Unfortunately, as a travel destination, Morocco is far from being handicap friendly: High kerbs, a lot of road holes and a lack of escalators or ramps render travelling for people with disabilities rather strenuous. If you want to discover Marrakech in a wheelchair, what you need is love of adventure, humour and thorough planning.
Fortunately, Morrocans are very helpful towards people with disabilities and often offer assistance without being asked – and without expecting the otherwise obligatory tip. Yet, what you will hardly ever find in Morocco are ramps and elevators, traffic lights with acoustic signals, information in Braille or accessible buses. What you will find instead are obstructive kerb heights, a lot of road holes and lifted manhole covers. These little obstacles may make travelling difficult but not impossible – especially if you are accompanied by someone who supports you.
Woman in a wheelchair on Jemaa el-Fnaa
(photo: Travelguide Marrakech, 2014)