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Old 23 Apr 2008
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My Morocco Costs

Just been through my bank statement and I spend a surprising £900 in Morocco over my 3 week holiday. On top of this is the £250 ish I think the Portsmouth - Bilboa ferry and petrol to/from Portsmouth. So maybe £1,200 to 1,300 altogether.

Major costs were fuel, food and accomodation. If I were going again I would definately try and bring a stove/cutlery etc to be able to make some of my own meals as this would be cheaper, more convinient and offer a bit more variety to my diet. I would also try to do a bit more camping.

I also guess I spent more than £40 on coffee even though it's about 40-50p a cup over there (due to the quantity I drank!).
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I'm going to Morocco next friday. What was your average cost for a room? In what kind of hotels?

What about food? Was it that expensive?

I'm planning to travel a little bit more on budget and I want to know whether it is possible or not.

By the way, with so much coffee probably you could have saved a lot on hotels by staying all night awake! Just joking

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Very expensive, we spent 600€ ( 480 £ ) for 2 weeks including travel from south france through Spain. All nigths in hotels ( cheap ) or BB.
But our hotels was far from luxury.
An exemple, Midelt Hotel Atlas 17€ : bedroom for two , shower, diner ( not breakfast because of Ramadan) and closed garage for bikes.
Agouti lodgin 5€ the night for one in a dormitory.
The most expensive Zagora ( actualy Amzrou ) Guesthouse Dar raha around 20 € each one for night diner and brfst.
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I find Morocco good value, otherwise I wouldn't be able to spend so much time here.

Petrol is less than 80p (10.5dh) per litre. Even though I ride a 1200GSA I tend to get fairly good consumption in Morocco (55 mpg) as I take back roads and dawdle along.

I don't spend much time in big cities but when I do, I normally stay in Ibis hotels which are £35 (450dh) per night. Otherwise my maximum target is £15 (200dh) bed only or £25 (325dh) dinner, bed and breakfast. Often I spend less and it's possible to get perfectly good accommodation in small towns for £4 (50dh) bed only. These are prices for single rooms, if you are sharing a room with a friend it's obviously cheaper per person.

Coffee is 40-45p (5-6dh) for a big glass, an omlette shouldn't be more than £1 (12dh), a tagine £2 (25dh). It's difficult to see how self catering would lower costs much, though you could make your own lunch--a loaf of bread is 10p (1.20dh) and the small triangles of laughing cow cheese are about 12p each. Fruit is extremely cheap and good to have whilst riding. Bottled water is 40-45p (5-6dh) for 1.5 litres but tap water is fine to drink almost everywhere, certainly in all towns.

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My costs were similar to Tim - staying in rabat (2 Nights) and Casablanca added to the cost but even that was 400dh for 2 nights in Rabat and 600 dh/2 nights in Casablanca. Generally I was loooking for the cheapest hotel rooms I could find when staying there and camped a bit and stayed in Auberges as well (v.cheap)

I was with 2 people and sharing a room between the 3 of us quite a bit as well so around 100-150dh each.

A major cost has to be petrol - as a guess spain = 1,200 miles there and back at 40mpg (higher speeds) = 136 litres at 85 p/litre = £115 and I'm guessing I used a tank per day in Morocco so 21L x 80p = £17 x 18days there = £306 so that's over £400 in fuel.

We struggled to find Tagines for 25dh but there again I don't speak the Lingo so that doesn't help. Quite often I was spending 45dh on dinner and that wasn't at fancy resteraunts.

Don't get me wrong I'm not complaining about the cost I just thought I would tell others what it cost me.

P.S get a Nationwide account before you go - it's free to withdraw money anywhere in the world which is very handy and also the exchange rate in the same as XE.com - The World's Favorite Currency and Foreign Exchange Site quote (or a bit better) so that's as good as you can get as well.
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tanger?

Can someone tall me about prices for camping in Tanger area?
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Through Spain and back is more like 1350-1400 miles. If you want to get really depressed about the costs, you should add in half the costs of a 6000-mile service, most of the cost of a set of tyres, plus the loss in additional depreciation on the bike.

But if we did that, we wouldn't go anywhere.

@airamerica: I don't have experience of paid-for camping sites, but backofbeyond has already told you of one campsite. If you google for camping tanger you will find there are several campsites within the Tanger area. If you want to phone them use 00212 as the country prefix.

Personally I would go slightly further south and camp near Asilah.

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Hi all,

Just back from Maroc this morning after 6 great weeks.

Agree with the latest posts, Morocco is relatively cheap if you look around. We picked up a room in an auberge at Erg Chebbi for £16 a night including all meals. Campsites were generally no more than £7 a night. Tourism is very important here, so facilities are improving and new campsiters are opening everywhere.

Both campsites in Asilah have now closed. Looks like the site is being sold for development. We camped on the way down and on the return at Hotel Briech about 6km north. OK, but on the top of a hill so quite windy.

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