Undoubtedly, Morocco’s main attraction, aside from its climate, is its wonderful array of beautiful open spaces, most of which remains unexplored.
Morocco certainly offers it all in one breathtaking package; majestic mountain ranges (there are 3 ranges in the Atlas alone), a vast coastline
and the spectacular wilderness of the Sahara Desert.

Visitors to Morocco may not yet be aware of the country’s remarkable generosity and hospitality towards strangers.
Breaking bread and taking mint tea together is a simple, yet significant, custom which you will have the good fortune to experience.

Below are a few facts that may reinforce or dispel your perceptions of Morocco. If you still have any questions after looking through the following,
please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Morocco is a very safe, tolerant and relaxed country. Its generous hospitality knows no bounds and you will be exceptionally well looked after wherever you stay.
Moroccan culture is rooted in Islam and is very traditional. We therefore remind you to be respectful of certain aspects of society here, in particular with your dress
and during the fasting month of Ramadan. In Marrakech, and on the beach, “anything goes” dress-wise but expect to get noticed if that’s the case.
In rural areas avoid having too much skin on show, so cover up your arms and legs as much as possible. The month of Ramadan, calculated by the lunar calendar,
is a particularly sacred time for Muslims and you should be mindful of your dress even in Marrakech. Also, at this time, think twice before openly drinking,
eating or smoking in public spaces during the day, especially so near areas of worship.
When shopping for souvenirs, homewares, items of clothing, etc in the souks (markets) expect to have to haggle over the price; this is perfectly normal and all part of
an elaborate bargaining game between you and the shop-keeper! Have a price in mind before you start the negotiations and try to keep to it. Don’t forget, you can always
walk away from the negotiation at any time (this often helps the shop-keeper come round to your price!).
Tipping is also an established practice in the tourism service. Tipping remains entirely discretionary but is a very welcome and accepted way for guides, drivers,
cooks etc to support their incomes. We can provide further guidance in this respect.

Moroccan food is absolutely delicious and good for you too; lots of fresh, seasonal fruit & vegetables, all grown in Morocco of course, lean meat (often lamb)
and a variety of colourful herbs & spices (paprika, saffron, cumin, ginger, cinnamon, coriander, etc). Well-known dishes include tagine (named for the conical
earthenware pot that the dish is slowly cooked in, over charcoal) and couscous (semolina steamed three times to keep it light) which is usually eaten on Fridays,
the Sabbath.
Other notable dishes include pastilla (filled filo pastry parcel, sweet & savoury), mechwi (roasted whole lamb or sheep, sometimes cooked in a fire-pit in the ground,
popular at weddings and festivals), harira (bean and chickpea soup, tomato-base, eaten to break the fast during Ramadan), tanjia (jugged beef or lamb, slow-cooked
in the embers of a fire), and flavoursome salads.
Dessert is not really a big deal at mealtimes, and, usually, fresh fruit (pomegranate, melon, peaches, grapes, for instance) is served and a glass of the ubiquitous
mint tea. Other fruits particular to Morocco are figs, dates and prickly pears.
Sweet treats are wonderful Moroccan pastries, often made with almonds and honey and not too sickly, and they make a thoughtful gift to take along should you be
invited to a Moroccan home.
From a European perspective something as simple as making a cup of tea or baking a loaf of bread, here in Morocco carries huge cultural significance. You will most
likely experience this in the desert; witness the staple of every meal, bread, baked fresh in the hot sand beneath the coals of the campfire and take part in the art
of the tea ceremony. Nothing is rushed!
The preparing of tea is a social ritual that opens dialogue and connects peoples with their heritage. You will no doubt enjoy countless glasses
of tea during your adventure with us.