Wearing “modest” clothes (long sleeves, long skirts, baggy rather than tight clothes) will give an impression of respectability.Wearing a headscarf to cover your hair and ears will give this impression even more.Taxi drivers do not expect a tip, but always appreciate one.
Nonetheless, you should try not to affront people’s religious beliefs, especially those of older, more conservative people, by, for example, wearing skimpy clothes, kissing and cuddling in public, or eating or smoking in the street during Ramadan.
Clothes are particularly important: many Moroccans, especially in rural areas, may be offended by clothes that do not fully cover parts of the body considered “private”, including both legs and shoulders, especially for women.
In rural areas at least, it is a good idea to follow these codes, and definitely a bad idea for women to wear shorts or skirts above the knee, or for members of either sex to wear sleeveless T-shirts or very short shorts.
Even ordinary T-shirts may be regarded as underwear, particularly in rural mountain areas.
It is customary to take a gift: sweet pastries or tea and sugar are always acceptable, and you might even take meat (by arrangement – a chicken from the countryside for example, still alive of course) to a poorer home.
You’re expected to tip – among others – waiters in cafés (1dh per person) and restaurants (5dh or so in moderate places, 10–15 percent in upmarket places); museum and monument curators (3–5dh); (5dh); filling station attendants (3–5dh); and porters who load your baggage onto buses (5dh).Moroccans are extremely hospitable and very tolerant.Though most people are religious, they are generally easy-going, and most young Moroccan women don’t wear a veil, though they may well wear a headscarf.In part this is to do with Moroccan men’s misunderstanding of Western culture and sexual attitudes, and the fact that some think they can get away with taking liberties with tourists that no Moroccan woman would tolerate.The obvious strategies for getting rid of unwanted attention are the same ones that you would use at home: appear confident and assured and you will avoid a lot of trouble.You’ll also see young people of both sexes hanging out together, though you can be sure that opportunities for premarital sex are kept to a minimum.