Is Ramadan a Good time to Visit Morocco
Ramadan does not shut Morocco down. On the contrary, there's a very good atmosphere around, a bit like Christmas. It's a family thing, though, so unless you're invited you'll miss the best parts. Like the incredible "breakfast" Moroccan families share at sunset.
Some shops and restaurants close during the day, others continue to cater tourists as usual, especially in tourist centers like Marrakech, Agadir & Essaouira
Almost all Moroccans fast during Ramadan. They don't consider it a burden, but a celebration. That said, after a week or two some will start showing signs of fatigue and become a bit edgy.
Many shops and tourist attractions have shorter opening hours during the month of Ramadan. After all, working while fasting can become tiresome. You will notice that some people get a bit testy, particularly after the second week of Ramadan.
Restaurants and bars are generally closed during daytime, although in tourist hot spots some will continue to cater to foreigners.
Alcohol shops close one week before Ramadan and re-open one week after. Alcohol can be purchased from large supermarkets eg; Marjanne & Acima during Ramadan providing you show a non-Moroccan passport
There is no law prohibiting non-muslims to eat, drink or smoke during the day and most Moroccans will not mind if you do. On the other hand, they will respect you enormously when you show the courtesy not to do so, at least not in public.
Public transport continues to operate pretty much as usual, although before the evening prayer buses and taxis become very busy with people rushing home for the first meal of the day.
If you're traveling with a tour group, the guide will most likely arrange for activities and meals that work around Ramadan's limitations for foreigners.
Ramadan 2007 is expected to begin in Morocco on September 12 and to end on October 13
The "Eid el-Fitr" festival is expected to begin on October 14.
Note that the exact dates are determined by the sighting of the new moon.