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On The Road in Morocco Part 2

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The next morning we woke up to the sound of the bread man, (the bread made by his wife and children from the village), followed by the fisherman who had beached his boat several hundred yards away from us, two young boys selling, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, strawberries bananas, peas, oranges onions. Followed by a truck with fresh water to top up your water tanks, aqua rolls etc. The only thing you do not get here is electrics. A generator is recommended. (In the village they will charge up your batteries).

Veg & Fish Man

We put up the awning and met our neighbours. The nearest campervans being at least 20 feet from us, plenty of space here. Not like Portugal and Spain, which pack you in like sardines. We were surround by people from France, Germany, Holland, Sweden, and Norway and all spoke English!! In the afternoon we took a walk around the area and we found that we were not the only English. We reckon there were about 15 to 20 which was a mixture of Scottish and Welsh and Arthur aged 86 years on his own having towed his caravan from Bournemouth. He told us that he had been visiting Morocco to get away from the winters of UK for the past 25 years. He went on to say that in the early days the roads were just dust tracks!!

The nearest large town to Taghazoute is the city of Agadir about 5 miles to the south. Population 350,000 It was here in February 1960 it was flattened by a massive earthquake killing 18,000 people. Today it is a modern city with luxury hotels and a harbour, which caters for visiting cruise liners. Agadir also has a modern supermarket. Most of the products being imported from France. There is a very large souq, with plenty of bargains to be had, if you are prepared to barter. There are plenty of good restaurants in Agadir to suite all tastes and the pocket and with the main industry being tourism its possible to buy alcohol. A mile or so before Agadir on the right you pass some very large gas storage tanks. It is here that you can take your gas bottles into for recharging. They do this while you wait and the cost is half the price you pay in Europe.

Liz’s Birthday

Liz’s Birthday

With Christmas approaching campers started to decorate their vans, we put up lights in the awning got out the Christmas C Ds. On Christmas Eve we held a party in the open air. The campers in the area brought their own food etc., and we celebrated Christmas and Liz’s Birthday, which was that day. The sun shone all day, we went swimming in the Atlantic as the sun set over the horizon. The party went on into the early hours.

The next day (Christmas Day) having made arrangements with the guards who said at least one would sleep in the awning , we secured the caravan and drove 200 miles over the Atlas Mountains to Marrakesh and booked into a hotel for three days. The journey took eight hours. The road, which is the main route from the docks of Agadir a single carriageway, was packed with trucks, overloaded with goods which crawled up and over the passes with the coaches and grand taxis over taking them on blind corners!! We came across many accidents. We also had donkeys, camels and pedestrians to deal with, plus you had to pass through every town and village en route. It was the most dangerous road we had encountered since leaving home. We decided that on our return we would take a quieter road over higher passes, with the Tizi-n-Test pass being 2092 meters. This we did, there was less traffic and it was more enjoyable as we saw more of the Moroccan day-to-day life and snow. Yes snow it gets very cold up in the Atlas, and there are quite a few ski resorts in this area.





Our hotel in Marrakesh was a budget one costing around £20-00 per night with breakfast 5 minutes from Djemaa el-Fna, which is the world famous square in the heart of the old city.

Marrakesh is becoming very westernised with many Europeans buying property. but make a tour amongst the snake charmers, musicians, jugglers, and storytellers in the Djemas el-Fna. To eat from the open-air food stalls in the square is a must, and then to wander into the medina to reach the traditional maze of the souqs with twisting alleys. Your eyes will pop out of your head. Every thing happens here. Here you can witness the making of slippers, rugs, dyeing textiles and the hammering, cutting and welding of metals. Breathe in the aroma of spices from all over the world and sample the beautiful olives, or drink Moroccan tea. You will need several hours to take in this magic. As you stagger back into the Djemas el-fna amongst the kerosene lanterns are the juice stalls, ready to quench your thirst. You may think that all this is put on for the tourist; this might be in the case of the water sellers and snake charmers. But take a good look at the crowd. Most of them are locals, listening to the storytellers. We spent the next two days taking in the Medina, visiting the Museum of Marrakesh, The Palais de la Bahia and having afternoon tea at Five Star La Mamounia Hotel built in the 1920s for the French controlled Moroccan Railways, with its lush green gardens. At the entrance “Bouncers” in Fes hats enforce the dress code. No trainer’s, shorts or track suits bottoms. How much for the tea? Take a credit card!!

We returned to Tagazoute late at night on the 28th and as we tried to get onto the beach area where our caravan was. out of nowhere we were surrounded and stopped by several Arabs carry flashlights and pick axe handles, quite a shock to the system. It turned out to be the guards. We were escorted back to the caravan to find everythimg was how we left it on Christmas day.

On the 30th we departed with caravan in tow to head down to Tan-Tan a town, 300 miles south of Agadir on the edge of the Sahara Desert. We had been informed that the Paris Dakar Rally was due to make an overnight stop at a military airfield some miles south of the town. Several campervans had departed the day before to head for Tan-Tan. Late morning we passed through Tiznit known as Silver City and took the coast road to Sidi Ifni. We could see many wrecked trawlers and ships up on the rocks along this coastline being pounded by large Atlantic rollers. As we left Sidi Ifni behind us and headed once again inland the scenery began to change into a desert landscape. It was getting late in the afternoon when we saw a sign, “camping”. We turned in the direction a single-track road, desert on either side and within 20 minutes we arrived at the tiny oasis village of Abainou surrounded by palm trees.

Camping Abainou

Camping Abainou

We entered a walled campsite to be greeted by the guys who had left Tagazoute several days before. This oasis was a place of natural hot springs with an indoor swimming pool, restaurant, electrics, water. All for 20 Dirham = £1.30 per night

New Years Eve

We were told that a party had been arranged in the restaurant for the following evening (New Years Eve) and that turned out to be great. We even had a Scot who turned up in a kilt.

Dot and Jim Jones from Wales. who we would meet again later in the tour, pulled into the campsite. They had converted mini bus and made into a campervan at that present time they were touring the world. www.beady.com/roundtheworld They were heading for Tan-Tan as most of the campers were. After the meal we all ended up in the thermal swimming pool with the only light coming from candles, which had been placed around the edge of the pool. And at midnight we joined hands in the pool to “Auld Lang Syne”. A celebration night we will remember for many a year.

The following day was a rest day; very few rose from their beds before mid-day. I wonder why? Liz and I went exploring the hills on foot to the rear of the campsite and we found the views from the top fantastic. You could see for miles into the distant Sahara Desert. The following day we left for Tan-Tan in a convoy of 6 to 8 vans.( Not recommended ).Within 10 miles we entered Guelmim know as the gateway to the Sahara. A dusty town with a population of 120,000. I think we met everyone of the residents.!!

A guy from Norway called Verna was leading us. He drove a Nissan truck converted into a camper, he took a wrong turn in the town centre and we followed. Ever tried negotiating through narrow unpaved back streets with a 23foot twin axle? An hour or so later we were back on course after taking on fuel. This would be the last petrol station before we hit Tan-Tan. With us being so far south we were advised to fuel at every opportunity even if we still had half a tank of fuel. This was due to the great distances between towns, and you were not guaranteed the filling stations would have fuel.( See notes below )

Within 20 miles the road disappeared. It just ended, and we were on a dust track negotiating large potholes and other vehicles including large trucks kicking up so much dust it became at times impossible to see. This went on for 10 miles before we found a metallic road once again.

Entering Tan-Tan

Entering Tan-Tan

We entered Tan-Tan between two large camels that were being constructed by using cement and then painted white. Yes you do get white camels, they are the most prized. We found the airport several miles south of the town built high up on a plateau overlooking Tan-Tan in the distance. Plenty of activity was going on, large tents, toilets, showers, food stalls were being erected. Many campervans had already arrived and set up, to await the rally that was due to arrive in a few days time. The Moroccan Army patrolled this area day and night, and only Europeans without a pass could enter locals had to have passes.

Read Part Three

This article has the following linked sections

On The Road in Morocco
A fantastic tale of a caravanning trip of a lifetime around Morocco
On The Road in Morocco Part 3
Part 3 of a fantastic tale of a caravanning trip of a lifetime around Morocco
On The Road in Morocco Part 4
Final part of a fantastic tale of a caravanning trip of a lifetime around Morocco. Including useful facts and figures about the journey and country

Index : Holiday Reports, Travel Blogs and Campsite Features : On The Road in Morocco Part 2 - by Berberman

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