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1. Posted by aries1954 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

aries1954 has indicated that this thread is about Morocco

I would like serious advice re: going to Marrakesh, Fez, Casablanca, desert, etc...on my own.
I am fairly attractive, in my fifties, and really want to see the "sights", architecture, and the shopping(!) and would love to go for a camel-ride in the desert..etc.

Do single female tourists move about much or will I be conspicuous?

How about public transport, like from the airport to my accomodation?
I found a "Backpackers' hostel" - do you recommend that? being alone I can't go to a B&B since they have no SINGLE rooms, and I am not fussy, except the place has to be clean and safe!

Thank you for any advice.

Will be going in September sometime. I speak a tiny bit of French, and of course English.

26.06.2007

2. Posted by Best (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

you don't specify how long your holiday will be and also whether you're travelling on shoe string budget or not. I fyou wnat to visit Fes Marrakech and desert you'll need at least 10 days to properly enjoy the tour. If intersted in publich transportatiuon I'd suggest taking tain from Fes to Marrakech. From Marraekch to the desert ( again which one: Mezouga or Zagora?) you can do it through a travel agent which is usually the norm and is quite safer. there are some good deals for a 2 day trip to Zagora with 1 night in the dunes. if interested I can provide details
As for being a single woman, you'll surely attract male attention from young Moroccan men. But a firm no and a smile will do the trick

3. Posted by Kamar (Full Member 32 posts) 7y

Quoting aries1954

I would like serious advice re: going to Marrakesh, Fez, Casablanca, desert, etc...on my own.
I am fairly attractive, in my fifties, and really want to see the "sights", architecture, and the shopping(!) and would love to go for a camel-ride in the desert..etc.

Do single female tourists move about much or will I be conspicuous?

How about public transport, like from the airport to my accomodation?
I found a "Backpackers' hostel" - do you recommend that? being alone I can't go to a B&B since they have no SINGLE rooms, and I am not fussy, except the place has to be clean and safe!

Thank you for any advice.

Will be going in September sometime. I speak a tiny bit of French, and of course English.

26.06.2007

Hi,
I'm female too and I travel very often alone. I gone alone in marocco too, in marrakech too and never I had any problem. Usually, Moroccan people is not bad and is difficolt they come to destrurb you.
Then, you have anyway to be carefull, and don't give too much confidence to people and you will be safe.

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5. Posted by t_maia (Moderator 3291 posts) 7y

Most people here on the site use hostels regularly. There are good and bad, but if you found it in the Lonely Planet or a similar guide book for Morocco chances are it is ok. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for, so if the room costs less than 5 CAD chances are it is a dump. (Yes, I stayed in places like that and for the price had no reason to complain.)

For information on how to get to the airport etc I've found the Lonely Planet books invaluable, but there are other series that are just as good. I've also found that a lot of things tend to work out on the spot - I've so far always gotten where I wanted to go.

I haven't been to Morocco yet, but all over the Middle East you got shared taxis and minibuses. Get used to the system and employ it to your advantage - saves money and gets you in contact with the locals. Learn the arabic numbers too, they are useful to know.

6. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 7y

I think you'll be fine. I was on my own for a week in Morocco, about two months ago, before being joined by my younger sister with whom I travelled around for a further three weeks. We had a great time and didn't feel hassled at all (bar the odd occasions in the markets). We never felt unsafe.

For the most part, double rooms in the low-middle end of the hotel market are pretty cheap, the equivalent of 10-20 euros per night. They're very clean and comfortable. We found it hard to pre-book hotels in most locations, as most of them aren't on the internet yet, but almost all the ones we stayed at we found in the Rough Guide or Lonely Planet. There was no problem getting a room, even in the high season.

And make sure to leave plenty of room in your bag for purchases - the local crafts are really extraordinary, I guarantee you'll be wanting to take things home!