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Gay Friendly Guide • MOROCCO | Itineraries, Tips and What to See | Practical Complete LGBT Friendly


Travel solutions with itineraries to discover all the wonders of this destination, places not to be missed, advice on where to sleep and what to eat, and above all special suggestions to make the most of your trip!

Welcome to Morocco, among deserts, medinas, spices,

enchanting colors and scents that

make it a dream destination.


In Morocco, male and female homosexuality is considered a crime punishable by a fine and up to three years in prison. When visiting countries like Morocco, Discretion is the watchword. In reality, anyone, both straight and gay, should avoid public displays of affection. In fact, in these countries, kisses and effusions in public are behaviors not accepted by anyone, regardless of sexual orientation. In Muslim countries it often happens to see men hand in hand, but we must be careful not to misunderstand this gesture as a sign of homosexual relationship. Indeed, here it is considered as a gesture of friendship. Two Muslim men hand in hand do not arouse any surprise, it is different if two tourists do it; this is immediately interpreted as a homosexual gesture (If you want to deepen this aspect, we leave you the link to our article on homosexuality in the United Arab Emirates).

Some cities in Morocco are more "gay friendly" than others, although there are no openly LGBT clubs in Morocco. Marrakech and Tangier are certainly among them, so much so that in the past Tangier was known as "Queer Tangier".

That said, homosexuality, especially male, is a very common aspect in Morocco even if, of course, it is not experienced openly.

The most famous dating apps are used regularly, even if not explicitly (if you open Grindr you will only find bodies without heads) and unfortunately, given the poverty, there are many young people who sell their bodies in exchange for money.

In our opinion, any tourist, whether straight or gay, should consider the traditions, customs and traditions of the country where he arrives in order to visit it in total safety and serenity.


Visiting this destination at its best depends essentially on how long you have to fully enjoy it. Here is a solution based on the number of days available to you:

  • Day 1 - ITALY / Tangeri

  • Day 2 - Tangeri - Asilah - Chefchaouen - Google Maps

  • Day 3 - Chefchaouen - Volubilis - Meknes - Fes - Google Maps

  • Day 4 - Fes

  • Day 5 - Fes - Midelt - Merzouga - Google Maps

  • Day 6 - Merzouga - Gole di Dades - Ouarzazate - Google Maps

  • Day 7 - Ouarzazate - Ait Ben Haddou - Marrakesh - Google Maps

  • Day 8 - Marrakesh

  • Day 9 - Marrakesh / ITALY

(By opening the Maps with Google, you can easily follow our path)


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Most first-time travelers to Morocco have their first contact in Marrakech. This fascinating and sometimes tiring city, where it is a must to stay in a riad in the medina and have a tea at sunset while observing the life and bustle of Jamaa el Fna square, symbol of the country, as well as a must-see.

There are many other things to see and do in Marrakech, a city of palaces, markets, gardens and mosques, although undoubtedly the best thing is to wander aimlessly through its labyrinthine streets and find the true essence of the city.

Merzouga & Sahara Desert

Spending the night in a tent under the stars in the middle of the Sahara desert is one of the best excursions you can do from Marrakech. There are two main areas of the Sahara Desert that can be easily visited from Marrakech: Merzouga and Zagora.

The first option Merzouga, one of the most beautiful deserts in the world in which to spend one of the most beautiful nights of your life. The Zagora desert is located about 7 hours from Marrakech, crossing the wonderful Draa Valley. Although its dunes aren't as spectacular as those of Merzouga, if you don't have many days to spare, it's the perfect option to experience a night in the desert.


Chaouen or Chefchaouen, known as the blue city, located at the foot of the Rif Mountains, is considered the most beautiful city in Morocco. Houses and streets painted in different shades of blue make this city unique and fascinating. Its ancient medina is a photography lover's paradise. Here you will not be able to stop capturing enchanting corners and enjoy the closeness and hospitality of its people. Of course, even if walking and getting lost in the blue medina is one of the best things to do in Morocco, you can't miss going to see the Alcazaba and the Grand Mosque.


Fes (or Fez), with an 8th-century medina declared a World Heritage Site and considered the largest in the world, is one of the most important cities to visit in Morocco. Unlike the popular Marrakech, Fez allows you to enjoy its labyrinthine streets, visit its Koranic schools and shop in its souks, with more tranquility, which we must confess, is highly appreciated. The most important place in the medina is the Chouwara tannery, a spectacle of smells and colors, among the many things to see and do in Fez.

And after touring the city, we cannot forget the gastronomy. We therefore recommend that you go up to one of the terraces overlooking the medina, to taste the best couscous and tagine in the city in one of the best restaurants in Fes.

Ksars Ait Ben Haddou & Ouarzazate

Ksars or ksours are the cities fortified by the Berbers in southern Morocco (although there are also some in other Maghreb countries). It is easy to confuse and confuse this concept with that of a kasbah, but by kasbah we refer to a type of fortification that we could compare to a castle. The best and most beautiful example of Ksar, we have it in Ait Ben Haddou, just 20 kilometers west of Ouarzazate, gateway to the great Sahara desert. The Ksar of Ait Ben Haddou is a wonderful clay and brick village, frozen in time in an arid and rocky area. This UNESCO World Heritage Site Ksar has been the setting for famous films such as Lawrence of Arabia and Gladiator. You can reach Ait Ben Haddou from Marrakech by car, taxi or bus. Keep in mind that the Ksar is less than 200 kilometers from Marrakech, but you have to cross the Atlas Mountains and there are a lot of curves, so the journey can take around 5 hours.

Near the Ksars of Ait Ben Haddou is Ouarzazate, the gateway to the desert, a city in Morocco known for being the set of many films such as Asterix and Cleopatra or The Ten Commandments. Here, in fact, there are several film studios, including the Atlas Studios, one of the largest in the world. For this reason that Ouarzazate is also called the Hollywood of Africa.


Volubilis, located less than 90 kilometers from Fez, is considered to be the best preserved Roman site in North Africa. This ancient Roman city, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, preserves the remains of important places such as the Basilica and the Temple of Jupiter, the baths, the forum and some magnificent mosaics. In addition, about 4 kilometers from Volubilis is the sacred city of Mulay Idrís, where you can visit its medina before going to the site and thus take a full day excursion.


Meknès, the least famous of the four imperial cities of Morocco (Fès, Marrakech, Rabat and Meknès), has a beautiful old town full of souks and magical corners, which we are sure will make you fall in love. The best thing to do in the city is to stroll the labyrinthine streets of the medina, observe the artisans who work the iron or weave as centuries ago, as well as visit places such as El Hedim square, the Bou Inania madrasa, the Mulay Ismaíl mausoleum, the madrasse or Bab Mansour, the great door of the medina.

Gorges of Dades and Gorges of Todra

The valleys of Dades and Todra offer some of the most spectacular landscapes in Morocco, with their karst gorges and canyons. The Dades Gorge located in the High Atlas, the first that you will find going towards the Merzouga desert, is the valley that offers the greatest variety of landscapes and the most spectacular. Some of its most extraordinary places are the rock formations known as "monkey fingers" or the kasbahs scattered in this arid and rocky environment. The Todra Gorge, located on the eastern side of the High Atlas, with rocky canyons and walls up to 300 meters, is a paradise for climbers. These two valleys can be visited in one day and are part of the route that will take you from Marrakech to the Merzouga desert.


Essauoira, known as the pearl of the Atlantic, is another of the most beautiful places to see in Morocco. Located less than 200 kilometers from Marrakech and declared a World Heritage Site, it is a perfect oasis of tranquility to disconnect from the noisy and sometimes stressful Marrakech. This white fishing town stands out for its medina where you can buy good craftsmanship and taste delicacies, including excellent fish and seafood.


Un motivo per visitare questa città è la Moschea di Hassan II che, pur essendo della fine del XX secolo, forma uno dei più bei complessi islamici tra quelli che popolano il continente africano e il più grande del Marocco. Sorge sul mare su una artificiale, ha un gigantesco minareto alto 172 metri che è superato nelle dimensioni solo dal sacro santuario della Mecca. Una meraviglia a cui hanno preso parte più di 10.000 artigiani del paese per lavorare i soffitti, le pareti e le colonne con materiali di prima qualità.


Asilah is Essaouira's bohemian little sister, but her area of influence is Tangier (just 40km away) and not Marrakech. Famous for its white streets overlooking the Atlantic, the influences of the times of the Spanish protectorate in Morocco can be seen emerging. Since 1978, a festival dedicated to the arts has been held in Asilah every summer. Therefore, many walls around the city are constantly being painted and renovated with one of the best examples of urban art on the African continent.


Rabat, despite being the capital of Morocco, is not as famous as Marrakech, it does not have a medina the size of Fez, nor does it have the same population as Casablanca. It is the shy sister of the Moroccan imperial cities, and also the least visited. And perhaps that is why Rabat ends up being one of the most attractive and surprising places for travelers during their stay in Morocco. On the southern bank of the Bu Regreg River, just as it flows into the Atlantic, a small medina of whitewashed houses emerges full of authenticity and devoid of impersonal souvenir shops.


Tangier appears to be one of the most common ports of entry for those arriving in Morocco from Spain. It represents the decadence and nostalgia of a city that in the 1920s was an "international zone" and in which important personalities of art and culture from all over the world settled. Tangier at that time was considered a modern, open and multicultural city, an example of communion between three religions, Muslim, Christian and Jewish. The influence of the Spaniards who inhabited it until the early 1960s is visible in nooks and crannies, companies and posters. Although its white medina has been dragged by time and some neglect that has chipped the walls, it still retains something of what made it "the city of spies" at the beginning of the 20th century. We recommend a visit to the Dar El Mandoub museum, the ancient Kasbah which served as the palace of the Sultan of Tangier and a drink in the large Plaza 9 de Abril. A very close excursion that is not bad at all is the one to the caves of Hercules or Cape Espartel.


This city is located about sixty kilometers from Tangier and is known as the white city of Morocco with Hispano-Moorish architecture. Its medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is not to be missed, as are the Royal Palace and the markets.


Sleeping in the Desert

We can guarantee that sleeping in a tented camp in the middle of the desert is a unique experience that you will remember for a lifetime. The immensity, the silence and the stars all around. There are two main areas of the Sahara Desert that can be easily visited from Marrakech: Merzouga and Zagora.

The first option, Merzouga, one of the most beautiful deserts in the world in which to spend one of the best nights of your life. The Zagora desert is located about 7 hours from Marrakech, crossing the wonderful Draa Valley.

Excursion to the Ouzoud Falls

After a full immersion in the chaos of Marrakesh, there is nothing better than an excursion to the Ouzoud waterfalls, halfway between Marrakech and Fez. It is a beautiful place in an area rich in rivers, gorges and vegetation. After a nice walk, take a break in one of the many restaurants in Ouzoud overlooking the waterfalls (Not the guide guides who will recommend the restaurants in the upper part: they are more expensive and without a view).

Cross the Atlas

The Atlas Mountains are the highest mountain range in Morocco. You have to go through this area to reach the desert between Merzouga and Marrakech. The roads wind through the mountains and the landscapes are spectacular. We strongly advise against doing this route at night as the road is not in very good condition.

Eating fish at the port of Essaouira

Essaouira is a pretty seaside town just over an hour from Marrakech. Walking through its streets you can still see the decay of the city's colonial past. Head to the port where you will find many restaurants to eat fish and seafood at a very good price.

Coast tour between Essaouira and Agadir

Between these two cities there are miles and miles of coastline with great wild beaches where there is hardly anyone. A perfect tour for traveling by van as you can sleep in the middle of nature. This part of Morocco is very windy, so your main travel companions will be surfers from all over the world.

Alcazarquivir, a little known city

Alcazarquivir is a city that, despite being close to popular cities like Chef Chauen, Asilah or Larache, is off the beaten path that is usually done through northern Morocco, which means it still retains the authenticity that is usually lost with the arrival of tourists. It is an agricultural center in which the district of Bad el Qued stands out with the Great Mosque and the Alcazaba de los Gailán. The medina is not as spectacular as others in Morocco, but you will see that the relationship with the merchants is very different from the nagging Marrakesh.


Marathon des Sable (April)

Often referred to as the toughest walking race on earth, the legendary Saber Marathon is a multi-day, six-stage race through the harsh environment of the Sahara Desert. approximately 1,300 competitors from 30 countries participate each year, with the finalists completing a total distance of 250 kilometers. Competitors must be self-sufficient, bring their own food and equipment and sleep in community tents set up along the course.

Fez World Sacred Music Festival (Spring)

The world festival of sacred music in Fez lasts nine days and features an open-air concert program. You never know what you might see, from Iranian whirling dervishes to Sufi singers and dancers from all over the world. Between concerts, you can sample typical food and drink at the festival stalls.

Popular Arts Festival of Marrakech (May)

The valley of the sea of ​​dades is also known as the valley of roses for its fragrant fields of roses. Each May, the harvest is celebrated in the oasis town of Kelaa-des-Mgouna, which is home to a large rosewater distillery. The three-day festival starts on a Friday, draws around 20,000 people, and includes parades of roses and stalls selling all kinds of rose-based products. Entertainment includes traditional singing, dancing and the famous Miss Rosas parade.

Popular Arts Festival of Marrakech (Summer)

The popular arts festival in Marrakech attracts artists and entertainers from all over Europe and beyond. In addition to musicians and dancers, fortune tellers, theater companies, snake charmers and fire eaters can be seen. The main events take place in Djemma el Fna and in the ruins of the sixteenth-century El Badi Palace. Don't miss Fantasia, an evening show held outside the city walls with hundreds of knights in traditional costume.

Gnaoua Festival in Essaouira (Summer)

The essayira gnaoua world music festival features musicians from all over the world, but is essentially a celebration of gnaoua, a unique genre inspired by the music, dance and religious rituals of the Berber, African and Arab peoples. The festival was first launched in 1997. Visitors can enjoy four days of events and concerts held in 20 different outdoor venues spread across the historic medina of Essaouira, one of Morocco's most beautiful coastal cities.

Imilchil Wedding Feast (September)

Each September, members of Berber communities in the Atlas Mountains gather in the rural town of Imilchil to celebrate the legend of two Berber lovers who drowned after their parents forbade their marriage. The Imilchil wedding party allows young men and women to choose their spouses (although the wedding takes place later). The event is punctuated by songs, dances and parties.

Eid al-Adha (Autumn)

Eid al-adha is a worldwide Muslim holiday that marks the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and commemorates the trials of the prophet Abraham, who Allah asked to sacrifice his only son. In honor of this display of faith, Moroccan Muslims kill an animal on Eid al-Adha, usually a sheep or a goat.

Erfoud Date Festival (October)

Held over three days in early October, the Erfoud Date Festival celebrates the harvest of over one million date palms in the Erfoud region. After the harvest, the celebrations include traditional music, dances and processions. The coronation of the date queen is another highlight, as is the camel race. Immerse yourself in Berber culture and savor local cuisine inspired by dates.



Marrakesh - Riad Chocolat

Marrakesh - Riad Palais Sebban

Marrakesh - Hotel Opera Plaza

Chefchaouen - Dar Jasmine Hotel ****

Chefchaouen - Riad Lina & Spa

Chefchaouen - Riad Cherifa

Tangeri - Riad Mokhtar

Ouarzazate - Dar Chamaa

Ouarzazate - Riad Ouarzazate



Marrakesh - €€€ - Dar Zellij

Marrakesh - €€ - Dar Essalam (with Belly Dance Show)

Marrakesh - €€ - Gran Cafè de la Poste

Marrakesh - €€ - La Table de la Kasbah (Superb Terrace)

Marrakesh - €€ - Nomad

Marrakesh - €€ - Dar Cherifa

Marrakesh - €€ - Le Trou Au Mur

Marrakesh - €€ - Le Foundouk

Marrakesh - € - Henna Café (they also do Henna tattoos)

Fez - €€ - Restaurant bab sahra fes (Superb Typical Restaurant)

Fez - €€ - The Ruined Garden

Fez - €€ - Jawharat

Fez - €€ - Chez Rachid

Tangeri - €€ - Riad Al Andalous Restaurant

Tangeri - €€ - El Korsan

Asilah - €€ - Casa García (Spanish Restaurant) Asilah - € - Ali Baba

Moulay Driss Zerhoun - €€ - Walili Restaurant

Mekhnes - €€ - Aisha

Mekhnes - €€ - Restaurant Salma Mekhnes - €€ - Riad Bahia

Mekhnes - €€ - Riad Meknès

Dades Gorges - € - Restaurant Dar Ahlam Dades

Ouarzazate - €€ - Le Pêcheur Restaurant (Seafood Restaurant)

Ouarzazate - €€ - Dimitri Ouarzazate

Ouarzazate - € - Restaurant Rafik (on the road between Marrakesh and Ouzarzazate)

Rabat - €€ - Dar Zaki Restaurant

Casablanca - €€ - La Sqala Essaouira - €€ - The Loft

Essaouira - €€ - Restaurant ADWAK




Let's start with a food that cannot be missing in any meal, from breakfast to dinner. Arabic bread, called khubz, is flat, round and crunchy. In all Moroccan cities you will see bread vendors on virtually every corner. It is usually cooked in common wood-burning ovens. The smell they give off is incredible! It is certainly the best complement to any meal or simply for a snack.


Without a doubt this is the main dish of Morocco. The tagine is a stew that takes its name from the terracotta container with a conical lid where it is cooked. There are many types of tagine, here are some of the most popular:

  • Chicken with lemon and olives

  • Lamb with plums

  • Vegetable tajine

Everyone spends several hours cooking over low heat with spices. The flavors are greatly enhanced and even the simplest combinations are delicious. We didn't try any bad tagines and ate a lot of them! You will find them in all restaurants.

Cous Cous

Couscous is another very typical dish to eat in Morocco. Wheat semolina grains can be accompanied with countless ingredients. As with tajiine, you will find different varieties of couscous on the menu of any restaurant. The most popular is the seven vegetable couscous. Traditionally it is served in a bowl in the center of the table and eaten with the hands, although these customs are increasingly being lost.


With the heat that is usually there in Morocco all year round, it does not occur to you to eat soup. But you can't miss the harira, one of the typical dishes of Morocco. It is a soup made from tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas and other vegetables that is usually served as an appetizer. Due to its high nutritional value, it is widely consumed to break the fast during the month of Ramadan.

Pastilla or B'Stilla

Pastilla is one of the most typical dishes to eat in Morocco. It is a traditionally pigeon-based quiche, although nowadays spiced chicken with pepper, cinnamon, saffron and ginger is used. This rich preparation is wrapped in puff pastry, creating a round cake shape that is served in portions. Delicious!


So far we have only mentioned typical meat dishes to eat in Morocco. But a lot of fish and shellfish are eaten all along the coast of the country. Did you know that Morocco is the largest sardine exporter in the world? There are so many ways to eat them. From grilled sardine with a squeeze of lemon to one covered with chermoula, a very rich spicy sauce made with parsley, coriander and lemon juice.


Grilled lamb is the culinary specialty of Marrakech, although it can be tried all over Morocco. The meat is roasted in the ground and this type of cooking makes the lamb very tender and tasty, practically melts in your mouth.


Another delicious dish to eat in Morocco is kefta, a minced meat-based dough that can be enjoyed in many different ways: burgers, pinchos and even as a base for a tagine with tomato sauce and eggs.

Moroccan Sweets

Moroccan sweets are a separate universe. Lots of options for all tastes! In the souks of all cities you will find stalls full of puff pastry cakes. They are usually made with flour, sugar, almonds, honey and decorated with sesame. The traditional dessert we liked the most was Chebakia, an anise-flavored pastry covered with honey and sesame.

Mint Tea

The Moroccan national drink: mint tea. No matter how hot it is, you will be served hot tea as soon as you arrive at any accommodation. It is a sign of courtesy and it is polite not to refuse it. Luckily it tastes great. It is usually a green tea base with lots of mint leaves and sugar.

TRAVEL TIPS about MOROCCO by World Mappers

  • A highly recommended itinerary is the one known as the "Way of the Thousand Kashba", which crosses some of the most evocative landscapes in the heart of Morocco. The stops will be endless, especially to get to know the kasbahs, fortified buildings typical of the southern part of Morocco. For us, the three kashbahs not to be missed are: the Kasbah of Amridil near Skoura, the Kasbah Taourirt in Ouarzazate and the Kasbah Telouet in the Ounila valley (in addition to the formerly called Ait Ben Haddou).

  • One of the must-see places in Morocco are the Ouzoud Falls, located 150 kilometers from Marrakech, in the Atlas Mountains, they are the most spectacular in Morocco and North Africa. Waterfalls of over 100 meters formed by the Ouzoud river, where, in addition to taking a bath in its cold waters, you can enjoy an environment and vegetation very different from the typical landscapes of Morocco. Plus, on your walk through the falls you will be able to walk around them on either side and see some of their most curious inhabitants: the monkeys.

  • Mark another wonderful place to see in Morocco, the Skoura Palm Grove. It is the result of the oasis that the Almohad sultan Yaqub al-Mansur had built in the middle of the desert. There you will find a large number of kasbahs, some of which are luxury hotels where you can stay and feel like a sultan for a day.

  • Another not very touristy sacred city to see in Marrocco is Moulay Driss Zerhoun, near Mekhnes, which can be visited in a couple of hours. There is a very curious circular minaret and a couple of viewpoints that offer sublime views of the city and the Mausoleum of Idris I, recognized as the great grandson of the Prophet Mohammed and a very important figure in the history of the country.


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