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single woman in Marrakech

im a single 30year old women and i want to spend some time wandering around Marrakech, maybe my aunties will join me but probably not. I'll be coming from Australia and so far havent picked anywhere else to go.

So my questions are

1. Will i be safe by myself or do i need to convince someone else to come with me?

2. Im coming from Australia so how long should i have to explore the city and possibly the surrounding areas

Any help will be helpfull

cheers

Sarah

Norwich
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31. Re: single woman in Marrakech

I do not feel at liberty to explain to you my actions and my reasoning because a debate was not my intention of my post. As aforementioned my intention of my post was warn female solo travellers of what to expect when in Morrocco so that they are aware. As stated I did do research and read the posts on this link many said you will be safe etc. Even though I did not incur any harm and the morrocan people were kind and trusting I did feel uncomfortable. My point is to reiterate that to female solo travellers. Some women more travelled than myself may not see this as a problem, and still may travel alone, however some having read my post may seek company. I am merely giving advice on my very recent experience. I shall not be commenting further on this as I have nothing more to say. Safe travelling and enjoy :-)

Worthing, United...
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32. Re: single woman in Marrakech

I know its a long shot but does anyone have an idea how much a taxi would be roughly from the airport to Dellarosa suites and Spa? I have tried several times to contact the hotel direct via email to arrange their taxi service but they have not responded still so looks like I will just have to jump in a cab at the airport, sure they will probably rip me off but thought if I had an idea on cost this would help with agreeing a price. Very disappointed Dellarosa havent bothered responded to my request! I havent visited Marrakech before so a little bit wary after reading the forum!! Thank you

Marrakech, Morocco
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33. Re: single woman in Marrakech

150 to 200 dirhams (aim for 150!). The hotel is located in Hivernage and therefore central. I too query why the hotel has not responded to you but in the big hotels customer service can be sadly lacking as many other previous posts on this forum have reported.

Norwich, England
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reviews: 14
34. Re: single woman in Marrakech

I'm arriving in Marrakech on the 3rd of March and have emailed Dellarosa and they responded the next day so odd to see that they haven't replied to you.

Interesting to read up on solo female travel, I am going with another female friend and have been apprehensive about what to wear as we are both in our early 20s but seems like modesty and loose clothing is key!

Paris, France
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35. Re: single woman in Marrakech

Its alright Liz. You did a good job of explaining your experience and we appreciate it.

Some arrogant types on these forums think that doing research somehow means you'll be able to avoid these occurances and that we shouldnt be complaining. They are wrong for thinking so.

People have a right to express their discomfort and give others a heads up! Thanks Liz.

ps that guy on the dunes sounds way creepy. Sorry u experienced that. Some ppl can be absolute jerks!!!

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37. Re: single woman in Marrakech

Certainly there were enough single female postings on this thread (Andra1906, flossytrip, GodessCoach, welovepeppappig, sofiacorreadis) to give a flavour of what to expect, and there have been dozens of previous thread on the same subject.

Marrakech has never been an easy city for visitors to experience (though it's a lot easier nowadays than it was in the bad days of the 1980s). Some people sail through visits to Marrakech and Morocco with no problems, others don't and it's hard to determine what makes the difference. Some of it is happenstance, some of it might be body language, some of it might be expectations, some is being street wise.

Two rather different visitors faced with exactly the same situation will experience it differently.

The regular contributors on here do their best to answer questions and help people out, but it's not always appreciated.

Edited: 7:03 pm, March 31, 2013
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38. Re: single woman in Marrakech

It would be interesting to hear when poster number 35 was last in Morocco as i don't see any reviews on their profile page. What happened to you?

London, United...
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39. Re: single woman in Marrakech

I have to say that I wouldn't feel comfortable walking around by myself in the medina. I am here now with my husband and went to go walking for the first time by. Myself around the corner and decided to come back afte being hassled by some young men. I am sure harmless but I didn't feel comfortable. Many people are friendly but I completely noticed the difference from going out with my husband and going by myself.

Marrakech, Morocco
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40. Re: single woman in Marrakech

The Medina of Marrakech is probably safer than an European City . There is a specialist Tourist Brigade police force whose duty it is to protect foreign visitors so there's no reason to worry about traveling alone. Thus, you may try not to wear clothes that are too revealling and you will certainly not get any sort of negative attention all women dislike and you won't be bothered by the locals who are usually friendly and accustomed to the presence of the tourists.

As for the place you may choose during your stay to Marrakech, I suggest a riad. That is the best place to be because the riad staff will look after you and your needs and they will make sure that you have a wonderful time in Marrakech. Have a nice holiday!