Is Marrakesh safe for female solo traveler?
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Feb 8, 2013 10:21 AM Last Post By: shanediffily
Feb 4, 2013 1:27 PM
Feb 4, 2013 5:51 PM
1Morocco isn't Istanbul,thank God. There have been dozens of postings over the years about women/safety in Morocco, and virtually all of them say you will be just fine. Just be prepared for unwanted male attention...but nothing most gals can't handle. Threaten to call the tourist police if you have problems...the local cops do not like tourists being hassled.
Feb 4, 2013 6:39 PM
2I travelled with a man in Marrakesh and was glad he was with me (I've been to Istanbul alone and not had any issues there). Mainly my male friend came in handy at night in the bazaar, if we were stopped to look at something for a while he stood directly behind me, creating a barrier.
That said, when I did go about on my own I felt fine but you must act confident (even if you don't particularly feel it) and not take any hassle. Deal with it firmly and be assertive.
Feb 5, 2013 7:05 AM
Feb 5, 2013 1:06 PM
Feb 6, 2013 12:23 PM
Feb 6, 2013 1:08 PM
6Morocco isn't Istanbul,thank God. Why the 'thank God', Marocfan? Istanbul is positively lovely and as safe as safe can be - even more so than Morocco.
I should know, I'm there every year; and I've travelled through Morocco twice so have experience of both places.
Feb 6, 2013 1:41 PM
Feb 6, 2013 3:44 PM
8I' m female and found that Morocco was a perfectly reasonable travel destination for solo females. I can't see any reason why you should not visit the medina at night given that you take the normal precautions you would in any city - particularly those you are not familiar with. Thus you wouldn't walk through deserted, dark alley ways.
I don't understand the comment about Istanbul. I found it a delightful place.
Now, Pakistani cities are another matter - that was one country and perhaps the only one where I found it difficult.
Feb 6, 2013 4:07 PM
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Feb 6, 2013 9:18 PM
Feb 7, 2013 1:34 AM
12Marocfan - I knew she was missing, didn't know yet that she was killed. But there is some question about her behaviour/movements; she may not have been quite the innocent she claimed and had been mixing with some very dodgy people, possibly not even Turks. And just one, in all these years and thousands upon thousands of tourists? Come on!
I feel safer in Turkey then I do in London, my home town for the past 40+ years - and that applies to the whole country. Certainly I've been more harassed in Morocco, though such harassment is more annoying than dangerous so I'd still say Morocco is a 'safe' country.
Feb 7, 2013 6:58 AM
13I’ve travelled in both Turkey and Morocco and found I got groped more in 5 days in Istanbul than in 100’s of days in Morocco. But I found the general attention from men was about the same.
Go_2 – “I feel safer in Turkey then I do in London, my home town”. I’m glad, but just a heads up…that’s exactly what this lass said too before this happened…. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2274508/Blonde-34-died-raped-twice-beaten-Turkey-ironically-told-family-felt-safer-UK.html
Feb 7, 2013 8:13 AM
14Two terrible stories. How sad for the families.
No country is 100% safe. I was watching the aftermath last night of a Marrakshi being carried away on a stretcher after "resisting arrest" and was chatting to an American couple about comparative safety—they related that Chicago had 500 homicides last year.
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