Morocco, known as the gateway to Africa, is one of the most spectacular countries in the world. Islamic, African and French influences have helped create a culture rich in charm and diversity. This is why it attracts so many travelers each year. Despite the magical and enchanting qualities of the country and its people, the idea of traveling to Morocco raises some questions and concerns about the safety of travelers. Read also.

Respect for local customs and modest dress

Morocco is a Muslim country, which means that dress is rather conservative. For more information, see this site which talks about travel package morocco. Islam places a high value on modesty, so you won't see locals in bathing suits or short skirts, no matter how hot it is. Major cities like Fez and Marrakech are quite liberal for Western travelers. 

Gender roles are more clearly defined and men have less contact with women before marriage, so I think it's best to stay on the conservative side. If, as a woman, you show too much of your legs or arms, you risk attracting attention from men and showing that you don't respect local customs or that you think you're "approachable" by showing these body parts. 

So wear skirts and dresses or long pants, loose shirts that cover the shoulders. Wear mostly loose-fitting pants and blouses. This is a good idea for women and girls. For men, long shorts and a shirt that covers the shoulders are sufficient. Learn the language. Take it for granted wherever you travel. It only takes three minutes (literally) to learn a few words in the local language and Moroccans will appreciate your efforts.

Be careful where and when you walk

When walking during the day or at night, use common sense and pay attention to your surroundings. At night, choose well-lit, busy neighborhoods over the quiet alleys of the medina. Prevention is better than cure. It is not always good for women to be alone. 

Walking alone sometimes attracts unwanted attention from men, whether it's spying, flirting or, in some cases, harassment. In Riyadh, I always walk with a group or with our local guide and I always feel safe. For example, if you want to climb a mountain, you should not go alone. Many Western governments' guidelines warn travelers about the risk of kidnapping in these remote areas.