma. Should you be bitten by a dog, consult a doctor immediately as cases of rabies still occur. Diarrhoea remains the main problem for many tourists.
Should you become seriously ill, ask to be repatriated if possible.
Food and water
Make sure that all fruit and vegetables are properly washed and peeled. Tap water is drinkable in large towns, but it is preferable to drink bottled water and avoid ice cubes outside the main tourist areas.
Police – t 190
Fire brigade, ambulance – t 150.
The currency of Morocco is the dirham (DH) divided into 100 santimat or centimes. Prices are still occasionally indicated in Rial, the former currency. One dirham equals 20 rials.
Banks / Exchange
Banks are generally open Monday-Friday 8-11.30am and 2-4pm(3pm on Fridays) (5pm in summer); 9.30am-2pm during Ramadan.
Dirhams can only be purchased in Morocco, from exchange counters, banks and ATMs. Ask for banknotes in good condition.
ATMs can be found outside banks in the centre of most large towns.
Accepted by most banks and large hotels and by some travel agencies. The larger banks do not generally charge a commission.
Budget / cost of living
For a double room in a comfortable hotel, allow between DH400 and 600 and between DH90 and 150 for a meal in decent restaurant.
Post offices are generally open Monday-Friday 8.30am-4.30pm.
Allow one week for mail to reach Europe.
Fixed public holidays
11 January – Manifesto of Independence
1 May – Labour Day
23 May – National holiday
14 August – Oued Eddahab Allegiance Day
30 July – Enthronement Day, celebrating the anniversary of the coronation of King Mohammed VI
20 August – Revolution of the King and the People, commemorating King Mohammed V’s exile in 1953
6 November – Green March
18 November – Commemoration of King Mohammed V’s return (1955), Independence Day
Moveable public holidays
Some major religious festivals.
Shops are generally open 9am-12noon and 2.30pm (or 3pm) to 7pm (or 8pm). Closing days vary from Monday, Saturday or Sunday.
While bartering is highly recommended in the souks, it is not appreciated in shops. In municipal craft centres or artisanal cooperatives, bartering is not appropriate.
Works of art and some crafts are subject to tax. Make enquiries and keep the invoices.
Morocco has a wealth of arts and crafts that make great holiday souvenirs, such as carpets, ceramics, djellabas, slippers, wool and cotton blankets, woven rush mats. Sweet-toothed gourmets will want to stock up on cornes de gazelle and briouates (sweet pastries) and dates.
Museums are generally open Wednesday-Monday 9am-noon and 2.30-6pm. On Fridays, many medersas close at 12noon.
Non-Muslims cannot visit mosques (with the exception of Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca and Tinmel Mosque). Medersas (Islamic universities) are however open to the public.
Clothing – Women should avoid provocative attire. Topless bathing and nudism are forbidden and bikinis should only be worn in very touristy areas.
Invitation – When invited to a Moroccan’s home, remove your shoes before entering the main room. It is impolite to refuse an invitation to drink mint tea, of which you will be traditionally be served three glasses.
Ramadan – Normal timetables are suspended during this festival.
To call Morocco from abroad
Dial 00 + 212 + number of the person without the first 0.
To call home from Morocco
Dial 00 + country code (UK 44 and Ireland 353) + the number of the person (without the first 0).
Dial the 9-digit number (the first two digits correspond to the area code).
Moroccan mobile phone numbers start with 06 or 07 and have 9 digits.