Africa & the Middle East Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Recent Spam Attacks
    by mkataoka Fodor's Editor | Posted on Nov 28, 16 at 01:31 PM
View all Africa & the Middle East activity »
  1. 1 upcoming Africa trip ... gift ideas needed?
  2. 2 Free walking tours Medina Marrakech ???
  3. 3 Trip Report Glorious Return to South Africa--Two Weeks in October
  4. 4 Israel Transportation
  5. 5 What you do not know about East Africa.
  6. 6 Trip Report Morocco Trip Report
  7. 7 Has Anyone Been to Sudan...?
  8. 8 North African Tips for a First Timer
  9. 9 Trip Report Chaos in the old Medina-Marrakech
  10. 10 Morocco help
  11. 11 First trip to Africa
  12. 12 Morocco 6 days Itinerary..Need Help
  13. 13 Kenya Safari Tour Operator Recommendations
  14. 14 Trip Report 3 day desert tour: Marrakech to Merzouga
  15. 15 Driving Distance from Kalahari Tented Camp to Western Etosha NP
  16. 16 IRAN
  17. 17 Money in Uganda
  18. 18 Uganda Visa
  19. 19 accomodation near Mata Mata Border post
  20. 20 Egypt- Dec Itinerary-help needed
  21. 21 Private Guide for Cairo
  22. 22 Egypt - Need Help!
  23. 23 Attractions in Cairo and around
  24. 24 CASABLANCA for 1 Day
  25. 25 Trip report about self-driving in Northern Namibia for 2 weeks in May 2014
View next 25 » Back to the top

Morocco itinerary from Spain

Jump to last reply

Flipping over from Europe Forum for john

Take a ferry from Tarifa or Algeciras to Tangier. From Tangier take the first train available to Fez. I actually liked Tangier but most people hate it, so I defer to the opinions of others here and advise leaving Tangier as soon as possible.

About 4 hours on the train from Tangier to Fez. Stay a few days in Fez, with a side trip to Meknes. Then rent a car at the airport (easier) and drive from Fez to the desert - Merzouga. It's a long drive but with ever-changing and sometinmes spectacular scenery.

Stay one night in a hotel near the dunes and the next night in a tent in the dunes. Your hotel can arrange this. The trip into the dunes is by camel. All the camels I saw were nice and there was no spitting so don't be put off by old or third-hand information. Keep in mind though that a camel is a means of transport and is not to be petted on the head like a dog. You will be fine.

Your next major place is Marrakech. But it's really too long of a drive from the desert for one day. Luckily, there are a lot of interesting places to break up the trip. I stayed overnight in the Todra Gorge.

Alternatively, you could take the train from Fez to Marrakech without going into the desert. You will regret that though.

BTW, If you need to see Casablanca, then just rent the movie again. The movie was filmed entirely in LA. The real Casa is just a very large modern city. However, it is Morocco's flight hub, so you may end up there anyway on your return from Marrakech to Spain.

Marrakech. Drop the car off at the airport. Lots to see and do there. I was not able to go to Essouira but people love it.

I do not think you can fly from Marrakech to Seville without changing planes at least once, probably routing through Madrid. And I think it would be expensive. I do think there are easier flights to Barcelona though. And you can fly anywhere from Casa. Maybe you could spend your last night in Casa.

Driving. All the signs are readily understandable. I would avoid driving in the cities - that's why I recommended picking up and dropping off your car at airports. Pay VERY close attention to the speed limits. And (last April at least) there is a giant pothole between Rissani and Merzouga. There are police checkpoints every now and then but you just basically slow down, roll your window down, smile and wave, and you don't even really stop. You'll be fine driving.

20 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement