Women travelling in Morocco

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  • edited 11:37AM
    Hi ! My husband and I are looking at going to Marrakech & Agadir with our 3 children (3yrs-12yrs) for our summer holiday this year, however after reading some of the reviews, I'm not completely convinced it is the right place to take children as there doesn't seem to be a lot to do (I don't think taking a 3yr old sightseeing would be much of a holiday for any of us!!) and as we are restricted to term time holidays, it's going to be end of August when we go. Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks
  • edited April 2010
    Whilst a riad in Marrakech would be the better choice for adults, the children would be better accommodated in a tourist hotel but you will have to research which will have play schemes.
    Would somewhere like Costa del Sol have good services for 3 yr olds? Personally I don't think anywhere will be "better" for minors unless you opt for a trip to Disney Land.
    May is still good as far as weather goes and not as hot as July/Aug which would be unbearable for small children.
    Near Marrakech is a place called Oualidia which is a theme park frequented by tourists and Moroccans and some hotels have a free shuttle service.
    Maybe spend less time in Marrakech, which is a destination more for the cultural experience, and more in Agadir which is a package-tourists heaven with great beach where all can relax and kids can play footie, a small zoo (which I advise peole NOT to visit as it has less than adequate facilities for the wildlife), many inexpensive restaurants, hotels with good child facilities, a very large covered souk (market) and more.
  • edited 11:37AM
    Thanks johnk9159 for your advice, unfortunately we can't both get time off from work in May. Maybe we should consider going to the 'normal run of the mill' place for this year, and look at visiting Morocco next year in May ! Thanks again
  • edited 11:37AM
    Forgive me If I sound stupid but can a young woman wear make-up in Morocco?
  • edited 11:37AM
    You certainly may; Morocco is quite forward thinking and it will not be frowned upon particularly in the larger touristy cities.
  • edited 11:37AM
    i am a runner and a female-- is it ok to run in morrocco or is it frowned upon?
  • edited 11:37AM
    Last post already answered in your other post.
  • edited 11:37AM
    My 23 year-old daughter is planning on going to Morocco in June with her male, Parisian friend, who is a Moroccan citizen.
    Is it safe for young, American women to travel there? how will she be received if she is traveling with a local? She looks very American!
    any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  • edited 11:37AM
    The only obstacle I can see if the friend has a Moroccan passport, if so he will not be permitted to share the same room with your daughter (assuming they are bf and gf).
    If on the other hand they both have european passports there will be no problem and they can go about their routine without hindrance.
    There will be the inevitable glance, particularly by the older generation wherever they go.

    Americans are just as welcomed as any other visitor to Morocco.

    During holiday periods, tourist destinations (in partic. Agadir) in Morocco are full of silly British girls getting all hormonal at the sight of randy Moroccan boys, soon to be their "boyfriend".
  • edited 11:37AM
    I went to Morocco with a small group of women a couple of years ago and we used 'trips to Morocco' to arrange our accommodation and tours. They were excellent and arranged everything we wanted - good Riads, a safe & comfortable vehicle with driver and a very interesting guide - Hassan. I wouldn't hesitate to use them again and highly recommend them to anybody who would love to discover morocco in depth. Email to contact them www.tripstomorocco.com
  • edited 11:37AM
    be very careful...some men will harasss you, must say wouldn't let my daughter of 22 go ther would persuade her to go elsewhere
  • edited 11:37AM
    I rather think that is an unfiar comment; Morocco is a safe place and far safer in the touristy parts than most European countries.
    Men will chat up young ladies for sure but this is usually harmless; they know full well that it would not be possible to get into a hotel if that were their intention as Moroccans (male and female) are not allowed into hotels unless residing there.
  • edited 11:37AM
    I am a 20 year old American girl studying abroad in Rabat in the fall. I have blonde hair and my parents want me to dye it black or brown in order to blend in more with Moroccans. Is this a good idea or just foolish?

    Also, I have heard a lot about how it is best to dress conservatively, wearing long skirts and shirts that cover cleavage and shoulders, but what do people wear to the beach? What is acceptable at beaches in Morocco? Is wearing a bikini or even a one piece unacceptable?

    If I want to get toiletries once I get there, will items such as contact solution, shampoo/conditioner, feminine products, etc. be available to buy for reasonable prices?

    I know there is a tax for receiving packages in the mail, does anyone know how much that might be? How long does it take for packages to get to Morocco from the U.S.?

    Responses to these questions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!
  • edited 11:37AM
    hi everyone
    about bikini in beach,i think you are so beautiful with a blonde hair and the beachboys they disturb you ,in morocco we have beach just for women you can go there...
  • edited January 2011
    I am quite concerned. A former student of mine, who is 18, met a Marroccan man at Disney in October. She is shy, has never had a boyfriend and has a big heart. She has seen him several week ends and they are already engaged. He wants to get married next month (we are in January). I also found out his visa expires in June. I need some input as it scares me to death!
    25 years ago, I worked at Epcot in guest relations. I noticed a pattern... Before going back home, they all try to get married to stay, or so it seemed.
  • edited 11:37AM
    I assume you are in USA in which case I have no idea what your immigration laws are but in UK he would not be allowed in now unless his intended spouse could support him.
    It has happened in the past whereby the male will loaf around the house each and every day whilst she goes out to work; he then invited his friends round drinking the best whiskey she could afford to buy them.
    Far too many girls of a younger age go to Morocco (partic resorts like Agadir) and fall for the pool or "animation team" guy and immediately call him their "boyfriend" going back as often as possible. When these girls have gone back home, how many others has he I wonder?
    It is a disgrace that such spongers were ever allowed into the UK with no skills and the best job they could aspire to would be stacking shelves in a supermarket.
  • edited 11:37AM
    We are in the US and he is on a one year visa to work at Epcot, in the Morrocan pavillion. It seems he is trying to get married very quickly to renew his visa. I am quite concerned but she seems to be so wrapped up as it is the first male who has ever paid attention to her. She is shy, on the heavy side and insecure which makes her a target. He is quite handsome and several of us think he is using her to stay in the US. He is 21 and she is 18. She is a Christian and he is a practicing Muslim. Some of his friends seem to be extremely religious (Muslim) which is another flag for me......
    BTW, I am the wife of a disabled OEF veteran and to me there are too many signs for it to be safe...
  • edited 11:37AM
    My daughter married a Moroccan (muslim) two years ago. Having encountered some unhappy situations including unfriendly in-laws and beating by husband, she has her dream shattered. She ic now considering divorce. Does anyone know the procedure for getting a divorce from a muslim in Morocco?
  • edited 11:37AM
    Hello All,

    I am a 25 year old American female traveling currently in Marrakech. I have to say that i always feel safe here, however it has been difficult to get around at night without being hasseled. Be back at your hotel or riad at or before 11p. I can't stress that enough unless you don't mind having 4x the amount of approaches by men as normal. if they try and speak with you and follow you, just say "laa" which is "no" or laa shookran." i keep walking no matter what. it is not appropriate for a male to touch you either. hand shakes are okay, but no other type of physical contact. if a man touches you inappropriately just say "aib!" (ayeeb) which is "shame." if you stand and talk with a man for too long, people will begin to stare. be mindful of your surroundings and just use common sense. so NOT be out too late, otherwise more men will see your being out late as an invitation to talk to you.

    i try to be polite at first, but if they aren't getting the hint i don't feel bad about walking away. if the man is persistent then walk into a crowd of women or a shop. Older men and women will usually look out for you or give you directions without asking for anything in return. Moroccan people are great as is Marrakech, but like any other city it has it's own underbelly. Just use common sense. Don't wear skimpy clothes, keep your legs and shoulders covered, always keep on you the number of your hotel or riad in case you need to call them to have someone pick you up (my riad had this). So Marrakech is a beautiful place and the good outweighed the bad so far. If you are apprehensive about where to stay, where and how to shop, where to eat, and suggestions or other comments about visiting Marrakech, either alone or with others, feel free to email me.

    cly234@nyu.edu
  • edited 11:37AM
    I am going on a trip to morrocco this month with my boyfriend. we are not married, is it possible for us to stay in 1 hotel room? do they really ask for marriage certificate?please let me know if its ok for us to travel together and cohabit in 1 room since its a muslim country.
  • edited 11:37AM
    If one of you is Moroccan with a Moroccan passport then this will not be possible.
    Otherwise there will be no problems at all, it is common for non-married people to share a room.
    Don't think I have heard of any hotel asking for a marriage cert.
  • edited 11:37AM
    Hey, me & my brother (2 guys) from London are visiting Marrakesh on 26/5 to 30/5 for my b'day!
    Any ladies wishing to party/hang out & be safe with us are more than welcome.. genuine offer gals only .
    email me sunni101@live.co.uk to hook up ! X
  • edited 11:37AM
    Are you serious? Try posting in the lonely hearts ads or pickup forums.
  • edited 11:37AM
    I am from South Africa and so very badly want to visit and experience Morocco and all it's sultry mystique ... I am 40 with a 17 year old son, and together with my partner, we have a 5-month old baby. Clearly we have some family holiday requirements, but not keen on the whole resort type of place. Would prefer to rent a riad with a housekeeper/chef. What are the best areas to visit that would accommodate a teen and be convenient for a small bub too?

    Best months to visit in terms of weather - I don't particularly want to be rained out, but I don't want to die of sunstroke either???

    Also I have a thing about public bathrooms - I am completely toilet shy and would rather die than use a dirty bathroom. What to expect during our explorations?

    Any advice would be great!

    F
  • edited 11:37AM
    I was recently chatting with a friend who went to Morrocco 5 years ago. She traveled by back pack with another girlfriend, who was asian.

    Horror stories.

    her friend wanted to try a camel ride, so they met up with a man who offered them. He was recommended by another tourist, a Japanese male who said the guy was really nice, was an artist etc etc.

    Anyhow, my girlfriend wasn't interested, but she went with her girlfriend to meet with the guy and agree on a price. the price was $100 for 3 hours.

    The asian friend left with the man. Half way through, they are in the desert. The man demands $300 or he will not take her back. She didn't have the money so couldnt agree to it. He left her on the camel and walked off.

    She was left in the middle of the desert, with only her sunhat and a bottle of water.

    THREE HOURS NO ONE CAME, fortunately, the camel started walking by himself and took her back.

    2nd incident:

    They were walking in shopping district, it seemed safe as there were shops all around. Four men suddenly appeared and started walking behind them, trying the chat them up. Next thing you know, these men get in between them and separate the two of them. My friend turned around and saw her friend backed up against a wall surrounded by the four men.
    Fortunately, my friend is very street savvy and aggressive. She pushed the men aside, grabbed her friend by the arm and yelled, "get outta her".

    They walked for about a kilometer and found a small diner that served breakfast, so they went in to order food.
    Unfortunately, the four men who harrassed them saw them in there and went in. they sat near them, were tossing bits of paper on their table, and then pulled their chairs right up to the table. My girlfriend tried to tell the restaurant owner to call the cops because they were being harrassed but he did nothing. My friend and her gf left the restaurant without eating their breakfast.

    3rd incident:

    My gf just checked in and left her knapsack in her room and went out briefly. When she got back, her door was open, the lights were on and her knapsack was gone. She reported it to the desk clerk, and asked him to call the police. She was taken to the jail, the desk clerk was also taken to jail but had to stay in the dungeon of the jail. The dungeon is exactly what it was. Down in the pit, with 50 other men, who were supposedly there for whatever reason, it was cold and dark, no windows. He was there for 3 days. His brother had to bribe the jail guard to give him food and a blanket, but the blanket was coveted by another inmate. There was only one hole in the floor to pee, and another man with a knife owned the hole. you have to pay him to use the whole. He also threatened the desk clerk that he'd kill him if he fell asleep. So the poor guy had to sit propped against the wall trying not to fall asleep. Finally , after 3 days, her court date came up, the Judge was totally corrupt. when the clerk's brother explained what happened to the judge, the judge basically told him if they paid $3000 USD, they would be free. The clerks mother was terrified and was clinging to my gf's arm as their family's livelihood was dependent on getting her son out of jail, and he's innocent...all he did was report the incident to the police. Basically, there is no law, everyone wants a piece of the action, and everyone expects the tourist, who is victim to pay

    4 incident:
    They met an Italian women who told them her horror story. She had prebooked a cab to take her to the airport early in the morning for an agreed price. half way through, the cab driver demands $600.00 USD or he won't go. She didn't have the money, so he dumps her out in the middle of no where. obviously, she missed her flight.

    5.incident:
    My gf also travelled met up with an Australian female with blond hair. Although the Australian wore a hat, her pony tail showed. The men were basically hounding her , tell her they want to "f**k her. It was just horrible.

    ADVICE, do no travel to Morroco unless you are with a man, either your boyfriend, husband or male friend. If you have to travel alone, wear a wedding band and tell everyone you are married. That may help a bit.

    do not travel to Morroco if you are an Asian female because they think you are meek and have lots of money.

    The Morroco men leave men alone, so although some men on this blog have commented that it is basically safe, they really don't know how it is if you are a women travelling alone.
    So although it may be safe for men, it isn't for women. BIG DIFFERENCE.

    GOOD LUCK...BEST thing is to travel with a tour company.
  • edited 11:37AM
    I am a 20-year-old tall blond American girl and thinking about going on a study abroad program to Morocco next fall. I will be staying in a home stay for the first 8 weeks and am in a program with about 30 other students, but would it be safe for me to travel there? especially given the current situation in North Africa. Any suggestions for precautions I should take if I choose to travel there?

    Has Morocco changed since the beginning of all the unrest in North Africa? Has it become more dangerous in any way?
  • edited 11:37AM
    My sister and I are going to Marrakech in October for 1 week, staying in a riad. We are in our early 60s so don't expect any hassle experienced by younger females! I went travelling in Morocco in 1969 with a group of "flower children" and we had a wonderful time. Has anyone any tips for mature ladies with poor French language skills, staying in marrakech, without their unadventurous husbands? Which tours would be suitable (we are a bit arthritic) and what's the best way of organising them? I'm hoping to add to my belly dance outfits - any suggestions much appreciated.
    johnk5159 - I'm expecting great things from you!
    many thanks.
  • edited 11:37AM
    Sorry that should read johnk9159 - my apologies.
  • edited 11:37AM
    Hi Liza and Netty,
    October is a good time as the heat would have diminished somewhat, should be around 20-24C but one can never predict as temperatures at this time have reached 34C.
    Whatever age you are you will be hassled in some way or other, by traders who have drones outside waiting for you. If you engage in conversation then you are sunk as they are very persuasive and will have you in their shop quickly enough.
    If you do wish to buy something then you can do this in several ways; ask what the price is and then haggle from one third asking price, or less if you dare, and take it from there.
    You could go into an artesenal which is type of co-operative with generally fixed prices but these are usually highly inflated anyway to cater for the groups of tourists who are led in by their guides. This will at least give you an idea of what prices are like although they vary enormously from one trader to another.
    Language should be no problem as many people here speak English although you may have a problem with some taxi drivers who only speak Moroccan. Trust me, you will be fine in hotels, shops and restaurants and you may be surprised at how many people do speak English.
    Shopping can be a bit daunting but do this yourself and not with a specialist guide who may find all the things you want but will arrange with traders to charge you very high prices so that both he and trader will make a fat profit.
    Trips can be arranged through your riad or in any of the agents in Gueliz district which is a populous area for caf
  • edited 11:37AM
    My boyfriend and I , had two weeks holiday last April in Morocco, which we spent 4 days /3 nights desert tour . It was a great experience because we had the chance to see a completely different way of living as well as landscape. Our Guide Mohammed speaks berber , Arabic, English ,frensh, Italian ,and he provides us with sufficient information about the country, people ,culture, religion, he also informed us what to do and what to avoid during our stay in morocco . We spent a precious moments with him . We visited the most wonderful places in Morocco ,Marrakech, kasbah Ait ben haddou , ourzazat, valley rose,gorge dades, valley todra ..After that he took us to the desert where we ride camels and spend the night in a camp under incredible starry sky …our desert experience was absolutely great!Our trip ended up in Fes . I would highly recommend him to anytraveller who would love to discover morocco in depth. Email is probably the best way to contact Info@tripstomorocco.com
    A part from that a great choice!
    Cathy

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