THE ZOCKS :
If Morocco is the country of colors, aromas, flavors and contrasts … one of the places Where we can appreciate this feast for the senses, undoubtedly, it is in souks, the markets). In this labyrinth of small stalls and little shops, we will find a very wide Offer of products, since brassiers, tanners, perfumers, spices, confectioners, Cabinetmakers … they will offer fabrics of a fabulous color, lamps like those of the thousand and A nights, pufs, teapots, perfumes, multi-colored spices that force you to look, Sweets, skin products … Lost, either by personal taste or involuntarily (Because it is very easy to do) in that disorder is another of the pleasures of this trip to Morocco. It will also force them to converse with their people, every day try Perfecting this art which is the haggling (and in which not all of us are fit nor skilled), to To walk, to observe … and ultimately to enjoy this trip.
In other Muslim countries you will also find souks, as it is part of the Muslim culture in general … but in no country have the charm as in Morocco. They will have the sensation of being living in another era, because of the souks A medieval, biblical atmosphere emerged from the adventure books and Exotic and fascinating cultures. And if we add this to the environments in the Squares and in the medinas … as in Djema el Fnaa of Marrakech, with its enchanting Of snakes, monkeys, storytellers, dances, music … well I assure you That they can feel like when they told those histories and tales of the thousand and one Nights when they were small.
One of the most outstanding souks, although all have the charm, is the one of the medina of Fez, where most of the products are artisans, and you can visit the Cooperatives, workshops, guilds and souks; And therefore can be observed the process of Processing of products.
THE HAMMAM :
The Muslims inherited from the Romans their love of the baths and they put themselves in Already in the Middle Ages numerous baths called “hammam”. While In Europe concealed the lack of personal hygiene with perfumes, in the world Muslims imposed the habit of cleaning and so stated in their scriptures Sacred, the Koran. According to a hadith of the Prophet: “hygiene is a manifestation Of faith “.
In all Moroccan localities you will find the hammam, and are usually close to the Mosques, because besides fulfilling the function of personal hygiene, it is also An indispensable habit for prayer, to be purified, without dirt. We could still add Another important function of these public baths, the social function, since it is a place For men and women (separately) where they can enjoy the Company and talks with its neighbors and neighbors. The hammam is one of those Moments that we give ourselves, but in company, as should be the Most of the pleasures of life and honoring the Arab culture, so social and Community level. The traditional ones are usually economic, since many families come several times Per week, including why many private homes (especially in the medinas) do not Have shower or hot water.
The Arab baths follow a layout similar to the Roman baths although its Construction entailed a more modest monumentality. The first room that we find in the Arab baths is the dressing room, where there were Cabinets, hangers and other items so that the user could leave their clothes and Prepare to enter the rooms of the bathrooms, properly said. Then There were three rooms that were Stop being a salon more.
designed to provide different temperatures at Body in order to make it sweat, activate blood circulation, remove toxins and To tone up
Cold water room. Called bayt al-baryt ,.
Room of warm water or bayt al-wastani,
Room of hot water or bayt al-sajun:
Next to the hot water room there is an oven and a boiler to heat the water that Circulates under the ground. Therefore, it is usually very close to the hammam, where they make the bread.
The main room of any bathroom, which occupied the center of the premises, is the Corresponding to the warm water (bayt al-wastani). It is also the largest room, And where the massages are done, rubbed, washed together, combed … why not Stop being a salon more. It is an activity that tourists can also enjoy. So, once again, “over there Wherever you go, do what you see, “and more so this pleasant experience. I dont know will regret.
CLIMATE AND BAGGAGE FOR MOROCCO :
Morocco is a very varied country in many ways. Of course in the climate Also, and to this we give thanks so that we can enjoy its contrasts of landscape. In the North, the climate is very similar to that of Spain, it is Mediterranean climate. In winter It rains more than in summer and there is an average temperature of about 10 degrees. In summer, It is warm, and is very appropriate to enjoy the Mediterranean beaches. The Atlantic coast of Morocco has a milder climate, although as We descend to the south, the rains decrease, to arrive at the desert climate of the zone that is Extends from the Atlas down. In this area there are warm temperatures all year round, Highlighting that in July and August can exceed 40 degrees, without moisture, and the Contrast with nighttime temperatures is accused. In Marrakech, at the foot of the Atlas, In winter it can be cold. In the high areas of the country, as in the Rif and the Atlas, in winter they reach Temperatures below zero and you can find snow, so there are areas for fans of the Skiing, as is the case of Ifrane. For all these characteristics, Morocco is a destination to be able to enjoy all the Year, although the months in which the temperatures are more pleasant are the months between April and May, and also September and October.
VISAS AND DOCUMENTATION :
· To travel to Morocco for a period of up to 90 days as a tourist, it is necessary Passport in force for a minimum of three months, but Advises to have six months. Visitors from the following countries do not need to obtain a visa before their
Arrival in the country: Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium,
Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus (except Republic
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus), Czech Republic, Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Estonia,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, Iceland,
Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
Mali, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Norway, Oman,
Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal,
Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia,
Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela.
· If you are of a different nationality, please contact the Moroccan embassy in your country to apply for the visa. They may also Find the information on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Morocco.
Nowhere else will you drink mint green tea like in Morocco. Form a part Important of culture, everyday life and even an art because of the way it should Prepare and serve, a task for men. That sweet smell that is in the streets, of mint, can be felt at any time of day, already Which is often taken several times since it is an important social fact, since a symbol Of its outstanding hospitality, offers to welcome the guests. We can Offer many times during the day a glass of tea, especially after meals, but Also even in a store, haggling prices. Rejection could be interpreted as a Offense by the host. It is said that tea must be served three times; Being the first vessel “bitter as life,” the Second “strong as love” and the third “sweet as death”. Once again, we find In this country, another example of how a simple and everyday cultural element can reach Reflect a whole philosophy of life. Green and mint, not of other kinds, is used to help with the high temperatures That is in the country. Peppermint has refreshing properties. It is served in a glass, and has to have Foam up. So … enjoy a moment of relaxation with this sweet drink, no matter the time, nor the Place … just the moment.
MOROCCO, A SAFE COUNTRY
Morocco is now a safe country for travelers and travelers (many women Traveling alone without their safety being at risk), in addition that the Moroccans are very Friendly. As in any other country, let us think of cities like Barcelona or Madrid, Cities or busy areas of people, such as in To pay attention to theft caused by carelessness or jerks, very seldom Have produced through violence and less to foreigners. That is why there is no need to Be alarmed, and only the least common sense is needed: do not wander alone Medinas in the middle of the night, not to move with large amounts of money or showing Valuables, do not rely on accidental companies that volunteer And very insistently accompany them, do not carry bags or open bags, wear Discreet way, especially women. In Morocco there are police everywhere and its main task is to take care of the Tourism and avoid pillage. The police emergency telephone number is (# 19). Gendarmerie is number (107).
VOCABULARY AND BASIC EXPRESSIONS:
The official languages of Morocco are, at the national level: classical Arabic and French. But more languages are spoken, in fact they will surprise the dialectical capacity Which have the Moroccan, may surprise you by speaking in any language. The Non-official languages of Morocco are: the Moroccan Arabic dialect of Arabic Classical, the Berber languages (tarifit, tamazight and tachelhit) that are used daily In the mountainous regions of Morocco. and Spanish: Regions of the Rif, Yebala and Tarfaya because in the past they formed the Spanish Protectorate of Morocco. English is als increasingly used to deal with customers. They will be very kind and speak in the language you feel comfortable, But not for that, visitors should neglect our education and predisposition to collaborate. I leave here some expressions and vocabulary that will do us good in our travel:
Arabic ===è Spanish
Good morning / Good morning
Nights Salam Alekum / Msal’khir
How are you? Labass
Very well, thank you, and
you? Labass hamdoullah
I understand / no I understand / Fhamt / Ma Fhamtch
Sorry / Smahli
See you later / Bsslama
Welcome / Marhba
Thank you (many) Choukran (choukran Bezaf)
Sorry, sorry Smahli / Afak
My name is … Ismiyti
No gracias choukran
Yes / No Wakha / La
You’re welcome / Please La choukran aâla ouajib / Marhba
Customs and traditions.
In Morocco, we put aside prejudices, and we dedicate ourselves to observe, to enjoy, to live. Morocco has an eclectic culture, fruit of the Mediterranean, Arab and African mix. That is why their customs and traditions may seem to us at the same time very close, as Also exotic. One of the main characteristics of the Moroccan culture is hospitality. Already Will observe that tea is the drink they drink at all hours and is offered to the guests and Guests, even in small shops to welcome visitors and customers. The tea They do with the mint leaves, and it has the property of being very refreshing (although And helps prevent dehydration, in a country where Get to exceed 45 degrees in summer. Tea is shared even with strangers, and That their priority is that guests should always be welcomed. Another custom rooted and that it can cost to the foreigners to adapt, but that does not Is unique in Morocco, is the haggling in the markets (souks). Articles to the Do not have prices marked and is also an important social act, leads to the Parties (seller and buyer) to establish a dialogue (they can even invite you to Drinking tea), so no haggling can offend the seller. Haggling is the best Option to reach agreements and that are beneficial for both parties. In fact, the Trust is the basis of any transaction that you want to carry, right?
We will also observe curiosities about the signs of affection. The Moroccans They salute in a totally formal way. It is polite to ask about the Health and well-being of family members. Always greet with the right hand, important. And between men and women are not shown in public shows of affection, So that between men and women also greet by hand. However, it is not It’s strange to see two men kissing each other on the cheek or shaking hands. The friendship between Men is demonstrated by this physical contact. There are also 3 kisses, among People of the same sex.
In mosques we can not enter those who are not Muslim, except in Casablanca, in the Hassan II Mosque. Of course, on entering, as if we entered In someone’s house, we must do it without shoes. The most important thing to note, whenever, wherever we go, is respect. Yes They will sell alcohol in some places to visitors, even if they do not drink, but it is not Tasteful drinking on the public thoroughfare, and even not all will serve them a beer, Answer it, and especially if it is the time of Ramadan, do not eat and drink in public.
What not to do in Morocco
· Do not try to enter the mosques.
· Do not take pictures of a person without asking permission.
· No money to beggars children. Although it is a practice that lately
· Do not refuse an invitation to tea. Do not offend those who offer it to you.
· Do not talk, especially because you do not know the issues, about religion, the king and drugs.
· Do not eat with your left hand.
· Dress discreet clothing, especially women, no transparencies, cleavage, Miniskirts
· Photographing border, military, police or facility checkpoints
Is strictly prohibited.
Most of these recommendations can help you save some money. Unpleasant situation, and although they are not obligation they are fruit of the common sense. When we travel the maximum is: wherever you go, do whatever you see. It is the way To know the people we visit and help us grow as citizens, To understand is to learn to respect.
HOW TO GET
– BY BOAT: From Spain we can take the ferry to Tangier, Ceuta or Tetuan. The Best option is to get to Tangier, des Tarifa, Algeciras. Ferries depart every 2 hours, from 7am to 9pm. And the crossing by The Strait takes about 35 minutes. You can consult rates and schedules on the pages of the main shipping companies that operate In the Strait, or at http://www.directferries.es/marruecos.htm
– BY PLANE
In Morocco there are 3 main airports: Casablanca, Marrakech and Fez. Since Barcelona and Madrid usually get very interesting offers every month, You can compare prices on these websites, which calculate and compare prices Many agencies.
Or you can also look directly at airlines that offer offers:
HOW TO CHOOSE THE ROUTE:
Morocco can offer the activities and attractions That the traveler seeks, from the purely cultural to the adventures in places Remote with natural landscapes.
– Moroccan Culture and History: Imperial Cities
– Landscapes: Atlas, desert, beaches, the Mediterranean, waterfalls, palm groves, gorges and rivers
– Sports: trekking, surfing, quads or motocross
– Relax and sun
– Exoticism: Marrakech