After my own rocky adventure in Morocco, I thought I’d share a few Morocco travel tips that I think might make your to this exciting country more comfortable and enjoyable…
Don’t stay in budget places. We stayed in super cheap hostels (like unbelievably cheap), which were obviously great for our wallets, but thats was about it. Unless you don’t mind rotting showers, cockroaches and worst of all bed bugs, spend the extra money – it’s worth it!
2. See Marrakech, but then move on
Spend a maximum of 2-3 days in Marrakech. It’s a great city and exploring the souks is really fun – BUT it’s super busy, which I found quite overwhelming after a while. I much preferred being out in more rural areas, exploring quieter villages. They had much more of an ‘intrepid‘ feel, which I assume is what most travellers in Morocco are after.
3. Be wary
Don’t trust anyone who approaches you – especially in Marrakech. If someone approaches you and asks you if you’re lost, ignore them, even if you are lost. If you engage with them, it’s likely they’ll insist you pay them (for helping you) and they can make you feel quite uncomfortable. I know this sounds rude, but it’s easier to just ignore them. If you are lost or need help, approach someone in a shop or restaurant etc. generally they can be trusted – it’s just the sly guys that approach you to be wary of.
If they approach you = NO
If you approach them = OK
4. Allow time to get lost
In saying that, be prepared to get lost. The markets and souks are incredibly big and very easy to get lost in. A friend and I walked in circles several times, while purposely trying to find an exit. Keep this in mind and allow yourself extra time to get out of the souks.
Living in Spain I sometimes forget I’m prone to allergies, they’re just not a problem here for some reason. But in Marrakech especially, they went mad. Take your allergy meds.
6. Bug Spray
Take bug spray, especially for at night if your accommodation has open areas, which most do as that’s the style of many riad’s in Morocco.
Bartering is a must – take at least half off the price they offer and then probably even a little more. But don’t be greedy, they probably need the money more than you do.
8. Get out to the Sahara Desert – it’s gorgeous!
Our Sahara Desert excursion was the highlight of my trip. If youre’ flexible on dates, you could wait until you get to Marrakech to book these, as there are plenty of people selling them in the ‘Big Square ‘ and you can barter with them (make sure you barter, because they’ll start their prices high!). I’d recommend choosing one that is at least 2-3 days long, as the drive out to the desert almost takes an entire day, so an overnight is not enough time.
9. Eat everything
I was advised not to eat the meat in the night markets, but I did it anyway and it was fine – it was delicious too. In fact most of the food we ate was pretty healthy and delicious!
10. Dress conservatively
Especially girls. Don’t wear low cut tops, bottoms above your knees or super tight clothes. I went out shopping with a girl from my hostel one day, and although she was in long gym pants, they were the tight spandex type, and they attracted some pretty intense and unwanted comments. I wouldn’t recommend wearing them! Just be respectful I guess.
11. Speaking of girls…
I know many females are worried about travelling to Morocco in all-girl groups. I went with a male friend of mine and as I dressed quite conservatively the whole time, I never felt uncomfortable or like I was in a dangerous place. Mind you, we were only ever in the touristy places… But from my experience, I think that Morocco would be fine for female travellers, so long as you keep your wits about you – as you should in any country.
12. Sing this:
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