Morocco: Disabled Needs
North Africa's Arabian Arcadia
There are few amenities in Morocco that have been adapted to meet the needs of people with disabilities. Hence, travelling in the country will require a certain amount of patience, determination and good humour on the part of disabled travellers. There are virtually no disabled services or adapted transport, in Morocco. Also, you will find a distinct shortage of adapted infrastructure, such as wheelchair-friendly ramps, signs in Braille, or beeping and flashing pedestrian crossings. However, Moroccans are generally very supportive of those with disabilities and they are often willing to help without looking for a reward. The biggest challenge that wheelchair-bound travellers face will be negotiating crowded pavements, busy streets, drivers with no regard for pedestrians, and the rutted Medina alley ways. If you do want to visit one of Morocco's major cultural cities, Marrakesh is probably the best option. This is because the Medina in Marrakesh is relatively flat, in comparison with Fez, for example. Practically speaking, your best option for visiting Morocco will be by private car, or as part of an organised tour. Bus and train travel are difficult because of the many the steps that will have to be negotiated, and the lack of wheelchair-friendly areas once you are on board. If you do travel by public transport, grands taxis are probably the best option. In addition, very few hotels offer adapted accommodation for disabled travellers. Not all hotels have lifts, but there are usually ground-floor rooms. Maisons d'hôte, by their very nature, are usually old houses with steep, narrow staircases and are located in difficult corners of Medinas. Some will be accessible for wheelchairs and may have adequately sized ground-floor rooms. Realistically, the best accommodation will be found in the new classified hotels, especially in Agadir and Marrakesh. Morocco has limited facilities for a holiday for a disabled traveller.