Morocco Favorite Tips by angiebabe Top 5 Page for this destination
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Favorite thing: Its fine to travel Morocco on your own as a single female, Ive been more than happier to travel around on my own in Morocco.
- as much as Morocco can be a bit hectic/hardwork to get about with a bit hustle and hassle here and there and things a bit more make-do than we are use to if one remember the culture and the society and the government that runs the place then its quite a fun place to be.
The biggest warning I would have is that the guys love a female, esp if shes young and pretty of course, but old and ugly doesnt matter either, they do love females, theres something about the allure of the foreign female:
esp with being independent and with the possibility of having a relationship with her for curiousity and whatever other worldly pleasures and interests but societywise their females have certain expectations of them and a lot of restrictions even though its getting easier, too easy, in some places such as the cities and I hear about Moroccan women getting up to all sorts as if thats keeping up with the modern western women but its a bit embarrassing if thats what they think we are all really like....
There are many guys managing to entice foreign females but mostly it ends up for whatever benefits them - particularly in the finanicial/economic side of things, as Morocco is still very poor, many poor people, guys particularly - and its hard to get an education enough to get into higher paid work - even tour guides are supposed to go to uni and get official certificates and thats hard if you are from the country where its really poor and youre not the only child
- many of them have to make their way early from a very young age and go to work to earn money for the family - many do this by learning how to deal with tourists and therefore by the time they are young adults they are professional at manipulating and charming the often naiive and straightup tourist, esp if a female and getting charmed by the adventure of the country.
So there are many aroung managing to have relationships with foreign girls - i read before I got there about the juggling and so on and when I came face to face with it a bit further down the track, I couldnt believe or understand really but since got to see the reality of the awesome degree of juggling that they do do - its a total reality that they juggle so many females and manage to have several longterm relationships at the same time and even get married and still continue them. Its a very lucrative business. IN one area I know of nearly the entire generation of guys found foreign women to get them visas and passports overseas. and then they gradually reappeared back in Morocco with their foreign passports to freedom but the attraction of being in the close knit family with mother who is happy to find a wife who will cook and behave the right way.
As for travelling on your own enjoy it and just be prepared and careful. there are a lot of friendly helpful people about and even though a lot of touts and husslers eg looking to take you to a carpet shop -as they make huge money from their sales - the women who make them get paid hardly anything - and the shops have flooded the country so generally poor guys withno education get work for these shops to go and bring tourists into them.
theres a few things you could see along the way depends what you want to do and how much time you have. there are buses or grande taxis from Agadir to Marrakech, you could catch a train up to Casablanca and up to Tangier but on the way top at Casa to see the Hassan mosque which is amazing and theres quite nice an interesing art deco mix architecture around the city centre, and up to Rabat to see a few sights there. you can even get off at very lovely Asilah about half an hour before Tangier and stay the night there even. its a lovely town by the sea.
or you could go from Marrakech by bus to Fes and then bus up to Chefhchouen and stay there a night or two, and then a couple of hours in Tetouan on the way to Tangier - you can still go to Asilah if you wanted.
ive done a lot of trvelling by rental car and private car with my Moroccan connections, and some local buses between Tangier and Marrakech and Tangier and Asilah and Tetouan and Chaouen, and CTM bus from Fes to Marrakech.
they are all fine and interesting ways to travel - the local ones take longer but are slightly cheaper but all public transport is pretty cheap anyway - the local ones you get to get closer to the ocals too of course. going by grande taxi is good too, faster and with only 6 seats to sell they tend to leave sooner than buses do that have to wait for a certain number of seats to sell first.
you could also go by bus to Telouet from Marrakech, and then grande taxi to Ouarzazate and then buses and grande taxis to ER Rachidia, bus down to the desert of Rissani and Merzouga, or keep on going up to Fes and then either train from there to the north or carry on up on buses or taxis.
so theres quite a few options but all generally safe.
ive felt safer usually in Morocco than in London most of the time.
have a read through my travel pages too for some ideas, and lots of other VTers have good pages with pics and info to enjoy too.
all the best.
Fondest memory: Most of the accommodation tips recommended throughout my pages I would regard as also safe and reliable for solo female travellers. The thing to remember is that you are not the only female that comes along and Moroccans are very close knit family people so theres a lot of checking out to do before you believe any story that a Moroccan is unattached.
here also is a list put together by Morocco Gateway with a few suggested places to stay ww.morocco-gateway.com/female-travellers.html
There are a number of places that i would not recommend for single female travellers : -
Auberge du Sud, Merzouga
Erg Chebbi Auberge, Merzouga
Lahmada Auberge, Merzouga
Favorite thing: Well I look at, and have done for a long time now, that I got through the hard work of dealing with the hard work so that now its so much easier for me and Im at home in Morocco, I love it there - every now and then some things get a bit much but I love the place, do something or go somewhere that I know and like and Im okay again.
Ive been many times and I hardly ever get hassled when I go about the place - they can read when you know what you mean and mean what you say - particularly from an experienced and respectful stance, hopefully not from and inexperienced and possibly as in unfortunately much seen ignorant tourist stance.
I say no because I know I mean no - and I think they see that.
I recommend a lot of the items for sale there, Morocco and Moroccans esp the Berber have been famed for their art and craftsmanship - remember beautiful Andalucian design and colour comes from the Moors!! eg carpets - I dont at all suggest staying away from the wonderful souks and all the sights where there are touts and annoying husslers throwing the most ridiculous prices at you - but its preparation - learning and preparation and go with a good open mind. and haggle and have a bit of a laugh...take it all with a grain of salt and most will like and respect you for it!
Ive not made it to Egypt yet - Id like to, but some of what puts me off is how bad the hustle sounds there - to real rudeness point - whereas in Morocco there are still many many well meaning and hospitable and kind people.
Have a read around my pages if its of help. and get a good guide book such as the Lonely Planet, DK eyewitness guide and particularly the latest Footprints and get some preparation and inspiration in.
all the best
Favorite thing: This is a fantastic book that gives an account of the years that the Glaoui brothers ruled over South Morocco while the French were in power and the King or Sultan of MOrocco was in exile...
Gavin Maxwell gives an authoritative insight into what went on during the years leading up to the brothers reign from their headquarters in Telouet and Ouarzazate - the international visitors that coloured or influence palace life and the developing culture of the tribes and people in this area and the eventual downfall and ousting of the Glaoui and the French colonialists.
I lived next door to their palace in Telouet for a year and a half and never ceased to be fascinated by the beauty and mystery of the place. the kasbahs of the Glaoui still remain on in the area and make interesting visit for history or architecture buffs.
A brilliant, thoroughly recommended book.
Favorite thing: Morocco has been a base for movie making for many years now - well known movies such as old movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Sodom and Gomorrah and Ben Hur - and newer movies such as Gladiator - particularly at sites such as the ksar village of Ait Benhaddou - and nearby Ouarzazate has become the centre of movie making with several film studios set up there which are also open for tourist visits
Movies to watch if you want to see scenes from around Morocco:
Hideous Kinky with Kate Winslet - based on Esther Freuds time in Morocco in the 1960s particularly life in the main square Djma Elfna
Babel - made at Tizzarine in the rugged area near Nkob
Gladiator with Russell Crowe
Kingdom of Heaven - the props that were the city of Jerusalem were out on the plain behind one of the studios for a couple of years
The Mummy with recognisable scenes such as the Todra and Dades Gorges and dunes in the Moroccan sahara around Merzouga
Sahara with Penelope Cruz and Matthew McConaughy with scenes from the palace museum at Rissani and both stoney and sand dunes desert around Ouarzazate and Merzouga
Hidalgo - 2004 - beautiful scenes of the dunes around Merzouga and remote landscapes around the Ouarzazate area - Tamdaght kasbah 7 km from Ait Benhaddou also recognised - with Omar Sharif and Viggo Mortensen - a pony express rider is persuaded by an Arab Sheik to take part in a 3000 mile desert horse race
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