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By : Fernanda lustosa | Jun 7, 2020
Marrakesh is one of the top attraction cities in Morocco and your trip needs it to be complete. However,
despite all fascination, as a big and messy city you will need to take some precautions in order to enjoy
the best of your Marrakesh travel, and that's what we will tell you now. Check out some very important
safety tips travellers need to know.
First of all in Marrakesh, always be suspicious about activities involving animals. There is a big
probability that they are poorly treated and you don't want to stimulate this. Second, there is a
possibility of you being scammed or even robbed. Those tamers put the monkey on snake on your
shoulders, when in the first place you did not want it, and ask for money. Same if you take any pictures
of these animals.
What might also happen is, while you are concerned about having a monkey or snake on your back,
pickpockets take advantage of the situation and rob something from your pocket or bag. Just be aware
and be away from charmers.
Specially at the medina. Sure, there are many options and some could be appealing but there is a high
chance of food poisoning. Have in mind that that food is expose to poor hygiene, and many items are
exposed on the stalls for the whole day without any type of conservation.
The same principle is applied to salad even in restaurants and cafes. Be very careful as even if washed,
tap water was used, which is not safe in Morocco for ingestion. This is no exaggeration, so for sure you
should be open about the new cuisine, after all eating is part of the experience, but be really picky about
where to eat.
For sure you will be visiting crowded touristic attractions so another reason why you should always be
vigilant. As said before, pickpockets are everywhere, but tourists are an easier target specially in popular
places. Avoid becoming a victim. Have your belongings under wraps and close to your body. For
example, carry bags in front of your body so you can see it and avoid putting anything valuable in your
pockets. Even better, leave whatever you don't need at your hotel and just take with you what is really
During the day it is fine to walk by feet and it is actually better this way whenever possible. But at night
it is better to take cabs from one place to another. The city is in general safe and well policed but it is
always good to take some fine security measures. Always agree on the fare with the driver before
entering the car. Most taxis are not equipped with a meter or, mysteriously, they are not working.
Unfortunately taxi scams are not unusual.
Moroccans are friendly people and will treat tourists well. Yet, this does not mean that you should not
be careful about stranger, which is an advice valid to anywhere in the world. To have a smooth
Marrakesh travel simply don't trust anyone you don't know who tries to befriend you, this includes
being invited to parties, bars or offers of services. If you are approached on the street simply walk away
Some parts of Djema el Fna can be a real maze and an opportunity for false guides offering help to
disorientated tourists. Some can be aggressive while demanding money and not uncommonly they will
give you wrong directions.
Surely you will want to buy some souvenir or any product you like but be aware of vendors. While some
will be very polite and invite you to their shop, others can be rude or follow you to insist on a visit. If you
are not interest just be polite yet firm and keep moving. Don't accept anything they might give you "for
free" unless you are interested in purchasing something.
This is one of the most common scams in Marrakesh. It happens in many forms every day but one of the
most common is some men telling you to not take a certain direction because there is nothing to see
there and invite you to go on another one where you can see nice things. Another man appears also
saying he knows interesting places.
When you realize you are in a tannery far behind the medina and they start demanding money. There, a
"guide" you offer you a tour, most probably saying it is "free" but he will take you to a leather shop
where you will be forced to buy something. If you refuse, get ready for a lot of harassment.
Have in mind that Marrakesh is in general considered safe for tourists and serious crime rates are low.
However there is a lot of petty crime and that's what you should be careful about. Take the necessary
precautions and enjoy a wonderful Marrakesh travel.