Ramadan in Morocco: 6 Things that Describe the Atmosphere

I was told that Ramadan is a magical period when everything changes; the busiest streets in the town are empty, the nastiest men become humble and the noisiest grandmas close their mouth. That’s absolutely true.

1. Men don’t harras

Men are ashamed to talk to girls and misbehave in front of people on the streets. Personally, I feel more comfortable on the street those days.

2. People are nicer

In Islam, good deeds done during the holy month count more so you will see more smiling vendors, helpful strangers, generous people on the streets (paradise for beggars:D) and quite calm taxi drivers.

3. The food is different

There are specialties that you can try especially during Ramadan, chbakia will be freesher, orange juice will be sold on every corner, you will also find fresh dates from all over the world in good prices. On the other hand, you’re unlikely to find tajine or couscous in the restaurants.

4. Streets are empty

In the morning you will have all freedom! It is easy to catch a taxi. Half an hour before the ftour is crazy and when you go out 5 min before the ftour you will not see a single person on the street! If you’re travelling during ftour and have no car, make sure to book your transport in advance!

5. Shops are closed

If you’re an early bird you better buy everything what you need one day earlier. Shops are closed in the morning, some open in the afternoon, some at 12 and some don’t open during the whole month. If you are keen on night life you will love Ramadan. People go to the gym in the evening, shops and bars are open till late night hours.

6. Tourists don’t visit

Ramadan is the perfect time for travel. Tourists don’t come to Morocco (even Moroccans themselves don’t travel this much) because it is too hot. You will not have to struggle to book a hotel room, streets won’t be crowded and the beaches will be empty during the day.

Being in Morocco during Ramadan is a totally different experience. Find out for yourself!

Written by Monika Mizińska

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Monika, world, culture and languages lover. Originally from Poland, a Language Methodologist, currently living in Morocco. Founder of the blog Bewildered in Morocco, co-founder of a cultural event Pages -The Other Sides of Morocco.