Can I buy Moroccan money outside the country? Do I need a visa? How do you pronounce Ouarzazate? Ditto for Essaouira? What is the dialing code for Morocco and Marrakech? What is the electrical voltage? What languages are useful in Morocco? Can I buy Moroccan money outside the country? No, the official Moroccan currency
Riad Sapphire and Spa has compiled of list of frequently-asked questions that clients have asked us in the past. Just click on the question to bring up the answer. We will be constantly updating our information – divided into country-related (Morocco), city-related (Marrakech), riad-related (Riad Sapphire and Spa), health-related, and emergency numbers. If you would like
Henna has been used throughout Africa, India, and the Middle East for thousands of years. For centuries, mehndi — the art of henna painting on the body — has been practiced in India, Africa, and the Middle East, where the henna plant is believed to bring love and good fortune, and to protect against evil.
DECEMBER 9, 2011 Many of our clients are delighted with the toiletries provided in our riads—Riad Ariha and Riad Chi-Chi. So we thought we would write a little bit about them. We order the shampoo and shower gel from a company called Nectarôme because they use all-organic products, plus they smell so nice! We found
What to wear Check the temperature for the time of year you are arriving in Marrakech so that you bring the correct clothing. For the months from November to March it is also advisable to take a rain jacket, as it can rain. In the hot summer months wearing light, loose, cotton clothing is advised.
The best way of getting around Marrakech is on foot, especially in the Medina and the souks, where it is the only sensible option. However you will need transport to visit more distant Marrakech sights and to shuttle between the Medina and the new part of town. The best options are normally taxis, many of
Marakkech is not for the faint-hearted! It is a culture shock! At times you feel as though you have gone back in time by 500 years and got lost in the maze of tiny alleyways! It is fascinating – but, on the other hand, if you prefer to stay in a pristine environment, then the
The official language of Morocco is Arabic, but French is widely spoken and it is the main language of business and commerce. Spanish is widely spoken in the northern part of Morocco, for instance in Tangiers. English is becoming an increasingly popular language, particularly in the major cities such as Marrakech, Casablanca and Rabat. In
Morocco is one of the most liberal Islamic countries – but you should respect and be sensitive to their customs and restrictions. The main restriction a tourist will encounter is banned entry into the mosques if you are not a Muslim. This is unfortunate, as many mosques feature beautiful artistry of design. There are a
Islam, the official religion of Morocco, has co-existed peacefully with other religions for many years and there is a sizeable community of foreigners in the country, including French, Italian and American. As with other Muslim countries Ramadan is the most important religious festival and is observed by the vast majority of people. During the month-long