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Is Morocco Safe?

Published: 07 February 2019

Visiting Morocco, and Marrakech in particular, is like travelling back in time to a different world.  The Medina streets are narrow and windy with plenty of hustle and bustle and a steady stream of donkey or moped-pulled trailers piled precariously high with goods destined for the souks.  The Marrakechis are often dressed in traditional djellaba cloaks and the daily call to prayer rings out across the city at regular intervals.  For visitors experiencing Morocco for the first time, it can be rather a leap from the comfort zone to suddenly be immersed in a place that is such a novelty for all the senses. 

Being such a contrast to anything you might experience in Europe, it's not unusual for people to sometimes wonder whether Morocco is a safe place to visit.  In a 2017 World Economic Forum issued a report that rated every country in the world in terms of ‘safety and security’.  It was interesting to see that while the UK was listed 78th and the USA 84th on the list, Morocco was rated the 20th safest country in the world. The report considered “the costliness of common crime and violence (including terrorism)” and “the extent to which police services can be relied upon to provide protection from crime” and you can see further details here:

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If you are planning a holiday in Marrakech this year, we have a number of blogs on this page about what to expect during your trip.  Forexample, there are articles on ‘how, when and where to haggle’ and ‘the etiquette of Moroccan hammams’, both of which are experiences not to be missed!  

We also have ‘The Marrakech Diaries’, a series written by our regular contributor who has a small traditional riad in the heart of Marrakech media.  The articles give an incite into what it is like to own a second home in Marrakech including the ins and outs of day-to-day life, how to navigate the renovation, running and maintenance of a riad in the city, as well as top tips on new places to eat, sleep and see in Marrakech.

You can see the series by clicking here.