A Tourist’s Guide to Wifi in Morocco

Morocco is one of the most popular countries in Northern Africa for tourists to visit. However, people are so focused on planning everything else that goes into their trip that they forget to consider what wifi in Morocco is like.

Knowing about wifi in a country is often the furthest thing from people’s minds, but it is an important part of travel planning.

We rely heavily on the internet (especially when we travel), and you don’t want to be in dire need of the internet and have no idea how to access it.

This is especially important in Morocco.

Morocco is full of winding, twisting, narrow streets that are incredibly easy to get lost in.

The whole country is like a maze, and you don’t know the insider secrets like the locals. You can spend hours wandering around trying to find your way back to your hotel only to discover that you walked in circles and are exactly where you started.

Trust me. I know from experience!

Not only that, but knowing how and where to access the internet can help you if you’re struggling with a language barrier, need to find a place to eat, or just want to relax and check in on social media.

So, to make your life easier, I’m going to share all my secrets about the wifi in Morocco.

You’ll have a better idea of what to expect from the internet in Morocco as a traveller and help you develop your own plan for using the wifi in Morocco.

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Public Wifi in Morocco

Unlike other countries that have invested in a free public wifi system, finding free wifi in Morocco isn’t exactly easy.

There aren’t many places you’ll just stumble on free wifi in Morocco, and you really need to know where you can access the wifi in Morocco when you’re out and about exploring.

Unfortunately, not many tourist attractions offer their guests free wifi, so you can’t even rely on that option.

The good news is that pretty much every hotel, hostel, and riad in Morocco offers their guests complimentary wifi.

Even many remote mountain resorts are offering free wifi now!

Without a doubt, the most reliable place to access the internet in Morocco is wherever you’re staying.

Make sure you load your directions on Google Maps before you leave your accommodation and start exploring for the day.

Google Map will continue to track you as a little blue dot even if you’re not connected to the internet anymore.

It won’t give you directions, but you can use your blue dot to get back on track and find your way around.

So, any Googling you need to do for the day, make sure it is done at your hotel just to be safe.

The only other place you’re likely to find free wifi in Morocco is at restaurants and cafés.

But not just any restaurant or café.

Specifically, you’ll want to go somewhere near the major tourist sights.

Those are the restaurants and cafés that will most likely have complimentary wifi for their guests.

Long story short, free public wifi is few and far between in Morocco.

If you need reliable access to the internet on your trip, you’ll need to come up with another plan.

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Renting Pocket Wifi in Morocco

If you need access to reliable internet access while in Morocco, you may want to look into renting pocket wifi while you’re there.

I didn’t personally rent pocket wifi when I was in Morocco, but I did a fair amount of research on your options before writing this post.

Unfortunately, renting pocket wifi in Morocco isn’t exactly the easiest.

In most countries, you can pick up and drop off your pocket wifi device at the airport. It is super convenient.

But, Morocco doesn’t have that option.

You can’t pick up a pocket wifi device at any of the airports in Morocco.

Here are your options for getting your pocket wifi device in Morocco:

  • Have it delivered to your hotel
  • Have it delivered to your home before you leave
  • Pick it up at Zurich Airport or London Heathrow
  • Have it delivered to a post office near your hotel in Morocco

I had pocket wifi delivered to a hotel in Japan, and it was a mess. The hotel didn’t realize it was there, and I had to call the wifi company and coordinate with the front desk to find it.

If you choose to have the pocket wifi device delivered to your hotel, be sure to email your hotel and give them a head’s up that it will be arriving.

To return your pocket wifi device, you simply stick it in any mailbox with the return envelope provided.

From my research, the best company to rent pocket wifi in Morocco from is Travelers Wifi.

It seems to be the cheapest and easiest way to get pocket wifi in Morocco.

I haven’t personally used Travelers Wifi so be sure to do your own research first!

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An Option for Avid Travellers

If you travel a lot and like to have reliable access to the internet (me!), then you might want to consider investing in your own pocket wifi device you can take with you on all your travels.

If you travel enough, it is definitely the most cost effective thing to do!

I personally have a Solis and absolutely love it.

Solis was previously known as Skyroam btw in case you were previously considering getting a Skyroam.

I use it on every trip, and it has made my life so much easier.

I love always having access to Google Maps and being able to Google the best restaurants wherever I am when I get hungry.

You do not want to see me when I’m hangry!

You pay an initial price to purchase your Solis and then pay for day or monthly passes to access the internet.

I think the initial cost to purchase your Solis pocket wifi is reasonable, but I do think the day passes are overpriced.

Luckily, there is a way around that!

Day passes go on sale quite frequently. Wait for a sale and then stock up on day passes.

Just be sure to check the expiry date and ensure you’ll use them before the discounted day passes expire.

Day passes purchased at full price don’t expire. It is only the day passes purchased during a sale that do.

The other way around it (and my preference) is to purchase a monthly pass.

If you’re travelling for more than a week, you’ll get more than your money’s worth buying a monthly wifi pass compared to daily wifi passes.

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Marrakech, Morocco

The Bottom Line

You need to research whether investing in a pocket wifi device is the right move for you or not.

If you don’t travel for at least two weeks a year, it is likely less expensive to rent pocket wifi when you travel rather than purchasing your own pocket wifi device.

However, if you travel two or three weeks (or more) per year, I think you can’t go wrong with purchasing your own pocket wifi.

It has been one of the best travel gadgets I’ve ever purchased, and I can’t imagine travelling without it now!

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The Importance of Internet Safety

When coming up with a plan on how to access the internet in Morocco, it is extremely important you take your online safety into account.

Using public wifi puts you at risk of having your online data stolen, which is not a fun headache you want to deal with on vacation!

Even if you rent pocket wifi or have your own Solis, you’ll still be relying on public wifi at your hotel at least a little bit.

You do need to turn off and charge your pocket wifi at some point!

And, before you argue with me, even if a wifi network at your hotel has a passcode, that doesn’t mean it is safe to use. Anybody can get the passcode and use the wifi network!

The only way you can protect yourself and your online data, information, and privacy is by installing a VPN on your devices.

A VPN makes using public wifi networks just as safe as using your home internet where you’re the only person who knows the passcode.

Essentially, a VPN puts a forcefield around your devices that makes it impossible for someone else to access your online information.

It is a must for any traveller no matter where you’re visiting.

You don’t want to be in the terrible situation of having your banking information stolen while you’re abroad just because you were too cheap to pay for a VPN subscription.

The peace of mind that comes with using a VPN is well worth the price of your subscription!

My Favourite VPN

I’ve used a lot of different VPNs over my years of travel. Most of that, to be honest, are terrible.

VPNs are known to slow down your phone and other devices, and you can really feel that slow down.

So much so that I used to just stop using my VPN and put my online information at risk of being stolen simply because the VPN made my internet connection way too slow.

That all changed when I discovered NordVPN.

I’ve been using them for years and don’t ever plan on changing VPN providers.

The reason?

They’re the fastest VPN on the market.

I’ve never noticed a slow down in my internet speed when using NordVPN, which is super important when travelling.

The fact that they’re so fast and secure is why I recommend NordVPN to my fellow travel lovers.

I’ve yet to find a better product on the market.

And likely never will because I don’t ever plan on switching from NordVPN!

Their amazing speed combined with their super affordable price tag is unbeatable.

The price of a two-year subscription costs less per month than a single Starbuck’s latte, so you have no excuse!

If you can’t afford to install a VPN on your devices, you can’t afford to travel.

That sounds harsh, but it is the truth.

Conclusion

Hopefully by now you know everything you need to know about wifi in Morocco, and you have a better idea how you want to access the internet in Morocco.

Each way to access the internet in Morocco has its pros and cons.

Relying on public wifi is the cheapest, but it can also leave you stranded without access to the internet when you’re in dire need of it.

Renting pocket wifi is a good option, but you have to jump through the hoops and figure out how you’re going to get the pocket wifi device.

Finally, Solis is a great option for frequent travellers. It is an investment for sure, but it can save you money in the long run. Plus it is super convenient.

The most important thing is that you have a plan before you arrive in Morocco, so you’re not scrambling to find a wifi solution when you’ve already arrived in the country.

Is Marrakech Safe for Solo Female Travellers?

Marrakech is a very popular tourist destination, but a lot of solo travellers are put off from visiting because they wonder is Marrakech safe or not.

I totally understand the question and potential hesitation.

Especially if you’re new to solo travelling!

My parents had the same concerns and were trying to convince me not to visit Morocco, but I’m glad I did!

So, to answer your question is Marrakech safe for solo female travellers, my answers is yes! But there are some very important things you need to know before you arrive in Marrakech to ensure you’re safe.

If you’re used to travelling around in Europe, and that is your only solo travel experience, visiting Marrakech will be a bit of a shock.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go though!

I thoroughly believe that exploring places that are very unlike your own is important. It can be a bit intimidating, but that’s how you grow as a person and traveller.

By the end of this article, you’ll know how to safely navigate Marrakech and have an amazing solo trip to Morocco!

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Is Marrakech Safe?

Just in case you skimmed the intro (I don’t blame you), I want to reiterate that Marrakech is safe for solo female travellers.

It is no more dangerous than most other popular solo travel destinations.

However, the culture is different in Marrakech, and there are some additional things you need to know to feel safe in the city.

These are small things that will help you navigate the new city with confidence and avoid some of the common scams in Morocco.

The answer to the question is Marrakech safe may be subjective, but, in general, I think it is.

Anywhere is as safe as you make it. If you go around breaking Moroccan laws and acting recklessly, then it isn’t going to be safe.

If you travel in a safe way and do your best to adhere to local culture, pretty much anywhere you travel is safe- including Morocco!

Marrakech is a vibrant city, and I don’t want you to miss out on experiencing it just because someone in your life is telling you it isn’t safe.

They’ve probably never been there and are just fear mongering.

Listen to the people who have been there, take their tips to heart, and decide for yourself whether you’re confident enough in your solo travel skills to explore a new culture and region.

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech Safety Tips

As I said, there are a few things you need to keep in mind in order to be as safe in Marrakech as possible.

Some of these may seem like common sense, but they are even more important to pay attention to in Marrakech than other parts of the world.

As long as you follow these tips, you’ll be safe and having the time of your life in Marrakech.

Never Look Lost

One of my biggest tips I can give you is never, ever, ever look lost when in Marrakech.

If you have no idea where you are, wait to pull out your map until you’re in a store, bathroom, or restaurant.

Morocco is a tipping culture. If someone sees you looking lost or unsure, they will come up and “help” you even if you don’t ask or need it.

And once they’re done helping you, they expect a tip and won’t leave until you give them one.

If you are a solo female traveller in Marrakech and even give off the slightest hint of being lost, it won’t be long until there are at least two or three people around you trying to help you out.

There isn’t anything wrong with this, and the people helping you aren’t unsafe, but it can still be a bit annoying and unwanted.

Especially if you have an idea of where you want to go and was just checking your route.

I spent some time in Essaouira and then took a bus back to Marrakech and stayed in the same hotel in Marrakech as I had previously.

I knew the way and didn’t show any doubt in where I was going, but two men walked with me to “show” me the way and then wouldn’t leave until I tipped them for their help when we got to the hotel.

Again, nothing wrong with a tipping society, but it can make a lot of solo female travellers feel uncomfortable.

So, if you want to wander around and try to be as invisible as possible (I do!), then it is in your best interest to walk with confidence and try not to look too lost or unsure of yourself.

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Avoid Sketchy Street Food

Marrakech is home to some of the most delicious food I’ve ever eaten.

I’m salivating right now just thinking of it.

However, you need to be a bit cautious when choosing what street food to indulge in.

Sometimes the food sits in carts on the street without proper cooling tools used. And Marrakech is hot all year around, so it doesn’t take long for a food to get a little bit too much of the heat.

There are also sometimes issues with bugs swarming around the food.

I’m not saying don’t indulge in the street food.

You should 100% take advantage of the yummy food and try it out. All I’m saying is make your choices wisely.

If you’re going to eat street food, make sure it is from somewhere the locals seem to eat, and, preferably, order hot food that is cooked right in front of you.

That way you know it is fresh!

You don’t want to accidentally eat something that will upset your stomach and have to miss out on some of your time exploring Marrakech because you’re sick.

Marrakech, Morocco

Learn to Say No Forcefully

This tip goes back to the first tip on this list.

Morocco (and especially Marrakech) is built on a tipping culture. Locals are looking out for tourists they can help guide around for a tip.

As a solo female traveller, you’ll likely garner a lot of attention.

If you’re like me and just want to wander around alone, you’ll have to learn how to say no forcefully to get the point across that you don’t want any help.

This doesn’t always work, but it will work in a lot of situations.

I know it feels weird (it certainly did to me as a soft-spoken introvert), but it is what it is, and you have to learn how to do it.

Another extremely important skill you need to learn is haggling.

If you’re purchasing anything in the souk or taking a taxi somewhere, haggle, haggle, haggle.

This is still a challenge for me to this day, but it it is an important skill to try to learn. People will try to rip you off and/or not listen to you, and you need to be forceful with your words and haggle to a reasonable price.

Of course, you want to pay a fair price because this is how people make a living, but most of the time the starting price is ridiculously too high. Even for me as someone who is more than willing to overpay to avoid as much haggling as possible.

I know this tip doesn’t really answer the question is Marrakech safe for solo female travellers, but standing your ground is an important part of making Marrakech the safest place for you.

Of course, you could be the exact opposite of me and enjoy the help from the locals.

But, you still need to know how to haggle and say no forcefully if the situation calls for it.

Be Cautious in the Souks

I don’t know why, but it seems like the rules of society go out the window when you enter the Marrakech souk.

Things that would never be considered appropriate are fair game.

As a solo female traveller, you need to be prepared for the tight, winding lanes of the souks and for more direct and forward advances.

The souk was the only place in Marrakech where I felt a little uncomfortable.

Men would cat call me at every turn, they would grab me by the wrist, and a few times I was even touched in my lower back.

It definitely took me by surprise since it was completely different to what I had experienced in the rest of Marrakech.

The first time I visited the souk was the only time I wondered is Marrakech safe?

As soon as I realized this was something that may or may not happen when I wandered through the souk, I was able to prepare for it.

I gave myself a little pep talk before I entered the souk, walked as confidentially as I could, and took a few calming breathes.

It is my philosophy not to comment or make a fuss when things like that happen no matter where in the world I am.

I may not enjoy it, but I’m a visitor in their country. I can’t impose my beliefs on them.

I just walk by, ignore them, and remember what stall they’re at, so I know not to purchase something from them in the future.

All in all, most people in the souks are incredibly kind, helpful, and just want to make a sale (get your haggling skills ready).

But, just like anything, there are a few exceptions.

I don’t want to taint your opinion of Marrakech in any way because it is a fabulous city.

I went back and forth whether or not I should include this point, but I finally decided that I wish it was something I was more prepared for when I visited the souk for the first time.

Marrakech, Morocco

Dress Appropriately

I personally think it is important to dress according to the standards of the country you’re visiting.

I know some people feel that they should be able to dress however they want, but I think it is important to be respectful of local customs.

In Marrakech, that means dressing more on the conservative side.

You by no means have to wear a head covering, but you should wear something that covers you shoulders, knees, and definitely not show cleavage or your stomach.

It is not only respectful to the locals, but it also makes Marrakech a bit more safe.

Again, not that Marrakech isn’t safe!

Dressing conservatively will help you blend in and avoid unwanted attention.

It is a simple thing you can do to respect the locals and make your visit to Marrakech as safe as possible.

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Be Internet Safe

No matter where you travel, you rely on public wifi networks. Marrakech is no exception.

Physical safety is always talked about, but not enough people talk about the need to be internet safe.

Using a public wifi network puts you at risk of having your personal online data stolen. This is a headache at the best of times but even worse when you’re travelling.

You do not want to have to deal with trying to cancel debit and credit cards because your information was stolen because you were being careless online.

And, yes, even if wifi you’re using has a passcode, it is still a public wifi network because basically anybody can get the passcode.

The only way you can make sure you’re being safe when using a public wifi network is by installing a VPN on your devices.

A VPN basically puts an invisible forcefield around your phone that makes it impossible for a hacker to access your private information and data.

A VPN makes using public wifi just as safe as using your home wifi where you’re the only person who knows the passcode.

My Favourite VPN

I’ve used a lot of different VPNs over my many years of travel. To be honest, most of them suck!

VPNs are known to slow down your internet, and it can be extremely painful using a VPN when you’re trying to quickly Google or stream something.

That all changed when I discovered NordVPN.

It is the fastest VPN on the market, and you barely notice a reduction in your internet speed when you use it.

That’s why I love it and recommend it to all my fellow travel lovers!

I’ve been using NordVPN for years and don’t plan on ever changing providers, which is saying a lot!

They’re the first VPN I’ve ever used past one year and have renewed my subscription to.

You can install your NordVPN on up to 6 devices, so you can protect your online data everywhere for one low price.

A two-year subscription to NordVPN costs less than the price of a latte per month. You don’t have an excuse to not protect your online data when you travel!

My philosophy is that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to install a VPN on your devices and protect your online information.

It is a small price to pay to sleep easy knowing nobody can steal your private information and data.

Learn Common Scams

No matter where you go, it is important to be aware of the local scams in the area.

Knowing about local scams before you arrive in a city is essential. It prevents you from falling victim to a scam, losing money, and putting yourself at risk.

I’ve fallen victim to many scams around the world (although none in Morocco), and I don’t want you to go through the same horrible feeling I have.

The most common scams in Marrakech to look out for include:

  • People “leading” you to the medina but take you the wrong way
  • Offering something for free and then insisting you pay for it
  • The rug scam (they offer you free tea to enter their store and then get mad if you don’t purchase a rug that costs thousands of dollars)
  • Fake goods

Be aware of these scams (and more) and be prepared to say no with force if you’re approached by someone you think is trying to scam you.

Avoid Drinking Alcohol in Public

Drinking in Morocco is legal, but tourists are the only people allowed to drink in public.

While you totally can drink in public legally, I recommend solo female travellers either refrain totally from drinking or only drink in private at their hotel.

A woman drinking alone in public will likely draw more attention than a woman just eating alone in public.

My philosophy when travelling alone is to blend in as much as possible and act as much like a local as I can.

And in Marrakech that includes not drinking in public even though it can be freaking hot and a cold beer would taste incredible.

This is totally your call because drinking is legal.

It all comes down to what makes you feel safest in Marrakech and gives you the most confidence.

For me, I’ll stick to water.

Marrakech, Morocco

Be Prepared for Some Culture Shock

Marrakech is the first place I experienced culture shock. I had mostly travelled around Europe before my trip to Morocco and was used to North America and Europe.

Marrakech was the first city I visited where things were really different from my own experiences, and it took a little while to get used to it.

I know this technically isn’t a Marrakech safety tip, but I still think it is important to know before you arrive in Morocco.

Marrakech is a loud and busy city. There are always things going around, and you can get a bit overwhelmed at first.

I suggest you plan an extra day or two in Marrakech to help you get used to Morocco if you’ve never visited a country like it before.

This gives you the chance to move slowly and go back to your hotel if you start feeling overwhelmed.

One of my mom’s friend’s daughters went to Marrakech alone and was so overwhelmed that she booked a flight out the next day.

So, if you want to be able to experience Marrakech and have time to get over the culture shock, take the first day or two slow.

It may even be in your best interest to go on a guided walking tour the first day, so you can get your bearings and feel more confident walking around alone the rest of your trip.

Be Careful Crossing the Street

The only thing that really makes you question whether Marrakech is safe or not is trying to navigate crossing the busy roads.

It isn’t an issue once you get a feel for what is going on.

And is certainly nothing compared to trying to cross a busy street in China!

My best tip for you is to stand back and watch how the locals cross the street for a few minutes before trying to cross the street yourself.

You’ll get an understanding of what the unwritten rules are and how to safely cross the street when there are scooters and cars buzzing around.

Better yet, you can wait until a local crosses the street and follow closely behind them.

You can mimic how they cross the street and ensure you get to the other side safely.

The odds of you getting hit while crossing the street (even if you do it poorly) are very low, but you don’t want the stress of causing a traffic jam and having people honking and yelling at you!

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Marrakech, Morocco

Conclusion

There you have it! The answer to the question is Marrakech safe for solo female travellers.

There is a lot of mystery and misconceptions about Morocco and Marrakech. Some people assume that since it is a majority Muslim country, it isn’t safe for solo female travellers.

That simply isn’t true.

Marrakech is very safe, and you shouldn’t run into any issues when you visit the city.

The important thing is that you behave in a way that makes your visit to Marrakech safe.

Don’t do anything illegal or draw too much attention to yourself. If you dress conservatively, don’t wander around alone at night, and stand your ground, you’ll be fine.

I don’t want the thought of Marrakech not being safe to prevent you from exploring the beautiful city.

It may not be the best place for your first solo trip if you’re from North America, but once you have a little solo travel under your belt, you shouldn’t have any trouble exploring Marrakech alone.