Don’t at least if you have never traveled to a Muslim country during Ramadan, or a strict Muslim country at any time, and don’t know what to expect.
Very long verbose, ranting answer
Morocco is one of the most liberal Muslim countries. Cosmopolitan Moroccans are not typically religious and have a westernized lifestyle.
NOT SO during Ramadan, a couple of weeks before Ramadan many urbanized Moroccans suddenly remember that they are supposed to be Muslims and that they are supposed to pray, not drink alcohol, not eat certain things, not have sex outside of marital bounds, not, not, not…..the ones that were religious to start with often get rabid and start foaming at the mouth…
Your trip could be horrific if you expect business to be as usual, be prepared as you would if you traveled to one of the stricter middle eastern country that practice Sharia (Islamic law)
Alright, I am exaggerating a bit, but it is better to be prepared for the worst…
“Nobody eats during the daytime until the sun goes down”
Well; not publicly, and don’t forget no public smoking or drinking water which is a lot worse.
Children, sick people, woman with their period, travelers….eat indoors; plus there are still some “Ramadan eaters” who eat furtively (and often have a month’s supply of alcohol at home).
Not relevant to traveling, but some do all they can to avoid doing Ramadan. European capitals swell with rich Moroccans as technically a traveler doesn’t have to fast, women have periods that last four weeks, people get sick and need to take pills during the day (not on an empty stomach of course)…..
Most western restaurants close during this period, but mostly because even at night, this is a month where people tend to eat traditional foods with family.
Your hotel will have eating facilities for foreigners during the day. At night, still a lot of places are open. For alcohol this is one of the only times where the law is enforced for locals, they can’t buy or be served alcohol, but you can without problem.
“So, no shop (included food shops) are opened until then (with hard temperatures...), and every streets are kind of desert in the afternoon,
Nope, this is paradoxically the most commercial month of the year. Most shops are open; streets are filled with hungry people buying 4 times what they need and then some. Streets are desert only during fatr, the breakfast, but then some people do eat in the street and cafes do a thriving business; about an hour later streets start to fill till very late, dawn in some cities. Don’t expect them to rise early, or really do any work though.
This is the most social month and the streets are filled with more people than any other time of the year. It can be quite enjoyable and can be a reason to choose to come at this period.
Btw if you hear alarms, sirens, detonating canons…that’s not an air raid but the ftr announcement. The pre-ftr tension is quite unique, millions of people are on the edge eagerly waiting the green light to pounce on their food and devour it all? Most Moroccans gain a lot of weigh during this “fasting” period by eating nearly non-stop throughout the night.
Also, if you are a light sleeper….this is the month where the mosque’s muezzin (call to prayer) are at their loudest, they do try their damnest to wake you up. There are prayer calls in the morning, afternoon, sunset, dinner, dawn.
“Some touristic facilities might be closed too
No, I don’t think so, opening hours do change though.
Men avoid to talk to women too, cause it can lead to a "desire" sin (not that nice for my girlfriend),
No, maybe there is less chatting-up as pre-marital sex is off the menu. However, many modern Moroccan consider the sex rule not to be applicable at night. That plus this is the month where single girls are allowed to roam the streets till the AMs…. No need to draw a picture
People might be less inclined to talk to us travelers?
They are generally more ineffectual, belligerent, sullen, and uncooperative, toward everyone during the day.
But yes, for some they suddenly remember that you are a dirty impure foreigner who will burn to hell for eternity. Others suddenly get political and identify with some Muslim “brother” country that was mistreated by some western power, of which you are the present incarnation
you're traveling on the last week.
Going toward the end is much better than just before or early on. People have been used to fasting; they are more relaxed, more tolerant. It is even more social and the Eid is kind of like Christmas, no rioting for sure, and can be quite social as it is not only family oriented.
Life starts again, and although it will be a few days before they can buy alcohol, some find ways around it and start partying right away. Also the ones that held to a strict Ramadan are suddenly liberated and rush to enjoy unconstrained freedom.
Even the fanatics tend to mellow down and feel charitable toward their neighbors....
A trip during this period can be quite enjoyable if you know what to expect. But if you land in it or have been to morocco before and expect the same, prepare to be alienated.
Note, I am a westernized Moroccan, some of my view may not be shared by others, but that’s my experience with Ramadan in Morocco.