together with some friends we're planning on visiting Essaouira in April and the cheapest option seems to be to take a flight to Casablanca and then rent a car and drive to Essaouira (350km).
Is that a good idea?
How long would it take, I'm guessing about 7hrs?
You Should have a lovely time - I live in Essaouira part time - so if you want any help let me know .
The Nearest airport is at Essaouira but you can only get 1 international flight per week there from Paris. The next nearest airport is Marrakech - operated from London by British Airways ( GBAir) , Royal Air Maroc & Atlas Blue.com ( charter Arm of Royal Air Maroc) . Marrakech is 2.5 hours by Car , Next is Agadir - sometimes you can get a VERY cheap charter flight here out of season - try Panorama Travel - Agadir is 2.75 hours by Car - nice Road but a bit Windy. Casablanca is next nearest ( operators same as Marrakech) . I can usually Do Casablanca in about 4 hours . Car hire - expect to pay about 250-300 DHs per day from "Local" car companies .
Have fun & if u need more info - email direct at -snip-
Kind regards John
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Thanks John , that was vey helpful, I will email you if I need anything.
hello just been on a surf tour of morroco (ah the luxury of being a gap year punk) and u should try booking through BA.com about 4 weeks in advance. the weather and stuff is LUSH out there, i flew to agadir for 120£, which is the adverage cost with ba from gatwick-agadir. if u need any help with any details involving costs and transport round there id be happy to help out.!!
eassouria is a cool town i think, quite alot of westerners but dont be put off by this as morroco is quite a different culture regardless of however many plonker westerners are about!! lol. busses are super cheap but watch out for pickpocketing; put ure money in your pants!!!!! or on a money belt/ it costs about 20p to do 20miles. super cool as well, efficient.
also u could do a long distance coach up there or just get a grand taxi. rental cars are about 300dh a day, so at the moment thats 20£ and there are MILLIONS in agadir so dont do a pre book internet 'deal' or youll get ripped for price. blabla just jabbering now if u want nemore info ill give it then! have a nice time, and SHOOKRAN means thankyou out there, use it and they Love it!
Every inch of Morocco is so beautiful that I highly recommend you get the cheapest flight you can and hope that it isn't too close, sooooo you can rent a car and have a long leisurely drive all the way there. You will want to stop often for closer looks and ocean views, photographs, roadside fruitstands, etc.
Don't distance yourself from the Moroccan people; they are friendly, very helpful and extremely funny.
Have a blast
I`m really glad to read so many positive comment about morocco. i am trying to convince my boyfrin to come with me in november. he spnt 6 months on morocco a few years back and loved it but many people in switzerland have told him that it is not a good country for women to travel in. People tried to tell me this about many countries though, i never listened befor so i dont think i will listen now. cant wait to see it
Glad to hear that you want to go ahead. I don't think that you will have any problems. I went alone (granted I am no longer young) and had no trouble; in fact, people went out of their way to help me at every opportunity. I chose not to rent a car on my own to drive thru the mountains; but, now that I have seen it, even that would not be impossible. I traveled with another women all around Turkey and thought it was a breeze and Morocco is even easier because you actually see women everywhere... not so in Turkey.
If you have done any traveling at all, which it sounds like you have, I am sure that you will only have great experiences in Morocco.
My only recommendation would be to be a bit aware of the culture and dress in a moderately modest way. You don't have to totally cover up but miniskirts and bare tummies are really not appropriate there... unless at the beach.
I try not to let people scare me too much, i went to pakistan by myself and i had a few problems on a few days but generally if i watched my dress and my mouth it was fine. I`m thnkig about driving through myself in an old merc. bus, what is the deal with taking your own vehicle? should i also be consiering taknig parts for when the bus breaks down (which it probably will, it is a dump lol)???