Marrakech

Located in the northwest of Morocco, Marrakech is a beautiful city to explore rich in history, tradition, and culture. It was founded almost 1000 years ago on the edge of the Sahara, and it grew to become the fourth largest city in Morocco. It is its natural red orchid pigmented walls and buildings that give it its nickname, “Red City.” Petty crime is common in Marrakech, especially in tourist areas. Be alert to potential threats.

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Medina

Also known as the old city, Medina is the heart and soul of Marrakech. This UNESCO world heritage site is the biggest ancient market in all of North Africa where narrow streets packed with shops, food vendors, mosques and homes will capture your heart. As this is a busy area with travelers and locals, a few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pick pocketed. If you decide to hire a guide, make sure that he is operating with the agreement of local authorities.

Kasbah

The former royal quarter, Kasbah, is south of the old city. And just like Medina, you will find yourself walking narrow winding streets and admiring the city’s old spirit. There are also two main tourists sites in this area: Palais El-Badj and the Saadian Tombs.

Mellah

Marrakech’s Mellah is home to the city’s small Jewish community. It’s  located east of the Kasbah, and it is surrounded by walls and entered via two gates. This area is less touristy than the Medina, so you can sit in the courtyard, drink a cup of Berber tea, and admire the Alzama Synagogue.

Gueliz

This is the modern district also known as Ville Nouvelle located outside the ramparts. Some people refer to it as the European quarter of Marrakech due to its boulevards, cafés, and the Royal Theatre among other more modern sites.  You will also find the famous Majorelle Gardens here.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Marrakech does not have a high crime rate, but it is important to be vigilant and keep your luggage and money secure. As Morocco is a Muslim country that follows Islamic laws and customs, you should be mindful and respect them.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Petty crime is common, especially in tourist areas, big cities, and beaches. Do not be fooled by people’s appearances, even seniors have been known of pickpocketing.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Muggings and kidnappings are not common. There have been reports of some kidnappings of Westerns by terrorist organizations. Avoid quiet areas and be vigilant at all times.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

Some people may try to lure you into their shops for tea, and then ask you to buy something. The same applies to people asking you to read/translate a letter or postcard.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Overall, transportation in Marrakech are safe. However, travelers need to keep an eye on their belongings at all times. If you are taking a taxi, make sure you negotiate the price before you get in or the price will be substantially inflated when you arrive to your destination. City buses are not considered safe for travelers due to the poor driving conditions. They also get very crowded.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

There are occasional flooding during the rainy season (November-March) and earthquakes. If you decide to go to the Sahara, be alert of snakes and scorpions.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

It is somewhat likely that terrorists will try to carry out attacks in Morocco. While there have been no attacks since 2011, there have been threats to government institutions/personalities. Travelers should be vigilant at all times.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Women, especially when traveling alone, may get some unwanted attention from men. Wear clothes that cover your arms, legs, and chest in order to blend in.

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Useful Information

Some nationalities like Israel and many Sub-Saharan African countries require Visas, but most of countries only need a passport valid for at least 90 days following their departure date from Morocco. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency used in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham. Most major cards are accepted in big cities, and you can find ATMs in most cities/towns. Costs for food, accommodation, and travel are low compared to Europe or North America. Youth or Student ID cards can save you some money.
Morocco has a gamma of different climates across the country making it a great destination year-round. The north coast and central areas is hot and dry during summer and somewhat wet in winter. As you descend, the temperatures become more extreme.
The main airport in Morocco is the Rabat-Sale International Airport located to the north of Rabat. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page