It must be a concern for any potential guest to whether to travel here for a photo holiday or tour. With wide spread coverage of global attacks, does anywhere feel safe? Media wise, Morocco unfortunately is tarred by it’s association to other Arabic countries and it’s status as a Muslim nation, despite being very distinct. Morocco has always been a pro West nation with strong ties to the US and Europe. It’s geographically as far to the west from the hub of the conflict and as such does not share borders with risky zones. The Moroccan government is extremely well motivated in eradicating home grown support for extremists, one could argue more able to police these than Europe currently is. The Moroccan people are not in the least hostile to foreigners and many expats live here without fear. There are of course some disaffected Moroccans looking to return from the Middle east and because of this, the UK government places the threat level here the same as it is for Western Europe. I would argue there’s more danger in London, Paris or Madrid than Essaouira. That’s not to say the threat doesn’t exist but when one looks at the countries that have had recent issues, they include many south east Asian countries, the US, parts of Eastern and northern Europe and West Africa. This really is a global issue and each country should be viewed with the latest and updated information to hand. Safe to say Essaouira as I write is a safe place to travel as an individual.

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