CUSTOMS

In order to enjoy Moroccan pleasures it is necessary and desirable to forget the topics, the unfortunate and malicious gossip that we frequently hear coming from people who don´t really know this country, and whose words so deeply hurt and burden our senses.

The only advice, THE GOLDEN RULE to fully enjoy what Morocco so lavishly offers, when certain customs are so different, is RESPECT the others. We are in a different country and we cannot and should not impose our own habits and customs. An example: we can order alcoholic drinks in any bar or restaurant that we choose and nobody will be offended by this, but not all the establishments are authorized to sell alcohol and they will not serve us simply because they don´t have any alcohol and they will tell us so. We can purchase alcohol in the establishments allowed to sell it and we can drink it in the authorized bars and restaurants; drinking in public is still frowned upon and we should not cause a scandal for “having a few too many”. Common sense, that is. This travellers´ saying is always right: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”.  

Morocco is a country of sharp contrasts, and the same can be said about the strict implementation of her customs. What is acceptable in a tourist and coastal city like Asilah, will not be acceptable in Fez, a tourist city which is set in the interior and wholly unacceptable in a mountain village. And even in the city, what is acceptable in a tourist quarter can be unacceptable in other quarters. How to know what to do in every case? As it has been said before, you need a little intuition and lots of common sense.

Bearing this in mind it is relatively easy to guess, for example, what to wear in the city and which swimming suit is the most appropriate if we decide to go to the beach. Do everything in the appropriate manner without attracting unwanted attention to yourself.

Morocco is a Denominational Country, and therefore has an official religion,Islam, which influence the personal status of all the citizens and sometimes it conditions the conduct of foreign tourists. The practice of other religious cults is allowed, but attempts by other religions to convert is persecuted. The entry to the mosques and other religious buildings is not allowed to non Muslims with the exception to the mausoleums of Mohamed V in Rabat and the Moulay Ismail in Meknes and to the saadies tombs of Marrakech and Hassan II Mosque of Casablanca.