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Visit Marrakech, in Morocco

Visit Marrakech, in Morocco

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On this page you'll find details of ferries and flights to Morocco from Spain, guided tours of Morocco from Malaga, Madrid and the Costa del Sol, and some advice for when in Morocco.

Morocco escaped from the 'Arab Spring', the revolutionary fervour that has swept through the Middle East and North Africa, relatively unaffected. There were some protests, the king made some changes and the country went on with its business. Morocco is a safe place to visit today.

Day Trips to Morocco

Morocco is just nine miles from Spain - a tempting day trip when you fancy a break from Europe.

However, the only city you can to see in a day is Tangier, a city that has gone through varying fortunes over the years. Once a bohemian city popular with artists and writers, it went through a very rough patch but is now better than it has been, though it's still not Morocco's best city.

If possible, take at least three days in Morocco and give yourself a chance to at least see Fez or Marrakech. If you don't have time for that, you can book a day trip here:

Guided Tour of Morocco from the Costa del Sol

There are a number of guided tours of Morocco that depart from southern Spain. Note that these tours depart from Spain but head straight for Morocco, without seeing any sights in Spain.

I would recommend either the four- or five-day tour. It's a shame the four-day tour doesn't include Marrakech, but visiting Fes will still make your trip well worth the money. The five-day crams in an extra two cities, which might feel a bit rushed, but which at least includes Marrakech.

  • Three-Day Morocco Tour
    Cities Visited:
     Just Tangier.
    Read more: Three-Day Morocco Tour
     
  • Four-Day Morocco Tour
    Cities Visited: Rabat, Meknes and Fes
    Read more: Four-Day Morocco Tour
     
  • Five-Day Morocco Tour
    Cities Visited: Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Casablanca and Marrakech
    Read more: Five-Day Morocco Tour
     
  • Seven-Day Morocco Tour
    Cities Visited: Rabat, Meknes, Fes, Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat and Tangier.
    Read more: Seven-Day Morocco Tour
     

Tour of Spain and Morocco from Madrid

If you are starting in Madrid, a combined tour of the south of Spain and Morocco could be your best bet. Departing from Madrid, these tours head into Andalusia, cross into Morocco for a few days before seeing a few more sights in Spain before returning to Madrid.
  • Ten-Day Tour of Andalusia and Morocco

    Visit Cordoba, Seville (two nights) before a night on the Costa del Sol in preparation for a ferry to Morocco in the morning.

    In five days in Morocco, see Tangiers, Rabat, Casablanca, Marrakech and Fes ( 2 nights). After another night on the Costa, you will have visit Granada and Toledo before returning to Madrid.

    This tour is the cheapest of the Spain-and-Morocco tours I've found and it covers all of the essential cities in Andalusia and Morocco.

    More on this Ten-Day Tour of Spain and Morocco

  • 12-Day Option: This version of the tour misses out Cordoba, but adds in Caceres, Meknes and an extra night in Marrakech. 12-Day Tour of Spain and Morocco

Things to Remember About Visiting Morocco

Morocco is a beautiful country that is well worth visiting. However, if you decide against a guided tour and want to travel by yourself, there are some points to remember.
  • Tangier is not the most interesting city in Morocco. The city used to be horrible, but the tourist industry has cleaned it up a little. Still, you'd be better off heading to the nicer places, like Fez, Marrakesh or Chefchaouen (all of which are easily reachable from Tangier or any of Morocco's ports).
  • The Moroccans WILL overcharge you and try to scam you Particularly in Marrakech. It's a part of the culture, so have a sense of humor and be thick skinned. Barter like there's no tomorrow and be weary of anything that sounds even slightly untoward. Having said that, things have improved on this front, with the police cracking down hard on fake tour guides, but caution is still advised, especially in Marrakech. Fez has improved dramatically.
  • Women WILL get attention Especially if they are blonde. Read more about Women Traveling Alone in Africa

Accommodation in Morocco

Looking around for accommodation when you reach Morocco can be a hassle - every man and his donkey will want to 'help' you. Coming prepared with a room already booked will make life much simpler for you:

Hotels in Fez | Hotels in Marrakech | Hotels in Chefchaouen (book direct)

Budget Guesthouses and Youth Hostels in Morocco (book direct)

You might also want to book a tour of Marrakech before you get there:

Half-Day Tour of Marrakech | Full-Day Tour of Marrakech

Ferries to Morocco

There are ferries to Morocco from Tarifa, Barcelona, Algeciras, Gibraltar, Malaga and Almeria. Read more about Ferries to Morocco from Spain

 

Direct Flights from Spain to Morocco

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