Located in northern Africa, Morocco is a country bursting with history, culture, pulsating cities and glorious beaches. International flights connecting Europe with Morocco are plentiful and while you can fly into a number of airports, most visitors arrive in either Marrakesh Menara Airport or Casablanca's Mohammed V International Airport. Marrakesh is the cultural heartland of Morocco and from here you can easily reach both the undulating High Atlas Mountains and the sweeping beaches of Essaouira on the country's extensive Atlantic coastline. When you rent a car in Morocco, another option is to take the passenger ferry from southern Spain and cross into Morocco by sea. There are regular services across the Strait of Gibraltar, connecting Europe with Mediterranean Morocco. Upon arrival in Morocco rent a car and drive on the well-maintained roads through cities such as Fes and Casablanca before reaching Marrakesh and catching a flight home.
Marrakesh is the jewel in the crown of Morocco and perfectly captures the nation's history while offering plenty of modern hotels, bars and restaurants. Highlights of the city include the bustling Jemaa el-Fnaa square, captivating 'souks' (markets) and the resplendent Koutoubia Mosque. Marrakesh is ideally located close to the High Atlas Mountains which are home to the Berber villages. The mountains can easily be visited on a day trip with a rental car from the city, but to really get a feel for the way of life, an overnight stay is recommended. Casablanca is another of the country's urban centres, made famous by the film of the same name. Casablanca also boasts a historic centre and the impressive King Hassan II Mosque. Essaouira is a charming city on the Atlantic coast which is known for its beautiful beaches and bohemian lifestyle, and is a relaxing and ethereal place to spend a few days.
The landscape you'll travel across when you rent a car in Morocco is incredibly diverse. From beaches to mountains, Morocco has it all, and one of the indisputable highlights of a visit to the country is a trip to the ethereal Sahara desert. The vast desert region is located in the east of the country and runs along the border with Algeria. The area is peppered with small towns and villages where you can stop to observe local life and visit sites of historical importance. Some of the more lively and interesting of these villages are Erfoud, Rissani and Merzouga. To appreciate the desert landscapes in all of their glory, camp out under the stars - you can easily arrange this when you are in Morocco. Along with camping, you can also ride a camel through the desert, dine on traditional Berber food and enjoy an authentic local dance performance.
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Like mainland Europe, Morocco drives on the right-hand side of the road and gives way to traffic from the left. The road signs are also easy to follow and adhere to international formatting. Signs are also written in English as well as Arabic so you should have no problems understanding the directions. Those with a driving licence from an EU country don't need an international licence to drive in Morocco but those issued by other countries must obtain an international permit. The road quality in Morocco is generally quite good, however, the dust can reduce visibility at times of high wind so it is important to take extra care during these moments. There is no specific drink driving laws in Morocco but you should not, under any circumstances, drink alcohol and drive. While you can drink in some hotels and bars, alcohol is not widely consumed in Morocco.