TRAVEL TO MARRAKECH WITH GIRLS IS SAFE
Firstly, I went to Marrakech (Morocco) in May with my girlfriends for 4 days and I confess I was a bit afraid before the trip, cause I’ve heard that it’s not safe to travel only girls there but I got a bit surprised when I got there. Most importantly, I can now say that is totally safe! However, we were always together.
To help other female travellers enjoy Marrakech and stay safe, I’ve put together all of my tips, from 4 days travelling with girls in Marrakech.
AVOID TAP WATER
Don’t drink the tap water in Marrakech. We bought bottles 0,5l of water for 5-10 dirhams (0,50 cent – 1 eur).
STAY AT A RIAD
We were staying at Medina in a gorgeous Riad – Riad Ghali & Spa (4 days for 400 eur) that we loved and really near the Souks! The staff are really kind and me and my girls slept together on a suite. If you are visiting Marrakech stay at a RIAD IS A MUST!
MARRAKECH IS SAFE
We felt safe, welcomed and respected. But if you haven’t travelled to a country with a similar culture before, it may be a shock for you at the beginning as it was for us.
The first day at Medina – The Souks was a shock for us girls, cause we weren’t prepared for so much hassle and to be harassed. We knew that people would try to sell us things but we didn’t know it would be soo much like that. By the second day, we got used to it and straight up, ignored people and just told them “no, thanks”. After the third day we felt good walking around but we got lost the most of the time hahah because the streets are so similar to each other.
The other 3 days we only stayed at Medina. Unfortunately, we didn’t ride on the camels due to the fact that we felt sorry for them. Instead, we were all the time at the souks shopping cause they have a lot of beautiful things and lot of spices. We didn’t explored Medina by night. In addition, we also went to JAAMA EL FNA but we didn’t spend too much time there. Get prepared to see exploited animals like little monkeys and also snakes. Be careful with the snake, they can put them on your shoulders without asking.
Our favourite restaurant was Café des Épices.We went there always every day, it was soo good! The prices are around 50-100 dirhams (5 – 10 eur). The Tajines and sandwiches are delicious and they cost 60 dirhams (6 eur).
DON’T SHOW THAT YOU’RE LOST IN MARRAKECH
It’s important to not show them that you’re lost. In the moment you’re lost, someone is going to approach you and ask to show you the way. If you accept someones help, then they expect you to pay them for that help. Be careful with that.
We’re always dressed appropriately. Marrakech is mostly Muslim, they have strict guidelines on how both men and women dress, so be respectful dress modestly.
At the second day we hired a guided tour from our Riad for 25 eur each.
In Addition, this tour allows you to discover the historical and cultural wonders of the pearl of the south Marrakech. We went to The Majorelle Garden, The mosque of the Koutoubia, Palais Bahia, Badia Palace, The Saadian Tombs.
Here comes some pictures from The Majorelle Garden:
WATCH OUT FOR SCOOTERS
The scooters and motorcycles are everywhere, be careful and stay alert on the streets.
NEGOTIATE THE PRICES AT THE SOUKS
Never ever accept the first offer given to you. There will be no prices at the souks, so ask the cost of something you like only if you want to buy it, otherwise they get mad. In other words, whether it’s a taxi or a souk — always negotiate. If you don’t negotiate the price with them, they’ll be offended. That is to say that we were able to get 50% off the initial price given.
During our stay at Marrakech, we also went to Le Jardin Secret Marrakech in Medina, the entrance was 50 dirhams (5 eur).
Hope you liked this post, comment down below if these tips were useful.
Lots of Love,