I am travelling to Morocco in October but will not be joining the Exodus group in Marrakesh immediately. I had been really looking forward to it as I've wanted to go trekking in the Atlas mountains for many years. However, a (male) colleague has just returned from Marrakesh and said that he would never return after the amount of hassle he got from the locals following him around and asking for money all the time (young children and adults). While I am still confident about our time as a group in the mountains and am looking forward to that, I am concerned about being in Marrakesh itself. I have now reached the stage that I am tempted to just hide out in the hotel until everyone arrives instead (which is ridiculous)! :-S Any advice? Obviously I'm not going to be waltzing around in a cropped top and mini-skirt!
It is true that Western foreigners get more attention than they would like, but Morocco is an incredible place to experience. Vicky's advice is spot on. Another way to hide is to be behind a camera. Do watch your persona belongings in crowds though!
My advice on Marrakech is - enjoy Place Jma El Fnaa by day - roam in the medina but don't expect great bargains as the traders will not reduce the price for westerners as much as they would for Moroccans! And the highlight is the sameplace at sunset. It is an experience not to be missed. Just like the freshly squeezed orange juice you can buy by the bottle!
And after all this - if you really must hide, go to the Bains de Marrakech for a great hammam experience!
Btw, I am from Mauritius and spent 5 months in Morocco working and spent all my week-ends visiting the country.
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