Is It Safe for Women to Travel to Morocco?
Morocco is a beautiful country! Whether you’re traveling alone or in a large group, Morocco is a very safe place for women to visit. For those who have never visited before, it can be very intimidating to visit a Muslim country for the first time. But as long as you’re aware and respectful of the local customs, you’re sure to have an amazing experience.
There are a few good things to know when traveling to Morocco that will make your trip one to remember.
Whether you’re staying in Marrakech or traveling through other cities, locals are kind, welcoming, and helpful to tourists. If you’re visiting rural villages, keep in mind they might be more conservative than the big city, but don’t let that stop you from visiting!
In Morocco, tourists are allowed to wear whatever they choose too. They are seen wearing shorts, tank tops, and short dresses. However, it’s important to remember that you are visiting a Muslim country and the more covered you keep yourself, the less unwanted attention you will receive. The local women stay covered up, and you can never go wrong with blending it.
Some key items to pack are flowy pants, capris, midi/maxi skirts, flip flops, t-shirts, blouses, and maxi dresses. Some women also bring along a scarf or cardigan they can drape over their shoulders if they ever feel uncomfortable. If you’re still stumped on what types of clothes to bring think loose and flowy! Another key item to pack is a pair of sunglasses since Morocco is incredibly sunny all of the time. They are also a great tool for avoiding eye contact that could lead to any unwanted attention.
Just like visiting any other country, some women will experience unwanted attention. It never goes further than flattering comments, but the best advice is to ignore it and continue on with your day. From many experiences, if you keep yourself covered you won’t receive unwanted attention. If you ever feel like you’re being hassled, just walk into a nearby shop or restaurant to show you’re not interested.
If someone is trying to sell you something or wants to show you a quicker way to your destination don’t be afraid to say no or ignore them. It may feel rude, but it’s the best way to show someone that your disinterest.
Most importantly, use your common sense and don’t do anything or go anywhere you think could make you uncomfortable. Just like anywhere else, it’s probably not the best idea to walk around at night down dark streets and alleys. If you ever feel uncomfortable, grab a cab and head back to the bustling streets! Morocco is a very safe place to visit as long as you use your common sense.
If you’re concerned about a language barrier, many people in Morocco understand and speak very good English. But it might be fun to learn some French and Darija (Moroccan Arabic) to use along the way. Locals always appreciate tourists trying to speak their language.
Most importantly, plan your trip thoughtfully! Morocco is an incredibly beautiful and diverse country with many sights to see. If it makes you more comfortable, hire a local guide, take private tours, and plan your trip in advance with a travel company so you know exactly where you’ll be and when.
Traveling to Morocco is magical and should be on everyone’s bucket list!