- Enjoy freedom and flexibility as you explore Morocco’s seaside, mountains and cultural spots with your own car
- Walk in the footsteps of famous novelists, artists and creatives in Tangier
- Visit the iconic Blue City of Morocco with a knowledgeable guide
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This trip begins in Tangier, a refuge for artists, writers and other creatives that has attracted the brilliant minds of people like Hemingway, Delacroix and Truman Capote. Make the most of it with a knowledgeable local guide to lead the way through Tangier’s creative quarters.
FLIGHT TO TANGIER
This seven-day Moroccan adventure begins with a flight from the UK to Tangier, which takes around three hours. When you arrive, you’ll be met at the airport for a private transfer to your home for two nights, a contemporary riad nestled in the heart of the kasbah. Relax after your flight with a cocktail in the bar ahead of a day’s exploring tomorrow.
WALKING TOUR OF TANGIER
Tangier is both African and European, Mediterranean and Atlantic; from Cape Spartel, Spain is just seven-and-a-half miles away. It’s easy to fall under the spell of this city, just as creatives like Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote and Jack Kerouac did. Children play in the kasbah, women wash clothes in the fountain, and from up high on a terrace, you can take in stunning views across the water – the medina runs all the way to the sea.
Today, we’ve arranged for a walk through the city in the company of a local. Tangier has seen novelists, artists and adventurers travel from far and wide to seek inspiration here, and it’s in their footsteps that you’ll get to know this fascinating city. From the Villa de France to the places painted by Matisse, Barbara Hutton’s sublime Palace Sidi Hosni to Place du Petit Socco, visited by Tennessee Williams and Ian Fleming, you’ll experience this city’s inescapable creativity through its unmissable cultural venues and artists’ studios.
TANGIER TO CHEFCHAOUEN
This morning, pick up your rental car and drive on to Chefchaouen. The journey should take around two hours. Dominated by the peaks of the Rif mountains, this city is one of the most famous in Morocco thanks to the bewitching blue colour of its buildings, streets and pathways. Chefchaouen’s winding alleyways converge on Plaza Uta El Hammam, where you can sip tea in one of the many cafés and admire the magnificent Grand Mosque. You’ll spend two nights here in the heart of the medina. After a day’s exploring, relax with a drink on the cool patio or the elevated terrace.
MEDINA TOUR IN CHEFCHAOUEN
Founded in the 16th century, Chefchaouen is symbolic of the region’s turbulent history. Originally built to defend against Portugese invasions, it’s home to a thriving medina that showcases traditional Moorish architecture. During a private tour of the medina today, stroll through cobblestone alleyways lined with charming white and blue houses before reaching the lively Uta El Hammam square. As you walk, your guide will recount tales of this beautiful and historically significant city. The rest of your time here is yours to spend at your leisure. At the gates of the city, you’ll find Talassemtane National Park, perfect for escaping into nature to embark on a scenic mountain hike.
CHEFCHAOUEN TO ASILAH
Today, jump back in your rental car and drive for just under two hours until you reach Asilah. You’ll spend two nights in a riad built in traditional style, where you can admire copper moucharabiehs and woodwork carved by craftsmen from Fez. Enjoy a cup of mint tea by the swimming pool to relax after your journey.
Asilah is a pretty city on the Atlantic coast whose old town rubs shoulders with the ocean’s waves. With its whitewashed houses, picturesque alleyways, many art galleries and plentiful street art, the city has a distinctly creative atmosphere. Your final day in northern Morocco is your chance to experience it. Wander through the maze of passageways to the Bab al-Homer main gate, admire the Portugese Alqamra Tower or the Great Mosque, and visit the 20th-century Palais de Raissouli which is now a cultural centre. When you’ve finished sightseeing, head to one of the area’s beautiful sandy beaches for some well-earned relaxation, or take in the superb view from Borj Krikiya, which overlooks the ocean on one side and the ramparts of the old town on the other.
It’s time to say goodbye to northern Morocco. Today you’ll get a private transfer to Tangier Airport before boarding your return flight home.
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WITH A FEW MORE DAYS: CASABLANCA
If you have one or two days to spare before or after this road trip, we can organise for you to visit the iconic city of Casablanca. With both Art Deco and Moorish architecture yet a cosmopolitan vibe, it’s well-worth the detour. The star of the show here is Hassan II Mosque, the second-largest mosque in the world and one of the rare Moroccan mosques that can be visited by non-Muslims. The monument, built by almost 30,000 craftsmen and workers, houses a madrasa (Islamic school), a library and vast conference rooms decorated with carved wood, frescoes and arabesque patterns.
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