I was asked, again, about solo female travel in Morocco. And while I enjoy answering to all the messages I receive (even if sometimes I wish I had more time for that…) I thought it’d be good to write a seperate post about Morocco solo travel, maybe for someone else my experiences will be usefull as well!
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How was Morocco solo travel for me
So, how was Morocco solo travel? It was challenging! Well, every place where you travel solo is like that but Morocco put the challenge in a completely new level.
However it wasn’t all as bad as I expected. There were annoying situations but not as many as I had thought. I’ve also met some of the most friendly and hospitable people in Morocco. So, while numerous people take advantage of tourists we shouldn’t generalize and, even if rarely, you will be welcomed with a big heart too.
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The craziest place in every city is medina, so busy it’s impossible to walk properly. The only way to move around is to join the huge wave of people and follow them. You might be also constantly harrased by people trying to sell you some useless things, make a henna tattoos (known also as a scam!) or telling you they love you.
Morocco is definitely a place that pushes you out of your comfort zone, but that’s what travelling is all about! And Morocco solo travel might force you to test your limits but it will surely be rewarding.
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Is Morocco solo travel safe?
Even if it was that challenging and demanding I felt really safe in Morocco, I can’t even say why. Maybe because there were always people around or maybe because I could see that for locals I’m a tourist who leaves money behind and so they can do nothing bad to me. Even if every few steps I was hitched I didn’t feel in danger even once.
For all the time though, like during every other solo trip, I tried to stay focused and used my common sense. No matter how safe I felt I didn’t want to do something stupid to regret later on. And I’m sure that there were people around who would have used reckless tourists whenever there was a chance, it’s like that everywhere after all.
My friends, however, reported some potentially dangerous situations where locals tried to scam there in the nasty way (like following them and then asking for the payment for their “guiding” services). So I’d advice all solo travellers in Morocco to just stick to the popular routes and once you feel something is wrong turn away without hesitation.
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Travelling around Morocco for solo travellers
The travelling itself around Morocco was very easy. There is a really good network of public transport (both buses and trains) and again, since there were so many tourists during each journey I took there were at least few other fellow travellers with me.
I guess Moroccan people are so used to tourists visiting their country and travelling around it that they don’t even look curiously at foreigners. Also everyone was friendly and helpful, most of the young people could speak decent English and moving around the country wasn’t a problem at all.
If you are feeling lonely or not confident enough you might want to join an organized tour in Morocco, either for a day to see a city or for few days to go out to the countryside. You can find some of Morocco tours here.
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Accommodation in Morocco for solo travellers
The country is full of beautiful riads where spending a nice is also part of the Morocco experience. Where available (in bigger cities with medinas mostly) I advise you staying in them, you will love it for sure! When looking for accommodation try to stay in the touristic areas, you will find plenty of places to stay there. Here is my suggested accommodation in main Moroccan destinations:
In Merzouga I recommend spending the night at the desert – unforgettable experience! You can find more details and book the overnight tour here.
Final thoughts on Morocco solo travel
I know Morocco or other Arab countries have a really bad reputation among female travelers. But for me it wasn’t as horrible as everyone was saying and warning. It definitely was a different country that anywhere else I’ve been to but with only few exceptions (that could have happened everywhere else) people were extremely friendly and hospitable, travelling around was easy and all visited places were exceptional! Oh, and the food was incredible!
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I think there’s no need to worry too much before visiting Morocco. Using the common sense and following basic safety rules will be enough there. Just switch your mind to the Arab way, don’t pay too much attention to annoying guys and you’ll love it there!
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