Some Tips and Curiosities About Morocco
Strolling through Morocco is witnessing an infinity of interesting things and marveling at an enriching culture. Its privileged location sheltered diverse peoples and cultures that left marks and influences until today. On all sides, Morocco yields beautiful landscapes that attract many tourists throughout the year.
Come and discover with me curiosities about Morocco that we find on this side of the African continent, check it out.
WHAT IS A Riyadh
A riad is a traditional Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden or courtyard. Usually one to four stories high, riads are completely enclosed inside. They can vary from houses to mansions; the designation has more to do with the location and some architectural features. A riad is completely closed to the outside – from the outside what you see is practically a high wall and a discreet entrance door. Inside they are usually true oases. They are structured around a central patio, where there are usually fountains and trees, to which the rooms open. This contributes to the environment always being fresh (essential in the local heat).
WHAT IS A Kasbah
These fortifications are found in North Africa and have a Berber origin, that is, they were the dwellings of the oldest peoples of the African continent who lived in desert tribes. Kasbahs served as protection for people and their animals from possible attacks, sandstorms and sudden weather changes. High walls were built in adobe to blend in with the color of the desert. There were watchtowers distributed in the corners of the walls, since the plan was square. Inside, a tangle of narrow alleys and houses with small windows sheltered people. Some of the most famous in Morocco are the Kasbah Taourirt in Ouarzazate near the Sahara Desert and the Kasbah des Oudaias in Rabat. They are full of history and attract the attention of anyone visiting the country.
Women in morocco
It's always good to travel with travel insurance. Women in Morocco don't wear a burqa. The dress of Berber women varies from region to region. You can dress however you want, however you feel better. However, we always recommend avoiding clothes that are too short, low-cut or transparent. It is not suitable to wear very short skirts or deep necklines. It is considered disrespectful. Mosques only allow non-Muslim women to enter if they are wearing clothes that cover their wrists, head and ankles. It's worth taking a scarf in your purse so you don't miss the tour, nor disrespect the local culture and religion.
Women have already begun to play an active role in society. In big cities, many young women work in pharmacies, supermarkets and clothing stores. But still, in Morocco's rural interior it is rare to see women working in trading houses.
Moroccan Mint Tea
- Mint Tea: it is thirst-quenching, it warms up, it picks you up, and you can drink it in the morning, after meals or at any time. Itís not the kind of pleasure to pass up.
Don't buy without haggling
The art of negotiation is part of Moroccan culture! This can be clearly seen in the Souks, its famous street markets, where there is no fixed price and everything is based on bargaining.
It may be strange at first, but if you go shopping there, never accept the price offered without haggling! Besides being a fun experience you can get great discounts.
As in many Arab countries, it will be difficult for you to pass a dog on the Moroccan streets. Not many Moroccans keep dogs. The dog is considered an unclean animal in Islam. But on the other hand, cats are everywhere.
Fridays are holy days
In Morocco, Fridays are holy for Muslims. What does this mean for tourists? That many restaurants and attractions may be closed. Organize your walks calmly, already taking this detail into account.
For Brazilians and Portuguese, there is no need for a visa, only a passport valid for more than 3 months.
Morocco is one of the safest destinations for tourist, visitor's safety is the priority for the government and the people.
The local currency is the Dirham (MAD), but there are numerous exchange offices (dollars and euros).
The temperature in Morocco is always pleasant with mild temperatures, except from June to August, when the heat is intense.
Arabic is the official language, but French, Berber (dialect) is also common.
But in tourist spots, English, Spanish and Portuguese are also spoken.
Moroccan CUISINE is the country of flavors and spices, which makes its cuisine very special, the main dishes are tajine, with an option for every taste, lamb, chicken, beef, fish, vegetarian and couscous served with lots of vegetables.
There are markets and stores inside the Medina, shopping in Morocco is an incredible experience, there is no fixed price, so negotiating is the secret.
For those who don't drive and don't want to share the Grand Taxis (taxis that are shared with up to 6 people), you can use one of the two bus options, CTM and SUPRATOURS, either of them has comfortable buses, routes and schedules can be consulted on the respective websites.
Morocco has very good and easy roads to travel, whether by train, bus or 4×4, local transport alternatives are several and efficient, thus giving tourists the freedom and security to make their own route through beautiful mountain landscapes, sea, desert and forests.