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What we didnt like about marrakech

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 marrakech streets

“Trash In The Streets Of Marrakech”

moroccan people living conditions

“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.

what we didnt like in morocco

“How Animals Are Exploited In Morocco”

scam place jemaa el fna

“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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Comments:

  • Yassine

    February 5, 2021

    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.

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  • Tatem

    February 5, 2021

    Hope you never come back to my country, people like are not welcom.

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  • Mounir

    February 6, 2021

    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.

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  • Abdou

    February 6, 2021

    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!

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  • Fassi

    February 6, 2021

    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

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  • Tony C

    February 6, 2021

    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.

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  • بشرى

    February 6, 2021

    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

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  • Mohamed T.

    February 6, 2021

    Hi there.
    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 !
    Good luck!

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  • Ahmed

    February 6, 2021

    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.

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    • Karima

      February 9, 2021

      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…..

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    • Otto

      March 28, 2021

      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.

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    • mohammed zouin

      September 1, 2021

      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

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    • Betty

      September 10, 2021

      I just want to know who alessia is and why they tried to beat her?

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    • Luke

      October 20, 2021

      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!

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  • Bs

    February 7, 2021

    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

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  • Jean-Pierre Hoffer

    February 7, 2021

    Trash on the streets I do not agree , that type of pictures could be taken in Paris or any part of the world !

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    • Karima

      February 9, 2021

      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…..

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    • Feroz

      February 15, 2021

      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

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    • Richard

      February 16, 2021

      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!

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    • Seif

      August 23, 2021

      Bro there’s trash everywhere so you must not live here

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  • Achraf

    February 7, 2021

    Good Article

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  • A. Idrissi

    February 7, 2021

    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.

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    • Hicham MISSAOUI

      September 13, 2021

      Yves Saint Laurent and Churchill don’t share the same idea as yours.

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  • Aha Abde

    February 9, 2021

    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 .

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  • Michael Peterson

    February 9, 2021

    Terrible article. Written like a pampered European tourist. Don’t trust this advice.

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  • Zen

    February 9, 2021

    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.

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  • maryam benkirane

    February 9, 2021

    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.

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  • Noureddine

    February 9, 2021

    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!

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  • Mohamed Kamal

    February 9, 2021

    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!

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  • Asmaa

    February 14, 2021

    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

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  • Tony

    February 14, 2021

    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

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  • Richard

    February 15, 2021

    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!

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  • Sheed

    February 15, 2021

    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!

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  • Tim

    February 15, 2021

    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 .

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  • Joseph Cohen

    February 15, 2021

    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.

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    • Majda

      September 5, 2021

      Thank you for your comment 😍

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  • Octavius Johnson

    February 16, 2021

    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.

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    • Dawn

      March 28, 2021

      And I found my husband there in Morocco too…. I too,LOVE IT

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  • Steve Hunter

    February 16, 2021

    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.

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    • Anass Joestar

      March 28, 2021

      As a Morocco citizen I can assure that it’s not a safe country.

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  • Fassi

    February 16, 2021

    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

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  • Sam

    February 16, 2021

    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.

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  • Natalya

    February 16, 2021

    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.

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    • attali

      February 27, 2021

      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.

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  • Sadeq

    February 17, 2021

    If you don’t like Morocco. Just stay where you are. No one enforced you to go.
    Trash homeless thieves…… everywhere, .

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  • Kimo

    February 18, 2021

    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

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  • Jhon ross

    February 20, 2021

    Stupid exageration.

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  • Adrian Snowball

    February 20, 2021

    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.

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  • Hassan

    February 21, 2021

    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 .

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  • Abderrahim lazrek

    February 21, 2021

    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?

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  • Abderrahim lazrek

    February 21, 2021

    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

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  • Béatrice

    February 23, 2021

    Bonjour,
    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 !

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  • Ben

    February 24, 2021

    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.

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  • Izak

    February 26, 2021

    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!!!

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  • Izak

    February 26, 2021

    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….

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  • Josh

    February 26, 2021

    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.

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  • Youssef

    February 28, 2021

    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.

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  • Youssef

    February 28, 2021

    P.S: Saint Louis and Chicago are 2 beautiful cities to discover regardless of the crime rate in these 2 cities.

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  • Tina Chaieb

    March 7, 2021

    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

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  • Youssef

    March 21, 2021

    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.

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  • Abdelauhed

    March 23, 2021

    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

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  • العزيز

    March 27, 2021

    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 .

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  • Yassine

    March 28, 2021

    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

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  • Caron Romney

    March 28, 2021

    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.

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  • Hassan Saaid

    March 28, 2021

    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 .

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  • Adil

    March 28, 2021

    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

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  • Kong

    March 28, 2021

    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,

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  • mohammad mushtaq

    March 28, 2021

    I’ve visited Marrakech 5 times, what a magical place, not had one
    bad experience ,loved every moment.

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  • Anwar

    March 28, 2021

    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.

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  • Fatims

    March 28, 2021

    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

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  • Yassine Aissaoui

    March 29, 2021

    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.

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  • Ham

    March 29, 2021

    Yes Morocco is a fantastic country to visit. People are very hospitable and very friendly
    Very rich culture.
    Love to go there every year

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  • G.s.

    March 29, 2021

    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!

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  • Ben

    March 30, 2021

    You focused too much on the bad side!

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  • Algerian freeman

    March 31, 2021

    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

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  • K.kalmani

    April 1, 2021

    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.

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  • Mandy

    May 14, 2021

    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.

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    • Ahmed

      August 24, 2021

      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.

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  • Edward

    May 20, 2021

    Your bad experience was about Marrakesh and not Morocco. So don’t say any bulshitt

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  • Mariana

    May 26, 2021

    Moroccan government’s cyber army commenting undercover to bash this article that says the truth.

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    • phoenix

      August 24, 2021

      ha.ha.ha funny. Then what are u the mom of the dude who made the article?

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  • Mohamed Bjayou

    June 20, 2021

    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

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  • Heather Allam

    June 22, 2021

    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

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  • Moroccan

    June 27, 2021

    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 🤮

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  • Simon

    July 17, 2021

    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!

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  • Nadi

    July 22, 2021

    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.

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  • Fadil

    July 26, 2021

    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 .

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  • Michael

    July 31, 2021

    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.

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  • Mohamed Bjayou

    August 5, 2021

    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

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    • Joesph Quinn

      August 26, 2021

      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.

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  • Mourad

    August 16, 2021

    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

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  • Robin

    August 19, 2021

    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! 😳

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  • Siraj

    August 19, 2021

    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.

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  • Cg

    August 20, 2021

    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…..😂😂😂

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  • Mohamed

    August 24, 2021

    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

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  • Mohamed

    August 24, 2021

    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,

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  • Mohamed

    August 24, 2021

    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

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  • Mohamed

    August 24, 2021

    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

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  • Mohamed

    August 24, 2021

    Yes there might be some that are not like this, but alot are

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  • Mohamed

    August 24, 2021

    I think if you really want to know about morroco just ask me, I’ve been more than a just a tourist there

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  • phoenix

    August 24, 2021

    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 🙂

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  • Issa

    August 24, 2021

    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?…

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  • Tony

    August 25, 2021

    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?

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  • Joesph Quinn

    August 26, 2021

    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.

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  • Le marocain

    August 26, 2021

    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.

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  • Ilyass

    August 27, 2021

    You are just passing by the truth
    Hhhh the picture of goat on argane tree with the comment where is the exploitation

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  • Bert

    August 28, 2021

    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.

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  • AdamAdam

    August 30, 2021

    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.
    Cheers

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  • James

    August 30, 2021

    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

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  • James

    August 30, 2021

    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.

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  • Simon Fowble

    August 31, 2021

    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.

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  • Zairi

    September 1, 2021

    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.

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  • Basia

    September 2, 2021

    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.

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  • Mourad

    September 4, 2021

    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.

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  • Kati Fath

    September 5, 2021

    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!

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  • Aziz

    September 22, 2021

    You sound offended 🤣
    Unfortunately everything in this article is true and one should be ashamed instead of denying things like you did

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  • Aziz

    September 23, 2021

    @ 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

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  • Sumi

    October 1, 2021

    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.

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  • Sumi

    October 1, 2021

    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.

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  • Sumi

    October 1, 2021

    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.

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  • Ulli

    October 1, 2021

    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.

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  • Leon

    October 4, 2021

    Totally agree. I hated Marrakesh. Would never go back.

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  • Kader

    October 5, 2021

    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

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