Muse Dar Belghazi

The first museum in Morocco, the Mus e Dar Belghazi (X037 822178 www.museebelghazi.maroc oriental.com, in French admission to main collection Dh40, incl private rooms Dh100 S 8.30am-6pm), has a vast collection of traditional Andalusian, Jewish Moroccan and Islamic arts and crafts amassed by the Belghazi family. Displays include measuring instruments, (one of the first Belghazis was an astrologist at the Qarawiyin court in Fez), 17th-century carpets, exquisitely carved wooden minbars (pulpits...

Embassies Consulates in Morocco

Most embassies and diplomatic representation are in Rabat. Unless otherwise noted, all of the embassies are open Monday to Friday, from 9am until noon. Algeria Rabat (Map p118 X 037 661574 algerabat iam.net.ma 46-48 Ave Tariq ibn Zayid S 8.30am-4pm Mon-Fri) Oujda (Map p283 X 056 710452 Blvd Bir Anzarane) Australia The Australian embassy in Paris has consular responsibility for Morocco. Consular services to Australian citizens in Morocco are provided by the Canadian embassy. Belgium Rabat (Map...

Glossary

This glossary is a list of Arabic (A), Berber (B), French (F) and Spanish (S) terms that are used throughout this guide. For a list of trekking terms, see Words To Trek By, p422. For food-related terms see Eat Your Words, p88. agadir (B) - fortified communal granary ait (B) - family (of), often precedes tribal and town Al-Andalus - Muslim Spain and Portugal Alawite - hereditary dynasty that has ruled Morocco since the late 17th century Allah (A) - God Almohads - puritanical Muslim group...

Insect Bites Stings

Bites from mosquitoes and other insects are more likely to be an irritant rather than a health risk. DEET-based insect repellents will prevent bites. Bees and wasps only cause real problems to those with a severe allergy (anaphylaxis). If you have a severe allergy to bee or wasp stings, you should carry an adrenaline injection or similar. Sandflies are found around the Mediterranean beaches. They usually cause only a nasty, itchy bite but can carry a rare skin disorder called cutaneous...

Gay Lesbian Travellers

Homosexual acts (including kissing) are officially illegal in Morocco - in theory you can go to jail and or be fined. In practice, although not openly admitted or shown, sex between men remains relatively common, even if few people engaging would actively identify themselves as gay. Platonic affection is freely shown, more so among men than women. In most places, discretion is the key and public displays of affection should be avoided (aggression towards gay male travellers is not unheard of),...

Jet Lag Motion Sickness

Jet lag is common when crossing more than five time zones it results in insomnia, fatigue or nausea. To avoid j et lag, set your watch to your destination's time zone when you board your plane, drink plenty of (nonalcoholic) fluids and eat lightly. Upon arrival, seek exposure to natural sunlight and readjust your eating and sleeping schedule as soon as possible. Antihistamines such as dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) and meclizine (Antivert, Bonine) are usually the first choice for treating motion...

Around Eljadida Azemmour

El-Amine, one of Azemmour's most successful painters, hit it right describing his favourite view of town from his roof terrace, which he has painted numerous times the old walled medina squeezed in between the Oum er-Rbia (Mother of Spring) river and the ocean, with the fields spread beyond. The picturesque town has inspired many artists, who have come to live here. Although it is close to the art market of Casablanca, life is still simple, with the farmers and fishermen going door-to-door with...

Bring Your Own Vehicle

Taking your own vehicle to Morocco is comparatively easy. In addition to your vehicle registration document (carte grise in Morocco) and International Driving Permit, a Green Card (carte verte) is required from the car's insurer (you may be covered in your current car insurance policy, especially if you live in Continental Europe, so check with your insurance company). These are relatively inexpensive, though often only provide third-party, fire and theft protection. Not all insurers cover...

French

Je suis malade. zher swee ma-lad Je me suis gar e. (m f) zhe me swee-zay-ga-ray Leave me alone Fichez-moi la paix fee-shay-mwa la pay How much is it per night per person Quel est le prix kel e 1er pree The pronunciation guides included with each French phrase should help you in getting your message across. Est-ce que vous avez des chambres libres e-sker voo-za-vay day shom-brer leebrer Je vous en prie. (pol) De rien. (inf) Excuse me. Parlez-vous anglais I don't understand. Je ne comprends pas....

Islamic Holidays

Although most business hours and aspects of daily Moroccan life are organised around the Gregorian calendar, the religious rhythms of society are firmly tied to the lunar Hejira calendar. The word hejira refers to the Prophet Mohammed's flight from Mecca to Medina in AD 622 - the first year of the Muslim calendar. The lunar calendar is slightly shorter than its Gregorian equivalent, so the Muslim calendar begins around 11 days earlier each year. Dates run from sunset to the next sunset, with...

Leishmaniasis

Spread through the bite of an infected sand-fly, leishmaniasis can cause slowly growing skin lumps or sores. It may develop into a serious life-threatening fever usually accompanied with anaemia and weight loss. There is no vaccine, but treatment with the antimonial drugs Glucantime or Pentostam is straightforward. Infected dogs are also carriers of the infection. Sandfly bites should be avoided whenever possible. In Morocco, leishmaniasis may be found in rural areas in the Atlas Mountains,...

Visa Extensions

Should the standard 90-day stay be insufficient, you can apply for an extension or even for residence a Carte de Sejour , but the latter is difficult to get and usually requires proof of employment. Go to the nearest police headquarters Pr fecture de Police with your passport, three photos and a letter from your embassy requesting a visa extension on your behalf. Applications can take hours or days, and different police Embassies for the following countries are in Rabat - see p462 for address...

Sidi Kaouki

The constant blustery winds, wild beach and decent accommodation at Sidi Kaouki are fast turning it into one of Morocco's top windsurfing and surfing spots. It's not for the faint-hearted and the waters here can be dangerous for inexperienced surfers. A clutch of guest houses and small stalls serving tajine, seafood and snacks stretch along the beachfront. You can rent a horse half-hour hour costs Dh70 120 and ride along the long stretch of beach, or try your hand at mono-gliding at VHM Village...

Around Rabat Sal Complexe des Potiers

The village of Oulja, 3km southeast of Sal , is home to the Complexe des Potiers Pottery Cooperative S sunrise-sunset which produces a huge range of ceramics. The potters work at the back of the complex, bringing in clay from a rich seam in the surrounding hills you'll see it on the left as you drive in , throwing and turning it on kick wheels, then glazing and firing the finished pieces in enormous kilns. A firing takes 15 hours and reaches 900 C. Fine domestic pottery is fired in gas kilns...

Business Hours

Although a Muslim country, for business purposes Morocco follows the Monday to Friday working week. Friday is the main prayer day, however, so many businesses take an extended lunch break on Friday afternoon. During Ramadan the rhythm of the country changes and office hours shift to around 8am to 3pm or 4pm. For details of opening hours for shops, banks, post offices and restaurants, see the Quick Reference inside the front cover. Banking hours can vary a little, with some banks closing at...

Moroccan Arabic

Written and spoken Arabic are often two very different languages. Moroccan Arabic Darija is a dialect of the standard language, but is so different in many respects as to be virtually like another tongue. It is also the dialect that differs most from those of other Arabic-speaking peoples. More specialised or educated language tends to be much the same across the Arab world, although pronunciation varies considerably. An Arab from Jordan or Iraq will have little trouble discussing politics or...

Hepatitis B

Infected blood, contaminated needles and sexual intercourse can all transmit hepatitis B. It can cause jaundice, and affects the liver, occasionally causing liver failure. All travellers should make this a routine vaccination Morocco gives hepatitis B vaccination as part of routine childhood vaccination . The vaccine is given singly, or at the same time as the hepatitis A vaccine Hepatyrix . A course will give protection for at least five years. It can be given over four weeks, or six months.

Hassan Dalil

How long have you lived in Moulay Bousselham I was born on the lagoon, and I started taking tourists in my little rowing boat when I was 12, so I could make money to go to school. People then mostly wanted to see flamingos. In 1987 I finished studying physics and chemistry at the University of Kenitra and decided to become a bird guide. In the summer I take people walking around the lagoon, in winter I take them by boat. How did you get into birds People came here to watch birds so I learned a...

Spain

Ferries from Spain to Morocco are plentiful. The Spanish government-run company Trasmediterr nea runs regular sailings, as do Buquebus, Comanav, Comarit, Euro-Ferrys and FRS. Hydrofoils and catamarans also referred to as fast ferries are used extensively, but are more expensive and can be disrupted by rough seas. The most popular and frequent service is the Algeciras to Tangier route. It's traditionally been known for its hassle and hustlers, but these have largely been cleared out of the port,...

Emma Wilson

How long have you lived in Essaouira I have been coming to Essaouira for 10 years, and I have lived here for about five years. I love it but I go home to London for sanity's sake every three months, usually for three weeks. Why did you choose Essaouira I guess Essaouira chose me and I suited it. I bought a house here at first, because I fell in love with this white, organic architecture and the town just reeled me in. This has partly to do both with the fact that the business is just more...

Sleeping Eating

All hotels listed have their own restaurants. There are some slightly cheaper places lining the road down to the beach. For bargain meals there is a selection of cheap eateries on the main road in the village. Hotel Thalassa X 023 366050 r Dh100-150, Jun-Sep Dh150-200 The only hotel on the main drag, this slightly dated place is better than you might expect, with bright, airy whitewashed rooms with old-fashioned bathrooms. It's good value but far from the beach. H tel-Restaurant L'Initiale X...

Mill Htel Guynemer Map p X wwwguynemerhotelcom Rue Mohammed Belloul sdtr incl breakfast Dhwifi

The friendly and super-efficient family-run Guynemer, in a gorgeous art-deco building, just goes from strength to strength. The 29 well-appointed and regularly updated rooms are tastefully decked out in cheerful colours. Fresh flowers, plasma TVs, wi-fi access and firm, comfortable beds make them a steal at these rates and the service is way above average staff will happily run out to get anything you need. There's an airport pick-up service Dh200 and city tours. The small restaurant serves a...