Morocco receives a lot of praise from its tourists due to its unique culture, diversity and breathtaking landscapes.
However, if you are looking to explore its beauty in a more exciting way than simply visiting the most popular towns, a van trip could be the perfect option for you.
Touring Morocco’s amazing desert, mountainous routes and stunning coastal landscapes in a van has numerous benefits, including greater flexibility while discovering locations off the beaten path as well as the freedom to plan your own itinerary. Sounds good? Here are some great tips on how to plan your Moroccan van trip from Spain.
Booking a Ferry in Advance
While there is no shortage of ferries Spain to Morocco, they do get booked out, especially during the busier season. Booking your ferry trip in advance is always recommended, particularly since you are travelling with a fairly large vehicle. Luckily, some ferry providers allow you to change your date and time free of charge, so you have nothing to lose booking early, even if your plans do change last-minute. Normally there are 3-4 trips available per day and the journey is very quick (around 1 hour long).
Choose a Suitable Vehicle
If you are planning on renting a van specifically for your trip, make sure you consider whether it is suitable for travel around Morocco. This country has unique terrain and completely different weather conditions than the majority of Europe, so preparing your vehicle for it is important. For instance, if you are travelling at the hottest time of the year and are planning to visit the desert areas, your van should be well equipped with air conditioning and the right type of wheels for the sandy roads.
Plan Your Route
While it is nice to leave room for spontaneous decisions, roughly planning out your route in Morocco is highly suggested. It is a large country with lots to see, therefore, you should pre-decide on the main attractions you would like to cover. Then, consider the distance you can travel in a day and work out the time you will be able to spend in each place. Ideally, you will have a rough itinerary but leave yourself some extra time for last-minute detours.
Learn About Local Customs
As with any other country you may visit, it is always important to educate yourself and respect the local laws and customs. Morocco’s culture and religion is very different from that of Europe. For instance, the locals dress much more modestly (covering up is especially important when visiting local mosques) and public displays of affection are frowned upon. If you make sure to respect the customs and laws in Morocco, the locals will make sure to welcome you with nothing but warmth, friendliness and generosity!
Make the Most of Your Trip
This trip to Morocco is a unique opportunity to experience local culture first-hand and discover the secrets of this beautiful country. So, whatever you do, try to make the most of it! Sample the mouth-watering local cuisine, get talking with the people you meet, ask for local recommendations and see as much as you possibly can. There is no better way to explore Morocco than by fully embracing it.
In conclusion, a van trip through Morocco is an incredibly fun and exciting way to explore the country’s diverse landscapes and unique culture, while retaining a lot of flexibility in your travels. By following the tips provided, you will be sure to plan yourself the most unforgettable and enjoyable adventure.