Find everything that women travelers in Morocco need to know about healthsafetyromance, and women’s rights.

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Feminine Hygienic Products

Virginia says: Tampons are hard to find, you can usually find pads in a grocery store. I would suggest bringing your own tampons.

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Virginia says: No, it is illegal and culturally something that is not viewed in a positive way by the majority of Moroccan society.

Women's Rights

Women’s Rights

Virginia says: Legally, women have the same rights as men. However, socially, men tend to hold more authoritative positions outside the home, while women have more authority inside the home. However this differs across social class and from family to family. Most often you can see this with women doing the shopping, laundry, and taking care of the children while men tend to work outside the home.

Local Women

Virginia says: The gender roles here are more defined than in the U.S. As such, the way that men and women interact, especially in public or between strangers is more formal.This of course differs generationally, with younger girls being more relaxed around the opposite sex in public than older women. As part of this, women avert their eyes from men they don’t know and are more quiet in public than most Americans are used to seeing.

Women-Specific Environments

Virginia says: Some cafes are for men only. When looking for a cafe, look for other women or families. A lot of the time the men will sit outside and the women will sit inside. If you walk in and are the only woman there, you should try to find somewhere else to go as you will feel very uncomfortable and possibly get harassed.

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Perception of American Women

Virginia says: Most are very excited to learn that you are from America, and will welcome you to Morocco. You may get questions about Obama.



Virginia says: It is safer to take the tram or a taxi at night. In a taxi, women traveling alone should sit in the seat behind the driver. Unless you are traveling between cities do not take the white “grand” taxis, only use the petit taxis which are different colors according to the city. The buses are not very safe to take for foreign women.

If you are being followed, the best thing to do is hail a cab and take the cab to your destination.

Walking during the day is generally safe. Although, it is always important to stay aware of your surroundings. Some foreign women and even Moroccan women experience verbal or physical harassment in the streets, varying from catcalls to a man or group of men following you. If you are being followed, the best thing to do is hail a cab and take the cab to your destination.

Shady Areas for Women

Virginia says: At night, it is not advisable for women to walk alone. During the day, if there are people around, it is pretty much safe to go anywhere, although it is advisable to stay away from empty parks or other areas such as the medina during the early times of prayer when there are not as many people around.

Tips for women travelers in MoroccoClothing

Virginia says: Moroccan women dress both in traditional clothing and in the type of clothing you would see in America. That said, shorts and tank tops are not very common, and you will get a lot more attention if you wear them. A good rule of thumb is not wear anything shorter than shorts that reach the knee and to wear shirts that cover your shoulders and are not too low cut.

Tips for Women Travelers in Morocco by Kait Krolik

I decided to study in Morocco to fulfill my desire to learn Arabic and about Islam from a source other than the media’s cover of international crises like ISIS. I wanted to live in and observe an Islamic state to debunk the claims often made by people living in a different culture. Morocco fulfilled all of these criteria and is a kingdom in Africa.

I found all of this extremely intriguing. So here I am, two months into my Morocco travel adventure, eager to share the things that I have learned and what I wish I knew before packing my bag.

1. The dominant language changes depending on the space you’re in

The most important concept I wish I had grasped before landing in Morocco would be how language works here. This is especially true since language was a reason why I chose to go to Morocco. What space and what region of the country are the deciding factors in what language is used. For example, I only speak English fluently, with a small background in Spanish. However, I am studying Fus’ha or Standard Arabic in school here.

I am learning darija, the Moroccan dialect of Arabic, at home. Additionally, I order food in French and have French spoken at me often. I spoke Spanish in the north and Tahmazight, the language of native Berbers in North Africa, in the mountains. I bargain for most of my products in English. This is just an example of the plethora of languages spoken in Morocco. All of these languages are present and active Morocco because of the many multiple cultural interactions that are engrained in its history.

2. Mint tea and bread are integral to the Moroccan diet

If someone had told me that my diet would revolve around mint tea and bread, I would not have really understood what they meant. However, I am now living this as a reality. Mint tea and houbz are served multiple times a day. Houbz is a round loaf of bread that is the Moroccan serving size. It actually replaces utensils for most meals. I have spent multiple dinners scooping potatoes out of tagines with houbz.

Mint tea is source of hydration in Morocco. No, it does not taste anything like the bagged Moroccan Mint tea sold in supermarkets. It’s really sweet and has mint leaf chunks in it. Absolutely delicious. It’s served for breakfast, in between meals, and whenever there are guests.

Mint tea is always served with some carb which can range from an almond cookie, to any french pastry, to houbz and jam. My relationships with eating houbz and drinking shay has progressed through a number of different phases including enjoyment, disgust, to indifference.

3. A different kind of toilet exists

I never really thought about there being a different type of toilet other than nature and the flushing kind. Well, Morocco has exposed me to the Turkish toilets. I spent the first month avoiding any unfamiliar toilet at the expense of my bladder.

However, I had to confront my fear of the Turkish toilet and bucket flushing when we stayed with families in a village on the side of a mountain for a week. The Turkish toilet wasn’t really that bad, I just wish I had started mentally preparing for it before I got to Morocco.

4. You may encounter street harassment in public spaces

This is probably the most negative thing I have to say about Morocco, but it’s worth mentioning. Women are fairly new to the public space. Before, anything outside of the house was considered men’s space. Within the house, men would need escorts to travel from room to room and depended fully on their wives and children for their well-being within the house. Recently, women have begun to leave the house on their own, open stores, and sit at cafes.

This change has caused some street harassment and the objectification of women in the public space.

This change has caused some street harassment and the objectification of women in the public space. Street harassment is different in every city (worst in Marrakesh) and is typically not very different from the comments women receive in the streets worldwide. I have gotten very used to walking through the streets ignoring men and boys staring and speaking at me.

5. There is more than one way to dress

Packing three months’ worth of clothing into a traveler’s backpack is difficult. It was even more challenging because I wanted to ensure I would be respectful of Muslims in Morocco. I now know that Islam encourages women to cover their shape to deter men’s eyes.

There are also verses about covering their chests. This paired with what I have observed, I would have encouraged my past self to pack cute shirts that have high necklines and pants/skirts that go below the knee. However, fashion is still a large part of Moroccan society.

There is a difference between what is appropriate in the old medina, a walled conservative city, and the modern part of the cities. In the modern parts of the city, shirts get a little lower and skirts a little shorter.

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6. Couscous Fridays are the best

Couscous Fridays are literally my favorite day of the week. Before coming to Morocco, Friday always had a special place in my heart as it marked the end of the week. Well, Morocco one-ups my normal Friday by starting the weekend at two with the best meal ever.

On Friday, everyone gets out of work or school by the sound of the call to prayer around noon. Men go to the mosque to pray, women continue to prepare the elaborate meal and socialize with those who have come to share the meal, and children roam the streets in groups playing soccer and other shenanigans.

When everyone’s home, a handful of spoons is passed out to the family that has gathered and my host Mom brings in a huge clay bowl filled with couscous, pumpkin, squash, zucchini, potatoes, carrots, chickpeas, caramelized onions, and meat. Imaginary boundaries split the bowl into pie slices, indicating where one is allowed to grab from and everyone starts eating.

My host mom mixes her couscous by squishing the vegetables and meat into small balls then popping them into her mouth. After all of the couscous is gone, everyone lays out on their respective portion of the couches lining the room and falls asleep. I love Couscous Fridays.

7. Morocco is an overlooked gem

Morocco is a beautiful country with a range of customs, histories, and languages. There are glimmering waters and rocky, shrubby mountains. In Morocco, the old embraces the new. Morocco continues to be a passageway between Africa, Europe, and Islam and therefore merges values and traditions from all three groups making this an amazing society and country.

Every experience I have had on this Morocco travel adventure has shaped my love and appreciation for this country and the social changes occurring.

Helpful Tips for Women Travelers in Morocco

  • While it’s not always necessary, it’s better to dress modestly to avoid offending locals
  • Catcalling is common, it’s best not to respond and walk away
  • Morocco is generally safe, but it’s best not to go out alone at night without a local. Stay aware of what’s going on around you — especially if you don’t understand the language.
  • Learn some basic phrases before your trip. 

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Tips for Women Travelers in Morocco


3 thoughts on “Tips for Women Travelers in Morocco

  1. Areti
    October 8, 2023

    From my own experience I didn’t find tampons,only pads and they was very kind like it’s a normal thing.The man was asking me about which size it would be ok for me and show me the difference.Thats totally ok!

  2. Amanda Race
    May 19, 2019

    How do you deal with hygiene during that time of the month? Do Moroccans treat women differently during that time?

  3. Janika
    February 11, 2018

    Why are the buses not safe for foreign women? We traveled 2 weeks using only local buses (the best companies), met other foreigners on board and it was great. Nothing unsafe.

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