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Shopping in Morocco

Morocco is a country with beautiful and extraordinarily varied craft. Carpets to gold, leather to wood, the harest part will be to choose. Take in mind that bargaining is a fundamental practice of Moroccan trade, particulary in the Souks.

CarpetsIf you take your time to choose and to bargaining, a wool carpet is probably the most beautiful purchase you can buy. Avoid: synthetic carpets, wich have appeared in recent years, particulary in Ouarzazate.

Copper and bronze : The most famous are the plates engraved, etched or hammered.

Jewellery : most often in silver The former Tuareg jewelry or collectibles, are extremely rare, but the Moroccan craftsmen realize beautiful copies. On the other hand, there are a lot of jewelry in Morocco manufactured in India, Indonesia and Niger.

Minerals and fossils Here too, caution is in order. For most, they are false.

Leather : ancient moroccan tradition – clothes, bags, tradition marocaine ancienne - vêtements, sacs, cushions, slippers, sandals... These items are often cheap (However, you have to ensure the quality of leather used).

Wood : other ancestral tradition, , woodworking (whether or inlaid woodwork) is one of the major specialties of Moroccan craftsmen. We admire their work in the souks of Marrakech and Essaouira.

Potery : It’s in Fès, Meknès, Safi et Marrakech that we find the best potery of Morocco. Have mastered the art of copying, they will dazzle you with the beauty of their dishes (gothar or mokfia), their jars (khabia), their butter pots (gellouch) or their pitchers (ghorraf).

La vannerie : Berber baskets, bags of all sizes, baskets, hats, Moroccan weavers know how to do everything. You will also find an abundance medicinal plants, traditional cosmetics, perfumes, spices ...

All prices are negotiable and debatable in 40%. (except in some stores reported). Know negotiate, trade, appreciate, take your time and stay calm. Beware of expansive "antiques" and avoid copies (Lacoste, Rolex, etc ...) that may cause you trouble at the airport.

Change an pay in Morocco

The currency is the Moroccan dirham (DH), divided into 100 cents. There are coins of 5 to 50 cents and 1 and 5 DH; paper currency from 10 to 200 DH.

The import and export of the dirham is prohibited.

Credit cards are widely accepted, especially in large cities where there are easy distributors. We strongly advise against transactions in shops where there is no electronic terminal: risk of counterfeiting of the card.

When you change your currency (only one official exchange rate for the whole country), be sure to ask for money and minor cuts. Without it becomes very difficult to pay tips and other sundry expenses, and daily routine in Morocco.

Your passport is required as identification to change money. Banks are open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 to 12:00 and 14:30 to 16:00. On Friday, the day of the great prayer, they close at 11:15 and re-open at 14.45. In times of Ramadan, they are open continuously from 8:30 to 14:00.

Food

The tagine is nothing but the dish in which cooked the stew that took its name. A meat (lamb, chicken) and all vegetables that please the cook to add, lemon confit with eggplant and almond prune. Plus spices, carefully measured. In fact, a tagine is never twice the same. Another classic, the couscous, you eat salty or sweet and sour. It is good when semolina is good.

The pellets are a festive dish; These are sheets of pastry stuffed with pigeon, chicken, fish or noodles.

Many vegetables, all salad: cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, beets, the range is put to use.

Finally, for those who still a little hungry, pastries are usually made with almonds and sweetened with honey.

Drinks

Mint tea of course ! You can drink it everywhere, at any time, mint te ais an important part of the moroccan tradition.

If you want to drink a beer, you have to find a pub : they offers alcohol, while some hotels and hostels do not.

Tips in Marocco

It’s up to you. Know that people stay poor and that your generosity will be appreciate by the Moroccans (guards, waiters, cleaners, dealers, and others…) For the car parking, let 5 dirhams during the day and 10 dirhams by night.

Opening hours

Difficult to give a reference because the hours vary by season and region. In summer, the lunch break may extend to 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. so the heat is strong.

In general, shops and government are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. During the summer, in tourist areas, shops tend to close much later (7:30 p.m. - 20H) and are open on Saturdays.

Attention: during Ramadan, opening times change as the lunch break is removed. Also, governments often close to 15H and shops not much later.

Then there are the closures for personal reasons: the pious merchants, for example, that lower the curtain fall on Friday and Sunday. There are also markets (days and times depending on the region) and finally merchants streets or roadside, whose schedules are not.

Drugs

Be very careful if someone offers you some kif, the local haschich ; some dealers are informants and the sanctions can be huge.