A guide to Marrakech for a solo female traveller

Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Marrakech, your indispensable companion for exploring this enchanting city as a solo female traveler. Step into a world of vibrant colors, rich history, and welcoming smiles. From the lively souks filled with aromatic spices and handcrafted treasures to the serene oasis of the Majorelle Garden, Marrakech is a city that promises unforgettable experiences.

This guide will provide you with essential tips on safety, accommodation, and must-see attractions, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey. Whether you’re wandering through the historic Medina, savoring delectable Moroccan cuisine, or engaging with the friendly locals, Marrakech offers a magical adventure tailored just for you. Embark on your solo journey and let the wonders of this Moroccan jewel unfold around you.

Can you please share your experience about travelling solo in Marrakech?

I have to be completely honest with this one, and I did hear stories about how the men hassle foreign women; you have to walk the streets with others and be cautious, it is dangerous and all the rest of the rumours. But from my experience of this recent trip, they will remain rumours to me because it was completely safe. I walked with a girlfriend to our dinner locations, which were all on the local streets. At first, I felt on edge because of what I had heard, but it was absolutely fine, so each day, I felt more confident; we even walked back late at night and had no problems at all.

What would you pack when traveling solo in Marrakech?

Packing must-haves:

  1. Comfortable walking shoes/sandals (that can also be worn with evening wear or a separate pair for the evening) it would be impossible to walk the streets in heels unless you take them in a bag and put them on at the restaurant/bar (those days are long gone for me and I can’t be bothered with the faff, so cute flats it was!)
  2. When walking the streets, respect the local culture, and dress appropriately – cover your chest/shoulders, nothing too short, low cut or revealing. When I dressed up slightly in the evenings I had a light cardi over the top and took it off when we got to our dinner spots.

Other essentials:

  1. Use packing cubes to store and organise your luggage, I find these very handy in smaller spaces so I can easily find things and keep the space tidy
  2. Power bank for those times you are out and about in need of phone power
    Download maps before going to the medina. The network is tricky as some of it is covered.
  3. Talk to locals, hear their stories, and don’t be scared, we met a shop owner who has family in the UK, what a small world!

What did you enjoy the most?

Discovering the Riads and Spas amongst the busy streets, you’re not entirely sure what you’re stepping into from the outside and then you’re transported to another dimension, an oasis of calm and tranquillity, it honestly blew me away walking into Riad Botanica, every step and turn there was something beautiful to notice. Discovering the Riads and Spas amongst the busy streets, you’re not entirely sure what you’re stepping into from the outside and then you’re transported to another dimension, an oasis of calm and tranquillity, it honestly blew me away walking into Riad Botanica, every step and turn there was something beautiful to notice. 

What was the food/weather like?

LUSH and LUSH I visited in the middle of March and was blessed with sunshine and 26-32-degree heat, which was just right for me. And the food… such an array of fresh produce morning, noon and night.

What were the top five/ten things that you would say are on the must see list whilst in Marrakech?

  1. Stay in a Riad for an authentic experience
  2. Stroll the Medina/Souks
  3. Stop for brunch/dinner on a rooftop terrace above the bustling streets
  4. Book in for a luxury hammam experience (I had two, and my favourite was at Les Bains de Orient, which had a luxurious setting, excellent service and value)
  5. Get on a cooking experience where you are taken into the markets for a tour and to source the ingredients, you take it back to the venue (usually a Riad), gather around a long table, cook, chat and dine together
  6. Head out to the Agafay Desert – the day I booked to do this, it poured with rain, and the whole point of going was to soak up the sun, so had to cancel, I have heard and seen gorgeous scenes, so next time I visit this is a must

How did you feel? Would you say it’s safe to visit?

100%, I want to bring my two little girls with me next time (who are 6 and 3 years old) and just that says it all.

What would you say to someone thinking of visiting Marrakech for the first time?

Follow my tips and get ready to fall in love…

How long should they stay?

Any holiday, whether two nights or ten, goes by in a blink of an eye. I would say three nights is an absolute minimum when in Marrakech without feeling too rushed—you can fit in the medina, an afternoon at a spa, a couple of nice rooftop terrace dinners, and even a cooking class experience.

If you want to explore the desert/mountains, definitely 5 days or more as they are further away and require time for travel.

What would be the best time to visit?

I have been in November and March and both times the weather was divine, they say it is ideal to visit is between May and September when it’s not unbearably hot and rainfall is less.

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