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An Overview of Gay Morocco Travel

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Gay Morocco Travel

Just 15 kilometers south of Europe, over the Strait of Gibraltar, is Morocco, a fascinating country filled with sand dunes, sandy shores, bustling marketplaces, tourist hotspots, and towering peaks. One of the world’s most visually stunning countries, Morocco is an absolute must-see destination. As a tourist destination, Morocco is famed for its diversity, but it’s not known for being a particularly welcoming place for gays and lesbians. However, this does not rule out the possibility of LGBTQ gay travel.

Moroccan homosexuality is prohibited and punished by up to three years in jail, unlike its neighbor Spain, which allows same-sex marriages. This is very seldom enforced, and the severity of penalty varies from region to region.

 Non-Moroccan same-sex couples are exempt from this rule whether traveling or staying together. It’s important to know that even if you and your partner are not subject to Moroccan law, you may want to know that your LGBTQ brothers and sisters are subject to far greater oppression.

When visiting Morocco as a homosexual traveler, it’s important to be respectful of local customs and keep your sexual orientation a secret. Gay and straight couples alike should steer clear of public displays of affection while on vacation in Morocco (you can read about the basics here). 

 In fact, kissing between a man and a woman can result in both parties being fined or even imprisoned. The majority-Muslim population is staunchly anti-personal digital assistant (PDA) in this country. The LGBTQ community need not be offended by this fact because it is simply a sign of cultural respect when it comes to gay   Morocco travel.

Anyone visiting a foreign country, regardless of sexual orientation, should be aware of local traditions and customs. And it’s not just for your own protection! An opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture can also be seen as an educational experience. It’s possible to gain two completely different perspectives on a subject by looking at it from the outside and by experiencing it from the inside.

 

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People who identify as LGBTQ in morocco (gay travel )

Gay travel culture exists in Morocco, despite the fact that same-sex sexual activity is illegal in the country. It doesn’t matter whether Morocco acknowledges it or not, it is still a popular destination for LGBTQ 

 

travelers. It’s no surprise that the gay traveler community has made cities like Marrakesh and Agadir their preferred vacation spots. Even though Casablanca has become a hub for the city’s gay community in recent years, few tourists make the trip to the city (and for good reason).

It was Paul and Jane Bowles in Tangier for many years who were Tangier’s odd couple. Musician and author Paul Bowles was drawn to Tangier by Gertrude Stein’s recommendation that he settle there years earlier when he was in Paris. Even though Paul Bowles was openly gay and Jane was lesbian, it is known that they were in a relationship. Their union made a lot of sense at the time it took place (in 1938). 

They found the perfect place to be themselves in Tangier. For many years, they ruled over Tangier’s art scene, attracting luminaries such as Tennessee Williams, William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and Truman Capote. They were the dominant figures in Tangier’s LGBTQ community during the era of the International Zone.

The Majorelle Garden in Marrakesh was saved from destruction by Yves Saint-Laurent (yes, that YSL). A true Moroccan power couple in the second half of the twentieth century, Yves and Pierre were a formidable duo. They were a hit with the people of Marrakesh, as well as the royal court. The Rue Yves Saint Laurent was renamed in his honor in 2010 to honor his contribution to the Jardin Majorelle. The new street sign was unveiled by Princess Lalla Salma, Her Royal Highness.

Writer, director, and actor Abdellah Taa is one of Morocco’s most well-known and well-publicized gay men. If you want to learn more about Moroccan gay travel from the perspective of a Moroccan, he has a number of books to recommend.

gay morocco travel : Destinations

gay morocco travelTangier and Marrakesh offered refuge to LGBTQ people fleeing persecution in Europe. In addition to being fantastic vacation spots in and of themselves, the locals exhibit a worldly acceptance that says, “been there, seen that”. This is still true in many ways today.

As the French rediscover Tangier and so much effort is put into projects across the city to bring it back to its Barbara Hutton-era, jet-setting splendor, Tangier remains an “up and coming” destination. There is a small expat LGBT community in this city, but it’s hard to tell whether you’ve arrived too late or too early.

As far as expat LBGTQ Morocco activities go, Marrakesh is the place to go. It’s true that Marrakesh has a long history of prominent residents, like Yves Saint-Laurent. These days, you’re more likely to find a mix of people in pubs and clubs, with the rare exception of private events.

While Agadir doesn’t have a thriving homosexual community, its beaches do draw a sizable European contingent.

gay morocco travel: Acceptance

Morocco’s LGBT population is numerous, yet Moroccans still want males to marry and have children. Not doing so is out of the ordinary. This is a problem that LGBT tourists may run into while trying to mingle with the local population. But in places like Marrakesh, where many different kinds of tourists stay, same-sex couples shouldn’t have any trouble staying in large hotel chains or riads owned by foreigners.

Hand-holding between males is prevalent in non-Western cultures, although this is only a sign of male friendliness and nothing more. So if you see anything like this, don’t jump to conclusions. Moreover, you may not see this as often in metropolitan areas. The belief that two men holding hands is a sign of a relationship in the Western world is something that many Moroccans are aware of, and they would want to avoid it.

Morocco's views on LGBTQ rights

LGBTQ Less than encouraging news on gay rights in Morocco is coming out of the country. Traditional values and a strict religious culture mean that it will take a long time for the Maghreb to accept LGBTQ people like they do in the West.It’s important to note Kif-Kif, a queer Moroccan rights group established in Spain, which goes by the moniker “similar” and publishes a journal called Mithly.

Although it is close to Europe and the United States, traditional religious and family customs in Morocco may not yet be in line with those in the neighboring countries of the West. Moroccans continue to entice the homosexual community with their allure as a fascinating and exotic vacation spot. Be cautious but enjoy yourself knowing that Morocco is a lovely place with a great deal to see and do.

Consider Morocco as a Gay Travel Destination Right Away

Journey Beyond Travel is able to assist you in creating a one-of-a-kind and unforgettable adventure in Morocco, taking into account any worries that you may have along the way. Because of their familiarity with the culture of the area, the members of our team who are based in Morocco are able to provide you with the finest possible experience, as well as sound advice and an unforgettable tour of the country. Get in touch with us as soon as possible to get started!

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David Brown, a globetrotter and blogger, penned this piece. TwoBadTourists.com is where you can follow David and his husband’s experiences (and disasters). Also, if you’d want to learn more about traveling the globe or attending festivals, follow David on Instagram.

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Aziz Azouly was an excellent tour guide; he always made us feel welcome, informed us about the area, and was polite. He did all in his power to ensure that we had a good time, and his dancing routines were just incredible. It was easily one of the most memorable experiences of my life, and I can't say enough good things about the trip.
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Our tour guide, aziz, was highly personable and responsive to our requirements, which made for a very memorable trip. We are planning to visit Morocco once again with our loved ones and friends, and we want to book another excursion with Aziz so that we may explore more of the country.
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Amazing gay Morocco travel My vacation turned out to be an incredible experience. Aziz was a fantastic guide who was really informative and a lot of fun! What a wild ride!
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The best gay Morocco tour of all time! We spent a week traveling throughout the Erg Chebbi region with Aziz and Hameed, and it was incredible!!! They are really nice, in addition to being highly professional. We are going to visit again!
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The Best Gay Travel From Fez to Marrakesh, via the desert, mountains, camels, people, roads, culture, cuisine, views, and experiences... for sure, better than you can anticipate the whole way through!
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The Very Best in Gay Tourism From Fez to Marrakesh, across the desert, the mountains, the camels, the people, the roads, the culture, the food, the vistas, and the experiences, definitely better than you could predict the entire way through!
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Aziz is the most skilled and experienced driver in all of Morocco. During my time shooting a film in Morocco, Aziz served as my driver. He was a superb chauffeur who watched out for my safety and entertained me with his many fascinating tales. His musical understanding is top-notch all the way through! I was always on time, always a professional, and always courteous.
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Aziz was outstanding behind the wheel. dependable, courteous, and informed, as well as playing some excellent music. He made us feel secure. I cannot speak highly enough of him.
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LGBTQ Morocco: 12 cities in 10 days (and counting) We saw Morocco from north to south, east to west, and everywhere in between during our incredible 10-day trip of Morocco's major cities and smaller towns. The group is incredibly warm and welcoming, and they provide a lot of fun.
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