Visiting Marrakech During Ramadan
What you need to know when visiting Marrakech during Ramadan. Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims. It is the ninth month of the lunar Islamic calendar. This year 2019 it is due to possibly start on the evening of May the 5th. Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. It is a spiritual time for Muslims. You can feel the excitement in the air! It’s a great time to visit to as you will be able to see parts of the culture that you would not otherwise experience.
Pregnant women, the sick, elderly or children don’t have to fast. Muslims that are fasting will not eat, drink, (yes, not even water). They can not have intercourse or smoke in daylight hours. Increasing in doing good deeds such as charity is encouraged. At sunset, people eat Iftar which is the meal that breaks the fast. People head off to the mosque to take part in the evening prayers.
At sunset, you will experience a sense of calm as the streets quieten. Cannons sound to announce that it’s time to eat. Mosques lay out food for the people that have been fasting. Restaurants are open as usual. You will also be able to experience some special Ramadan foods. That you would not otherwise experience.
Ramadan In Morocco For Tourists
Ramadan in Morocco for tourists is a great way to experience a sense of community. You will see street vendors sharing food together when breaking their fast.
Even though the locals are fasting they do not expect you to fast. When breaking their fast the waiters usually take it in turns to have a meal. Your service may not be as quick as usual so be patient.
The locals are used to tourists eating and drinking in the day. If you aren’t comfortable eating in public. You can eat inside one of the restaurants.
If your not sure what to wear in the holy month check out our blog post.
Our popular Morocco tours will run as usual in Ramadan.
You should be aware that timings for some of the shops may change. They may open later in the morning than usual. And often close to sunset so the owners can break their fast and pray. Historical sites and attractions may reduce their opening hours. Feel free to contact us if you have questions regarding opening times.
Morocco In May
Visiting Morocco in May is ideal. Spring is in full bloom, the days are warmer. The average temperature in Marrakech can get as high as 29C. Temperatures do drop in the evenings to around 15C.
This year you will be able to experience the beauty of May as well as the excitement of Ramadan.
Here are some top tips for you:
- Make sure you visit Jemma el-Fnaa the main square in Marrakech. To witness the nightly celebration in Ramadan.
- Go for a meal at sunset. The restaurants offer set meals for the breaking of the fast. The meals will include traditional Moroccan sweets and soups.
- At sunset make sure you walk by a mosque. You will see people in groves going to the sunset prayer.
- Have a go at fasting for the day. It would be a great way to get a ‘real’ feel of fasting in Ramadan.
Restaurants Near Jemma el-Fnaa
We look forward to welcoming you to Morocco in Ramadan.