There are many different ways to explore Morocco – but one option is often overlooked. Many people are unaware of all the excellent options that will allow them to explore Morocco’s magical coastline by boat. Many different cruise lines offer cruises to Morocco or broader itineraries that call at one or more of Morocco’s ports as part of a longer voyage. You can also reach parts of Morocco’s 1,200 mile long coastline on Morocco ferries tours from southern Spain or other ports of the Mediterranean.
Most cruises which have at least one port of call in Morocco will call at one of the following ports: Agadir, Safi, Casablanca, Tangier, Ceuta and/or Melilla.
Agadir’s main attraction is its beautiful crescent-shaped beach, and this is a popular resort destination. For the more adventurous, Agadir is also the gateway to the coastal Souss-Massa National Park, and to Taroudant and the southern desert areas inland, with their dunes and oases which can be explored by camel, by jeep or in a range of other ways. Imouzzer’s ‘Paradise Valley’ is another popular excursion. You can also take tours to Marrakesh from here or any of the other coastal destinations.
Halfway between Agadir and Casablanca, Safi is a port for those who want to explore this central portion of the Atlantic Coast. Visitors can explore the central medina and Dar el Bahar castle. They can also head down the coast to beautiful Essaouira or north towards Oualida for the best beaches.
Casablanca is Morocco’s biggest city – a bustling port with plenty going on and lots to see and do. You won’t miss the enormous Hassan II Mosque, and plenty of tour options will also allow you to explore the Old Medina – all there was of the city before around 1907 – and other sights. Those interested in Morocco’s historic cities could also consider tours from here to Fez, or Rabat, or another of the country’s imperial cities.
Tangier is known as the ‘gateway to Africa’ and is an interesting destination in its own right. Here you can find a dynamic and diverse city, with a well-preserved medina and a kasbah with excellent views over to Gibraltar and neighbouring Spain.
Ceuta and Melilla are both cities on the northern coast of Africa which are Spanish autonomous cities. They are often included along with Spanish ports on a cruise of the Alboran Sea or the western Mediterranean.
The other way to reach and explore some of Morocco’s northern coastline is on a ferry tour from the resorts of Southern Spain. One day excursions from Tarifa, or Cadiz or other departure points in southern Spain will allow you to visit Tangiers. Other ferry tour options will take visitors to Asilah or Tetuan, or to other, smaller coastal destinations where you can get a taste of authentic and traditional Moroccan culture.
These are just some of the many enticing destinations on Morocco’s magical coast that you can visit. The cruise and ferry options outlined above are just some of many ways to see what this amazing country is all about.
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