I read in Frommer's guidebook that only EU passport holders can travel from Tarifa->Tangier? Is this true? Does this mean that all other nationalities have to go take the ferry from Algeciras?
My other question is with taking a do-it-yourself approach in tackling Tangier, Chefchaouen, and Asilah. Not knowing Arabic, is this option even sane? Or should I go with 2/3 day tour package?
No, all passport holders can use Tarifa, Frommers is definitively wrong.
You'll be fine on your own, without Arabic. Moroccans have a real talent for languages. Spanish will get you a long way in the north, French is fine, and English speakers aren't rare in tourist areas.
There's lots of transport from Tangers to Chefchaouen, but the CTM bus is probably safest and easiest.
Mark is right. There is absolutely no need for an organized tour in this region. You will bet by fine and have a much more authentic experience.
I just wanted to add that for Asilha the train running from Tangiers is very convenient.
Have a great trip.
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
Thank you for the replies.
With my goal of checking Tangier, Chefchaouen, Asilah, and Tetouan - is it possible to go from Tangier->Asilah->Chefchaouen->Teotouan->Tangier using CTM buses? I'm planning to check these places in the span of 2 nights/ 3 days.
Um, no, I don't think it is.
There isn't a CTM from Chefchaouen to Asiliah, to the best of my knowledge. The CTM site is www.ctm.ma if you want to check.
You could perhaps get there by local bus or grand taxi (they work like buses and you pay only for your seat), but I think that the Rif Mountains are against you... I do remember there is a minor road that runs that way, but I've never taken it.
There is a route from Tangiers to Tetouan to Chefchaouen.
Asilah is just off the main route south from Tangiers to Rabat and Casablanca, so transport will be plentiful.
If you've only got three days, I'd lower your sights and do a bit less. It might not look far on a map, but you'll be spending longer than you think on a bus.
Tetouan, in particular, I'd skip.
Thanks Mark - I'm sold with your idea of trimming down my itinerary to just Tangier, Asilah, and Chefchaouen. I tried navigating the CTM site via Google Translate but can't seem to find anything regarding travel between Asilah and Chefchaousen. As such, I guess my best bet would be to stay two nights in Tangier and do daily roundtrips to both Asilah and Chefchaouen. Do you think this is a good idea?
Personally, I'd do just the opposite!
Spend the nights in Chefchaouen and Asilah, and use Tangiers as your transport 'hub'.
I'm not a huge fan of Tangiers, but am very fond of Chefchaouen and Asilah. Tangiers does have some interesting places and good points, but for me it's outweighed by the hassle, crime and sleaze. Sorry Tangerois...
Thank you! You've been a great help.