Women’s Safety Guide for Traveling in Morocco
Morocco is a beautiful and diverse country with many attractions for travelers. However, as a woman traveling alone or with other women, you may be concerned about your safety and comfort in this conservative society. In this blog post, I will share tips and advice on how to enjoy your trip to Morocco while staying safe and respecting the local culture. I’ll also share personal stories from my own travels.
1. Dress modestly and respectfully
Morocco is a Muslim country where most women dress modestly. It’s best to avoid revealing or tight clothing. Choose longer dresses or skirts and loose-fitting tops. Carrying a scarf or shawl to cover your head or shoulders when entering religious sites is a good idea. I learned this lesson when I faced harassment for wearing inappropriate attire. Changing into something more suitable made me feel more comfortable and respected.
2. Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts
While Morocco is generally safe, it’s important to be cautious. Stay alert, especially in crowded or unfamiliar places. If you feel uncomfortable or threatened, walk away, ignore the situation, or seek help from others nearby. Using apps like Google Maps or TripAdvisor can help you find safe and reliable places to visit. Once, I avoided a potential scam by trusting my gut and declining an offer from a friendly stranger who turned out to be deceitful.
3. Be polite but firm with touts, vendors, or guides
Moroccan markets are lively, but some sellers or guides can be pushy. Negotiate prices and don’t be afraid to say no if you’re not interested. Stand your ground with polite firmness. I enjoyed bargaining in the markets, but I also encountered persistent sellers. Being assertive prevented me from making unwanted purchases.
4. Consider traveling with a group or reputable company
Traveling with a group or reputable company can enhance your experience in Morocco. Professional guides can show you the best places, arrange transportation and accommodation, and handle any issues. Plus, you can meet like-minded travelers and share memorable moments. Various platforms and agencies offer group tours or customized trips for women in Morocco. I had an incredible time on a small group tour with Intrepid Travel, exploring highlights and participating in unique experiences with other solo female travelers.
5. Respect the local culture and customs
Respecting the local culture is important in Morocco. Learn a few basic phrases in Arabic or French, greet locals politely, ask for permission before taking photos, avoid public displays of affection, and observe Ramadan rules if traveling during that time. Immerse yourself in Moroccan history, art, cuisine, and traditions through museum visits, mosque explorations, historical site tours, and dining at local restaurants. Engaging with the culture enriched my journey.
Traveling to Morocco as a woman can be an incredible experience. Follow these tips for a safe and memorable trip. If you need expert guidance or have questions, contact us. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing you with the information you need for a safe and enjoyable journey. Visit thestoryofmorocco.com or email us at TheStoryOfMorocco@gmail.com.