Morocco is the most visited country in Africa and has recently become another extra stop on the itinerary of those traveling to Europe

marrakesh, Sahara Desert, Casablanca, Chefchaouen, cinematographic imperial cities and all the diversity of a country that mixes ancient destinations and cultures in a single trip. Morocco it is much more than an exotic place and has become a great option for those who want to escape the common itineraries of Europe and extend their trip to the African continent. Morocco is very close to countries like Spain, Portugal and France, which makes it easier for those who want to take a few extra days and discover this unexpected country. See too 10 places to visit in Marrakech.

Moroccans are well prepared to receive tourists, and thanks to their proximity to Europe, language is not a problem in tourist cities like marrakesh, Casablanca and even in Merzouga – already in the Sahara Desert. Brazilians and Portuguese can also stay in Morocco with a tourist visa for up to 90 days, another facility that reduces bureaucracy when crossing continents, whether by plane, car or boat. Here we show that crossing the Strait of Gibraltar It's easier than you think. See some options to follow your itinerary in Europe including Morocco on the same trip.

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Is it safe to travel to Morocco?

Entering from the Sahara Desert through the city of Merzouga, Morocco. Photo: Gustavo Albano

The Muslim religion is predominant in the country and because Morocco is so close to Europe, the number of foreigners visiting the country favor security and an efficient tourist structure in the main tourist areas. In the cities of Marrakech and Casablanca, for example, the atmosphere on the streets is that of a culturally rich Arab city, with very strong Muslim influences, but also very receptive and open to outsiders.

Morocco it is an Arab country in the best “open mind” style, the country is not part of the regions that have religious conflicts, in fact it is far from the countries where this is more common. Morocco is also historically an internationalized country, especially in the city of Marrakech, where the traditional and the cosmopolitan mix. Often we get an outdated idea of what happens in countries of other religions, and in fact the culture shock is the first big impact when you visit a country completely different from yours, whether because of religion, customs, food, traditions, clothing ( burqas and djellabas are everywhere), but in general Morocco is very safe and extremely touristy and welcoming, which makes getting around and traveling around the country much easier.

How to get to Morocco from Europe?

Carpets, spices, crockery, lamps, hookahs, you can find everything in stores in Morocco. Photo: Gustavo Albano

By car or boat:

In some parts of Spain, such as the stretch between the cities of Tarifa and the Moroccan city of Tangier, just 14 km separate the two continents, one of the fastest ways for those traveling from Europe for Morocco. By ferry-style passenger vessels, it's just a 35-minute journey across the shortest part of the Strait of Gibraltar, a natural sea channel between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. This is also a common route for tourists traveling by land along the stretch. Europe x Africa.

And if you want to make a roadtrip through Morocco If you want to cross the two continents by car, you can also dispatch your vehicle on these line boats popularly called “ferrys” and then continue your journey by land. Morocco It is extremely safe and it is not uncommon to see cars from all over the world venturing into Moroccan roads, including motor homes. Mobile internet coverage is also relatively good and picks up at many points, even on the roads.

following the snippet SpainMorocco, the closest alternative for those traveling by boat or car, is to take the boats that make the line rate  Tangier or Tangier - Rate. operated by the company FRS, it is based in Spain and Morocco.

The entire route is done in a new fleet that operates these crossings daily. The vessels are all equipped and during the crossing that separates Europe and Africa, passport stamps are made on board, in their own cabins available inside the vessels. Boats are also very safe and used as regular transport.

By plane on direct flights:

In the city of Casablanca, Mohammed V International Airport is the one that receives the most flights and the main airport in the country. Most flights arrive or depart from the city. In addition to the largest air network in Morocco, Casablanca also became world-renowned when it served as the location for the classic 1950s film.

The Moroccan airline Royal Air Maroc offers flights on the route Europe x Morocco at very affordable prices and frequent departures. The flights depart from the main cities in Europe, however, for those in Portugal or in Spain, the route is even shorter and offers direct flights with no connection.

Lisbon (Portugal) to Casablanca (Morocco) – Duration 1h20 minutes for €115* each way
Madrid (Spain) to Casablanca (Morocco) – Duration 1h45 minutes for €130* each way

*Prices simulated in the company Royal Air Maroc, for flights in economy class in the period of March and April 2018.

Morocco is the most touristic country in Africa and is very close to Europe. Photo: Gustavo Albano

Did you like these tips? Read more in our category Morocco. * This trip was made at the invitation of the Official Delegation of Tourism of Morocco in collaboration with the airline Royal Air Maroc Brasil.

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