10 Ways To Embrace Moroccan Culture On Your Travels



When you travel to a different part of the world, explore a new culture, or speak with people from various backgrounds, it is important to be mindful of their own laws, traditions, and customs. 

If you are traveling to Morocco, and want to get the most out of your time there, while adventuring and seeing the best that Morocco has to offer, there are a few things that you should keep in mind to embrace the culture of this country. 

10 Ways To Embrace Moroccan Culture On Your Travels

Morocco is in western North Africa and has a diverse mixture of Berber, African, Arab, and European influences. So, let’s talk a little bit about Morocco, and which ways you can embrace this country’s traditions and customs while you are there. 

About Moroccan Culture

Morocco has its very own rich and diverse culture. It is important to remember that Morocco follows the religion of Islam, and religion is very important to the country and its people. 

For instance, there are many religious celebrations throughout the year such as Ramadan and Eid Al Adha, during which time, people will spend time with their families, and enjoy the celebrations. If you want to enjoy yourself in Morocco, follow the tips below!

10 Ways To Embrace Moroccan Culture On Your Travels

Dress Conservatively

Morocco is a very religious country, and one that is also very conservative. As such, it is important that you dress appropriately when on your travels.

Your dress code should be modest, and men should wear shirts with the shoulders covered, along with trousers or shorts that come to the knee, while women will need to wear long, loose clothing that covers the upper arms, midriff, back, knees, and chest.

You will notice that women cover their hair, but this is not necessary for foreigners traveling in Morocco. However, if you visit a religious location such as a mosque, then it is proper etiquette to cover your hair with a scarf for modesty.  

You can wear swimwear, but only at the beach, and you should be dressed fully walking to and from the beach if you want to maintain respect and modesty within the cultural traditions.

Use Your Right Hand

In Moroccan culture, the left hand is the one that is used for dirty chores or bathroom hygiene, so it is considered rude if you use this hand to shake hands with someone, offer a gift, eat, or give someone a tip.

Be sure to use your right hand if you want to complement the locals, and embrace the cultural traditions. 

Remove Your Shoes

Moroccan people are very courteous and welcoming. It is not uncommon for you to be invited into someone’s home or for dinner.

If you do go into a home, then it is polite to remove your shoes, and wear socks that are clean. This is considered respectful within Moroccan culture. It is also customary to bring a gift for the host, or you could cause offense.

Use The Language

It is common for Moroccan people to give thanks in their God’s name before having dinner, eating, or drinking.

They will say ‘bismillah’ before doing so, and compliment the food with ‘tbarkallah’ after eating, which means ‘blessed is God’. This will be received well by other guests and by the host. 

10 Ways To Embrace Moroccan Culture On Your Travels

Avoid Public Displays Of Affection

You should also try to avoid public displays of affection, especially if you are not in a tourist area, or you are in a religious place. It is not uncommon for Moroccan people to hold hands, but this is often a platonic act, and one done between friends. 

Hand shaking is far more acceptable when greeting another person.

It is also frowned upon for kissing, hugging and other displays of affection, particularly if you are unmarried, which leads us onto our next point. It should also be noted that homosexuality is a criminal act in Morocco. 

Unmarried Couples

If you are traveling with a partner, and you are not married, then you do need to be careful, and respectful of local laws. Any form of sexual relations outside of marriage are strictly forbidden, and are punishable by law.

Unmarried couples may not sleep in the same bed, so you could be asked for proof of marriage during check in, or you may have to sleep in separate rooms. 

Don’t Drink Alcohol In Public Spaces

It is fine to drink alcohol in licensed areas such as bars, tourist hotspots, and in hotels. However, you cannot drink alcohol in the streets, or anywhere unlicensed. 

Be Mindful Of Photography

You should be careful of what you take photographs of in Morocco. There are strict laws around political and religious spaces, so you are not always permitted to take photographs on such sites.

You will also need permission from authorities in order to fly a drone. Be respectful of the local community and rules, and you will be fine. 

Ensure You Tip

In many cultures, tipping can be an insult. However, it is perfectly fine to tip in Morocco. If a service is provided well, then Moroccans will be happy to accept a tip in return to show your gratitude. 

Haggling Is The Key

If you want to get the most out of your time in Morocco, it is important that you know how to haggle. The first price is never the final offer, you can bargain for a better one.

If you plan on shopping while on your travels, then you need to haggle the price down. You should keep in mind the currency exchange, as you can easily get lost in all of the numbers they offer you. 

A dollar is about 9 dirhams, so be sure to keep that in mind and work out roughly what the item is actually costing you. Trust us, the locals have done this before and will try to get the best price. 

However, you may not be able to do so everywhere, and it could be considered rude if you try to haggle the price of food

Final Thoughts

To summarize, Morocco is a beautiful country steeped in tradition, culture and religious practices. It is vital that you keep in mind the Moroccan customs if you want to have an enjoyable, stress free visit.

With these tips, you can really embrace the traditions, and ensure that you have a wonderful time with welcoming and courteous locals.