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    Off to Morroco - what to wear?

    Am off to Morroco for a week over Easter. A few days in Marrakech then the rest of the week by the coast in Essaouira. Any suggestions of what to take? I'm thinking a few lightweight linen/madras shirts, boat shoes/loafers, lightweight chinos etc. Would a linen jacket be overkill for dinner in the evenings?

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    I've literally just returned from there and pretty much did the same. Marrakech riad in the square, then Sirayane Spa Hotel for a relax, then Essaouira for the rest of the week.
    The weather, quite frankly, was ridiculous. Around 26c in the sun and -26c in the shade

    The best thing I can advise is to carry a backpack or satchel everyday. Gloves, scarf, hat, jacket...
    You ever seen the new Karate Kid where Jackie Chan's shouting the "Jacket on/Jacket off" training? It's pretty much what you'll be doing for the whole time.

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    Came back from Marrakech last week. Agree with Des, roasting hot during the day and then cold in the shade/at night. The weather will of course be even more pronounced in the Easter break.

    What you wear won't be a problem, the locals are fine with almost anything blokes do, although the missus got a few stares when wearing a sun dress. I'd recommend shorts for during the day esp if you're going to be wandering around for a while. I needed a jacket at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LondonGer View Post
    Came back from Marrakech last week. Agree with Des, roasting hot during the day and then cold in the shade/at night. The weather will of course be even more pronounced in the Easter break.

    What you wear won't be a problem, the locals are fine with almost anything blokes do, although the missus got a few stares when wearing a sun dress. I'd recommend shorts for during the day esp if you're going to be wandering around for a while. I needed a jacket at night.
    I'm sure she's lovely but tbh she would have got looks if she was either wearing a summer dress or ski wear. Men outnumber the women by 1000:1

    During the day I blended in a bit more than I would have liked. Leather jacket, slim jeans and some Nike Freeruns. Pretty much uniform there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Des View Post
    I'm sure she's lovely but tbh she would have got looks if she was either wearing a summer dress or ski wear. Men outnumber the women by 1000:1

    During the day I blended in a bit more than I would have liked. Leather jacket, slim jeans and some Nike Freeruns. Pretty much uniform there.
    She does look decent in skiwear...but in all seriousness, I know what you mean. We didn't see many females wandering around in what you would see on hot days here (shorts, skirts etc), but it's just a heads up that the locals are always very keen to engage you in conversation and have a little stare here and there.

    There were a lot of stylish French lads when we were there, but the locals (the ones we saw around Jemaa el-Fnaa) aren't going to rival you in the style stakes if you are rocking the blazers, leather jackets etc.

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    I did see a few female tourists dressing way too provocatively. Yes its hot but.. Really? Here??

    Tbf, about 30% of the JeF square was made up of plain clothed policemen protecting the economy. So yes, it won't be hard for a male in linen trousers and panama to stand out and impress.

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