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what advice would you give for two women travelling in Agadir?
Do not make a lot of eye contact with others, especially males.
It's a fairly relaxed place so you will be fine.
Hi, id recommend getting as prepared as possible....read back through the previous posts here in the Morocco forum, read around other VTers travel pages - get a good guide book each such as the Lonely Planet, Footprints, DK eyewitness guide book or Rough Guide to have a read - and take in the info thats given in the warnings for female travellers sections....its true Moroccan men are very good at pretending theyre not married, dont have girlfriends singular or plural already...they can be very charming....and ending up with a foreign woman is still a bit like winning the lottery. Understand that in the souks there can be a lot of hustle and hassle to come and buy and triple prices are offered etc...people can come and try and pull at your heartstrings with sob stories as to why you should give them money (but there are genuine beggars who need a help up with some extra money and its one of the 5 pillars of Islam to give - so you could have a few coins handy in your pocket to get out a dirham up to a 5 dirham coin here and there)
I reallly like Agadir - its a great place as a calm and rather kind intro to Morocco or a wind down place to hang out before departing after some time getting around Morocco. and anything goes with what you want to wear - tshirts and not too or ultra short shorts are fine around the city, on the promenade, along the beach etc. if you go swimming bikinis are fine.
As for safety - real Morocco ie out of Agadir is rather to very different to seaside, modernish, holiday resort, city living Agadir - its a huge university city too so there are heaps of young adult men there as students from all over Morocco. Morocco's young adults are usually rather impressionable, almost naiive, but also in general the culture has learnt to be very opportunistic.... theres a few brothel type hotels in Agadir, nightclubs and bars have prostitutes sitting around on the look out and same with men looking for women. So check out where you plan to stay first. Be careful at the bus stations - Inezgane bus station particularly has a reputation for bag snatchers and pickpockets.
a beautiful country - with an amazing diversity of beautiful landscapes, great food places etc etc that is not new info and easy to find amongst our pages and forum posts.
but generally safe - safer than many other Western countries but just dont get into holiday mode and become careless or naiive either. The people are much more hospitable and genuine outside of the cities in Morocco. So if possible go to visit places such as Tafraoute in the Anti-Atlas...with its numerous villages that are still very traditional, people are friendly but keep to themselves but its fine for 2 females to go hiking and visiting in the countryside.
Catch a bus, grande taxi or hire a car and get out and about.
I prefer to have a car and enjoy the freedom of getting to lovely places with convenience - and not that its unsafe to travel by public transport as its fine but i prefer the less risk of hassle that comes with the independence.
Be prepared for male attention, you don't have to be nice to comunicate with the locals, you can ignore them and they wont be offended. Have a nice time.
well just enjoy ur time and make xur not to go 2 unprotected places actually if u want any help contact me i live in Agadir and i can help u out w/ anything and dont worry i wont charge u it for free
this is my e-mail feel free 2 contact m [email] ill help u out if u need anythig while being in agadir