Language:

Arabic and French. English is widely understood.

Events & Festivals:

January
International Marathon
On one of the world’s fastest marathon circuits, over 5,000 runners will compete in the breathtaking setting of Marrakech.

March
Maroc Classic
Vintage and prestige cars take part in this thrilling rally through varied terrain.

April
Essaouira Alizes Festival
Experience Moroccan music as classic and contemporary artists showcase their sounds.

June
Fes Festival of World Sacred Music
Performers from across the world come together to celebrate music and perform.

Gnaoua & World Music Festival
Join in as local and international musicians come together for music, dancing and culture.

July
Timitar Festival
This celebration of Berber culture features modern and traditional music, authentic food and beautiful handicrafts.

Marrakech Festival of Popular Arts
Watch traditional Moroccan folk performances in open-air venues including the magnificent El Badi Palace, with Berber music, belly-dancing and more.

October
Fes Jazz Festival
Discover this ancient city’s history and listen to soothing jazz rhythms.

December
International Film Festival
This fantastic celebration of film attracts many respected artists – 2010’s jury is headed by actor, director and producer John Malkovich and also includes actress Eva Mendes.

Eating / Drinking:

Food
• Harina is a delicious a chickpea soup, often with meat, pumpkin, onions and tomatoes.
• A tajine is mutton, veal, chicken or beef stew cooked with potato and lemon and seasoned with herbs and spices.
• Morocco’s most famous dish is couscous perfectly steamed with lamb, chicken or fish, a spicy sauce and potatoes.
• The traditional pastilla is flaky pastry coated with sugar, cinnamon and egg yolk, layered with pigeon or chicken meat. It’s also served as a desert without the meat.
• Moroccan deserts are very sweet, dripping with sugar and/or honey.

Water
• Stick to bottled water for drinking and cleaning your teeth.

Shopping:

• Head to the medina and practise your haggling skills as you barter for the best price on carpets, kaftans, jewellery, leather goods, metalwork, wickerwork and wood carvings.
• You’ll see local artisans at work as they hammer out copper trays, make jewellery and sew kaftans, giving everything an air of authenticity.
• It’s a good idea to visit the price-fixed government sponsored shops first, to get an idea of prices before hitting the souks.

Good to know:

Religion
Islam

Dialling code
+212

Tipping:

A 15-18% service charge is usually added to the bill.

Religion:

Islam