I was initially hesitant to rent a car in Morocco, but I highly recommend it! We rented a car for a roadtrip in Northern Morocco. It was pretty cheap ($300 USD for 5 days) and the roads in Morocco were great. As with any country, there was the occasional a**hole driver who passed with a close call, but overall I felt very safe. In every city we visited, there was parking at the hotel or nearby, with a 24 hour parking attendant who watched the car for about $1.75 overnight.
Our trusty steed, a 2013 Chevrolet Spark:
We started our Moroccan roadtrip in Tangier, drove to Asilah, then to Larache and then over to Chefchaouen. After Chefchaouen, we did the drive to El Hoceima, which is supposed to be one of the most beautiful drives in Morocco. It was quite beautiful, with rolling hills and lots of farmland. El Hoceima itself was fairly underwhelming, from the little we saw of it.
The drive from Chefchaouen to El Hoceima also takes you through where most of the hashish in Morocco is grown. This was reflected by the fact that every person we passed on the road would wave at us and yell something about buying drugs!
We even had these yahoos pass us in their car several times, hanging out the window with a bag of hashish!
The conversation went something like this I imagine: “White people! They probably want hash. He has a beard. They definitely want hash. Chase them down!”
The drive from El Hoceima back to Tangier was also spectacular. Part of it followed the Mediterranean Sea. Stunning!
We stopped at a little cafe along the way where the owner recommended we order the “mountain chicken”. It came in half chicken and whole chicken sizes.
It was de-li-cious and enjoyed with views overlooking the beautiful landscape.
When I carried our plates down from the terrace, we were invited to join the owner and his family at dinner. They were not having mountain chicken, but mountain beef instead. This was also very tasty.
Our progress so far:
Other stories from our Moroccan adventure:
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