Reasons Not To Visit Morocco: What We Didn’t Like
Morocco is a beautiful country, but if you really want to discover it properly one week in a cheap riad in the Medina of Marrakech, Essaouira, Casablanca, or Fez will not be enough. We have a love hate relationship with this controversial country, but Atlas mountains, Sahara desert, and incredibly good food are enough good reasons to make it a unique destination for your trip. In Morocco there are many great cities and things you can do around the country, but there are also some bad sides of how Moroccan people see tourists and especially solo female travelers. Discover what we didn’t like about Morocco during our trip, which city was the worst in terms of experience and which was the best, which places are better not visiting, how to stay safe away from home, in which area is better to take the hotel and how not to get your money stolen in Morocco.
“Trash In The Streets Of Marrakech”
“Low Moroccans Living Conditions”
What we didn't love about Morocco?
Even if our experience as digital nomads in Marrakech and Essaouira was overall good, there were some episodes that spoiled a bit our trip. We made here a list of what we didn’t like during our time in Morocco and we hope our point of view will help. Of course, you’ll avoid all these things if every day you take a tour and you’re accompanied by local people, but if like us you prefer to be autonomous, sooner or later you’ll deal with one of these aspects of Moroccan culture.
The bad side of the moroccan culture
Morocco has a completely different culture than the European one and you’ll realize it at the beginning of your visit. Morocco is a very poor country where the don’ts are more than the permissions. Is not just because of the different religion and culture, but we really have a different vision of the world. What we want you to know is that you should be ready to see like a banknote with legs and arms, especially in Medina’s souks. That’s how going to one of the most beautiful places can become a real nightmare during your trip. Tourism is the biggest income for moroccan people, so for them everything is a good reason to sell you something. They have also put in place many scams and they can be really insistent. If you’re dreaming of a calm trip to relax from your everyday life, well maybe Morocco and especially Marrakech can be the wrong option.
The aggressiveness of people
As we said before, local people need to gain money to have a decent life. Since it’s a question of survival, they can be very aggressive insisting until you buy something and forcing you when you visit their shops and this can make you feel just very uncomfortable. The advice we can give you is to avoid reply to them and just do what you want. They can’t force you to tour the shops of their family, so just make sure they don’t close the doors when you enter their shop and if you don’t like anything or you don’t get the price you want, don’t hesitate to leave. Remember that you’re always in the right of doing that. We know that at the beginning it is difficult because it’s so different that what you could have lived back at home, but that’s how it works in Morocco.
The low safety of the country
Nothing really bad happened to us, just some aggressions on the streets and once a group of men wanted to beat Alessia, but still that’s really bad. We travelled in many countries in the world, but we’ve never felt that unsafe, especially if you’re a woman. You can find on our blog a travel guide to Morocco for solo female travelers that hopefully will help you. In any case, we advise you not to go alone in the desert or mountains, but prefer choosing a tour of one day or more.
The way animals are treated
Animals in Morocco are exploited until they are too old and at that moment they’re left alone to die. Donkeys, horses, monkeys, turtles, snakes are animals you can easily find in Medina and all around Marrakech. A thing you can do to stop this hellish practice is not taking photos with animals during your trip, otherwise the owners will ask you for money and will continue to exploit them. So, be always conscious and know that behind a good souvenir photo there are days of pain and misery for these creatures.
“How Animals Are Exploited In Morocco”
“Invalids Who Ask For Alms”
What we loved about Morocco and Marrakech
The time we spent in the city of Marrakech during our trip was great, but it started to be even better after the first month. If you have the chance to spend more than one week in Morocco, you’ll get used to their culture and the things is better to avoid. If you want to enjoy only the good side of Morocco, then day tour are the best thing you can do. Other than these things, Morocco is still a beautiful country that deserves to be visited at least once. Its food, Atlas mountains, Sahara desert and ocean make it the perfect combo if you want to merge in beautiful nature.
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❤️ Many thanks for sharing all your comments below about your experiences and your advices for other travelers, we can’t wait to read you! ❤️
One of the most idiotic pieces of garbage I’ve ever read. Full of exeggarations and inaccuracies. Stinks of European arrogance and judging of nations they perceive as inferior. Please do us Moroccans a favor and never come back.
I would agree with most of what the article said Yassine. I love Morocco (especially Fez) and most Moroccans are friendly and welcoming. In Marrakesh there’s a problem though – one gets sick of being lied to and treated aggressively. It’s got nothing to do with being European or otherwise – it’s just about and treating other human beings with respect.
I agree with you, what I see I can add is we can’t deny that Morocco as other countries has a bad side, and a good side as well. But with all due respect to the owners of this article, you’ve been aggressive writing it, and the picture of goats you add right there writing in its figure “How they exploit animals”, that was the most idiotic idea you consider in this article, don’t you know Goats climb argan trees naturally in pursuit of its branches and leaves. I hope you can correct that and withdraw your words.
I am Morrocan, love my country but I agree with some of what been said in this article.
YES Morroco it’s beautiful and unique but it’s true! Some of what’s been said I have experienced as well specially in Marrakech I get bothered every few minutes and almost forced to buy from them it’s so annoying I can’t even walk in peace and enjoy my walk and choose if I’d like to buy or not they are so agressive i always end up not buying because they stress me out, they start sales from a hight price and also based on your look they will drop it to when it’s convenient for them and also it’s up to their mood comme on :/ I don’t have time for that it’s a waist of energy and time they can also do us a Favor and just put a fix price for every one it’s so stupid and I don’t care if it’s part of the culture i feel used and scammed when ever I buy something because I don’t know what’s the next person or tge previous one got it for and it goes on with the next shop so fed up.
Regarding the handicaps wish they lay on the floor for hours to beg they should be not allowed they should help them out or not allow them to lay there it’s quite choking 🙁
Last thing our Morrocan people needs to stop trowing trash every where it’s disgusting some they eat and trow com1 let’s keep out county and the country we visit clean 😊
Apart from what I said it’s all good I love Morroco ✌🏽 😉
Sbai you’re a blessing! Finally a maroccan who’s being rational and objective.
Yes. It’s all about the waste of time and energy for me too about the haggling. And it stresses me so much that even if I wanted to buy something I just walk away frustrated.. And again and again.
Too bad because Marrakech could be a beautiful place if the mentality was bit different. Also happy tourists buy more.
They’re doing all that effort to get a few hundreds of dhs more at the end of the day.
Such a waste.
In contrary, very usefull for travellers.
Glenn van Nijevelt
Agreed with Yassine.
I am a New Yorker, US Citizen by birth, owner of three properties in Tangier, Marrakech and Essaouira. Morocco is one of the easiest and enjoyable place to live on the face of the Earth.
Granted, all my properties are in the poshest part of the town (Merçhane in Tangier ; Gielis in Marrakech ; and on the Promenade in Essaouira). But for a New Yorker who spend between 6-7 month a year in this country since 2015, surely I know what I am getting.
If you don’t want to get bother, it’s easy: Ignore them………
These Euro-trash Digital Nomads can go somewhere else, we certainly don’t need low-income (that’s the definition of Digital Nomad) European in Morocco.
Well that is the point of it, isn’t it. No one from a civilized country wants to visit a country full of uncivilized beggars.
The only Moroccan whose opinion is relevant regarding this article, is the one who has traveled outside of their own country and actually experienced western cultures.
There are literally thousands of articles on the internet and social media expressing these same things about Morocco!
So a civilized citizen’s behavior really does speak volumes about a country regardless of one’s financial status and that is the point of this article, isn’t it. Because civilized human beings (especially those from a First or Second World Country) don’t enjoy traveling to countries that are heavily populated with uncontrollable & uncivilized people. And if you could travel, you wouldn’t want to either!
I’m actually in Morocco right now… Coming from Marrakech and that is EXACTLY what I felt like when trying to visit that city.. Absolutely spot on! Maybe you don’t realize because you’re on the other side but for me as a female solo traveler was a nightmare to even think about walking the streets trying to avoid EVERYONE. Because 90% of those people were bothering me. And I wasn’t really running around naked ffs.
I will definitely do you maroccans a favour and never come back in here.
As a European, I completely agree with you! The ignorance in this blog is overwhelming. I have found Morocco to be one of the safest places in the world and the people to be some of the most helpful and kindest I have ever met. As soon as I return to grey, depressing, violent, backwards England, I find myself booking my next trip back to Morocco. I miss the sun, magic and smiles so much!
On behalf of all Western people, I would like to apologise for the nonsense written by this person. Please don’t think we are all like this!
garbage are the most annoying
I absolutely agree with you. I have just returned from Morocco and have to say that there were a few minor negatives but on the whole the people were amazing, kind, generous. Whilst there were many people who encourage you to look around their shops, they are polite about it and if you decline they are not offended at all. They see it as an opportunity to speak with you, learn about you and allow you to learn about them. I was even welcomed to someone’s home, fed and given gifts without any conditions. I must point out the Europeans such as you are over there making more money out of them, i.e this site. The most negative experience for me was all the arrogant French, swarming all over the place like they still owned Morocco and the fact that Moroccans still have to speak French.
Hope you never come back to my country, people like are not welcom.
I have visited Morocco many times to visit my husbands family. Not once have I felt unsafe! When I stay with his parents I feel happy to walk to the local shop, by myself, where I can practice my Moroccan with the shopkeeper … he’s very tolerant and is used to me lol. Yes, Morocco is a poor country and people are trying to survive but don’t they have people here in the uk trying to rip off people? I feel the article is very judgemental as the Moroccans I’ve grown to love are very welcoming, so much so my husband and I are thinking of moving back there❤️
It is not the same. Do you feel safe at night roaming around freely anywhere?
It is uncommon to hear men chopping of women’s heads by local people in more developed countries or other shocking things. No one wants to go on vacation to met a jihadist or terrorist, but enjoy the mountains and the valleys.
The extent and the degree of which it occurs is important. For example, Manhattan has homeless people on the street. However, in some countries, there are children running up to you aggressively begging for money and touching you will the palm of their hands, and some following you. One can say the same thing, “Oh! Aren’t there homeless in every country?” There is a big difference in the extent and the degree in which it occurs. A poor country and a rich country are not the same.
Haha..proving what she said to be true…with that attitude…..I have lived in Morocco…and a lot of what she said is true…men think it’s ok to disrespect foreigners. Morocco is a beautiful country but harassment is real…agressiveness is real here…
What is say about morocco is correct to some extent, but I think the idea that Moroccan exploit animal until death is wrong.animal help them carry heavy stuff because that what they can
Afford.you also should know that in California thousands of got killed
If they fail to deliver a better result in
Dogs race.i mean the dogs who isn’t run
Well , they re put to death.
You are certainly entitled to your opinions. But your description of the country and its culture reflects deep ignorance of both. Referring to persons with disabilities as invalid is another ignorant statement and an offensive vocabulary that many countries have eliminated. But you were living in the cave of ignorance to notice it. Cultural differences are what make humanity rich. If you want everyone to be like Europeans, you should have stayed home!
Such a Hatefull & racist article. We bash a whole culture because its people are poor!!!
A typical sick western mentality. Wealth doesnt determine how good or bad people are : Actions do. Dont come to our beauti9 country we dont need low life tourists like you
It sounds like you never left Marrakech…also if this trip happened in 2020 when you should have been staying in your home country…that’s very irresponsible.
Bull shit.. just blabla maybe you wanted everything as a gift.. and what about pouverty in you country which is in Euroupe. You people never tell the truth
We do. Some of us. Just come back from Morocco for the third time. We always love it. Yes there is rubbish, a lot of it. We have rubbish in the U.K. just not so much. The Moroccans treat their animals better than the Egyptians from what I have seen.
The photo was of goats up a tree eating fruits. They get there on their own. What that had to do with bad treatment I don’t know. The culture of haggling is just that. Their culture.
I for one am not intimidated by people chasing me. If I want it I offer. If they say no to the price and I don’t want to pay more I walk. After that even if they chase I won’t buy.
People who visit other countries must understand that some countries have a high number of poor and a huge wealth divide. I always pack sweets for the children and will give money if I feel that it is deserved.
The writer says that ‘it’s not because of religion or culture. We just have a different vision of the world’. We have a different outlook because of our culture. Our practices, our religion, our freedoms and different ways of being. Exactly the same as Moroccans. It’s their culture and ways of thinking as well as the food that make it a wonderful place to visit and it will always have a special place in my heart. No all westerners think the way this writer thinks. I come to absorb myself in the country. You cannot visit and ish your ways of being onto them. That is incredibly naive and stupid. Almost as bad as the idiots who visit and want to eat fries. Give me a vegetable tagine any day. Love to all good Moroccans.
Your article, to say the least, was harsh. The title “ Reasons NOT to visit Morocco “ was not the right choice it lacked fairness! After you mentioned all the negatives about what you experienced in Marrakech you said that Morocco is still a beautiful country worth visiting!! But to be fair I agree with you about the animal abuse even though it’s not a “ Moroccan “ phenomenon, it’s everywhere, but the picture you posted is the WRONG one. The goats on the tree is a common scene in the region of Agadir and Essaouira. Do some research on Argan Oil and you’ll know the secret. You also mentioned that Morocco is a VERY poor country!! Let me correct that for you. Morocco is a VERY RICH / corrupt country !
Very sorry to know that you have been through some bad experiences in Marrakech. I think those are really some outliers when compared to general feedback.
I totally agree with you, I am a American living in Morocco for 5 years and I think in any American or European countries streets look worse than the streets in Morocco.. People travel and make bad statements of the countries they visit to gain popularity or to scare another tourist, I really encourage any ony to visit Morocco, it’s a beautiful and safe country…..
I’ve been here for 7 years and completely safe is false…sexual harassment in morocco is a real issue especially when it comes to foreigners…people insulting you on the road if you refuse to stop by their shops etc…taxi drivers harassing you when you are on your own…happy that you have been able to live here in peace. Morocco is a beautiful country but far from safe when you are here as a foreign woman.
I’m glad to see the reaction of others here that see this article for what it is: tone deaf. Not sure what the purpose is of the piece is, but your anecdotal experiences and declarations don’t seem to tally with any reality. Firstly you are wrong when you say “Tourism is the biggest income for moroccan people” which at 7% of gdp is half of the contribution to Italy’s economy and 3% less than France – countries you both hail from. But you’re not going to say those countries are completely dependent on that amount like you suggest Morocco does. Also have you been to Naples? now that is a place where there really is an issue with refuse collection. Also the only women I know of who have been sexually assaulted and accosted have been in Italian night clubs. Moroccans peddlers might say annoying things but they rarely act on the type of assaults Europeans routinely experience in their cities. I think it’s probably time to take your nomadic venture elsewhere as some places are evidently wasted on people.
Writer is write absolutely Moroccan people are thieves in a form of people from taxi driver to the butcher all rise the price once they know you are american.i love Moroccan nature but people are just fucked up in their heads
I just want to know who alessia is and why they tried to beat her?
No, I think that its not just outliers, many foreign tourists have seen this kind of bad things. There are more of those bad things even from their police who scam tourists and put drugs in their cars to get bribes from tourists!
We don’t need cheap ass tourists like you anyway. I can show pictures of trash cans somewhere in Europe and picture it as a trashy country
morrocan aggression is the problem, not the soil. or the ones visiting it. Morrocans in belgium>nothing but crime, morrocans in germany>same crime,intimidation,hate and violence.
Morroccans in holland, same crimes, violent behavior, always a group vs 1 guy.
no. morrocans are the problem, not the people, the attittude.
Totally agree with you. It seems the younger generation of Morrocans are causing trouble in every country we’re they are in numbers I live in Spain and they are forever causing problems when they are In gang but on there own there not a problem.
Trash on the streets I do not agree , that type of pictures could be taken in Paris or any part of the world !
I totally agree with you, I am a American living in Morocco for 5 years and I think in any American or European countries streets look worse than the streets in Morocco.. People travel and make bad statements of the countries they visit to gain popularity or to scare another tourist, I really encourage any ony to visit Morocco, it’s a beautiful and safe country…..
Trash on streets is normal any one can find every street and ally’s in the world. Just an example check los Angels downtown. City’s street s & Ally’s or New York city’s streets/ally’s list goes on. No reason to downgrade non-western country’s
This couple is obviously racist, abnoxious, and xenophobic. That innocent old lady in the picture should consult with an attorney to sue them for defamation…pathetic people!
Bro there’s trash everywhere so you must not live here
Morocco does very little the address the great about of pollution everywhere. Come the f&ck on, let’s get our shit together to collect and separate garbage to recycle and create jobs! Not just clean the damn tourist beaches before summer or dress up the entrance of cities when an “important” official is going to visit soon.
As a native Moroccan myf I hated the way merchants in the city of Marrakesh approach tourists even Moroccans, but if you know how to deal with it, then Morocco is very beautiful place to always visit.
Yves Saint Laurent and Churchill don’t share the same idea as yours.
I think you guys are exaggerating a little bit
I had incidents all over Europe US and Canada , i use to be an American employee over seas the worst places were Italy , France , Spain poland , check Republic
Austria , Denmark , Sweden , Belgium
The Netherlands but am not saying anything about these countries .
Plz be nice to others , good luck .
Terrible article. Written like a pampered European tourist. Don’t trust this advice.
What the hell? Are you serious right now? I fully understand that this is your own experience. Yours alone. So there’s no need to call your article Reasons not to visit Morocco! Obviously there are things you’re not gonna like. Obviously there are things that you will like. I live here and there are so many things I don’t like but I wouldn’t just advertise that to a bunch of strangers and say don’t visit because some dude tried to to force me to buy a beer. Don’t shove your bad experience down people’s throats. That’s what I’m saying. I don’t like Marrakesh because it’s crowded and everyone is super chirpy. But my opinion doesn’t matter. That’s just the spirit of the city and that will always be the case. Like it or not.
First of all,
The culture is a big word and subject to talk about after just a tour or a trip in a country,tourism is not the moroccan’s biggest income it is agriculture for morocco so basically what you said is wrong or not well reported:true that moroccans may be insistent but if they see that you are not interested they gonna leave you do your life.(they even talk english,spanish and frensh fluently to make tourists feel happier).
Moroccan people are one of the nicest,welcoming communities and i’ve never heard someone say something beside it was one of the best experiences ever enjoying the most the people’s behavior.
Finally,morocco is a safe country actually, and you can easily see police everywhere i’m sorry for what you lived but this is definitely not the general case.
Am morroccan, from Marrakech precisely. While I may agree on some of the content of your article, I find the title you’ve chosen totally negative, hence 100% misleading. In one of your paragraphs, you’re advising your readers to make sure the shop owner, in the souk, does not close the door while they’re inside! Well, in all honesty, this is simply unheard of! Be reasonable!
Thé report is utterly biased. Morocco is not “ver poor’. Trash you can see in European streets, your money can be stolen anywhere in the world if you’re stupid. As to safety and aggressive behavior, your assessment is also not well inspired. You might as well issue a warning telling people not to come.. I don’t know whose agenda you are serving but you should go ahead and advise people to go yo the Sahel, or Libya, Syria and Yemen, they will be better off there!
Goats in Morocco climb trees naturally to feed. They’re NOT made to climb for tourists: https://www.insider.com/morocco-goat-trees-tourist-attraction-2019-4%3famp
Sorry to say that you are talking about another country, the only you get right, that people like to sell you something, that NOT harassment.
About Morocco is a very poor country, UNTRUE, better off than any other european countries by far…..
If you tell me where you are from, I would be happy to give you a big list of negativity about your country
Am sure you are not American, and you are NOT an English speaker because of your poor writing
This is a blatantly RACIST and xenophobic article/couple! Come to the U.S. and see trash, horrendous crimes, piled up trash/rodents/vermin in “famous” cities like NYC/LA/SF…you should be ashamed of yourself /despicable attitudes!
This is a blatantly RACIST, xenophobic, and misleading article/couple! Come to the U.S./Europe and see trash, horrendous crimes, piled up trash/rodents/vermin in “famous” cities like NYC/LA/SF/Paris…you should be ashamed of yourself /despicable attitudes!
About thot goats picture, they’re not exploited. i know it may be a bit strange for foreigners, but those goats naturally climbs on the Argan trees to eat the argan nut .
Chicago ranks among the worst cities when it comes to shootings and car jacking! Are those reasons not visit Chicago? I don’t think so. Despite all the bad PR we have in Chicago this city is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The same thing for Morocco I grew up there the country has its good and bad but overall it’s one of the most culturally diverse and rich places anybody can visit.
Thank you for your comment 😍
Im sorry that you have that opinion about Morocco. I’ve been five times and love it. As a matter of fact I found the greatest woman in the world there and married her.
And I found my husband there in Morocco too…. I too,LOVE IT
i don’t totally agree with you, Morocco is a very safe and clean country even compared to Europe, Marrakesh is very beautiful place but it became lately very dependent on tourism’s money for its economy, so no surprise to encounter few hustlers around the touristy places like anywhere on the planet.
As a Morocco citizen I can assure that it’s not a safe country.
Can you tell something more? I’ve just been there and always had eyes around my head. Besides, also the Moroccan receptionist in Riad told my boyfriend to look after me carefully while we’re in Marrakech. That speaks too.
There are always two sides to the story. I will not wish to come back to your country either.
Instead of treating people with respect and being simply nice and welcoming, allowing us tourists to choose what we wish to buy and have, and we would most likely spend event easier and more then, you are mere opportunists when it comes to dealing with tourists. Typical approach – spiking up prices, selling fakes as originals and stealing property of tourists. I have been to the police station today due to a theft, curious to see how this ends up, if the very police are not ganged up with the thieves altogether. There were so many people due to theft. So yes, please enjoy your country to yourself and be proud for coming from such a background…. Regardless of religion or ethnicity, theft and lying aren’t exactly the acts that will bring you a great karma or a beautiful life 🙂
Let me guess u from paradise hhh
Tourist like u a sick & they should stay home eating their tasteless food
If I don’t like it that much then take off all the pictures from your site…this is just a way for these 2 losers to profit
Like any other country there’s a bad side and the bright side in my opinion Morocco is one of the best country in the world. They have different and special culture people in Morocco most of them are nice.
I visited Morocco and unfortunately I can not relate to your article at all. I had a great experience in Morocco . stayed in a nice hotel in Maamounia. I felt like I’m in a fairytale. I found the people there so humble and simple. Although they don’t have much they’re so generous. I enjoyed every second in Morocco and surely I’ll come back again. And really recommending people to visit it.
I believe you’re bad experience may be because you chose to stay in cheapest places in the city. That exist all over the world. If you’re looking for something cheap be aware of the consequences. Even in big cities like NewYork or Frankfurt where I’ve been before you can see things like that in cheap hoods.
Quand on séjourne dans un des plus beaux hôtels de la ville et des plus chers, il est évident qu’on ne peut pas vivre la même expérience que ce décrit ce couple ici… On dépeint toujours Marrakech en parlant des plus beaux endroits, des vues splendides, des parfums envoutants ou de gens qui vous accueillent comme de la famille…mais ce n’est pas forcément le cas, et je salue l’audace de cet article qui vient tempérer cela
Il existe aussi de la saleté, de l’agressivité, des tentatives d’arnaques, de la mendicité importante et un racisme prégnant envers la population des régions sub-sahariennes.
Et il est vrai que dans les souks vous êtes la plupart du temps vu comme un porte-monnaie ambulant.
Et même si cette réalité existe ailleurs dans le monde, le sujet de l’article essaie de montrer aussi cette réalité qui peut éviter d’être trop surpris en venant découvrir bien des trésors dans ce pays qui sait aussi être magnifique.
If you don’t like Morocco. Just stay where you are. No one enforced you to go.
Trash homeless thieves…… everywhere, .
People like are not welcomed to morocco….or any other countries….you smile in the face of the people and after you finish your Trip you insulting them and making fun about their culture…so terrible you are both of you… morocco is the best country who welcomed the visitors..but I think your article was full of poison and …shame on you and the agency who pays for you to this ..MFK
The picture of goats in Argan trees isn’t about animal exploitation; the goats climb the trees to eat the fruit and leaves; (see https://www.newscientist.com/article/2132751-tree-climbing-goats-spit-out-and-disperse-valuable-argan-seeds/ ) Goats are valuable in Morocco and goat herders lead their flocks through the argan (Argania spinosa) forests, where the animals can clamber up trees 8 to 10 metres high and strip them nearly bare. I have had several trips to Morocco and witnessed goat herders, often young boys, taking great care of the flocks.
with all the respect for your opinion, you painted: Morocco, Marrakech and Moroccans as a bad and awful portrait .
I’m sorry if you’ve had some challenges while away from home, but be honest:
have you never been harassed at home,
have you never seen trash in your streets,
have you never been approached by pushy salesmen, etc … if you say no as a response to these questions then you are not being real to yourself first nor to others …. trips are personal experiences.
Being prepared is a must but when you visit a different country with different everything compare to what you’re used to : culture, language, food, social relations…etc…etc you’ve to be willing to be part of that experience instead of depending on others opinions especially if they’re as negative as yours .
Marrakech is one of the best of many other cities in Morocco, people are so welcoming and generous to guests whether locals or foreigners and that’s part of the culture.
Trash in the streets I’ve seen that in DC, NY, Paris, Berlin to name just a few places .
I am just amazed how some people can easily make a strong statement about a city or country ” don’t visit marrakech ” really!!! You take a picture of trash in a certain area and generalise it to a whole city or country.you take a picture of a woman selling vegetables in the street and made up your mind about the horrible conditions of work in Morocco. What do you really know about that woman and did you even get her permission to be photographed and published in your blog?
You have the luxury of making money while traveling. You are probably not contributing anything to any country’s economy probably your own included.at least have the decency not to write irresponsible blogs like the on you just wrote. Many lives have been shattered because of the pandemic and we need to encourage people to travel.of course you are free to Express your opinions as long as they are well researched and considerate to the feelings of others about their country. To summarize your blog about marrakech is totally unfounded and the best example of that are the replies i have read so far about your blog
Il est évident qu’en séjournant à La Mamounia, hôtel de luxe par excellence, vous ne pouvez pas comprendre ce que peuvent vivre les voyageurs qui vont dans des hôtels plus abordables !
Il n’empêche que si vous sortez de cet hôtel, que vous allez dans les souks vous pouvez avoir ce sentiment d’être un porte-monnaie qui déambule devant des gens qui ne pensent qu’à vous vendre le plus cher possible un article ! Et si vous sortez un peu plus de votre privilège vous verrez aussi des quartiers où vous n’oserez pas aller , des lieux sales, des jardins et des monuments pas entretenus, de nombreux mendiants, des réfugiés sub-sahariens qui n’hésiteront pas à vous agresser pour obtenir une pièce….C’est aussi une réalité même si vous ne l’avez pas vue !
With your title, it makes me wonder if you were really in Morocco ? you have not traveled before to different parts of the world ( a woman is safer walking around alone at 10 PM in the streets of Tangiers than in The streets of San Francisco)?Getting attention with a provocative title?
Why do you think Europeans, Americans and others are settling in Morocco and buying properties .? Yes the culture is different, I guess that’s why people travel
If they expect to find their backyards and their Macy’s in other countries then they better stay home.
Yes Sir, I think this lady should stop writing stupid articles. Goats on argan trees ( animal exploited complete nonsense) vendors harassment ( that lady selling stuff doesn’t look harassing anyone), tourist approached by people asking money, it happend to me many times( London, Paris, Barcelona, New york, Istanbul…..) It is funny she thinks she is a nomad, I think she is mad full stop!!!
Complete rubbish!!! I hate is when people like this lady write nonsense articles, she has just arrived in Morocco and this is and that is bad, this negative attitude people shouldn’t travel. What happened to Morocco the imperial cities….
This one side story , you can go to Paris or Madrid and you’ll find trash laying around, begging is everywhere , safety is always problem anywhere you go at least you wouldn’t think you can be safe in a big city in the world than being unsafe in Marrakech…
Morocco is known by its generous people and the welcoming family , many friends have visited the country and they were thrilled.
I am sorry you encountered some unpleasant things during your trip. Few merchants can be pushy hustlers sometimes.. But never in a million years did a merchant coerced someone to buy something.
Marrakech is a beautiful and clean city with a lot to offer. It is safer than some cities here in Midwest. As for the last picture with the goats on the Argan tree.. those goats get up in the tree to eat off it.. I don’t think there is some animal cruelty in that.
All in all I think there are tons of reasons to visit Morocco.
P.S: Saint Louis and Chicago are 2 beautiful cities to discover regardless of the crime rate in these 2 cities.
Morrocco is a diverse country, it is a very dirty city, with corruption, and opportunists looking to expliot tourists, their animal rights are deplorable,
Morrocco is a very poor country, they look to get to Europe by any means. Don’t give them the opportunity, you will regret it
Sorry that you have been through this situation. But you really gave too much misleading information like tourism is not the 1st income in Morocco it is the 6th. And Morocco is one of the safest and open minded places. Of course as many places in the world in touristy places you will find some hustlers, but it is not in all places and you can avoid it. And most of the visitors come back again.
Absolutely not true i visit Morocco every 3years and I experienced superb culture perhaps you wanted heaven on earth.i live in London and I can tell you London has dirty and rubbish corners and fir the safety is out if the question and yet London classed as one of tge beautiful cities in the world
Very good article,wishing that moroccan authorities bear in mind that more than these scenes could happen in their absence. We hope this could be changed by forming unites specialized in tourists only and never heard about these problems which could eradicate this active domain to Morocco in general.thank you .
The picture of goats does not have any animal mistreatment or abuse, these goats climb the argan trees to eat their seeds, so stop being so stupid
As a solo female traveller I experienced none of this, and found Marrakech to be one of the most enchanting places in the world. So much so, I have returned many times since.
Yes, I was approached to buy goods, but a polite no thank you usually does the trick. I was also called Shakira due to my blonde hair, again no biggie. I think if you carry yourself with an air of confidence and abide by the customs of dressing appropriately, its not an issue.
Yes it is a poor country and yes animals can be treated badly, but there are also so many fantastic things about Marrakech that will stay with me forever and make me return over and over again.
well as moroccan who lives in Britain for long time i appreciated to have time talking about Morocco but dont have an agenda to sabotage it ‘s industry .I have been in many countries specialy American and Europe .Women is never safe anywhere.If i am tourist i don’t go to look for dirty places just for sake of it.I say thank you for visiting our Morocco we love hope change what is bad .
Some of things you mentioned are true like the trash in the streets or the hard daily life conditions; but I must add that I saw the same things in other countries, whether they are developped or no..
& concerning solo travelling for women, it can be dangerous wherever you go; there’s certainly no rule
Morocco is great country and safe as well, if you behave normal, the food is great, the women are beautiful, the seaside spectacular the only big issue is their office in London to process visa and their immigration at airports very slow like slower than tortoise and ask unnecessary questions to delay you,
I’ve visited Marrakech 5 times, what a magical place, not had one
bad experience ,loved every moment.
My family and I have been going to Morocco for over 15 yrs and have Never had a bad experience or felt unsafe .
We have travelled all over the country and found Moroccans to be very hospitable.
We love Morocco and consider it our second home.
I’m sorry if you came into a bad experience in Morocco.
Like any place in the world it has good and bad sides.
But then you exaggerated when you mentioned that shop owners close doors to force them to purchase products.
Wish you a better trip next time
I found your article more negative than realistic, there are always two sides of the story…as a cabin crew who traveled the globe for 10 years, I can assure you that there is no such called a safe place on earth! I hope your next experience won’t be that bad.
Yes Morocco is a fantastic country to visit. People are very hospitable and very friendly
Very rich culture.
Love to go there every year
Morroco is like any country in N Africa or middle east, they respond to the threat of force. If you walk around ready to smash any threat, to completely annihilate anything intent on harming you, you’ll walk in peace. If you don’t project your willingness to hospitalize people keen on doing you harm, you shouldn’t be traveling in the vulnerable twosome of one male one female, unless Alessia has trained in a striking martial art. They are not a particularly strong or physically gifted people, and so your ”energy” or posture should be guarded and ready to kick teeth. If you guys do this as a career, I’d suggest both of you training something fierce,, Krav Maga or Muay Thai, Boxing or any system that causes maximum damage to target. I’m a former soldier with years or combat experience, so it comes naturally to me, but you two seem like walking targets. At least become hard targets – a duo with palpable danger as to suggest to potential aggressors they will lose more than they will gain. Good luck
Stay Alert, Stay Alive!
You focused too much on the bad side!
Trash?! like there is none in New York, are you working for algerian regime too, much lies and too much hate, Morocco is not perfect but not what you try to fake
What I think?
I think you so wrong, Morocco it’s beautiful place to visit is its varied geography! Morocco doesn’t just have paradise beaches and sweeping expanses of desert, it also has mountains! Morocco has two major mountain ranges, the Rif Mountains in the north and the Atlas Mountains stretching through the middle of the country. You should be a positive and next time don’t bother to post those unnecessary pictures because will not help you to change anything about Moroccan reputation and his tourist attraction.
I can tell just by the pictures you posted (and their captions!) why Moroccans may have treated you poorly… Hhhhh This is why some people absolutely love Morocco and some people hate it. It’s not them, it’s you. Your article is fine but ffs take out the outrageously disrespectful pictures.
I just come back from Morocco the people are nice ,helpful and friendly I visited Essaouira, Agadir,Ouarzazat and Marrakech everything went well and the nature is amazing and food is excellent.
Your bad experience was about Marrakesh and not Morocco. So don’t say any bulshitt
Moroccan government’s cyber army commenting undercover to bash this article that says the truth.
ha.ha.ha funny. Then what are u the mom of the dude who made the article?
What rubbish! It’s abundantly clear that you are a bad traveller and an ignorant blogger who knows sweet Fanny Adam’s about Morocco, yet you have the audacity to write such offensive bullshit. For your information, Morocco is a lot safer than many other tourist destinations, including crime-ridden European and American cities. Why don’t you write about aggressive beggars and litter-strewn streets in your country, wherever you come from, instead? Morocco is for visitors with taste and respect for the host country. MB
You don’t think the US exploits animals? They do it under the table. Your article was truly ignorant. I’m an American expat living and teaching in Morocco. The people are welcoming and hospitable. I felt more unsafe in Houston Texas than I do in Morocco
What kind of fucked up article is this?? Reading this i felt like it was backed up by some Algerians intelligence!! Dont ever come back here !! Disgusting 🤮
Hi Alessia and Eddy!
Well sorry that you had bad experience in Morocco ! People won’t force you to do something that you don’t want and I believe every country have two side good and bad ! Since you felt unsafe in that country I don’t recomand you to visit any other Arab country because I guess Morocco is the safest one for foreign tourists ! And of course it’s totally different from what you know and from your culture!
I hope what you have experienced in Morocco would not stop you and others from exploring the beauty of that part of the world next time.
I do not agree with all what you have stated about morrocco, contrarely it s one of the best countries worth to be payed a visit. talking about the way merchants in the city of Marrakesh approach tourists i do not see any harm in that ,there are many touristic destinations worldwide worse that that. i have visited marrakech many times and I always walk in its beautifully alleyways freely. On the other hand morrocco is not only marrakech you have to see other cities then you can generalise .
It seems like you have not tried to find out much about the culture of this country if all you can say is there are more things forbidden than permitted. You never told the readers why somebody wanted to bash you. Maybe you were not dressed appropriately and people may have been offended but I cannot see people threatening violence.
Bullshit! You deliberately photographed a bit of rubbish someone had dumped in a back alley to portray Marrakech in unflattering light, a reason why you’re not welcome in Morocco. You should be more concerned with litter and crime in your country.. what’s so strange about a woman selling fruits and vegetables in a market? Disrespectful asshole! MB
I felt much safer in Morocco than I”ve ever felt in any large US city. I would sooner walk through a war zone alone at night than any area of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Detroit or LA.
Mourad souici from London
Yes I agree about some part of the paragraph then again where ever you go in world you will see a postive and negative part of a contry even I Europe we need to learn how to take it in our strayd
I have visited Marco nany time and I will again in the future good luck to everybody
But despite its beauty and good side, it’s important to make people aware about its bad side! It’s true, the look at foreigners as ATM machines and I have the experience of someone asking me for money after showing me the directions! 😳
I don’t agree with you, Morocco is an African country but still much better than a lot of European countries,nice food nice people beautiful weather.
You two sound like a couple of spoilt brats who don’t actually understand the privilege of travelling and experiencing different cultures and lifestyles. Morocco is an absolute gem to visit and it’s people are top notch. Like a lot of comments in this section, I feel you are either biased or just very unlucky.
Posting a random pic of a lady with vegetables 🤣🤣 you guys should not bother pretending to be nomads and well travelled…..😂😂😂
I’ve been to morroco twice and i have really got involved in the culture and traditions as much as I could, and i really loved it, this place stole my heart, but on the other hand Its very sad to say this is the land of thieves in my opinion, Muslims who want to rip you off, im Muslim myself from the UK. But if you spend more money, get a nice hotel you will be ok, however on every step, even in the tours they want money, they don’t even give 1 olive for free without crying over money and im the type of person im generous but i hate being taken as a fool, because that is humiliation, so if it got worse, i did fight back and not hesitant to punch them because they are like flies buzzing around you these hustlers, the hustle starts when you get in the rubbish taxis at the menara airport in marakech, normal people pay so little, they say 100 dhirams to take Me to the hotel which is only 15mins away, in the cab the guy is going On n on about to make it 150, once at the hotel he is like begging like a person on crack for 200 dhirams, by this time your just worn out and give it then the drama stops, but i had 1 very nice honest taxi driver, and met really good people who said avoid jama efnaa, but how could you, its so tempting to go there, but i found out why, as I said there are some very good and some very bad mixed people together all earning money from you, example I bought a can of Fanta which was price marked 9 dhirams in marakech, small stall in 1 of the gardens majoreelle I think it was, this old man wanted 50 dhirams for it, also be careful if falling in love in morroco, just got to be very street smart there
Bro, you that comment of his is pathetic of a woman selling fruit and some rubbish, thats in every country in the world, even in Londons Mayfair in a back alley, to Beverly hills california, but i have actually seen the real marakech, i can’t comment on the rest of morroco but the taxi drivers are the biggest idiots to begin with, apart from that everything was OK and good, morroco is like a different world, and regardless what any morrocan says, tourists are seen as cash cows literally, i hate the forcing to buy culture, they chase you down the street, that’s just so fucking pathetic, if it carries on like this people won’t go to morroco, i went there to relax and chill out, i love the place, the vibe, the food and atmosphere, don’t love the girls any more, however I didn’t go there to mess around in dirty hamams or pay for sex, that’s just pathetic, if wanted to do that could do that in London, every nationality under the sun is in London, but i think morroco is a great place, it’s just some people letting it down, the best thing for me was the guy with the pomegranate juice trailers everywhere because i love pomegranate juice and you don’t get it here, you really have to get in to life in morroco and get deep in to it to feel its essence, it definitely has a spiritual sense of feeling to it, but when people come and ruin your experience that’s the worse thing, i would say best advice don’t seem suprised or shocked of any mysterious things you see in marakech, act like your not phased at all, that way hustlers won’t target you, and think street smart if you can, i can being from a rough part of London, and forget your foreign, act like a morrocan,
I did see a donkey being overloaded so much his back almost broke, going down hill on a paved path in ouzoud falls, he was so heavily loaded with things and out of breath, he was about to almost collapse, he almost fell, then the skinny young teenager who was taking him gave him a smack and pulled him upright, kept him going, i felt disgusted at this, animals are supposed to be used, but not like this, so stop denying
Morrocan girls, a big majority of them want to marry foreign people….. And have done, then they will use them and leave them once in Europe or America and this is a fact
Yes there might be some that are not like this, but alot are
I think if you really want to know about morroco just ask me, I’ve been more than a just a tourist there
I’m really disappointed by this article….. Its not an opinion anymore its an insult towards Moroccans and giving us a bad reputation. One Morocco is not a very poor country, its part of the 5 fast growing economics in africa with a gdp of 5.5% along Kenya, Ghana, Egypt and South Africa according to globaldata.com. In addition to that we don’t rely heavily on tourism their is agriculture, phosphate and overseas trade we have the largest port in africa named port of durban their is plenty of other achievement I would be proud to say however it becomes off topic. Next time get you’re facts correct instead of letting a 16 year old get them right for you. I really hate you for what you said about our country and how you dare promote these kinds of propaganda However I will refrain from telling how stupid you are as I don’t want to dirty the name of people. I hope you have A EXCELENT day my good sir 🙂
I understand your feelings, especially for Marrakech, Wich is far from most of moroccan’s city atmosphere…
But don’t you know that goats are climbing alone in the argan trees?…
I would love to know where those guys are from………do not go back if you did not like it or if you did not enjoy your trip perhaps another side to your story….perhaps you tried to take some pictures of few people with their consent and you got in trouble……..have you to Detroit,Mi or LA, Cal?
I felt much safer in Morocco than I”ve ever felt in any large US city. I would sooner walk through a war zone alone at night than any area of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Detroit or LA.
Another traveler junky looking for a 15 mn fame & few $$ from his article. I’m a Moroccan living for the last 30 years in Vancouver BC, I travelled the world many times, everywhere we see same things, Perth Australia, the States, Europe, Vancouver east side ( worst than some places in Morocco by far) I encourage you to travel across Canada by car & you will see poverty in some small towns. If you are a really a traveler , you shouldn’t focus on the bad side of an area. I lived in Singapore for 4 years & yes Singapore as her share of all of that same as H Kong.
You are just passing by the truth
Hhhh the picture of goat on argane tree with the comment where is the exploitation
Unfortunately I have to mirror the sentiment expressed in the article. I’ve come to Morocco to work remotely for two weeks and I am now counting the days until I can finally take my flight back to the UK. Let’s not even talk about WIFI outages, absence of. cashless payments, aggressive traffic, nonsensical bureaucracy.. What really saddens me is that it’s very hard to make connections with the locals who indeed seem not to have the slightest interest in you as a person but – with a great sense of entitlement – see you as a walking ATM. Street hustlers, beggars, prostitutes of all stripes suck out your energy. There are surely lots of nice Moroccans, but those are the quiet people in the background – the friendly driver, the cheerful cleaning lady, the begging child who says “thank you” when you give him some food. I understand that Moroccans have been hit hard by lockdowns and that unemployment makes life dire. It also doesn’t help that there’s a curfew at 9pm.
I guess you went to the wrong neighbourhoods just like when you go to Liberty City in in Miami Dade County. Or Oakland Park in Broward County or or… some neighbors are worst …The difference is in Dade County Florida, those poor neighborhoods kill each other everyday, drugs on the streets and prostitution.
So, before you travel to Morocco or elsewhere,m
Make sure you don’t go to cheap hotels or cheap Roads.Avoid Medina’s. I, Moroccan of origins and I can’t get a hotel in those no laces. If you go to Marrakech which the safest city full of undercover cops all over, and the citizens know the consequences of F with Foreigners. Sometimes the cop will intervene if he sees you’re foreigner and maybe you’re being harassed.
Morocco has very rich neiborhoods and also poor neighborhoods. Hotels in Marrakech it’ll be better if you choose 3.5 stars and up. Morocco isn’t cheap as a good hotels are from 3stars starts from 100 Euros, good restaurants and fine dinning expensive as well. And nightclubs and cabaret aren’t what ipay for in Europe or USA.
The choices are yours according to your bank account. Vacation in Morocco isn’t what people think, it’s costly.
IF YOU REALLY WANT A GREAT VACATION, CHOSE GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD AND GOOD HOTELS PERIOD! You’ve got what you paid for.
I’m sorry to say this, but if you’re travelling abroad especially what you consider poor country, why did you go to cheap road and cheap hotels? Those are for students who want to save money and hangout with friends.
Tell me what country you are from, and I bet I’ll get you neighborhoods worst the pics you took. You’re basically trying to trash Morocco because you couldn’t afford the vacation. Moroccans when they travel nationally, they go to Dakhla, Shafchawen, Tanger, Rabat, the desert Ouarzazate Hollywood city. People go to the best beaches and 5 stars hotel vacation. Go to your Facebook and typing vacation tour in Morocco. 3 nights with transportation for 650 Euro’s . If you go to hotels in Medina, then you’re the one looking for trouble.lol
By the way, the 3 night vacations 650 Euro’s each as a couple for two people including the plane ticket, but you get to enjoy your vacation by surfing, boating, wind surfing, jet-ski, riding camels and have a wonderful people surrounding you. Those are the touristic places. You get what paid for.
For the last 15 years, Morocco was and still one of the best experiences we could dream of, I’m sorry your experience was not successful. Also it’s extremely rare that anyone will bother tourists. As far as safety, Morocco ranks real high. Feels safer than New York or Paris at night.
Poverety it’s not a crime, you, you who colonized us and sucked the blood of our economy, you are just white trash, I am Moroccan I been to 37 counties, I saw the bad and good, I was living in New York, I smelled the urine underground in the metro station, you the white Europeans you use to live in caves and eat only potatoes, you are Back Packer, you are poor also because you cannot afford to to live in a decent hotel, if you look for trash you will find trash, next time if you see something you don’t like, don’t blame the people, blame the corrupt government.
Every country , as stated earlier has its bad and positive!
I rather stay on the positive!
Come to New York, we have all above
You don’t have to go to Marakech.
Unfortunately your article is full of lies.it s obvious that you opted for some very cheap places while you were expecting luxury. You need years and decades to discover our beautiful charming country.
What made me laugh is the goat picture as an example of how animals are exploited lol obviously the guy does not know that these goats climbs is to eat argan seeds and there is a tourist taking a picture with that beautiful unique scene, the guy didn’t stick them up the tree for pictures lol i lived in the area long enough and worked in the moroccan oil business to know that, i think the guy actually never been there!
You sound offended 🤣
Unfortunately everything in this article is true and one should be ashamed instead of denying things like you did
@ Mohamed Bjayou, You just proved the article said the truth about how disrespectful Moroccans are… Just look at how you started and finished your comment. Started by “bullshit” and finished by “a** h*** ”
Go get educated and learn how to talk to people first
you just made a very bold statement that moroccans are assholes because of a comment or a bad experrience
also you are talking about disrespect when you are insulting my entire race of people
We had a pretty awful experience in Marrakech. In Jemaa el-fna Square, we could not look at or walk through the street shops in peace without them trying to sell us stuff. So much as stop to glance or even point at something, they start calling out. It’s like every single person wants money from you, for the smallest thing. Right from the moment you get off at the airport, a young boy is waiting to lead you to taxis. Grabbing your suitcase and then waiting for you to pay him at the end. Accepting a random person’s help is a mistake because they want money or will take you to shops so you can be sold stuff. Taxis will try to overcharge you, men will pretend to be from your riad and lead you to shops so you can be ripped off. And this isnt even all of it.
We were three women, and were harassed by men several times. We finally decided to go to the police and complain about one man in particular.
I would not recommend going here at all, especially as a woman.
The people getting offended are hilarious. You get warned about scammers, people trying to overcharge you, pickpockets and similar even by Moroccan friends or the Riad staff! People have these very real experiences. Stop whining.
I dont know about other cities. We went to the Ourika Valley and the “small” desert, both outside of Marrakech and those were overall better experiences.
Marrakech, I would not recommend to anyone.
To give you an inside of my comment, I am married for over 30 years to a Moroccan Women and we do live part Time in Marrakech. We have lived and worked in many different Asian Countries during my activ time therefore experienced many different Cultures, this I do believe gives us a right to Comment on your Article about Morocco.
Reasons not to visit Morocco??? I can not see any Reason not to visit, of course it is a different Culture but for me a fantastic Culture very rich and incredibly divers . As for your experiences with Merchands in the Souk, ask yourself how you approach them? I find them incredibly witty, friendly and accomodating. The People in general are friendly hospitable and extremely helpful. Of course as in any Society you find negative things but the negativities for Tourists in Morocco are in our Opinion negligible.
Totally agree. I hated Marrakesh. Would never go back.
I don’t really know what to say
criticising any city even here in London there are lots areas has worse rubbish on street even Newyork
safety I recently visited Morocco few times its better safe because police caught all those addicts to carkobi with knifes and commuted robbery crimes great to Hamouchi
what I found vehicles don’t stop at zebra crossing
dogs & cuts left out and abandoned in the streets & unhealthy
peoples urine on the street & corners
environments in general has lots work to do
peoples dumping rubbish any where without rubbish bags
I love Morocco & I m planning to go for good had enough been in London over 36 yrs Morocco its beatifull from all perspectives
tv must show some tip & guidelines from urine in street fine of 50 DH luck of public toilet
rubbish must set fine of 500 DH if you dump rubbish in street
set fines rules for any one break law & orders like here in London if you dump buds of cigarette you pay fine by special enforcement officers
collect all cuts & dogs running or living in the streets they are hygienic to publics
more over if any one doing his job Morocco its best country I have visited I visited 25 countries couldn’t find no country like Morocco
Moroccans are good peoples friendly & polite as intelligent
God help us due to covid19 Morocco has done superb millions better that lots countries
superb idea of our King Mohammed 6 God bless him he reduce the cost for summer holiday & tourists he is clever and smart of doing so Moroccan economy done great since start of summer
no need to criticising our land check Europe & usa hard drugs addiction from heroine crack on street as well as homeless are every where sleeping rough starving
Morocco its no 1 in Africa
Morocco millions better than some European countries
I know Europe & usa critics
I m going again soon
This is just an inflammatory headline to get more attention and clicks. Sadly, it’s working because I’m here, too. Morocco doesn’t deserve this kind of cheap clickbait insult.
I’ve travelled the world but Morocco (and Marrakech) have captivated me more than nearly any other place. The food, hospitality, warmth, colors, history…it’s a feast for your senses. I encourage anyone who is thinking about going there to do it! Yes, you will need to be prepared for a haggling culture that may be unfamiliar or uncomfortable but you can quickly learn the average price for items and make good deals. Talk to people! Ask! Just don’t be in a hurry when you’re shopping. I got some beautiful leather shoes for less than I’d pay at home for cheap Chinese plastic and a leather bag that would rival any luxury handbag but cost less than a cotton sack. On the other hand, I overpaid for Argan oil after an aggressive young woman trapped me in a back room and I’m pretty sure the antique silver bracelet isn’t antique or silver. There was also an awkward “visit” to a Berber tent but for 100 dhms, I got quite a story. That’s all fine – it’s all in the experience.
Yes, men can be aggressive but they are rarely persistent – they are just chattering for entertainment. It is misogynistic, of course, but that is for their country to address – I’m just on holiday and not out to change the world. Dressing as though you respect yourself and the culture you are visiting goes a long way in preventing unwanted attention. If you know you’re in a conservative country, why is all your skin exposed? You are a guest – be respectful of your host. Aside from the street harassers, I found all the men I dealt with in riads, hotels, shops, and restaurants to be very respectful and polite. My driver was an absolute gentleman and a truly lovely person to spend days with in a car.
It may seem like a poor country depending on where you are from but I’ve been to parts of Europe that were similar. Even the agricultural parts of Italy are at basically the same level. Many rural parts of France are similar. Huge sections of the US are much more frightening than anything I encountered in Maroc.
Regarding animals – those are working farm animals, not pets. No ranch animals are living a pampered life and once they are no longer useful the end is the same. It costs money to feed them and if they can’t work then they are an expense most people cannot afford because, again, they are not pets. What happens to a hen that no longer lays eggs? I saw many beautiful working animals in excellent condition (Western animals are overly fattened – if you’re used to that, you will see all animals in Africa as “too skinny”) and witnessed young people who had a bond with their donkey or goats. I saw a young shepherdess being very gentle with her flock. I think the writers of this article are absolutely unrealistic about what animal welfare looks like, how the food chain works, and rural lifestyles.
One exception to my defense of animal care is the “climbing goats,” I see many people trying to defend that. The goats only climb naturally during a brief season when the nuts are at their peak. You can now see them year-round because they have been trained to perform for tourists. It is not natural for them to stand in a tree all day. Also, seeing monkeys on chains to pose for tourists is disturbing and I wish people would have the sense to stop paying for that. It was usually tourists from other than the US or Europe who were participating in that.
Go to Morocco, do your research before you arrive, plan to haggle (and plan to walk away), don’t be afraid to explore without expectations, and hire a licensed guide when necessary because it isn’t too expensive and they are a wealth of local information.
Original Desert Luxury Camp was a once in a lifetime experience that I would recommend to anyone. From the preparation details to the accommodations to the service, we were beyond impressed by how perfectly everything was executed. We booked a 4-day/3-night tour, with one night in Dades valley, one at the Original Desert Luxury Camp, and one in Ouarzazate. Some highlights:
– Hamid, our driver, catered to our every need and drove us for 24+ hours in total across Morocco during our 4 day trip. He promptly picked us up from our hotel/riad, responded to our WhatsApp messages quickly, and patiently answered all our questions. Also, whenever we needed to stop to use the restroom, he would try his best to find a clean one for us. Thank you for an awesome experience, Hamid!
– When we were planning the trip, Omar was extremely accommodating and patient. This was probably one of the easiest international trips we had to plan because of her guidance. When I explained the cities that we wanted to visit, Omar quickly responded to my email with several detailed itineraries and suggestions.
– If you are traveling from Marrakech to the Erg Chebbi, you must stay at Dades valley – one of the best hotels we’ve ever been to. Each bungalow has it’s own private pool, and the rooms are exquisitely designed.
– Our one night in Erg Chebbi was magical! The staff (which were amazing) mentioned that we were the first guests to visit since COVID, so we had the whole camp to ourselves. Our tent included an en-suite bathroom with running water, a huge bed, and ample space. For activities, we rode camels and did the private ATV tour (would definitely recommend, though it is an extra ~$50 per person). At night, we had a delicious dinner and spent the rest of the evening watching the stars on the sand dunes.
I cannot say enough about Original Desert Camp – don’t hesitate to book with them during your next trip to Morocco!
I’m from Los Angeles – love to travel. I visited Morocco with my daughter and two other women and experienced the same things. Coming from Spain, we were so excited to see the architecture and learn about the culture. We traveled from Fez to Casablanca, to Marrakech and Essaouira. The Hassan II mosque is gorgeous. And, in Fez, we really enjoyed the family we stayed with. But the marketplace and medina (we stayed in a riad there) in Marrakech was one of the most harrowing experiences I’ve ever had. The two younger women were hit on and followed constantly (in their 20s) despite the fact that they were with their mothers and we asked them to stop. We were constantly hit up for money. Told we’d be left in the medina if we didn’t follow strangers and give them money. This happened nonstop in Fez and Essauoira too. We asked our hotel for a “guide”. This was really just someone that plugged us into a network of merchants that tried to sell us everything from fireplaces, glassware, rugs (nonstop with rugs and tea), leather jackets (that smelled horrible). We were taken from merchant to merchant to merchant – and when we didn’t pay hundreds to thousands of dollars for rugs from a merchant that gave us tea, for example, our “guide” tried to leave us in the medina (which is a winding maze in which one is easily lost). We were berated and pressured. I was upset to say the least. But I did find refuge in a mosque courtyard and took a moment to find peace and the the guide found us again (he. had advanced money for some snacks and he wanted to be paid back) – so we managed to leave the medina. Again, we didn’t want to judge the entire country based on one rogue “guide” and his ring of merchants that saw us as American dollar signs, but unfortunately, this happened in Fez, Marrakech and Essaouira. Yes, there was a lot of trash – particularly on the roofs in Marrakech. Yes, animals are treated differently in public than in the US. Monkeys with chains on their necks in the marketplace – tons of dirty stray cats everywhere – goats falling off of trees on the way to Essaouira. If you so much as looked at an animal with a cell phone in your hand, the owner chased you and demanded money. I met some wonderful people on the trains and in the marketplace – just regular nice people – and the family we stayed with in Fez was amazing. But the aggressive hustling of Americans for money or sex (sorry Morocco but it was almost nonstop) was a gigantic turn off.
I live in Spain. Many Moroccan refugees here, mostly young men under 25 years old. Many of them 12 ´15 years old. Most of them have no permanent residence. They survive by begging and stealing mobile phones to resell. The majority of them are illiterate even in Arabic. They all want permanent refugee status and legal residence in Spain in order to receive government welfare money in order to bring their families to Spain.. Very, very few of them have an occupational skill. They have little respect for Spanish culture and customs. They never wait in line for a service, they always jump to the front of the line. They jump the Madrid metro line without paying, they will shoplift anything. They talk tough and loudly and will threaten a man, but basically they are cowards…. except for stealing phones, attacking and stabbing tourist WOMEN. I have seen it several times. I worked many years in the Middle East and speak and understand some Arabic. Moroccans speak a dialect of Arabic which is difficult for me to understand, but I understand enough. I never talk to them. They almost always criticize and insult the Spanish and Christians in general when talking among themselves.
wow thats a wonderfull blog.
This is a wonderful article which helped me find this amazing hotel
Title is a little harsh.. but finally an article that reflects what Morocco is actually like.. a lot of bloggers are scared of backlash and don’t portray how their vacations actually are…thank you for your honest…I can attest to a lot of what was said in this article.
Maybe your article would be better title “Reasons to not visit Marrakech”. However, I lived in Marrakech and other cities in Morocco and had no problems. The “poorness” of Morocco’s incredible people is not their fault. Is it a crime for them to try and make a dirham when you visit their country ? After all you are their guests. Would you not do the same if they came to your country? As an American, married to a Moroccan, you can never convince me that Morocco and it’s people are anything but hospitable, gracious, tolerant and generous. They will invite you into their homes and share their meal with you. They’ll give you a place to lay your head for an evening and make sure you’re ok. Perhaps Europeans and Westerners need to remember that there’s a whole world outside our country’s borders and people who we’ve never met or lived their lives. Come down off your high horse and meet those people where they are.
Morocco Ain't It and That's Ok
Ya we’ve been jn Rabat 2 days and I could make an article twice as long about why not to visit Rabat at least and maybe Moroccan cities in general. With that said I love how offended the responses are. Guess what? Not everyone is going to like your country. I don’t like my own country and I don’t care if you don’t like my country either. In my opinion there is something really off about the vibe here. The people are nice, I don’t feel unsafe (despite literally 30 taxi drivers attacking my careem car at the airport on my arrival) , and people are friendly (I disregard the dozens of creepy teenager boys saying weird things to me and my wife in the streets at just very poorly educated types), but still this city (and maybe the culture at large) is not the place to have a good time for us. It’s interesting to observe but I wish we could fly out tomorrow and never come back. The highlight probably is the Riad experience, getting amazing sleep here. But the moment we step foot outside it’s a very life draining experience.
Scammed, set up, exploited. I an bebe coming back. Got lost, a motorcyclist took me to the far parts of the city to a tannery. Old man from mountain tried to sell me a scarf for €150 and a jacket for €700. When they see you, they see money and nothing else. Be very careful. If you stay at a Riad, trust the people who operate the Riad.
I am never coming back
We can’t deny that Morocco as other countries has a bad side, and a good side as well. But with all due respect to the owners of this article, you’ve been aggressive writing it, and the picture of goats you add right there writing in its figure “How they exploit animals”, that was the most idiotic idea you considered in this article, don’t you know Goats climb argan trees naturally in pursuit of its branches and leaves. I hope you can correct that and withdraw your words.
You are so right! Morrocans hate they own moroccan’s who live in Europe, why cause they are one ugly racist people !!
My parents are morrocans i dont see myself as one and( in Morocco they dont see you as one cause you are born in Belgium!!!
Never ever in my life i will visit that God Forsaken countrey and there fuck up zionist King.
We went there about 6 years ago. Very negative impressions, despite the fact that I speak French fairly well and one of our party is fluent in Arabic. Aggressive teenagers. The lack of hygiene in the big square of the midan when eating in the evening was disgusting, the fact that it’s illegal to be gay and, the icing on the cake, a notoriously corrupt police force that regards tourists as a source of income. Avoid. If you want winter sun and a nice relaxing holiday, go to the civilised Canary Islands.
We didn’t enjoy Morocco overall, though Chefhouen, Tangier and the camping in the desert were nice. The other places we could have totally skipped. The cities are dirty and polluted, moreso than NYC. We were not harrassed but then we are not blonde or in our 20s. I just felt that nothing there really wowed me. The mountains look like colorado, the red rocks of dades like Arizona. Marrakech was too loud, polluted and crowded. How many gardens can you see before getting bored? The merchandise in the souks all looked the same. And the heat was unbearable.
The beaches of Taghazout are nice but look like California, and certainly cannot compare to the Caribbean. The beach at Agadir was littered and stank of camel poop. The food was overall not good, though we did have a few nice meals and we ate at holes in the wall all the way up to expensive hightly rated restaurants. The monkey and horse/donkey exploitation is really bad but then we are trying to ban horse carriages in NYC. We do have better animal cruelty laws than Morocco, and their refusal to control their stray dog/cat population by spaying and neutering is ignorant and bad overall for everyone especially the animals. Even just neutering the male cats would work wonders. – neuter them and then release them back to their freedom. But I’m not sorry I went there. Travel is an experience. You wont like every destination.
What a load of rubbish. You’re really showing yourselves up as travel amateurs who shouldn’t be creating any kind of travel guide for a country they clearly have little experience in.
I agree with some parts of the article but not all ive been to morocco a few times ive seen all the beggars on agadir beach and the little kids who come upto you and forcefully hug you and try to pinch money from your pockets people offering you drugs then the guys selling the excursions on beach when you dont stop or interact with them they tell you to f off you go into the souks and they harass you from everywhere and dont get me started on the pricing im from the uk and they charge you prices like you are shopping in harrods but dont forget this is a select few people on the other hand most moroccan people are really nice culture is nice and morocco does have some beautiful places to visit every country in the world has its good points and bad points and no country is perfect but its a experience
If you are traveling without a frame of culture you will interpret everything as you used to see. in your own place. But if you believe that there is a difference in every single thing than you will be able to understand what you experienced. Before traveling you have you own embassy web site that tells you everything about your destination including the culture, the religion, the social status, the weather, what to wear, what to eat and also what to expect. Thus; if you are traveling to discover and to learn about new cultures it does means you must have a high consciousness and high adaptation. you are not visiting another state of US but you are going to AFRICA, you should ask you self what is this country? what I am going to see? be prepared , browse a little bite and read reviews. Honestly, it seems that you decided to travel with no idea about what’s are you going to see and this is Hazard. As an American and originally from Morocco I am not denying what you said but the way you described this country was hateful and has nothing to do with traveling people or Nomad, it is just a tone of disappointment of a tourist that spent one week in a crowded sheep space and expected it to be as a palace. You did not use your options as a civilized visitor that can use maps, trusted guides, rent a car ( you driver license allow you to drive there), use your embassy resources if you don’t trust or like Moroccans, do not book in low conscience ) be with people like you. The most important thing is when you see a child writing in the wall you smile and you tell yourself he is about to learn, same way when you see things like that in a semi developed country smile and tell yourself it will get better or at least try to make a change!. best regards