Morocco has been a fairly cheap country to visit and today, nearly at the end of our travels here, we found the best bargain of the trip: free camping in Larache. Thanks to the ferry companies who run services between Tangiers and Europe there are “rest areas” with hot showers and sparkling clean toilets. They aren’t officially campsites but the camping cars are welcomed in their dozens to stay overnight (some stay for several days) and we were waved in as well to a nice patch of lawn for our tent. We have paid for many campsites which offered far less, so we were quite pleased with this little find. Our journey to Larache once again took us through rows of modern agricultural fields, where it seems to be strawberry picking season. Women filled the fields picking the berries and the main road was lined with men selling flats of the fruit. Tomorrow we hope to reach Tangiers, possibly camping a few kilometers outside the city if headwinds slow our progress. Weather reports we looked at a few days ago showed some rather strong breezes in the area and we already experienced a bit of this coming into Larache.
19th March 2007 at 6:03 pm #
Route 4214 – A mostly quiet road, although you do get the occasional truck breezing past as they run between the various farms, and sometimes there is not much more than a single track of pavement. The road is overall in decent shape, although there are a couple stretches full of potholes. There are not many wells along the road but lots of farmers, who would probably give you some water if you asked.
N1 into Larache – A busy road with no shoulder, strong headwinds coming into the town. Look out for the two free camping sites on the right hand side as you come into the centre.
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I’m flying out to Morocco on Saturday and cycling north from Marrakech (see webpage intro). As you will see, I’ve got three options marked on my map, one of them is more or less your route south and another your route north. There’s also a third one directly north from Marrakecl (all shown on my intro page). You seem to have enjoyed the southern route but I’m a bit apprehensive about doing that one alone. What do reckon to the coastal route? Did the industrial side of things spoil it too much for you to recommend it?
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