Morocco Road Trip – Drive yourself!
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Morocco Road Trip – drive yourself! Your very own Diva shares her tips for a successful, enjoyable and fun trip around Morocco. Do not be anxious about driving in Morocco! Useful info on Self Drive at the end of the blog. I drove around Morocco with a friend and we had a really fun trip so here is our itinerary for you to enjoy.
First of all, hire a car! I know this seems obvious but you will be surprised at how easy and carefree driving around is in Morocco! I hired the car at the airport along with a friend and we drove straight to Marrakesh, parked up in a secure car park right outside the Medina for 6 euros a night. The only downside to hiring a car is that most hire car companies hold a massive credit card amount. Compare and contrast rates on RentalCars.
Morocco Road Trip Itinerary:
- Marrakesh to Agadir
- Agadir to Essaouira
- Essaouira to Atlas Mountains
- Atlas Mountains to Marrakesh
This trip lasted 1 week and was plenty of time to enjoy everything.
Self Drive info and Tips:
- Some hire car companies take a large credit card deposit.
- Use a reputable car hire company. There are quite a few to choose from at the airport
- Some of the car hire companies make you wash the car at the end of the trip! This was a first for me!
- Driving in Morocco is very safe.
- Beware the speed cameras and Speed police.
- If you are driving in the mountains use GPS coordinates
- The roads are quiet and there is so much to see driving around.
- Stop whenever you feel like it to take photos.
- Take a picnic, snacks and plenty of water
Safety Driving in Morocco:
- Driving is very safe in Morocco, the roads are good and cars modern and up to date.
- Do not Speed, strict speed laws
- We were 2 blonde women on the road trip and felt safe and secure at all times.
- We did not have any harassment or security issues at all. The people of Morocco are very kind and friendly
Common Sense Precautions:
Do not leave your common sense at home and you will be perfectly fine!
- Do not camp alone in the Atlas Mountains. Always stay in a hotel, Riad, Kasbah or Airbnb.
- Dress appropriately, especially if travelling alone.
- Do not wander alone late at night
However, this is advice I would give in any country, including my own! I have travelled the world and never had a bad experience. So go on a Morocco Road Trip – drive yourself and have a lovely time!
PHOTO: The Port in Essaouria
Marrakesh to Agadir:
Marrakesh is always fun to visit and I have a blog about a visit here. I would collect the car at the airport even if you plan a couple of days in Marrakesh. So much easier and you are ready to go off on your trip. See below.
Next day, we hopped in the car and drove to Agadir for lunch. The road was a new motorway with hardly any traffic and views of the countryside along the way. There is only one road, so it is impossible to get lost. Other road users are polite and the cars are new and well maintained. Personally, I far preferred a self drive trip to taking a driver. You can do exactly as you please, change the route if you wish and not be stuck with a guide in the car.
Photo: Stop and chat to some donkeys along the way!
An easy 3 hour drive from Marrakesh to Agadir, a large part on a motorway and we arrived at the seafront of Agadir just in time for lunch. The beaches here are sublime. Although it isn’t the prettiest town as it was largely built in the 1970’s. It is a favourite with clubbers and package holiday makers.
PHOTO: Delicious Seafood Salad for lunch in Agadir
Another 20 minutes and we arrived at our hotel resort Paradis Plage. This is set on a fabulous beach and we enjoyed a relaxing couple of days chilling doing Yoga, riding along the beach, Melanie enjoyed surfing. This is the perfect location for surfing and surfers flock to this part of Morocco to enjoy the waves!
Delighted with my choice of a self-drive hire car! The best way to see the country in my opinion, I love the freedom to choose where to go and what to do! This stretch of coast, after Agadir is just magnificent. Take a picnic and enjoy a picnic lunch with a beach all to yourself.
PHOTO: On the Road from Agadir to Essaouira
Agadir to Essaouira:
This road is just a joy to drive along. You will enjoy spectacular sea views and literally step back in time in rural Morocco. Again the roads are good with very few cars. As a farmers wife, I particularly enjoyed the rural life and found the old fashioned farming methods and machinery fascinating.
PHOTO: Fun to stop at little market towns along the way
Then you can stop off and explore the markets along the way. Nearly every little town had something interesting going on. We felt totally relaxed and safe at all times and everyone was really nice along the way! The people of Morocco are a delight.
PHOTO: Stocking up on some fruit for the journey
This is the only area in Morocco where Argan trees grow.I have never seen Argan trees or Argan oil being produced before and this is the only area of morocco in which you will find these unusual trees.
PHOTO: Spot the Goats clambering in the trees
There are lots of little roadside stalls selling Argan oil as you approach Essouaira but you might be better to wait and buy the oil from a respected producer in Essouaira. We actually got the shot of Goats clambering around in the trees. This was a joy to see!
PHOTO; Spot the Camel under the heap of Straw?
Beware speed cameras though! I confess to receiving a Speeding fine along this road. Unfortunately the sun was in my eyes and I mistook the policeman for a potential roadside bandit! I speeded up when I spotted him which was not the best idea to be honest. All ended well and he saw the funny side in the end and we continued on our way.
PHOTO: Arrived safely in Essouaira!
A few days in fabulous Essaouira, read my Essouaira blog to find out more, and we continued on to the Ourika Valley in the Atlas Mountains.
PHOTO: View of the High Atlas Mountains
Essouaira to Ourika Valley, Atlas Mountains:
This was quite a trek and involved driving through Marrakesh again! It would have taken us around 4 hours if we hadn’t got lost trying to find the Kasbah. I think we put the wrong co-ordinates into the Sat-Nav maybe, not really sure what went wrong! We arrived on market day too….
This was the only time we went off road along some tracks but it was well worth IT and we loved our stay in the mountains!
PHOTO Atlas Mountains near Kasbah Bab Ourika
The views were amazing as was the hiking, Hamman and lunch in a Berber Village. A thoroughly enjoyable stay in the mountains! Then read my tips for the Atlas Mountains here:
PHOTO: The views from Kasbah Bab Ourika in the Atlas Mountains
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You can also visit the desert, of course. However this is not my favourite area and the Sahara Desert in Morocco is flat and not very pretty. I would not want to go back, there are many nicer deserts in the world! However, if you want to visit read about my camel trek into the desert here: