How to Travel Solo in Marrakech

Accommodation

For solo trips, I almost always stay in hostels. It acts like a headquarters for meeting other travelers — especially other solo travelers looking to explore the area together. They’re safe, fun, cheap, and in Marrakech most of them are beautiful riads. Check out my hostel in the image above.

Meeting people

Most solo travelers want to meet other travelers and locals. Sometimes people misunderstand solo travel as being completely alone, and as you know, this is not true. You’re only as alone as you want to be.

What to wear in Marrakech

When visiting Morocco, it’s polite to dress culturally and religiously appropriate. Morocco is a predominately Islamic country, and as a result women don’t show a lot of skin. They wear long-sleeved robes called kaftans that go down to their ankles or feet. This is commonly accompanied with a headscarf or niqab, but not always. Other women might wear long sleeved Moroccan tops and long flowy pants.

Things to do

There’s plenty of things to do in Marrakech for solo travelers. From wandering the souks to having a spa day, it’s easy to explore the city solo.

Go for a hammam

Locals and visitors alike go mad for a hammam. It’s part of many Moroccan’s daily life. If you don’t know, a Moroccan hammam has two types: public and luxury. Public hammams are steam rooms where locals go to wash themselves. They enter and receive a bucket, mat, and exfoliating gloves. Men, women, and children all participate. They are divided for men and women to bathe separately. In Islamic culture women are typically fully covered in public, but at hammams they’re fully naked while spending hours chatting away with their friends.

Have tea and people watch

Sit at one of the restaurants or cafes in the big square Jemaa el-Fna and have a pot of fresh Moroccan mint tea and just enjoy the chaos before you. I do this regularly every time I come to Marrakech. It’s a great way to unwind and be a step away from the all the people who would be trying to get your attention.

Take a day trip

If you’re based in Marrakech for several days, take a day trip with one of many tour operators in Marrakech. You’ll easily find promoters on the streets selling tours to the Ouzoud Falls, Ourika Valley, Atlas Mountains, and Ouarzazate to name a few. You’ll join a group of other travelers for these so it’s a great way to meet other travelers, too.

Eat local food

The big square Jemaa el-Fna, comes alive at night with a vibrant atmosphere filled with the smells of mint tea, roasted veggies, and couscous. Walking through the stalls, you’ll be stopped by promoters convincing you to come eat at their stall. Each is essentially the same. #1 and #26 were great experiences for me, though.

Visit the Bahia Palace

The Bahia Palace is a gorgeous palace in Marrakech boasting Moroccan tiles, beautiful architecture, and a stunning courtyard. The whole place is very minimalistic and a beautiful place to experience traditional Moroccan architecture.

Visit Le Jardin Majorelle

Located a little over 30 minutes walking from Jemaa el-Fna, Le Jardin Majorelle is a miraculous shady garden full of hundreds of plant species and hints of blue and yellow decor and traditional Moroccan architecture. You can spend hours wandering the different sections and scoping out all the types of cacti and other plants.

Wander around and shop

Part of the charm of a solo travel trip to Marrakech is wandering around the city. Explore the souks, scout out all the dreamy doors, and feed the cats on the streets. Spend hours shopping for natural cosmetics, tea pots, and whatever your Moroccan heart may desire. The beautiful thing about traveling in Morocco is that your money is almost always going into the hands of the locals instead of big business, so be a conscious traveler and support the locals by purchasing something during your trip.

Freelance writer, solo traveler & sustainable explorer. http://christaadams.com

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