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9 Myths To Bust Before You Travel To Morocco

Sometimes I feel like I’m being fooled everyday. There are countless number of things that seem real on the surface in Morocco, but once you dig further you discover that in reality it’s just a myth. Instead of letting them perpetuate I’m debunking some of the top Morocco myths I’ve heard!

Kasbah of the Udayas fortress in Rabat, Morocco with the text 9 Myths To Bust Before You Travel To Morocco

Myth #1: Moroccan Food Is Spicy

Many people think Moroccan food is going to be spicy. While some Moroccan dishes can be spicy, not all of them are. In fact, many Moroccan dishes feature a blend of spices that create a complex flavor profile without being too hot or heavy.

Myth #2: Morocco Is A Desert Country With No Beaches

While Morocco does have vast stretches of desert, it also has a long coastline with beautiful beaches. Popular beach destinations include Essaouira, Agadir, and Tangier, and if you can fit one of these spots into your itinerary, it’s definitely recommended!

A group of people swimming in a body of water at Plage Rmod in Al Hoceima, Morocco

Myth #3: The Souks In Morocco Are Full Of Fake Goods

While it’s true that you may come across some counterfeit items in the souks (markets), there are also plenty of authentic handicrafts and traditional products for sale as well. It’s always best to shop around and ask locals for recommendations on where to find quality goods.

Myth #4: Marrakech Is The Only City Worth Visiting In Morocco

Marrakech is certainly one of Morocco’s most popular destinations, however there are plenty of other cities worth visiting as well. Casablanca, Rabat, Fez, and Tangier all have their own unique charms and attractions.

Aerial view of city near body of water during night time in Tangier, Morocco

Myth #5: Morocco Is An Extremely Conservative And Closed Society

While Morocco is a Muslim country, it is relatively liberal compared to other countries in the region. Women are not required to wear veils, and many young people embrace Western fashion and culture.

Myth #6: Alcohol Is Illegal In Morocco

Alcohol may not be as widely available in Morocco as it is in other countries due to religious restrictions, however it is legal and can be purchased in restaurants and bars that cater to tourists.

Assorted-color bottle lot on shelf

Myth #7: Moroccan Hotels Are All Traditional Riads

Riads (traditional Moroccan houses with an interior courtyard) are certainly popular accommodations in Morocco, but there are also plenty of modern hotels and resorts available as well.

Myth #8: Morocco Is A Dangerous Country

It’s important to exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings when traveling anywhere, but Morocco is generally a safe country for tourists. In fact, it has a lower crime rate than many other popular travel destinations.

A group of people walking on street during daytime in Essaouira, Morocco

Myth #9: Moroccan People Are Unfriendly

On the contrary, Moroccans are known for their hospitality and friendliness towards visitors. It’s not uncommon for locals to strike up a conversation with tourists or invite them into their homes for tea.

These are the 9 Moroccan myths busted! Any others you can think of or want to know about?

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