Morocco in January

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Nov 22nd, 2002, 04:08 AM
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Jackie
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Morocco in January

We are planning a trip to Morocco the first week in January. Is it likely to be warm / cold? What sort of clothing is suitable? Do women need to cover up completely? Is it really safe to walk around the souks or should we take a guide?

Any info greatefully received.
 
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Nov 26th, 2002, 10:10 AM
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Jackie -
Although mainly on the Atlantic, Morocco has basically a mediterrannean climate - winter is the rainy season but usually short, hard falls and mainly sunny days. Like Spain, S France
or Italy, most days the high temp. will be between 15 and 20 C , with nights in the high single digits. This would be for the major cities and coastal areas.
The Atlas Mts of course can have heavy snows , although the last few years snow has been rather minimal becasue of the dry conditions and higher than usual temperatures. If you take clothing that you wear in the autumn in the UK you will be more than well preopared - and still have the odd day in a bikini alongside the pool.

The medinas and souks are perfectly safe , even for a single woman , but a guide is almost imperative - not for safety , but simply for navigation and historical reasons ! The narrow labyrinth of streets make it easy to lose one's bearings - but more importantly one misses out on all the hidden slights and places - courtyard restaurants and shops, museums etc. Official guides are easily arranged through your hotel, but I have taken young student guides as well - all are invariable fluently multilingual (French,Spanish and usually English and German..) but no matter which, your tour will always include a visit to a carpet shop and/or brass works . Its part of the fun - you are expected to bargain and bargain hard - but the final product is always well worth it . Just make sure you buy what you really and actually want - and not what they wish to promote.
Have a great time -
Salutations
 
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Nov 26th, 2002, 10:14 AM
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Jackie -
Although mainly on the Atlantic, Morocco has basically a mediterrannean climate - winter is the rainy season but usually short, hard falls and mainly sunny days. Like Spain, S France
or Italy, most days the high temp. will be between 15 and 20 C , with nights in the high single digits. This would be for the major cities and coastal areas.
The Atlas Mts of course can have heavy snows , although the last few years snow has been rather minimal becasue of the dry conditions and higher than usual temperatures. If you take clothing that you wear in the autumn in the UK you will be more than well preopared - and still have the odd day in a bikini alongside the pool.

The medinas and souks are perfectly safe , even for a single woman , but a guide is almost imperative - not for safety , but simply for navigation and historical reasons ! The narrow labyrinth of streets make it easy to lose one's bearings - but more importantly one misses out on all the hidden slights and places - courtyard restaurants and shops, museums etc. Official guides are easily arranged through your hotel, but I have taken young student guides as well - all are invariable fluently multilingual (French,Spanish and usually English and German..) but no matter which, your tour will always include a visit to a carpet shop and/or brass works . Its part of the fun - you are expected to bargain and bargain hard - but the final product is always well worth it . Just make sure you buy what you really and actually want - and not what they wish to promote.
Maroc is a very "western" country -
French is extremely widely spoken to the extent of being almost the language of everyday life in the cities. A large number of woman work and have careers, and by far the majority of the female sex are dressed accordingly , a la western. Very few in fact cover their faces although scarves are worn a lot over the hair. You should dress as you would in the UK - casual but classy - dresses over slacks , blouses over T-shirts etc - and nothing too
"revealing" - a common sense respect for others sentitivities ...Have a great time -
Salutations
 
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