Etiquette

Morocco is a famously tolerant country, but following a few rules of etiquette will make your travels smoother and avoid embarrassment.

  • Greetings are formal. Handshakes are followed by lightly touching your heart with your right hand. Men should wait for Moroccan women to offer handshakes.
  • Both sexes should dress to cover their shoulders. Outside the cities, where people are more conservative, above-the-knees shorts may be seen as inappropriate.
  • The left hand is considered unclean as it's used for toilet duties. Don't handle food with your left hand, particularly if eating from a communal dish such as a tajine.