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Travel tips

Before leaving for Morocco, we would like to give you some useful tips on the service offered by our agency , hoping they can make your stay in this beautiful country even more enjoyable. There are many agencies that offer very cheap tours and excursions, but they do not offer a quality service , organized hard trips of large groups with constipated transportation and poor housing

Petit Prince sur les sables wants to offer you a holiday to discover the authentic Morocco , in the spirit of responsible tourism, so that your holiday will leave you with unforgettable memories. In the the comfort of the local traditional riad you can taste the typical Moroccan food , and enjoy the bivouacs equipped with bathrooms, showers, electricity with solar panels, accommodation in double tents and restaurant area, comfortable transport, accompanied by expert and multilingual drivers or guides.

You can choose between the solution ” standard ” or ” deluxe” , according to your needs. If you don’t find your preferred tour among the ones proposed in our site we offer circuits and tailor made tours that could meet your idea of ​​travel in the magic Morocco. You will have full control of your time without having to chase the group’s needs, you can arrange stops and pauses at your leisure. Our guides and our drivers will be happy to answer to your requests.

All this at the best quality / price ratio , according to the seasons , the number of participants , the type of accommodation required ( “standard” or “deluxe” ) , the places to visit .

Ramadan (Arabic: رمضان‎ Ramaḍān), is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar; Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting.

This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Restaurants re mostly closed, with exception to the touristic ones. If you have the chance to be invited to the f’tour (the first meal after the sunset) go on a empty stomach!

Ramadan according to the Gregorian calendar

2019 May 6 June 4
2020 April 24 May 23
2021 April 13 May 12
2022 April 3 May 2
2023 March 23 April 21

MEALS

MEALS Meals in local restaurants, with Maghreb traditional food, bivouacs and – on demand – with local families. Any requests should be delivered in advance (vegetarian, food intolerances, allergies, etc). Hospitality accommodation will be in room single/double/triple room with private bathroom in hotels/ riad, managed and owned by locals (in respect of the responsible tourism), bivouacs (nomad tents with carpets, curtains and bathrooms) managed by the people of the village of M’hamid.

Meals in local restaurants with typical food of the Maghreb. If the traveller wishes he can enjoy the traditional Moroccan hospitality and be invited at local families’ houses. Any special requests must be reported in advance (vegetarian, food intolerances, allergies, etc).

Moroccan food is considered among the best in the Arab world, the most famous dish is definitely the cous -cous , made from durum wheat semolina steamed accompanied by meat and vegetables. Another very popular dish is the ‘ tajine ‘ , great stew of meat and vegetables flavored with herbs and spices, with countless variations . A specialty is the Berber ‘ m’choui ‘ , a whole lamb roasted in large earth kilns . We also tasted the pastilla ( ‘ bastaila ‘ in Arabic) : This is a mixture composed of pigeon meat , eggs flavored with lemon, almonds , cinnamon, saffron and sugar , all wrapped in several layers of a sheet that ouarka . In coastal areas you can enjoy a great fish, although the fish is widespread in all major cities , often served fried (great fried calamari and fried sardines ) in foil . Ramdan is the typical food of harira , a soup of beans and vegetables , very invigorating .

The most popular areas you can enjoy the Bissara , mashed beans and a traditional Moroccan rfissa , is a classic Moroccan dish that is made up of thin layers of mesemmens ( crepes square ), liberally sprinkled with sauce, chicken , lentils and spices.

Normally a meal F’tour ( the meal of breaking the fast during Ramadan ) in Morocco consists of a soup, the harira ( based on peas , lentils, meat, tomatoes … ) accompanied by dates and lemons , various types of crepes ( beghrir , crepes round and pitted and msemmen , crepes square ) , sprinkled with butter and / or honey , and Moroccan pastries including chebbakias ( fried dough and covered with honey) and sellou ( mixture of flour , almonds, beans sesame , sugar) . You drink mint tea , milk or latte .

The common spices include cinnamon Karfa ) , Kamoun (cumin ) , kharkoum ( turmeric) , skinjbir ( ginger) , Libzar (black pepper ) , tahmira ( paprika) , anise seeds , sesame seeds , qesbour (cilantro) and Zaafran beldi ( saffron) . Common herbs include mint and maadnous ( parsley) .

You can not go by without tasting the Moroccan mint tea ( ‘ atay ‘ in Arabic) , prepared with Chinese green tea , fresh mint sprigs ( ‘ nanaa ‘ ) and lots of sugar . Bread is a staple food : seasoned with olive oil , accompanied by the sweet mint tea and hot, drenched in oil or argan almond , or in the houses of the Berber sometimes served with a bowl of olive oil and honey . Two famous desserts are the ‘ kaab and ghzal ‘ ( gazelle horns ) , crescent-shaped pastries stuffed with a delicate almond paste and covered with icing sugar, and m’hancha ( coils of a serpent) , pasta flat and round baked in the oven , topped with almonds and covered with icing and cinnamon. There is also the variant “sweet” couscous , made from durum wheat semolina , almonds and powdered sugar. The sweet “natural” are the most popular dates.

Yummy and delicious fruit smoothies (the ” panaché ” ) based on avocado , banana , apple, orange , the ” Jous of lawyer ,” and ” Jous d’orange “, which you can enjoy in the colorful fruit stands and smoothies standard in all of Morocco .

While the dirham is fully convertible the export of local currency is prohibited by law. The easiest way to change in Morocco is at the local bureau de change and banks that are widespread almost everywhere. In Morocco you can use credit card and VISA. You can change both at the airport and in bank; exchange rate changes little. Many restaurants and shops accept payment by credit card and euros (only in big cities).

From Europe to Morocco 00212 + area code without the leading zero

They are many teleboutiques, for national and international calls, to be paid in local currency. In Morocco, you can use dual band phone, with the roaming you can receive, make calls and send and receive text messages. The network coverage is spread almost everywhere, except in the desert (the tour guides have sim card that can be reached even in the most remote areas).

Vaccine is not required. Pharmacies in Morocco are widespread and are equipped with the same drugs as in Europe. It is recommended to drink always bottled water and avoid raw foods outside of the tour. It is good idea to have protective sunscreen and an intestinal antiseptic, as well as medicines of any personal use. Beware of sunburns.

LOCAL GUIDES are professional guides, all originating from the village of M’hamid, with a deep knowledge of the desert, and with years of experience in the field of tourism. They are multilingual and will welcome you with enthusiasm, especially because they would love (with sincerity) show you their customs and traditions.

Equipment and CLOTHING Basically clothing should be a lightweight cotton for the day, sunglasses, hat, comfortable shoes, swimsuit, sunscreen. Please take into account that in the South of Morocco the excursion between day and night is fairly sensitive within internal areas and mountainous and in the desert, so they are indispensable a waterproof jacket, a pail and heavy clothing for the night. Winter in Morocco is not hard but rarely housing environments are heated, it is recommended to carry a heavy clothing for the evening, and lighter for the day. For those who choose to do long treks it is recommended to bring good and resistant hiking boots, anyway for easier trekking even sneakers are fine. It recommends to carry personal items for the excursion in the desert (torches, SB thermostatic water bottles, etc.). Our bivouac are fully furnished with blankets and sheets, toilets, showers, solar panels electricity, restaurant tent. Accommodation in double or single tent.

Climate and SEASONS The period from the end of September and May is the best time to travel in Morocco. June and July are the hottest months (with high daytime temperatures: between 40° and 50°), while the temperature begins to fall in August. In winter the thermal excursion is even stronger, especially in the desert.

Documents It is needed a valid passport (to at least 6 months from the date of entry into the country). Your will get your tourist entry visa, valid 3 months, for free at the airport upon arrival in Morocco.