Morocco day trip from Spain

Jun 30th, 2009, 10:21 AM
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Morocco day trip from Spain

I read that we can do a day trip from Spain into Morocco using the ferry from Tarifa to Tangier. I was also advised to not stay in Tangier for long, but to go into Rabat or Asilah.

I am willing to stay overnight at Morocco (2 night max). Assume I leave Tarifa on the earliest ferry, where would you recommend that I visit/stay in order to get to the true heart of Morocco (no European influence, genuine Moroccan art/architecture).

I will arrive in late December/early January.
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Jul 2nd, 2009, 04:19 AM
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If you are willing to see the real morocco,head south to Fez,it's about 5 hours train from Tangier.Also you can stay in Chefchaouen which is about 2 hours driving from Tangier.
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Jul 5th, 2009, 03:09 PM
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Thank you for replying! I will definitely go to Chefchaouen! Looks very interesting

At this point, I might stay in Morocco for over 7 days. I plan to stay in Fez, Chefchaouen, and Marrakech.

Which city is the best place to celebrate New Years Eve? I am a single traveler who wants to see how locals usher in the new years.
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Jul 7th, 2009, 01:58 PM
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If you are genuinely interested in Moroccan architecture and Art, you have no further to travel than Tangiers. There are some beautiful old buildings, plus many art galleries. If you interested in Art, then Assilah has an art festival normally during the whole of August, though I am not sure if it will carry on during the latter part of August when Ramadam commences. Fes is beautiful too, but during the months of July and August it is extremely hot, and in my opinion not the best time to visit that city. As the previous poster has stated, it takes at least 5 hours by train..

Forget about Morocco for New Year, it os not celebrated to the extent that Europe does. I have normally been bored out of mind on a New Years Eve, far better to be in Spain at that time.
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As someone wrote here awhile back, Tangiers is to Morocco what Tijuana is to Mexico. If you can't get into the "heart" of Morocco, skip it this time!
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Jul 9th, 2009, 01:22 AM
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I was in your position last year with only 3 days to experience what i could of Morocco and so I opted to only go to Chaufchaun which was absolutely amazing. I would defintely recommend it, especially if you want to escape european influence and all the touristy stuff as my friends and I were 5 of about 10 tourists in the entire village. And we were there in the middle of the European summer.

In this town, the life style is very destructive in terms of people hassling you trying to see you drugs and whatever, but apart from that, you see a true side to Morocco I think. 3 days was perfect here and we also did a day trip to some waterfalls about 45 minutes away by taxi which was defintely worth it.

Anyway, have a great trip.


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Jul 10th, 2009, 05:40 PM
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Thank you for your reply! I am grateful!

I plan to go to Morocco in the summer; arriving into Europe in late June and leaving Europe in early August. Everyone is telling me that it is going to be very hot in Morocco and that maybe I should avoid it. I want to hike the high Atlas mountains/do the camel ride on the desert/visit Fez and Chaufchaeun.

When you were there in the summer, how hot was Chaufchaeun? I checked the weather and it was only low 80's. Also, would staying in Chaufchaeun allow me to do any hiking? What did you do during your 3 days in that town?

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Hello again,

your very welcome. When I was there, it was quite hot, maybe 90 farenheit I think, around 32degrees more accurately.

In the 3 days I was there I did:
1. a day hike that was great into the mountains with a tour guide and we got to see the entire village. There are several options in terms of trails, so just ask your hostel or hotel service and they can tell you about all the paths.

2. Went outside of Chefchaeun to an amazing waterfall which everyone knows about in the town and defintely recommend leaving early in the morning for that and spending literally the whole day there (bring your own food) and you can swim in the rivers which is all natural water and very clean.

3. On this day, I went around the village in all the stalls, at the local restaurants and got to know the town.

Anyway hikes are very common there so make sure you go there with your hiking boots. : )

Anymore questions, just let me know.


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Jul 28th, 2009, 05:43 AM
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Is there immunization requirements? I found your comments quite helpful as I will be in Spain in September and would like to go to Morocco for a short visit. I have a couple of additional questions though. Since I have a life-threatening pulmonary condition (early Pulmonary Fibrosis) I need to be careful with respect to exposure. So, I am somewhat concerned about things like Maleria or TB. Any insight on that would be quite helpful as well as whether any immunization is required for entry. Thanks.
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Firstly I am sorry to hear about your disease but at least you are making the most of life by travelling to Morrocco. : )

With injections, to be honest i am not entirely sure. Because I was travelling for quite some time and I was in Brazil before Morrocco so I got my Tetnus shot renewed, yellow fever (for Brazil) and hep A and B.
But as far as any specific immunizations go, i am not exactly sure. Because one of them could have been one of the above injections that I have mentioned or perhaps there aren't any.

With Maleria or TB, that didn't seem to be an issue where I went. But in saying that, I think you should check that out with your doctor before you go.

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask. Otherwise, your trip isn't far away now so have an amazing trip.


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Jul 8th, 2010, 04:38 AM
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My husband & I are thinking of visiting friends in the Costa del Sol area of Spain next year July 2011 & I thought about skipping over to Morocco for 3-4 days. Does anyone have any suggestions of what to do & see there. We are interested in Souks, architecture, treks, day-trips. We will be taking the Ferry from probably Mallaga. Any insight would be appreciated
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