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I was there over 10 years ago so I can’t speak for today. But in my experience women should always travel in groups and not alone. We were constantly being bothered by locals. We lived in Agadir for a month and were basically rescuing women from the aggressive locals over coffee every morning.
That said it’s an incredible country and you should attempt to go if you can. Put out the feelers and try to find other people to travel with. It’s definitely not a place to miss.
Have a great trip!
I went a few years ago and had the same concerns. Lucky for me my girlfriends could not go with me but they met a charming New Yorker who was by himself and was keen on going, So we went to gether….it was adventurous and the makings of a short but seet romance. I was glad I had a man with me….I felt safer.
Can you drum uo a guy to go with you for that leg of the trip?
I don’t believe that Morocco is any more dangerous than any European country. I have been there many times over the last few years, each time with my girlfriend (I am English she is Irish). I do appreciate that men and women do have different travel experience and travelling as a couple is not the same as travelling alone but we have split up on occasions to follow our own particular interests in places and neither of us has ever found ourselves in danger. We have had worrying, anxious and uncomfortable encounters but never felt our safety to be threatened (just our wallet), but we’ve had such encounters in other countries. There is always an element of anxiety when you are away from home in foreign lands and I think that feeling can be heightened in a country where the language and culture is so different to our own. That said it is always wise to take sensible precautions when travelling: don’t go to known danger areas; most cities throughout the world have such areas, be careful about taking invitations to go anywhere with someone you’ve just met; if you can do find a travel companion as sharing an experience of a place always makes it come alive, and keep your phone with you with numbers of you friends and family and also the hotels you stay in. That said I would really recommend Morocco as a don’t miss country especially the south and if possible not too much time in cities, they are great but the really friendly, welcoming Morocco is in the small towns and villages.
My wife and I travelled round Morocco a couple of years ago.As a married couple we encountered no problems what so ever. We stayed with a Moroccan friends family, the only problem my wife had was when her and our guests wife went to a Hamman, eventhough she dressed in a Djellaba, she still didn’t look local and was charged double. (Well that’s tourist tax.) I have travelled round 5 muslim countries now and the tourists that I have seen get into problems are ones that show off too much flesh and draw attention to themselves. Learn a few arabic phrases especially greetings you will get on so much better. After seeing your photos, as long as you don’t wear too much makeup and weara Djellaba, you’ll get away with looking like a local. Have a great time!
I think Morocco is a little more dangerous than Europe, but it should be generally OK. Dress a little conservatively- they all do, after all. I did see a hippie couple at the Hassan 2 Mosque, in shorts and tank tops, shooting photos and hanging out, and nobody bothered them, so it’s not that bad.
Speaking some French helps a lot, too. Spanish might help too, but I don’t speak any so I don’t really know.
During my travel across the country i knew a couple of young french girls that were traveling alone all along morocco by road.
They were looking for a place to sleep, so they were not traveling with a strong planning.
I think that today (i was there in august 2006), morocco is a safe enough country for women traveling alone.
If you decide to do, i can tell you some cities you must visit. :)
I was in Morocco with my boyfriend in January. I found the people to be very hospitable and respectful and had no problems when I was out and about by myself. Clothes wise, you need to be respectful of the culture and cover up. I met another woman who had been travelling by herself who agreed that the South was pretty laid back but she had had some problems in the North. I learnt some Moroccan Arabic phrases before I went and these went down really well when approaching people for informaion, directions, etc.
I went to Morocco a couple of years ago with my then boyfirend. Although part of a couple was ok, I would not have felt comfortable on my own. Morocco is probably not anymore dangerous than any other european country but it can feel intimidating. I found that there was a strong belief of a womans place in society…. and that caused problems when shopkeepers would only talk to my boyfreind and not me! However, you go there to experience the culture and customs of a different place, don’t you, so it would be no fun if it were the same as every other european country! Having said all that, the sandy beaches were gorgeous and the local markets full of everything you could possibly imagine. Enjoy your trip!
I was in Morrocco about 8 years ago. I traveled with a male friend all over the country for 3 weeks. I told everyone that this friend was my husband so that it seemed more respectable, and I also dressed very conservatively. Despite this, I had numerous problems with the men in Morrocco. The instant my “husband” turned his head, something would happen. One example is while coming out of a house that sold rugs: we were descending the stairs, the stairs turned as we went to the lower floor, and our guide turned around and grabbed my breast. My “husband” was just two steps behind me at the turn of the stairs and could not see what happened. Things like this happened during my whole trip and it got to the point where i would just stare down at the ground wherever I was. I didn’t want to do anything that would appear as an invitation of any sort. Also, I do speak French and was able to communicate with people in that language. I wasn’t completely oblivious of what was happening around me. Anyway, I lived in Europe and travelled all around for over a year and never had this problem before. I have also travelled extensively in Asia and Latin America alone and did not have the types of problems that I had in Morrocco. It is a beautiful country, but take precautions if you go. I certainly would not go there as a female alone.
I had very few problems, though I did have a few, but I also speak French and I think that helped A LOT b/c for the most part I could get around by myself w/o help and when I did ask for help, people understood me.
I was there with my wife in a group trip. Even though I am not over-protective with nancy, i had to play husband a few times to drive few males away …
Nevertheless that only hapened very few times. They usually do not mess with groups as they know that a local has vested interests.
I would say that you should be with company (male or female) for you to enjoy. You should also dress and behave conservatively, meaning long sleeves, no deep cut shirts, no mini or half length skirts.
Other than that if you really decide to go on your own try to avoid night walks on lonely streets … like everywhere else … and pick a respectable hotel for you to stay …
Good luck with your trip
Visit Marakesh and further in the south … I heard Essawira is also nice
Casablanka / Rabat is not really woth it
Here is my review of the trip
My husband and I were in Marrakech a couple months ago and we felt safe the entire time. A girlfriend of mine from California visited Morocco for three weeks by herself and she said she felt safe too. She said that did get A LOT of unwanted attention, but after a while she learned to just ignore unwanted advances and she had a great trip.
Be sure to dress conservatively, (no matter if you are traveling alone or not) it helps to cut down on unwanted attention.
Good luck… have a great trip!
hello, im also in the same position. i am a single female traveller and looking to go to Morocco alone. the above information has been great advice,thanks. Roxtar47 if you want to emali me and its firstname.lastname@example.org imlooking for a a travelling bud to go to Morocco with imalso backpacking around europe alone cheers
I was born and raised in Casablanca (Morocco). It’s a safe city but there of course are some places to avoid. When walking in the streets, you’ll maybe pass some people who will try to flirt with you. Just ignore them and don’t answear! Everything will be ok.
(Sorry for my English level).
I think its quite safe but rather unpleasant.
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