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Morocco

The authentic inland of northern Morocco and the Royal Cities of Fez and Meknès

From February 22 to March 1, 2020

9 days - 8 nights

Maximum 7 participants

Price: 1990 euros (excluding flights to and from Málaga)

It was to be expected that there would someday be a Morocco trip on our program, given that the beautiful, exotic and colorful country across the Strait of Gibraltar is so close 

to our own Andalusian playground.

Just a one-hour ferry journey separates us from Morocco, where adventure beckons. We did this unique tour about 6 years ago for the first time in our very old Landrover Santana in search of building material for our Andalusian cortijo (farmhouse).

 

It was an unforgettable trip that we would like to do again, this time with you in our comfortable minibus. Together we will discover a beautiful mix of culture and nature, breathtaking mountain scenery, the enchanting souqs of Fez and Meknès and the sophisticated melting pot of Tangier, once the home of the rock ’n’ roll poet Burroughs and his Beat Generation.

Day 1: Málaga - Algeciras - Ceuta - Tétouan

We leave in the morning at 10 a.m. directly from Málaga airport, so you can arrive with an early morning flight. 

If you want to explore Málaga beforehand you could opt to arrive a day earlier: in that case we will pick you up at Plaza de la Merced in the centre of Málaga.

We drive along the coast to Algeciras, where Morocco is so close to Europe that it almost seems that you can touch it. 

Here we take the the ferry that sails us to Ceuta, a small Spanish enclave in North Africa, in one hour. From Ceuta we cross the border with Morocco and drive on to the city of Tétouan, once founded by expelled muslim settlers form Al Andaluz, after the reconquista by the Catholic Kings. Here we are lodged in a gorgeous private Riad, restored in its splendour by the Spanish owners and smack in the middle of the old medina. A jewel!

 

Day 2: Tétouan - Chefchaouen

Today we take it easy: we visit the medina and the souks of Tétouan and drive in the afternoon to Chefchaouen, a beautiful and quaint town where the houses are painted in fifty shades of blue and time has stood still. We take the long way to Chefchaouen, along the coastline and through the stunningly beautiful nature park where we take a walk to the famous Akchour waterfall. In the small cobbled streets of Chefchaouen you can wander around for hours, admiring the old blue houses and their centuries old doors, shopping for some genuine local souvenirs or just enjoying a sweet mint tea on a rooftop terrace, while possibly smelling a whiff of someone smoking the Rif-mountains' most valuable herb: cannabis.


Day 3: Chefchaouen - Fez

Today we drive through the Rif mountains and will get more than a glimpse of the spectacular countryside of northern Morocco. We end our drive in the beautiful royal city of Fez, where we enjoy a well-earned tajine in one of the many cozy rooftop restaurants in the evening.


Day 4: Fez

To get to know the enormous city center of Fez (a city of 2 million inhabitants) we will take a walk with an official guide which makes it easier to find our way through the maze-like medina and its souks without being bothered by street urchins and false guides. Afterwards we will have lunch in one of our favorite restaurants. In the afternoon you have time to stroll through the ancient streets, drink a mint tea on a roof terrace and look out over Fez’ colorful splendor: mezquitas, forts, castles and palaces.

Day 5: Fez - Meknès

It’s only a short drive from one royal city to the other, but on the way we take time to visit the archaeological site Volubilis (once the capital of ancient province of Mauritania, Rome's most remote outpost) and Moulay Idriss Zerhoune, the holy pilgrimage resort tucked away in the folds of two hills, that holds a special place in the heart of most Moroccans as it was here that Moulay Idriss I arrived in 789, bringing with him the religion of Shiism and starting a new dynasty. In addition to founding the town named after him, he also initiated construction of Fez, continued later by his son, Moulay Idriss II. We are lodged in Meknès, a less known but equally interesting royal city as Fez.

Day 6 Meknès - Asilah

Today we drive from Meknès along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. We visit the charming fishing village of Asilah, an artists' town that has become very popular with writers and painters in recent years and hosts an annual arts festival. Like the more southern Atlantic town of Essaouira Asilah has an idyllic medina and a relaxed atmosphere.

 

Day 7 Asilah - Tangier

We drive on to Tangier where we will explore the medina and spend the night. Tangier is a bustling city that marks the border between North Africa and Europe and where huge investments have been made in recent years. Artists, musicians and fortune seekers came here to taste the exoticism of North Africa (and the marijuana): the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Jimmy Hendrixkx, writers Paul Bowles, William S. Burroughs and Tennessee Williams, all of which left their footprints here.

Day 8 Asilah - Tangier - Tarifa - Málaga

In the morning we take the ferry from Tangier to Tarifa and before we drive back along the coast to Málaga

we have lunch in Tarifa and discover this hip surfer's paradise steeped in history: Phoenicians, Romans and Moors all came ashore in Tarifa to conquer the Iberian Peninsula. It turned the small fishing port into a military fortress, but also a trading port (the word 'rate' is taken from the town's name) and a cultural crossroads. Today, Tarifa is the mecca of modern hippies that come here from all over the world for the atmosphere and - especially - the vast sandy beaches that - together with the alternatively blowing levante or poniente - are ideal for kite surfing.  Overnight stay in Málaga, where we eat some tapas together and say goodbye.

 

Day 9

Airport transfer or extended stay in Málaga.

Practical

Including

- Tour with minibus with driver and guide (Alain and Jakobien)

- Ferry transfers

- Comfortable hotels or riads based on a double room

- Breakfast and lunch

- Pick up at the airport

 

Not included

- Flight to Málaga h / t

- Diners

- Transfer to Málaga airport at the end of the trip

- Single surcharge: 125 euros

 

Difficulty-level

Easy.