Is it safe to travel to Morocco?

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There’s not much that pisses me off. Drivers who leave their indicators on; getting passport stamps squashed onto full pages; and the unpredictability of the British weather all make the cut. Yet there’s one thing guaranteed to irritate me more than anything. Being asked the question “is it safe to travel to Morocco?”. Sure, some people are wondering about travel safety in Morocco, especially American tourists. It’s an unfamiliar country, and I understand their concerns. However thanks to media influence over the past few years, many people believe that Morocco is a dangerous hotbed of terrorism just because it is a Muslim country. Is it just me who thinks this is crazy?

UPDATED January 2020 We’ve been called fools for travelling to Morocco. People have declared they would never set foot on Moroccan soil, because Islamic countries are ‘all the same’. We know travellers who have gone on cruises and stayed firmly on their ships, refusing to go ashore in Morocco over safety concerns. You could call it racism or bigotism, but I think it’s merely ignorance. The media have a lot to answer for. By liberally using the Islamic label in conjunction with terrorism, viewers have been easily misled and it’s not surprising that so many still ask is it safe to travel to Morocco?. Perhaps I’m a little biased, having fallen in love with Morocco on our numerous visits over the years. Or perhaps this experience just qualifies me to have an opinion on travel safety in Morocco.

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Is it safe to travel to Morocco?
Bias or experience? Whatever the case, we love returning to Morocco!

So, in my opinion, is it safe to travel to Morocco?

Lets look at the evidence. Okay, so 33 people sadly died in the 2003 Casablanca bombings; in 2011 17 people lost their lives during an attack on the Argana Cafe in Marrakech; and most recently 2 female tourists from Scandinavia were killed whilst trekking near Imlil in December 2018. All atrocious acts of terrorism, but is Morocco more dangerous to visit than anywhere else? Did you know that Europe faced 205 terror attacks in 2017 alone (that either took place, failed or were prevented), and more than half of these were reported in the UK, including the London Bridge and Manchester Arena attacks! And more recently there’s been another terrorist attack near London Bridge in November 2019 where two people lost their lives. Yet would that stop you from travelling to these places? And as for safety in the US…how many people die each year in gun-related crimes, and mass shootings?

Is it safe to travel to Morocco?
The newly rebuilt Argana Cafe all proudly lit up and overlooking the square

And I’ll tell you something else. Hubbie and I live in the rural idyll that is the English Lake District. It’s a sparsely populated mountainous region in the north, home to long dead poets and a few sheep. Yet unbeknown to us at the time, just a few miles from our front door a group of terrorists were training in the hills. They were preparing for attacks on London in July 2005. So it’s not even 100% safe at home!

Is it safe to travel to Morocco?
The rural idyll of the Lake District, ideal for terrorist training apparently!

Yes, Morocco is currently on the Foreign Office list of countries where terrorist attacks are likely to occur. But so are destinations like Spain, Germany, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia. Yet would you think twice about visiting these places? It’s all a matter of perspective, and not allowing the media to overly influence your decision. Remember that the press affords a disproportionate focus to terrorism because sensation sells.

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Is it safe to travel to Morocco? Roof terrace dipping pool at Riad Camilia, Marrakech
Feeling anything but scared in the roof terrace dipping pool at Riad Camilia in Marrakech

Let’s not forget the geography

This leads us to a quick geography lesson. After each new terror attack, for example those in Turkey, Tunisia and Egypt, many potential travellers stay away from Morocco too, simply because it’s in the ‘same’ part of the world. Yet I know many of them couldn’t actually locate Morocco on a map, because I’ve asked! In fact Morocco is closer in distance to their own homes than it is to Sousse or Istanbul. There’s one thing I want to ask these people. Would you travel to France? Would you visit London? The answer is probably yes, yet there have been more terrorist attacks in these places than in Morocco.

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Is it safe to travel to Morocco?
Sousse in Tunisia is 2,600km from Marrakech

Geographically, Morocco is separated from Spain by only a few miles, and thus is far closer to Europe than most other North African and Middle Eastern countries. In fact Spanish is still spoken in many northern parts of the country (something that confused me greatly in Chefchaouen), and the clear Andalucian influences throughout Morocco maintain close cultural links with Europe.

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Is it safe to travel to Morocco?
Andalucian influences are found all over Morocco, like here at the Heritage Museum in Marrakech

I’ve honestly never felt safer anywhere in the world!

The first few times we visited Morocco were for holidays and exploration, but as the years pass by we find ourselves returning for a different reason. We go there to relax. To enjoy the company of some of the most genuinely welcoming people in the world. And to feel at peace. In Morocco it’s all about honour, something I think we’ve largely forgotten in the West. The hosts always see themselves as personally responsible for the welfare of their guests, and perhaps because of this, we’ve never felt anything other than safe and comfortable.

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Everyone is so friendly in Morocco, like the lovely ladies at La Maison Arabe Cooking School

I asked some of our friends and hosts in Morocco if they thought it was safe to travel to Morocco, and couldn’t agree more with Nicolas Pawlowski, Manager at Riad Camilia. He says he feels safer in Morocco than when he’s travelling to European capital cities.

Here, everyone knows everyone, this is our kind of ‘Middle Age’ way of life…just think about living in the European countryside 40 years ago and you’ll know what it’s like to travel here…peace and beauty!

Michele and Grant from Riad Assakina agree that whilst you never know when something is going to happen, they feel safe living in Marrakech, as do their visiting guests.

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Quiet medina streets in Essaouira

Behind the scenes the Moroccan security forces work tirelessly to maintain peace in their country, although this receives little media attention since good news doesn’t sell headlines. After the Casablanca bombings in 2003, Moroccan intelligence services stepped up their fight against terrorism, turning their efforts to targeting cells at a grass-roots level to prevent them becoming operational. Hicham Mhammedi Alaoui, owner of Experience Morocco explains.

Moroccan intelligence services have allocated significant resources to monitor and address potential threats before they become a reality. To give a concrete example, Moroccan authorities were recognised just last month for playing a determining role in helping the French police investigation into the Paris attacks. In addition, local police forces have increased their visibility in major cities, with units patrolling busy areas at all times of day, and private businesses have followed suit with reinforced security measures appearing in malls, hotels, restaurants, and other gathering spots.

We’ve seen the increased police presence ourselves, and it definitely inspires confidence for visitors.

Is it safe to travel to Morocco? Dar Najmat, Mirleft, Morocco
Tranquil rather than terrifying…we loved the infinity pool at Dar Najmat in Mirleft

For those seeking a little more reassurance, Emily Burrows from Wild Morocco suggests getting in touch with local people who live and work in the country. They of course know Morocco better than anyone so are best placed to offer up to date advice about travelling there. And do as Nicolas suggests. Try to learn a bit about the culture to avoid making decisions based on assumptions and misconceptions. Keep an open mind, or stay at home!

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Is it safe to travel to Morocco?
Always ask the locals – they know best!

Despite statistics and common sense, Morocco is still being affected by Western perceptions of terrorism.

In the last decade, tourism in Morocco has been increasing at an impressive rate as more and more people realise just how accessible and beautiful the country is. Yet terrorism is affecting all of North Africa, and there are concerns that Morocco could experience economic loss through a decline of tourism just like in Egypt and Tunisia, simply due to it’s proximity to those countries. Hicham tells me…

The tourism industry has been noticeably affected by the global and regional instability in recent months, as thousands of travellers have delayed or cancelled their trips to visit Morocco. These decisions are guided by a fear and apprehension that is understandable but also completely disconnected from the reality on the ground. Thankfully, not everyone is deterred and the visitors who have maintained their plans have been able to see for themselves how safe and welcoming the country is.

I have to say that Marrakech felt almost empty on our last visit. True, it was during winter, when visitor numbers drop naturally, but whilst sitting up on the balcony of our favourite cafe in Djemaa el Fna, there was a distinct lack of tour groups snaking through the square below. We usually have a bit of a giggle at them. Sticking closely together whilst following the umbrella or flag being held aloft by the leader, and all wearing the same cheesy group baseball cap or bag.

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Is it safe to travel to Morocco?
Our favourite cafe on the Djemaa el Fna was almost deserted! Although it was winter!

Speaking again to Nicolas, we discovered that package tourism has indeed been affected far more than independent tourism. Apparently some of the large resort investors have opted to close rather than to waste money retaining their employees. Plane seats are no longer being filled by package tours, and some airlines have reduced their schedules.

The decline in package tourism has affected Morocco like Ebola has affected Senegal.

Yet Nicolas also reveals that amongst the extensive network of riad owners in Marrakech, independent travellers haven’t been deterred. So now is the time to go folks, avoid the tour crowds and have it almost to yourselves! Indeed, Michele and Grant feel that the tide may finally be changing as tourists begin to recognise that the situation in Morocco is much calmer than previously believed. Business is beginning to pick up again and there is optimism for the future. I’m not arrogant enough to suggest that by continuing to travel to Morocco we are in our own small way helping to combat terrorism, but every little helps, right?!

Is it safe to travel to Morocco? Breakfast in Erg Chigaga
Why not come and explore the desert in Morocco?

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Keeping a sense of perspective

So when people ask me is it safe to travel to Morocco I answer that’s it’s no more dangerous than staying at home. We’re far more likely to meet our demise in a traffic accident on the the way to work (I’ve had a couple such incidents!), or even being struck by lightning (we nearly were last year in our own village!) than being involved in a terror attack in Morocco. You might get hit by a bus tomorrow. So enjoy your today! No-one is ever truly safe and because of that we shouldn’t change our plans or our lives. What will be will be, or as they say in Morocco, Insha Allah.

Is it safe to travel to Morocco?
Peace and beauty are nothing to be afraid of.

If I’ve convinced you to head to Morocco, then you might like to read on and find out how to choose the best riad, what to see and do in Marrakech, and where the tastiest places to eat are!

Most instagrammable places in Morocco - luxury riads in Marrakech - Riad Camilia plunge pool
We show you the best affordable luxury riads in Marrakech

Huge thanks to the following lovely folk who contributed to this discussion:

Nicolas Pawlowski, Director at Riad Camilia
Hicham Mhammedi Alaoui, Owner of Experience Morocco
Emily Burrows, Owner of Wild Morocco
José Abete of La Maison Arabe
Michele and Grant, Owners of Riad Assakina
Is is safe to travel to Morocco?
There’s so many unexpected sights to experience in Morocco

Further reading on whether it’s safe to travel to Morocco:

Why Morocco has remained a safe country for tourists – Cindy Basha, Morocco World News


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  1. says: Sue

    Thank you so very much for all of your posts about Morocco. I’ve spent the entire day looking at all the incredibly helpful articles, from cooking, to Casablanca, to tips for tipping. Incredibly helpful, and I love your wit and attitude!

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Ah, thanks Sue, that’s so lovely to hear. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed reading the posts, and hope that you’re able to experience some of the things yourself in person before too long! If you ever have questions about our favourite country, then please just ask 🙂

  2. says: Stephanie Rumore

    Hi Heather,
    I really enjoyed reading your post about safety in Marrakesh. And all of your beautiful Morocco posts are making me jealous.
    Just my personal experience I did have a bit of hassle in Morocco and I have heard really differing experiences. I vividly remember being quite surprised/upset by the amount of negative comments I received because I appeared ‘Moroccan’ (I have Egyptian heritage). It really surprised me- my travel companion (blonde hair, blue eyes) didn’t have any issues!

    I’m so glad to hear you didn’t experience these issues, and I totally agree with the ridiculousness of western hype that any muslim country = unsafe.

    1. says: Peter Cole

      Hey Stephanie, thanks for your comment and for stopping by! Sorry to hear you received hassle in Morocco, it’s interesting to hear it was you rather than your blonde companion who had the issues, most people assume it would be the other way around. I hope it didn’t spoil your trip too much and that you had a great time overall. We’re heading back later this year for our 10th visit, can’t wait to report back (and see if we can find something new to discover!). Safe travels!

      1. says: Heather Cole

        An incredibly sad thing to happen, and our thoughts are with the families, but this is NOT a reflection on Morocco or Moroccan society, just those sick individuals involved. Terrible events like this happen ALL OVER THE WORLD…if you were to stay away from every country where such incidents occurred, you’d never leave home. In fact you’d probably have to go up and live in space as I bet there isn’t a single country in the world where a murder hasn’t happened. So take off those blinkers and don’t be so narrow-minded.

      2. says: Vicki S Takacs

        I cannot believe all of these women planning on traveling around here alone. It is a Muslim country. I would not have backpacked and stayed out in a tent overnight with another girl in America back in the 70’s, much less Morocco. If the media would do it’s job instead of hiding the truth, all 19 (that we were allowed to know about in the last year) would probably still be alive.That video of one of the girl’s getting her head sawn off by a dull, rusted kitchen knife while she screams for her mother should be shown worldwide so that these Liberal youngsters could be shocked into realizing there are evil people out there and they are about to do a very stupid thing. The American couple that were murdered left a diary and when they bicycled through here they were assaulted, accosted, and he could’ve died when he was squished against a wall by a car which was done on purpose. There were 19 guys involved in those girl’s deaths. I agree with you 100%. Miss Heather will be responsible should anything happen to these young people she’s blithely urging to visit Morocco.

        1. says: Heather Cole

          Oh for goodness sake, don’t be so ignorant. Let me get this straight – you’re suggesting people shouldn’t travel alone “because it’s a Muslim country”? We don’t tolerate such blatant racism on here, and frankly you should be ashamed. As I’ve said many a time on here, these vile actions were those of some despicable individuals, not an entire nation, and certainly not indicative of all Muslims. When a Christian commits an atrocity, do you then avoid all Christian countries? I reckon not. The risks associated with travelling alone apply to countless destinations all over the world, not just Morocco. There was an alleged terrorist attack in Manchester a couple of days ago. I guess we’d better not travel there now either. We suggest anyone thinking of travelling alone, anywhere in the world, should always check the latest safety advice from the Foreign Office (or equivalent).

          Oh and by the way, I’m a Mrs, not a Miss.

  3. says: Kate C.

    Hello Heather,

    In 2019 I will be going to Rabat for one year to study through my university here in the US. Since I’ll be traveling by myself (19 year old female), do you have any tips for getting around? I have also heard that the larger cities like Fez are quite extreme when it comes to pick-pocketing, scams, and faux guides. Have you experienced this during your traveling in Morocco? I hate confrontations and I know that would add a lot of unwanted stress and anxiety to an otherwise peaceful trip, so I’d like to avoid areas like that at all costs. In addition, where I am from I love rafting, hiking, backpacking, and pretty much anything outdoors. Do you think there are places where I can do these things safely on my own? I know in my home town it is perfectly safe to backpack all over the place as a single female but I don’t want to make that assumption about Morocco. I would really appreciate any input!!

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Hi Kate, wow, how exciting and what an experience it will be. Yes, there are pick-pocketing, scams and faux guides in Morocco, but no more than a lot of other places. The trick is to show people you are confident and not vulnerable. When we first visited we went around with the mentality of not really trusting anyone, which stood us in good stead for combating the above annoyances. But we soon realised that actually most people out there are totally lovely and helpful if you let them be. As a single young female you will attract a bit more attention than e.g. couples, men and older people. Just dress conservatively (you don’t need to go over the top, just try not to flash the flesh or wear anything skimpy and short) and don’t drift around looking lost. We’ve never had any problems on our visits there, and when we experience hassle we engage in banter, have a laugh with the tout/vendor/whoever and they soon back off. When in doubt, so just say a polite “La, Shukran”(No, thank you) and walk away. Fes is far less ‘touristy’ than places like Marrakech (which is part of it’s charm), so perhaps stick to the main areas rather than wandering into the residential areas. The alleyways here are really high and claustrophobic and the perfect place for an opportunist to pounce. It’s worth asking your hosts (if you’re staying in Fes) for tips on where to go and where to avoid. As for outdoor activities, there are plenty of companies out there that offer hiking, rafting etc, the best thing to do would be join an organised group trip/activity day rather than finding someone to take you out alone. And hiking alone? You really need to ask local advice wherever you’re planning to go hiking, e.g. from your riad host, some places will be perfectly safe, whilst others might not be such a great idea. I can’t tell you it will be 100% safe, but I’d say that about any country in the world (I’ve had more scares in the US than Morocco!). Basically, the sensible, be confident and ask local advice.
      Hope you have a wonderful time!

  4. says: Van

    You guys are awesome. PLEASE HELP me with a current situation. My 15 year old daughter has been accepted to visit Rabat, Morocco for the entire month of August 2018 through CIEE (Council On International Educational Exchange). This is a non-profit organization. I would love for her to go; however, being a protective father for the last 15 years, I am extremely hesitant. She will be staying with a host family etc. I will be calling CIEE next week to ask more specific questions; but it’s hard for me to let my 15 yr old daughter travel across the globe to another country without her family. What are you thoughts?

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Hi Van, thanks for your kind words, and wow, what an opportunity for your daughter to experience. Here’s my 2 pence worth…I think the question here is the age of your daughter, rather than the destination. It probably will be quite a culture shock for her (assuming she hasn’t experienced anything like this before), much more so than somewhere in Europe or the States would be (again I’m presuming here!), but it’s that very reason that she’ll get so much out of this trip, no doubt something that will stay with her for life, and will be great for her CV. If she’s on an exchange programme, she won’t be isolated out there (and Rabat certainly isn’t remote) and I’m sure the Council will answer your questions in that regard. In our experience Moroccan people are some of the loveliest, most generous people we’ve ever spent time with, and treat their guests with the sort of respect you rarely see elsewhere. I can’t make the decision for you, but I can tell you a 15 year old me would have loved this opportunity, and if I had a daughter in the same situation I would happily send her away. Plus who knows where it could lead in terms of her future. Do let us know what you decide! 🙂 Good luck.

  5. says: Hugh

    Hi Heather…thanks for a great report on Morocco. I will be in the Canary Islands for a marathon in January and thought of taking a two day trip to Morocco. Always a country I wanted to visit and after reading your report, even moreso now. It looks and sounds fantastic! I really want to see the Sahara Desert while there, so where would be the best place to fly into Morocco from Las Palmas Gran Canaria? and what city to stay in?


    1. says: Heather Cole

      Hi Hugh, glad I’ve convinced you, hope to get to see this incredible country. However you’ll need more than 2 days, especially if you want to see the desert. You’re probably best to fly into Marrakech (though it most likely won’t be direct) and make your way to the desert (Zagora – Erg Chigaga) from there (you’ll need at least 3 nights to do this, and that would be very rushed). If you can manage a bit longer in Morocco then a Marrakech – Ouarzazate – Erg Chigaga would be an amazing trip.

  6. says: Julie

    I’m thinking of sending my 17 yr old son and his friend to Taghazout to do some surfing over the holidays. They would be staying at a surf camp which provides airport transfers, accommodation, 3 meals a day and daily surfing tuition. The original surfing school I was interested in (UK based) is full and another is also full. The third I’ve contacted has availability and 5 star reviews across the board on trip advisor. Trying to decide if it’s too good to be true? What are your thoughts on Taghazout for 2 young adults for a 5 night stay?

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Hi Julie, Taghazout is the place to go for surfing, and ideal for the hostel surf scene which attracts young watersports fans from all over. The fact that the surf schools you first tried are full indicates it’s a popular place, which is always a good sign! Always be mindful of Trip Advisor Reviews. The place might be genuinely excellent, but it also might not be. Look at the reviews. Only trust ones where the reviewer has posted lots of other reviews (preferably all over the world), and also a variety of reviews (e.g. not all 5* reviews). You could also ask the original UK based surfing school their thoughts on this other place (if they’re full then they shouldn’t mind recommending elsewhere). If it all stacks up then I’m sure they’ll have a great time out there. Good luck!

  7. says: Sarah

    I organize a trip to go in Morocco at February, I was a bit nervous how I would cope doing staff alone, but your story looks cheering any extra instructions are really find helpful.

  8. says: Soosie

    What a shame that you spoiled (in my opinion) your otherwise sensible argument for visiting Morocco by denigrating tourists in the following way, and I quote, “We usually have a bit of a giggle at them. Sticking closely together whilst following the umbrella or flag being held aloft by the leader, and all wearing the same cheesy group baseball cap or bag”. This completely turned me off, I’m afraid. Shame on you!

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Hi Soosie, thanks for your comment, and I’m sorry you don’t agree with our perspective, but the world would be a very dull place indeed if we all thought the same!

  9. says: David

    Great article, thanks for the tips! With the Sahara desert, interesting Mosque architecture, riads, Medinas, mint tea and many more, Morocco is a place not to be missed.

  10. says: cee gee

    thank you for posting this! your most irritating question is exactly what i typed into the search engine, haha. yours was the first link that wasn’t government warning pages (which i’m not interested in reading at all). i’ve always longed to travel to morocco but didn’t know what to expect. a few times i’ve heard from friends who were from several countries i’ve wanted to visit that it wasn’t so safe for outsiders any more, and it took me as surprise each time, so now it’s something i search up front regardless. not because of the religion or region, but just because i have found myself surprised before. anyway, this confirms exactly what i wanted to know, and this seems like a very stable country where that probably won’t change any time soon. thank you!

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Hi Cee Gee, thanks for commenting, and so glad you found the post useful. Hope you get to visit soon and have a wonderful time in a most wonderful country!

  11. says: Winfried Schulz

    Thanks for the article! Really good read. Personally, I think Morocco is pretty safe. But… like most locations (or anywhere really) you just need to be weary of your surroundings.

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    Great article and so much information about Morocco, thank you so much for sharing this article and 100000 welcomes to Morocco.

  13. says: Katharine sullivan

    I am going to India, and I am in my 60’s, so I was thinking of stopping 1/2 way for a few days to break up the long plane ride. I am assuming from the comments and the blog that as a single old lady I will be fine as long as I dress appropriately and have respect for the customs of the host country. It looks incredibly beautiful.

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Plenty of single travellers of all ages visit Morocco, because the tourist infrastructure is well developed so it’s easy to cope with alone. My mum is always asking me the same question (she’s in her 60s too), and I wouldn’t hesitate to suggest she travel to Morocco alone. As you say, just respect local customs (which basically means just use a bit of common sense, you don’t need to dress like a nun or know all there is to know about Muslim traditions, that’s what you’re there to discover) and you shouldn’t feel uncomfortable. With Morocco, I feel the key to a successful trip is choosing the right accommodation, because they can help with arranging tours, or just suggestions on where to visit in the city, best routes etc. Drop me an email [email protected] if you would like any ideas of where to stay (or have a look on the blog, several posts about that!). According to the World Economic Forum, Morocco is in the top 20 safest countries in the world at the moment (the UK is 78th!). Go for it (but of course check Foreign Office advice before you go for current updates, as with any country), and have fun!
      PS 60s isn’t old!! 🙂

  14. says: Lou.

    We’ve been to Morocco some fifteen times and always enjoyed it, both for work and leisure. In terms of wilderness, it is not as ‘wild’ as some places in Algeria, but the natural and cultural diversity in Morocco is second to none. We haven’t returned for a while now and have been toying with the idea of a driving holiday across the Fez, Meknes, Ifrane regions and then down to Marrakech and Toubkal (flying in and out of Casablanca). Question to you is: how safe are some of these off-the-beaten track routes we are considering nowadays? Do consider that we will drive in remote/rural areas only during daytime and, in addition, I speak Arabic. Any advice would be welcomed.

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Wow, 15 times, you must love it too 🙂 We haven’t yet visited Algeria, but would love to experience, as you say, that wilderness touch. We did a road trip around the Fez, Meknes, Ifrane, area and across to Marrakech a couple of years ago (we hired a car and driver rather than self driving), and didn’t encounter any problems whatsoever. These routes might seem off the beaten track compared to the environs of Marrakech, but it’s still a popular route for visitors. I think the language is the main barrier to a smooth self drive experience, so if you speak Arabic that will help a lot. If we spoke Arabic or even French then we’d be comfortable doing this trip ourselves, today. Of course you should check current Foreign Office advice, but if it was us, we’d go for it. Have a great trip, do let us know how you get on.

  15. says: Ria

    Hi, thank you for this blog! my husband and I are headed to Morocco in May and cannot wait! I have been asked by a few people if it is actually safe to go because it is a Muslim country and I’ve always said yes, and this just reaffirms it for me!
    We are staying in a resort that is all inclusive and plan a few trips out, do you have any recommendations? Our hotel is near Marrakech! We will be exchanging our £’s for dirham when we arrive but was wondering how much you would recommend to take for a 10 day stay? I know its hard to judge depending on what you want to do etc but we intend to spend a lot of time just relaxing!

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Hi Ria, I’m sure you’ll have a brilliant time in May, it’s a good time to go. Some ideas of what to do in Marrakech… I can’t really recommend how much money to take, it really depends on what you do, and how often you’re away from your resort (and they do take cards in some places too). This site might help… but you’ll need a lot more if you’re planning on eating out in restaurants than they suggest. There are plenty of bureau d changes in the souks, so maybe don’t change all your cash on arrival, as it will be easy to take out more later. Entrances to museums etc are cheap, most between DH 10 and DH60. A 3 course meal in a decent restaurant would be about DH300 without drinks. In the souks you’ll spend however much you can barter down to! Have a lovely time!

  16. says: Marilyn

    Thank you so much!! I will be traveling to Morocco in November 2017. This page is truly a blessing to me. By the way thank you for the beautiful pictures; specifically the Dar Najmat in Mirleft.

    Kind Regards,

  17. says: Miriam

    Such helpful info. I’m trying to convince my husband right now that Morocco is safe!!…but he’s not buying it *eye roll*

    1. says: Heather Cole

      That’s a shame, hope you manage to convince him otherwise, after all, it’s probably more dangerous going about every day life at home than it is travelling to Morocco 🙂 Good luck!

  18. says: Kim

    Hi Heather, thanks for all the info. My husband and I and another couple are actually going to southern Spain in a few weeks. We are going to take the boat over to Morocco for a day or night visit. Any advice you can give to us?

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Hi Kim, so glad you’ve found it useful. It would be a great opportunity if you can fit at trip to Morocco in, although of course I’m going to say a day (or even 1 night) isn’t long enough 🙂 We’ve never taken the boat over (that’s something we want to try soon, so do let us know how it goes!) or been to Tangier. Here are a few ideas of what to do there…

  19. says: Julie

    Hi, I am thinking of going to Agadir with my 15 year old daughter during the Easter holidays so she can relax ahead of her GCSEs. I visited Morocco when I was in my 25 years ago and some aspects were a little scary (I was pulled in to shops as I passed despite being with a male), I guess I am trying ot find out how suitable it will be for a mother and daughter to travel there now without a male in the party and also, will be we ok to wear bikinis around the hotel pool/on the beach without being harassed? Obviously I realise we will need to cover up outside of the hotel complex, but will shorts be ok or will we need to cover our legs and shoulders too? Thanks 🙂

    1. says: Heather Cole

      You really don’t need a male to feel or be safe in Morocco. These days there are so many travellers out there (including lots of solo female backpackers) that you won’t be an ‘anomaly’ or stand out from the crowd simply because you’re female. I would suggest all the usual common sense things like not wandering around by yourselves at night, and of course dress more conservatively when you’re outside your hotel/resort. Swimwear is fine inside your accommodation/complex, but definitely not outside of it. You would then attract attention. Shorts are ok, but nothing too short…around Morocco I tend to wear crops (just below the knee) and a kaftan top, although Agadir is a very touristy place so you will come across people wearing all sorts. I’d suggest normal t-shirts will be fine, though personally I wouldn’t wear spaghetti straps (again you probably will see people around Agadir flaunting their skin). You don’t need to dress like a nun, just be aware that the more skin you flash the more likely you’ll be noticed. Hope that helps, and that you have a fabulous time (and good luck to your daughter with the GCSEs!).

    2. says: Farid

      Hi Heather,

      My name is Farid and I’m a Moroccan French guy living in France and who just got back from a week holiday in Agadir in February. Thanks for your well documented topic about the situation in Morocco. I know how it is quite complicated to explain how Morocco is a safe country despite being a muslim country with all the bad news coming from that part of the world.

      Morocco is litterally the most westernized country in the whole arab world. We share a lot with the rest of Europe (even 2 borders). Moroccan people are known to be very welcoming, hospitality is not a myth. By tradition, we must take care of foreigners. They are considered as guests.

      I have never felt unsafe in Morocco. You can see people from all over Europe travelling through the country without any risk. Many retired people spend the winter time in Morocco with their campervans. You’ll find them up in the Atlas Mountain, down in the desert or in a lost valley.

      During my last stay in Agadir, the hotel was full of tourists from UK, France, Germany, Poland, Russia (retired people, families with kids…). The souks (local markets) were full of people. There was no agressivity and no sensation of fear on people’s faces. Just enjoy your stay in this country. Remember that in Morocco our Intelligence Service is really efficient and acts before things happen.

      Driving in Morocco is may be the real risk you may face (except on motorways).

      Thanks again to Heather and sorry for my bad English. Welcome again to your 2nd homeland.

      1. says: Heather Cole

        Hi Farid, thanks for your lovely comment, and for helping me show that Morocco is just as safe (and in many cases safer!) than other countries in the world. And yes, the only time I have ever felt unsafe was driving over the Tizi n Test, and that was thanks to a mad driver coming in the opposite direction around a corner a top speed (on the wrong side of the road!). And that’s the only time in 7 years of visits 🙂
        It is true Moroccan hospitality is not a myth, and is there to be enjoyed by those who venture to this wonderful country.
        PS Your English is excellent!

  20. says: Robert Hinde

    Thanks for the reassurance. I’m travelling to Agadir next Monday and I was a bit worried because of all the current preoccupation with events in Tunisia and the feeling we British get that all Islamic countries hate us, for understandable reasons. But I recognise the irrationality of all this and I shall travel with an open mind and a desire to experience a country I have not yet visited.

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Hi Robert, thanks for your thoughts, and I’m glad that you feel travelling to Morocco will be a positive experience for you. Islamic countries don’t hate us at all. In fact right now, they welcome us more than ever because tourism has taken such a hit. I can’t think of a better way to show our support than by continuing to visit. Hope you have a super time in Agadir!

  21. says: L

    A group of 5 girls and I want to travel to Morocco.
    I am wondering if it is ‘safe’ to travel during ramadan (end of may-june 2017)? due to ramadan being the most religious occurring thing that happens each year in morocco, will this have any effect on the safety in being there? I have read it is a very quiet time there, will people look at us differently because we will ‘stand out’?
    thank you

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Lots of people travel during this time, the only thing I would mention is that you may find it more difficult…e.g. eating, transportation etc. You should eat in the privacy of your accommodation and be aware that people may be a bit more irritable than usual due to the fasting. It will be very quiet, most tourists avoid this time, but it’s also a real insight into local culture, and it’s rather special to spend time with people during this period, and you could even join in and do as they do to better understand what it’s all about. In terms of ‘safety’, it’s no different from other times of the year, but yes, you may ‘stand out’ a bit simply because there are fewer visitors. As long as you are respectful you’ll be find. Also bear in mind that in June it will be very hot, so you probably won’t want to move about much anyway.

  22. says: Aileen

    Hi Heather,

    I’m planning to visit Morocco in December 2017. Is it safe for a woman to go and explore different tourist destinations there alone?

    Thank you in advance.



    1. says: Heather Cole

      Hi Aileen, thousands of women travel solo to Morocco each year, and as long as you apply a bit of common sense (i.e. dress conservatively, especially in more rural areas, don’t wander around alone after dark etc) you should have a great time. If you do get hassled then just be polite, a firm ‘la’ (no) usually does the trick, and in the souks, don’t feel pressured into buying anything you don’t want. Just enjoy the banter, treat it as a bit of a joke (they do too!) and it won’t seem half as intimidating. It won’t be mega busy in December, and we’ve found travelling there in winter that many vendors and street acts are a lot less motivated in bothering tourists for sales, and in fact it was more relaxing than during the more peak times. If you’re travelling around the country, it would be better to use public transport so you’re with other people, safety in numbers and all that. But honestly, it’s one of the countries where we’ve felt safest on all of our travels, the people are lovely and helpful, so hope you have a fab time!

  23. says: Adil

    I am a moroccan guy . If any one has a dought that morocco is dangrous he is wrong . There is many country in europ are not safe . I’v been i europ and usa i was always scated for my life . Life in morocco is quit . 99% are muslims and we have church and mosque christianity a and jews all live in freedom and peace. Just one thing be respect most women dress tall clothes not be nude show there legs . Cus is shame .and no kissong in public then you are fine .
    And be aware for prices if you want to buy somthong ask price before buy it. Thats all .you can go to marrakesh red city with delecious food and pass beatifull night in atlas mountains or go to warzezet to see place where most famous movie in the world filmed in this city Lawrence of Arabia . in the city.mission in possible.The Mummy . And more. And you can go to ifran to catch the snow city it looks like switzerland. Or go to moroccan sahara to ride camels .or go to beatifull beachs like asila and agadir and saidia golden sands . Or go to fes most oldest city it is civilization of morocco.
    There you go and enjoying. Gooood trip

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Hi Adil, thanks for your comment. We agree (as you can see) that Morocco is a fabulous place to visit. I’m hoping with this post I can give people a balanced view that Morocco is certainly no more dangerous than places in Europe and the US, like you say, where people don’t think twice about visiting. You have a wonderful country, and it’s an honour to visit!

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Thanks Michael, glad to help! There’s a lot going on in the world right now, but we all need to keep a sense of perspective. You could do far worse than include Morocco in your travel plans 🙂 Have a great trip!

  24. says: Amanda

    Hi Heather, myself and my partner are thinking of going to Morocco I’m March. I’ve read somewhere hotels ask for proof of marriage and if you can’t provide evidence then you are given separate rooms. How true is this? Thanks

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Totally not true! Never been asked that in all the years we’ve been travelling there. If you’re worried, just wear a ‘wedding ring’.

  25. says: Ankica Matijevic

    thanks for great advices. I have been in Morocco as a solo traveler in Oct 2013 for 2 weeks ( quite good looking blond lady) :-). I stayed in Guelitz but visiting old Medina often and traveling through all Morocco , was even for 2 days in desert. I did not have any problem!! I just respect their culture, have been dressed a bit more conservative then usually and been very polite to people. If someone was somehow strange or pushy I just refused to have any communication and they leave me alone. I have plenty of nice memories and can say that this was a best of my vacations ever. This year I am going again for full month in October, again alone and I just can not wait. So, Morocco is safe, it is well recommended for vacation, just go and enjoy!

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Hi Ankica, it’s great to come across another Morocco lover!! 🙂 Glad you’ve had such a good experience that you’re deciding to return. Hope you have another wonderful trip, a month will be amazing! Enjoy!

  26. says: daisy

    hi heather thanks for the lovely article…..just planning a family holiday and was wondering about the security…but this has out my mind to ease…
    could you possibly recommend any 5 star family friendly resorts. confused with the reviews as most people are complaining even after going to 5 star places….

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Hi Daisy, glad to help! As for resorts, we tend to stay in small, intimate places rather than resorts, so if you’re talking about the Palmeraie, I’m not the best person to ask. Though I think the kids would love staying in a riad in the medina, lots of secret passages and somewhere totally different from the norm. I think a lot of people who stay at resorts and complain afterwards are those who are comparing their experience directly with trips to Europe, or the US. This is Africa. It’s different (in a good way). Try not to depend on sites like Trip Advisor…people rarely bother leaving reviews of a good stay, it’s only when they want a moan that they take time to review.

    1. says: hajrah

      I’m thinking of visiting morocco in april inshallah with my children, is it child friendly and also what district should we stay in?

      thank you in advance!!


      1. says: Heather Cole

        Morocco is a great place for kids, they love children out there and seeing the hotel staff interacting with them and even looking after them whilst the parents have some chill time is lovely to see. I’d definitely head to the desert, it’s a great adventure for children, camping out under the stars and riding camels. (check out this post on desert trips). If you’re heading to Marrakech definitely stay in the old medina – our favourite area (easy to navigate, feel safe etc) is the Mouassine district.

    2. says: Alicia

      I was planning a trip to Morocco until Trump started making ridiculous Executive orders against Muslim countries. What is the general feeling towards Americans? Do I need to worry about stupid decisions our government is making and how that may impact our experience?

      1. says: Heather Cole

        I think the important thing to remember is that not all Americans are Trump, and Trump isn’t all Americans, that much is pretty clear from what’s been happening over there lately. I can’t speak for the entire world population, but I think most people will realise this, and treat you as an individual, rather than as a representative of the Trump madness. Moroccans are a very welcoming, open minded people, and will probably sympathise with you against Trump rather than blame you for it. This is your chance to go over there and represent your country, and show people that many of you don’t subscribe to these ridiculous orders. After all, if you did, why would you even be in Morocco? We were travelling in Europe just after Brexit, and were a bit worried about how people would perceive us, but every single person we met was totally sympathetic to the situation, and just curious about it. In fact it was refreshing to talk about it with the Europeans, and made us feel better realising that they don’t hate us!!

      2. says: Todd Lyon

        Considering Morocco has similar travel bans against some of the same war torn countries Trump does, your comments are completely unfounded. Most of us realize that the travel bans are NOT designed to target muslims, they are specific to countries that currently offer no cooperation to US immigration, Interpol, etc … .

        1. says: Heather Cole

          Hi Todd, thanks for weighing in. I think it’s unfair to label Alicia’s question as completely unfounded…the whole world is talking about Trump and his executive orders at the moment, and it’s only natural that people want to know how this affects them as travellers. Most of us take our information from the media, so it’s really difficult to know the true reasoning behind the travel bans. Hopefully they are, as you say, just in line with countries that don’t cooperate with US immigration, but who really knows for sure? It’s sensible not to believe everything we hear in the press, but difficult not to be sceptical at the same time. I just hope people will continue to travel the world, heeding government advice but not letting politics get in the way.

  27. says: Melanie

    What about women travelling through Morocco? We are planning a trip in June and we are 2 friends, grown up women in our 30s. How safe or unsafe may it be for us, what do you recommend?

    1. says: Heather Cole

      You’ll be fine if there are 2 of you, just be sensible and dress appropriately (skimpy clothing will get you unwanted attention). Just be aware that it is very hot in June, so lots of long flowing clothing to keep the sun off is advisable. Also just be firm with people if they are too persistent…a strong ‘la’ (no) does go a long way!

  28. says: Donny

    We are thinking of going right at the end of the year, to Marrakech.

    What you’ve wrote does make sense about misconceptions. But I’ve travelled to many places over the years including a number of major European cities, I still can’t help but feel like we will be more exposed and vulnerable in Morocco though, especially at a quieter time of year when security etc. might naturally be more relaxed.

    I’ve never changed travel plans before due to either specific events or just general worry but it’s still at the back of my mind that all it takes is one bad person to target you and then you’re a news story of a tourist who went missing abroad.

    I like to explore on my holidays rather than just sitting by a pool but feel like I’d be mostly hotel bound through worry (Which is unusual for me). I actually feel safer at busier times of the year due to more people being around I’m less likely to specifically be targeted.

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Hi Donny, thanks for commenting! But let me just ask you this. When was the last time you heard about a terror attack in Morocco? Today we awoke to the horrific news about the attack at Berlin’s Christmas markets. Nowhere is 100% safe. Not even our home towns. Like you say, all it takes is one bad person. Unless you’re the sort of person who just sits at home, scared to go anywhere ‘just in case’, I’d suggest you go to Marrakech and make up your own mind. There are still tourists around at that time of year, so you won’t stand out like a sore thumb. The place is a lot quieter, but you could argue that would make it less of a potential target to any dick heads out there. Really, just go for it. And if you don’t feel confident to leave your hotel/riad, then you should know that the accommodation over there is superb, and one of the main reasons for any trip to Marrakech!

  29. says: Sue Wilkes

    Just back from two weeks in Marrakech. My first trip there but will certainly not be my last. Absolutely loved every minute. The people were so friendly. Several people tried to put us off going but am so glad we ignored all the negative comments. If anyone is considering going to Morocco, don’t think about it, do it.

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Hi Sue, glad you enjoyed your first trip and ignored all those trying to persuade you not to go, it’s really not a scary place is it! 🙂 Definitely agree it’s one of the friendliest places in the world. Thanks for your comments!

      1. says: Mohammed LAMGHARI

        I am glad to hear what you said and your husband about my Country (Morocco).
        you are always welcome to visit it again,
        Next time try to visit “Chefchaouen City” almost located north of Morocco,

        i’m Passionate about “Camping” i camped in many places in Morocco

        It is a safe country are you see…

        have a great day,

  30. says: Emel

    Hi! Brilliant blog. I’ve been wandering about going in October and the only thing stopping me has been the fear at the back of my mind of targeted terrorism. I guess I just needed to put it into perspective, and you’ve really helped with that.
    Turning to a more sensible concern, what are your views on visiting Marrakesh as a solo female? I’m completely fine with harassment that I can ignore, but the reaction of many when I mention a trip is slightly incredulous. I’ve travelled solo before and I’m usually quite happy in a hostel meeting others.

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Glad I’ve managed to change your mind 😉 As you say, it’s all a matter of perspective, and your concerns are understandable given what we see in the media nearly every day. Thousands of solo female travellers visit morocco and have a great time. Yes, you will perhaps be more prone to hassle than couples or males, but I think so long as you are aware of just where you are, a bit of common sense goes a long way. Dress to blend in rather than stand out, ignore anyone calling at you, and avoid going out late at night by yourself. October is one of the most popular times to visit Morocco, so there will be plenty of other tourists in Marrakech when you’re there, which goes some way to making you feel less uncomfortable. I’m guessing the people who have reacted negatively to your trip have never been to Morocco themselves?? I’ve always felt safe there, the people are some of the most genuine and honourable we’ve ever come across on our travels, and hopefully you’ll meet some of them too. Do let me know how you get on, and good luck!

      1. says: Mimi E.

        Omg I don’t know how I stumbled upon this blog, but God bless you for this lol. I’m a female planning to go on a solo trip to Morocco and this has helped me lots.

        1. says: Heather Cole

          Hi Mimi, so glad you found us, and that we have helped to convince you to visit Morocco. I’m sure you’ll love it, do let us know how you get on, and if you have any questions please feel free to drop us an email at [email protected]. Happy to talk about Morocco all day, it’s my favourite subject 🙂

          1. says: Diana

            Hello I am citizen of the United States and I wondered if your words were geared towards Europeans or everyone? I am engaged to marry a Moroccan and want to take myself and three children to meet him. Do you feel we will blend in or are people more hostile towards Americans? Respectfully,

          2. says: Heather Cole

            I wasn’t talking of any nationality in particular. Visitors from all over the world are welcomed to Morocco, and we’ve met many Americans on our travels there who were on return visits, having fallen in love with the country. There are lots of US expats living successfully in Morocco, it really is an open and welcoming country no matter where you’re from. Of course it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on government advice for foreign travel, to keep up to date on the current situation in the world. Good luck!

  31. says: Frank

    Hi Heather,

    I’m of minds about this.

    One the one hand I’m reminded of a conversation with my mom about 18 months ago when discussing where we should meet for our annual holiday together. “How about Tunisia” she said. We had both both to Tunisia about 20 years ago and had good memories. But I didn’t have a good feeling about it and had heard some rumblings. Barely 2 months later they had those attacks at the museum then the massacre on the beach.

    Last year we had planned 2 months in Turkey, the culmination of slow travelling through the Balkans. We really looked forward to seeing Turkey, everyone has always said great things about it. During our time in Budapest things started heating up with the migrant crisis and Turkey suddenly at war on 2 fronts. We decided to cancel and go to South Africa instead. “Stupid” other bloggers were telling us, “Turkey is perfectly safe”. I got shit from a lot of people on facebook. Funny enough, I haven’t heard anything from them since the 2 terrorist attacks both in Istanbul and Ankara. I think it was the wise choice.

    Things can happen anywhere and statistically we are, I agree, much more likely to get run over by a tram crossing the street where we are right now (in Prague) than get caught up in a terrorist attack. Statistically the chances of getting mugged in Cape Town are much higher than ever getting robbed in Morocco. BUT my issue is with being a tourist in a place where I am intentionally targeted for death by some Islamic extremist. We might get mugged in South Africa, but the guy wants my money, he doesn’t want to kill me because he’s a religious fanatic.

    My other issue is that I’ve always had issues with religion and I’ve had it to my eyeballs with people and their religious shit. Doesn’t matter the religion. It’s part of the reason I have no interest in going to the Middle East, whether Muslim, Jewish or Christian (if there’s any left). I can’t take the religious arguments. It’s the equivalent of fighting over Santa Claus or the Easter bunny as far as I’m concerned. Am I intolerant? Maybe, but I’ve had personal issues in the past with religious people not accepting me because of my non-belief. You might enjoy this post: (sorry, tacky to link but so you know where i’m coming from because it’s relevant to this post).

    On the other hand: we’re planning to be in Spain/Portugal in late summer/early autumn and I want to include time in Morocco (I was there about 20 years ago). I also want to go back to Malaysia (in December) where I’ve also previously been. I don’t have problems with Muslims or Muslim countries, I have problems with radicals. Both these countries have always been very moderate in the past (can I call it Muslim-lite or is that offensive?) and I’m comfortable enough. But like Tunisia and Turkey our final decision is going to be made as we get closer because, as recent events have proven, things change fast and Morocco has contributed its fair share of radicals.

    I fully understand all your points Heather and they’re all logical. No argument with any of them. I know my geography and I don’t think I’m ignorant. But I think the feeling with a lot of people is that if they’re going to go on vacation they want to go to a place where they’ll feel welcomed and where they won’t be targeted. A lot of people are also angry and you can’t blame them for that. Of course it’s not fair to blame all Muslim countries, 99.9% of people just want to live life and make a living for their families. But I’ll leave it to you to ask a Frenchman or Belgian to go a Muslim country right now, I’m sure they’re not really in the mood.

    Ok, next up I guess – Brazil, a country we see 100% eye to eye on….

    Frank (bbqboy)

    1. says: Heather Cole

      I think what it all boils down to is common sense. Travellers should take into account the current climate and official advice and then make an informed decision. You were clearly right for deciding against Turkey and Tunisia at the time, and indeed if the same happened with Morocco I’d probably decide not to go either, despite how much it hurts to say so. The thing is, Morocco hasn’t suffered in the way that many of it’s ‘neighbours’ in the Middle East/Eurasia have (and even Europe!) and until that time (which hopefully will never come) there’s no more reason to stay away from Morocco than there is many commonly visited places in Europe.

      As for other bloggers saying you were ‘stupid’ for not visiting Turkey, that’s just as ignorant as those who believe in avoiding Muslim countries purely because of their religion. And it’s irresponsible too, given a blogger’s position of influence over their readers.

      I get where you’re coming from with religion, although I haven’t personally been affected by it like you (agree that there’s as much chance of belief in Star Trek as the Virgin Mary!). I’m not at all religious, (Charles Darwin all the way!) and think the world would be a happier place without it (think of all the wars), but I do love the way it has shaped many countries. A lot of the things I love about Morocco are a result of the religion. The architecture. The calls to prayer. The way they live their lives. Even the food! Yet in Morocco we’ve never felt religion shoved down our throats. It’s such an ingrained part of life you hardly even notice that it is in fact ‘religion’ rather than just another ‘culture’.

      I think everyone should make up their own minds, and respect each other even if those decisions differ. If you decide not to go to Morocco I won’t hound you for it (too much!), as you’ve clearly given it a lot of thought and been far from ignorant in the process. If you do go however, you know where to come for ideas 🙂

      1. says: Frank

        HA! Thanks Heather. Plan is to go and I’m actually excited about it because I love the geography and actually know a few Moroccans.
        I totally agree with you places of worship and some of the cultural aspects of religion. We always visit churches/mosques/synagogues when travelling – it’s the best of art and architecture and what’s going to happen in 1000 years when some of those buildings no longer exist and all they have is shitty modern architecture?
        All going well, I will definitely ask you for some Morocco tips!

        1. says: Heather Cole

          Fingers crossed it’s still all fine come the end of summer and you get to go (now luck, that’s an interesting concept…). Might even see you there, we’re thinking about going back at the start of Autumn.
          Can’t imagine people visiting our tower blocks in 1000 years, we’re not a very inspirational century are we!

  32. says: Sally

    Thank you for posting this! As an Arab traveler, it gets so frustrating having to explain that just because a country is in Africa or the Middle East, doesn’t mean it is unsafe. Morocco is not Egypt which is not Syria. Each country stands on its own. I love Morocco and think it’s beautiful! And I never felt unsafe there. Thanks for sharing your perspective 🙂

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Exactly, each country is an individual, just like we are as human beings. Happy to meet a fellow Morocco lover!

  33. says: Rob

    I wish the loud voices were ones like this, showing that the world is fine to be a part of. And like you said, are we 100% safe at home? Particularly in the USA where I could start a rant about everything… I’d happy travel through Morocco with my family.

  34. says: Mags

    Thanks for writing this. I hate when people are afraid of a place without having been there or even doing a little research! So ignorant! And the passport stamp on a full page thing is inexcusable!

  35. says: Natasha

    We just spent 6 weeks in Morocco, and although I got harrassed a little more than I would in a Western country, I never felt dangerous. Just wrote a few posts about it actually. We spent a week with a Berber family at their guesthouse in a small village and he even said that ever since the Paris attacks there has been no one at his guesthouse. Made me feel very sad. I can say that I felt safer in Morocco than I do in many places in the world.

    1. says: Heather Cole

      That’s such a shame, it’s the smaller guest house businesses that will probably suffer more than the larger establishments, at least you went and gave them a week! Thanks for the support, as you say Morocco is a place where many travellers feel safe and people shouldn’t knock it till they’ve tried it!

  36. says: Hannah

    Great post! I haven’t (yet) been to Morocco but it’s one of the places everyone warns me against going solo. But- exactly as you indicated- home (Canada) isn’t always safe either! And I’m not (and can’t) spend my life living in a bubble.

    1. says: Heather Cole

      I’m glad they haven’t put you off going! I’m sure most people who warn against going to Morocco have never actually been for themselves.

  37. says: Tonya

    I’ve actually wanted to go to Morocco for years. Working and living near Walt Disney World we have the Moroccan pavilion in Epcot and I’ve met many wonderful people from that country. I did not however, know how much greenery and hills there were in the Lake District. Your photo there is beautiful. Thanks for teaching me a bit more about it!

    1. says: Heather Cole

      The Lakes is one of the greenest places in the world (we have the most rainfall in England up here!), which I think makes us appreciate the green oases of Morocco when we’re there! Hope you get to go for real some day, I didn’t know there was a Moroccan spot in Epcot!

  38. Brilliant article – I completely agree. Many people who say that Morocco is dangerous have no idea where it is on a map, and many have gone to Paris or London without question. I was in Marrakech, Ouarzazate and Essaouira last summer and had an amazing time. It felt completely safe.

    I think that we have to accept that in this day and age, there is a risk anywhere you go. And, it is all relative. The media, as you have suggested, doesn’t really help! We should base our travel research on fact, not jaded or bigoted opinion.

    1. says: Heather Cole

      Thanks Amy! Glad you enjoyed Morocco and like us felt safe whilst you were there. Hope you get to go back and explore more some day!