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If you catch the Porstmouth to Santander Ferry you could be in Morocco in 48 hours from leaving the UK. Most of the route through spain is not tolled except a short stretch south of Seville.
You could easily be in Marrakech in 3 days from leaving the UK. This year (in a 4x4) we left Friday 17:30 from Porstmouth and were in Morocco by 21:00 on the Sunday, ferry from Algerciras to Tanger Med.
For a first time in Marrekech I'd reccomend a Riad in the Medina, I'm sure some other bikers could reccomend somewhere with parking/storage. I use Hotel Islane opposite the Koutoubia Mosque, cheap central but nothing special. Avoid Hotel Ali in Jemaa El Fna unless you want to be kept awake by backpackers!
To make the best use of your time I'd autoroute thhrough France and take the National routes where possible so:- Calais-Rouen autoroute then Chartres - Borseaux on the N10. The N10 from Bordeaux to the Spanish border has been upgraded to autoroute standard but I can't remember if it's tolled.
You'll find lots of small family run hotels and B&Bs on the National roads
Into Spain at Irun then Vitoria-Gasteiz. Then take the autopista Burgos, Valadolid, Salamanca, Cacares, Merida, Seville. Up to this point all the autopistas are free and there's not much traffic. From Seville there's a small toll or take the N1V and then the N340 coast road to Algeciras.
In Spain, There are plenty of excellent value hostals en route with good rooms and good food. Much cheaper than the budget hotel chains and lots more character.
I agree with the above; I was in Marrakech this summer, and I saw quite a lot in just one day! I rode south over the mountains to Ouarzazate. It's a great mountain road, and what lies south was, for me and my first time in the country, what I imagined Morocco to be. Definitely go for a wander! South again, and you'll be at the desert!
Also, if you go along the Med coastal road south through Spain, there's a lot of toll roads.
You can use the motorway from Tanger Med to Marrakech, cost is probably less than £20. Nevertheless, just four days Manchester to Marrakech is really pushing it. Taking the Santander ferry would help reduce the strain a bit.
I stayed on a cheap hotel right on the main square in Marrakech, with a roof deck overlooking the square. It was pretty spectacular; the only problem was they didn't sell alcohol, but that was remedied with BYO.
I've only been to Morocco once, but not sure that I would spend seven days in and around Marrakech. Fez is also very cool, as well as the mountains and desert to the south, not to mention the beaches to the southwest, the dunes to the SE, etc.
I have been looking at places in Marrakech itself and also in the village of Imlil which is about 60km outside Marrakech.
We'd more than likely stay outside of the hustle bustle of Marrakech and ride in there possibly a couple of days.
Tim - many thanks for the heads up. The ride down will be 4.5 days as we are all meeting up on the Thursday night down in Ashford so we can get a good nights sleep before catching an early train across on Good Friday. We have allowed 5 days to get home if needs be with an extra day as contingency built in.
Will still look into the Santander route but they other 2 want to ride down through France as well as Spain.
Many thanks for all the waypoints etc ... VERY much appreciated.
I always hear Marrakech and Fez so I have to mention Essaouira. In my opinion it's a great place to visit especially if you are on a short trip. For Fez everybody recommends a guide since you can easily get lost (I haven't visited it yet, not into citys too much), Essaouira is small and offers a lot, the old Wall with the cannons, the port, the medina, the woodworkers at the Port wall, has its own beach, plus there is a optin to daytrip to Sidi Kaouki taking the beach-dunes-piste exit. It's easy to find since there are lots of quad-tracks, so again no guide required (enter the beach after the river to respect the tourists and camel guys) I've done it in 4x4 several times, it's tight to follow quad tracks in a HJ61 but at least you can't get lost there.
hi from santander ferry port ive got down to the port of algeciras in southern Spain on a 125 vespa in 24 hours the roads though Spain are great .
in Morocco centro there are loads of cheap rooms just don't leave your bike unlocked or you bags unattended "" otherwise its an amazing place
I'd also recommend the ferry to Santander. Roads through Spain are excellent and toll free. That saves as much time and energy for Morocco. Our first stop in Morocco was Asilah (spellings vary) on the coast. The Motorway past Rabat ad Casablanca is cheap and very easy driving - best if you want to make the fastest trip to Marrakesh
I'd reccommend taking the ferry to Northern Spain; I've left Bilbao at 08:00hrs and arrived in Torremolinos (2 hours from Algeciras) at 19:30hrs riding a KTM 640 adv, all on toll free roads with a 45 min lunch stop.
If you're riding through France the A75 from Clermont Ferrand to Beziers is toll free (apart from the amazing Millau bridge which is 6 Euros in a van)
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