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Morocco itinerary from Spain

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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.

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