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ELECTRICITY AND VOLTAGE
The voltage in Morocco is generally 220 V, and outlets will fit the two-pin plug known as the Europlug. If your appliance is "dual-voltage",
it should be fine (It's designed for both 110 and 220 V). If not, you'll need a power converter as well as an adapter.
The holy month of Ramadan is when Muslims fast during the day time and break the fast at sunset. Most restaurants are closed for
lunch (with the exception of those catering specifically to tourists) and things generally slow down. Travelling during this time is entirely
possible, and the restrictions don't apply to non-Muslims, but it's respectful to refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in public during
the fast. At the end of the month is the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, when practically everything closes for as long as a week and transport is
packed as everybody heads back home. Alcohol consumption is not prohibited for tourists during Ramadan. There are a few
restaurants and bars serving alcohol. Alcohol can also be purchased in a supermarket if a tourist shows his or her passport to the staff
as Moroccans are not allowed to buy or consume alcohol during the holy month.
There are several ferry connections to Morocco, mainly from Algeciras and Gibraltor. It takes less than 2 hours to get to Tangier.
Trains are generally the best option because of their speed, frequency and comfort, however the network is limited. Trains link
Marrakech and Tangier via Casablanca and Rabat. A branch line to Oujda starts at Sidi Kassem linking Meknes and Fez to the main
line. If you catch the train, we suggest purchasing a first class ticket.
Domestic flight is not a popular means of transportation; however, Royal Air Maroc, the national flag carrier, has an excellent but
expensive network to most cities.
The local currency is the Moroccan dirham (Dh or MAD), which is divided into 100 centimes (c). As of April 2011, $1 is worth around Dh
7.75. ATMs can be found near tourist hotels and in the modern ville nouvelle shopping districts. Make sure that the ATM accepts foreign
cards (look for the Maestro, Cirrus or Plus logos) before you put your card in. Try to have as much small change as possible and keep
larger bills hidden separately.
USING YOUR CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD
Morocco has bank ATM's almost everywhere in major cities. We suggest informing your bank you will be overseas and in which
countries you will be using your bank card.
WHAT TO BUY?
Jewelry, Rugs, Crafts, Textiles, Shoes, Silver, Gold, Leather, Pottery, Tile, Spices, Brass, Argan Oil, Skin Care Products
The souks are among the greatest attractions and are full of really great buys including spices, dates, nuts, leather, pottery, carpets and
jewelry. If you see an item that you really like try to control yourself and ask calmly how much it is. If the seller notices that you show too
much interest in his item, he’ll definitely try to sell it to you at a higher price. Offer much lower than you really want to pay, generally
speaking, offering a quarter to a third of the price quoted, but don’t rush. The same items can be found in several stores and you are the
client, but make sure to be respectful and polite because this is where tourists make mistakes. Offending the seller by saying, "Your
prices are outrageous," or "Don't try to cheat me!" won't get you very far and reinforces negative stereotypes about Westerners. Walk
away, even out the door. Sellers may chase you down the street to accept your offer. Artisanat (traditional crafts) employ over 7% of the
population. Crafts are the 5th most important export after phosphates, agricultural produce, oranges and fish. These crafts use local
products such as cedar wood, leather, wool and vegetable dyes and are available in all the medinas where you can observe them
Most hotels in Morocco are independent and they are not internationally rated. The rating is done by the Moroccan Ministry of tourism. A
4 star hotel in Morocco in some cases could be equal to 3 a star in the US. The type or rooms are also different. A Double means twin
bed which is a smaller size than regular US standard size bed. A Riad is a type of traditional guest house.
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