Casablanca Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by Robin020
  • Local Customs
    by Robin020
  • Local Customs
    by Robin020

Most Recent Local Customs in Casablanca

  • Robin020's Profile Photo

    Haggling down

    by Robin020 Written Feb 13, 2012

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Be aware that haggling down the price of any thing you buy,The seller,vendor mostly raise the price because the vendor knows very well the buyer will try to haggle it down. It is part of the culture,cloth,taking a taxi,souveniurs,even the hotel price...etc from 20% to 40%.Do your best ;)

    Was this review helpful?

  • Robin020's Profile Photo

    Mosques and call prayer

    by Robin020 Written Feb 13, 2012

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    2 more images

    Morroco is a Muslim country and therefore aleppo has many mosques. religious Muslims must pray 5 times a day (called the salaah).

    The imam of the mosque called the muezzin, climbs to the top of the minaret (tower) and call for people to pray.

    The call to prayer can be very loud, guaranteed to wake you up unless you are a very heavy sleeper!

    Was this review helpful?

  • Robin020's Profile Photo

    Smoke argila (shisha)waterpipe

    by Robin020 Written Feb 13, 2012
    3 more images

    smoking Argila is very common in daily life,there are many places and cafes that serve Argila s well.
    do not be surpised to see women in the cafes that also smoke Argila.
    Argila has various tastes ans smells from honey to apple to banana

    Was this review helpful?

  • Robin020's Profile Photo

    Is it acceptable to drink alcohol? What about drug

    by Robin020 Written Feb 13, 2012
    4 more images

    Is it acceptable to drink alcohol? What about drug use?

    Drug use is strictly prohibited in Morocco, and carries very stiff penalties for usage or possession, and no distinction is made between “hard” or “soft” drugs”. If you’re carrying pot, weed, hash or marijuana for medical use or otherwise, do not attempt to enter Morroco.
    Drinking Alcohol in public is unacceptable and not recommended (and sometimes illegal) except in tourist resorts resorts. In all other cities, you can drink alcohol at the resturants or bars that serve it, as well as in private in your hotel room. You may bring alcohol with you to Morocco, but maybe required to pay duty tax.
    Moroccois not like Dubai you find alcohol ONLY in bars of hotels.
    in Morrocyou can purchase alcohol easily from liquor shops and bars as well.
    Bottle of Beer is is aboit half US dollars in shops,while 2 US dollars in bars..

    Was this review helpful?

  • Robin020's Profile Photo

    Jelabba

    by Robin020 Written Feb 13, 2012
    4 more images

    Jellaba is a dress worn by Arab men in Morroco. But is not that popular in Casablanca.
    But more women wearing traditional Arab clothes.You can buy the dress it costs from 100DRHam to 300..do your best .

    Was this review helpful?

  • Robin020's Profile Photo

    Drinking water

    by Robin020 Written Feb 13, 2012
    4 more images

    Drinking Water:

    In morroco if you are tourist is strongly recommended to drink water from the unopended ... is not expensive.
    surprinsgly enough the water from the tap is not dangerous to drink for locals...

    Was this review helpful?

  • Robin020's Profile Photo

    leave wallet home ,If you wear jewelery

    by Robin020 Written Feb 13, 2012

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Leave your valuables at home.When I was there shopping one of the female tourist was panicked and just got robbed muged by one guy who ran into her and grabed her necklace.
    do not carry on mmuch money and do not trust locals easily.People are friendly but because of poverty some of them are pushed to steal

    Was this review helpful?

  • micas_pt's Profile Photo

    Water men

    by micas_pt Written Oct 18, 2010

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Man at cafe

    In Morocco you probably won't see much women sitting at the cafes or open door cafes. There is a reason for this: they believe that only bad-reputation women will sit at cafes. As soon as the guide mentioned this I paid more attention when looking at cafes and esplanades and it was a fact that I couldn't almost find a woman. The only one I saw looked like it was a tourist.

    For the reason mentioned, a new business opportunity was born: women needed to buy water elsewhere. So, men dressed in traditional colourful customs carried and sold water on the streets.

    Nowadays, they no longer sell water. However, being so colourful and typical they make the delights of tourists. Hence a new business opportunity!! You have to pay for you photo with them.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Doctor38's Profile Photo

    Kermoos Annasara

    by Doctor38 Updated Nov 10, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    2 more images

    This is a very delightful fruit. If you visit during late summer to early autumn, you'll find people pushing carts with piles of this stuff. They'll have to peel it for you as you should NOT touch the thorny outer skin. If you do, it is painful and difficult to get rid of it because it too small to be seen but you'll feel it. You'll have to wash your hand immediately. You'll see sellers handle it with no problems, don't let this fools you DO NOT TOUCH THE OUTER SKIN. It is very delicious; I have seen it in Syria and Egypt, where it is called Teen Shoukey (thorny fig). I am sure it exist in other countries, I just don't know what is called in English.

    The cost will vary according to the size of the fruit and the city you are buying it. You'll pay per fruit. In Casablanca and major cities expect to pay 1 Dh for smaller ones and 2 Dh for bigger fruits. Outside major cities except to pay 8 riyal for small one and 15 riyals for big one ( 1 Dh equal 20 riyals, see general tips for more about Moroccan riyals ). Once you decide what size you want let the guy pick them for you. I was surprised that the yellow and green are taster than the red ones, although the red looks much better. Before you buy one just stand for few minutes and watch the rituals of the whole process

    Was this review helpful?

  • Doctor38's Profile Photo

    Oulmes

    by Doctor38 Updated Jan 16, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This is a very delightful drink. It nice sparking water that comes in 2 different flavors or concentrations; a natural form and light forms as you can see the 2 different color bottles. The bottle will cost you eithre 4 dh or 8 dh depending on the size. You can buy it from the supermarket or any cafe.

    This is Perrier like water and I was so impressed that I thought it was worth to mention. When I learned that I can visit the bottling facility I did not even think about it. I visited the bottling facility at the town of Oulmes where this water comes out of springs. You’ll have to have your own transportation as this facility is located In the middle of no where. You can witness the entire production process. I found the detour to be very entertains and interesting. There is a nearby hotel that can arrange you trip. I did not use this service and I don’t remember the name. Sorry

    Was this review helpful?

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo

    Pictures of police and armed forces

    by matcrazy1 Updated Feb 2, 2007

    3 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    A SOLDIER IN FRONT OF THE PREFECTURE MECHOUAR

    Hmm... officially taking pictures of police officers and armed forces is forbidden. But whenever I asked them they never refused. I wonder why? By the way, I didn't pay them for taking pictures.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo

    Local clothes

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 4, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    WOMEN IN TRADITIONAL CLOTHES (PLACE MOHAMMED V)

    Jellaba is loose hooked cloak worn by Arab men. I did not find many men wearing jellabas in Cassablanca.
    But I found more women wearing traditional Arab clothes.
    Btw better to ask women before taking them pictures especially when they are accompanied by men (= usually). Taking pictures of woman's face is a sin in a muslim religion, be respective to it.

    If you want you can buy jellaba to look like natives (rather not in Casablanca). If you are blond-haired don't forget to put on a jellaba's hood and enjoy the sun before to get your skin more bronze :-).

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo

    Women and hospitality

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 4, 2005

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    YOUNG NATIVE PAYS HIS ATTENTION TO... :-)

    I noticed that the natives always paid attention to foreign (white) tourists, especially Arab men to white alone women. Hmm... it seemed sometimes as they thought that travelling alone white women must look for some adventures with a man.

    But generally they were very friendly, hospitable and they were looking for contacts with foreign tourists not only to make business with them :-)).

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Women's Travel
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo

    Water seller

    by matcrazy1 Written Aug 4, 2005

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    WATER SELLER AT MOHAMMED V PLACE, CASABLANCA

    This man in red clothes with bells (on the picture) sold the fresh and cold water from a leather sack. I met him at Mohammed V Place.

    I didn't drink this water to be honest. Why? Hmm... because of hygiene, I suppose. Although I met (in Marrakech) tourists who had drunk water from water sellers and I saw them alive a few days later :-).
    So... maybe next time. Although... hospitals in Morroco don't have good reputation :-(.

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Arts and Culture
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Haggle!!!

    by atifkazi Written Aug 12, 2004

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Well, i dont know where to put this; it goes under Local Customs and General Tips:

    If you are at the market, or just at a shop

    Do the following:

    1) Examine the product, you are to buy, have a look around.

    2) If you like the product find the price

    3) Remember to Haggle!

    4) Say if the person gives u a price
    Take an example of: 100 Moroccan Dirhams,
    You want a lower price!!, YOU DO!!!!, HAGGLE!!, IT DOESNT MAKE YOU CHEAP, IT MAKES SMART!!!, You can do it hear so DO IT!!. So you say 65, and the trader says 90, you say 70, he says 86, you say, final at 72, he wil go down to in the 70 region. i.e. 77 You then meet at 74, say that is your final, the trader should meet you there.

    5) Be Happy, and Haggle!, GO ON!!, I come from a culture of Haggling at the market in my native country. Its so sad, that you cant do that in England :(.

    Related to:
    • Backpacking
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Casablanca

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

97 travelers online now

Comments

Casablanca Local Customs

Reviews and photos of Casablanca local customs posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Casablanca sightseeing.

View all Casablanca hotels