Morocco and Ramadan: what does it change for tourism?
Are you flying to Morocco soon and have just realized that your holidays fall during Ramadan? Don't panic, you can totally enjoy your stay during the holy month!.
What is Ramadan?
Before starting this article on things to do during Ramadan, we should already remember what it is all about: every year, for a month, Muslims do not eat or drink during the day to feel for the poor people and what starving means. Alcohol is totally prohibited (day and night) for 30 days, and you cannot smoke during the day either. At sunset, everyone gathers around the Ftour (breakfast) to break the fast and share a convivial moment. We chat and play cards. It is a very spiritual month, based on sharing.
As you will have understood, Ramadan is a rather quiet month. Many shops and restaurants remain closed during the day. And Moroccans are rare in the streets until night falls. However, all you have to do is adapt your schedule a bit to have an unforgettable stay.
Will I starve during my trip?
Well no! Marrakech is a very touristy city, most restaurants and hotels still serve during Ramadan. so don't worry as a tourist, you will be served with no problem. Just be careful to avoid eating and drinking in the street during the day, as a sign of respect. In the evening, you can enjoy one of the incredible all-you-can-eat Ftours served by most establishments.
Ok, but everything is closed, right?
No more! Admittedly, the schedules change, but most museums and shops remain open. Find out well in advance about the schedules, generally, the establishments close earlier in the afternoon, but in the morning everything is open!
And in addition, traveling during Ramadan means avoiding tourists!
There are far fewer tourists during the holy month, so you will have a much more authentic experience! And you will avoid the long queues, this is the opportunity to discover the Majorelle Garden and the new Yves Saint Laurent Museum, without waiting hours to enter. 😉
Visiting Morocco during the month of Ramadan is a good idea! You will discover a more authentic Marrakech, emptied of its tourists, and take part in the most important month in Muslim culture. Attending the call to prayer during the breaking of the fast at the foot of the Koutoubia is a very moving moment that you will remember all your life!