The four best places to visit in Morocco from Spain

Must see places in Morocco from Spain

In just one hour you can reach the North coast of Africa, Morocco from Spain. In what is a very short ferry ride, across one of Europe’s most important waterways, you arrive in a land that is so very different. Entering Morocco from Spain you will instantly notice the change in colours, the wafting aromas of the local oils and beautiful mayem of the markets. Here are our four best places to visit in morocco from Spain:


Your first port of call, Tangier is a mix of history, European influence and modernity. As your boat first pulls in you will notice the old city walls, once a fortress for those who lived inside and now encapsulating its medina. The city is steadily growing with the port, soon to include everything from entertainment to relaxing waterfront walkways, representing a transforming city.

The old town reflects the bustling port, on every corner you can catch a snippet of local life: bread being baked in huge wood-fire ovens, children playing in the alley, textiles being woven and people filtering out of the Mosque after prayers. Shop the array of interesting products, spot the beautiful architecture or escape it all with a mint tea (must try). It is the
perfect spot for a day trip from Spain, you can really take a step back in time with a visit to the Caves of Hercules or a camel ride on the beach (one of the best reasons to visit Morocco from Spain).


Second on our list of the four best places to visit in morocco from Spain, and just a one hour drive from Tangier, is this peaceful seaside town. Don’t expect luxurious bars and all inclusive resorts. Asilah is a humble town with the perfect mix of history and ocean views. Its old town sits within the impressive old city walls, enclosing a calm and tranquil collection of streets that are engulfed by the crashing sounds of the sea.

You will wonder through the white walls, decorated with splashes of local street art that add a sense of modern life and vibrancy to the town. Asilah is home to an annual arts festival that attracts many of the young and the creatives from nearby. Beyond the walls lies the small and inviting rebuilt city, a beautiful mix of late-night tea, beach vibes and chaos. Stop at any of the cafes here to try the sweetest of local sweets (a specialty), maybe another mint tea and pull up a seat for some great place people watching.


From here it’s inland and up into the Rif mountains. Chefchaouen is a dream like town. Nestled between the raising peaks that hug the city it offers a peaceful yet rugged backdrop. It is famous for its peaceful blue facade that covers the old town. Each of its windy alleys casts a new magical spell. Different shades of blue and sleepy cats await on every turn. It is also home to some of the most beautiful artisan handcrafted products. All an amazingly high quality, from local Jilabas to smelly soaps and oils. Much of this is unique to the area and browsing is well worth including on your trip as you see Morocco from Spain.

The main square, Outa el Hammam, is a great place to pause. We can recommend the Riad Hicham to try a Bastilla (best described as a large savory pie), overshadowed by the Kasbah which will transport you to another eras as you dine.


This hidden gem completes our list of the four best places to visit in Morocco from Spain. It is located 10km from the Mediterranean coast of Northern Morocco. Its existence dates to before the Romans. It has been the home of many settlers, from Berbers to the Jewish community and out-landed Andalusian’s. Their influence has left behind a rich mix of architecture and culture and can all be found inside the Medina. This was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997, its entrances marked by seven impressive entrances.

We especially love the Souk, which is probably one of northern Morocco’s most authentic and least visited. If you fancy staying here for longer why not sign up to some Arabic classes to really help you mingle with the locals. You never know where this will end – usually in unique experiences, truly authentic settings and the tastiest of food! 

Let us know which cities are on your itinerary!

8 thoughts on “The four best places to visit in Morocco from Spain

  1. Libby says:

    Hi my husband and I are in Malaga for 4-5 nights using it a a base to visit the surrounding area.. Nerja, Granada, Ronda and climb the camino del Rey.
    I have 3-4 nights up my sleeve where we were was going to head to Seville or the white villages but thinking Morocco is so close should we experience it whilst in the area.? We are from Australia so Europe is not a regular vacation for us. Is 3 nights enough for Tangier and Chefchaouen? How would we get there from Malaga ? Should we do a 3 night tour? And what is the accomodation like over there?

    • Mahsa says:

      Dear Libby, 

      Morocco is an amazing destination and I would suggest including that. That would give you such a good perspective on both the European and African sides of the Mediterranean in terms of culture, nature, and traditions. architecture, cuisine and all the commonalities they have.

      You can do a 3-day and 2-night trip and this way even have a day to visit Seville. If you wish to do days and 3 nights that is also possible. 
      I would arrange your transfer from Malaga to the port in Tarifa and back as well as your entire trip in Morocco including your ferry, guide, driver, hotel, and visit. The accommodations in Morocco are less expensive than in Spain and very charming as they have many old houses converted into small boutique hotels. A 2-night and 3-day itinerary can be as follows:

      – Day 1- transfer to the port, visit of Tangier and overnight in Tangier- Day 2- Transfer to Chefchaouen and overnight there- Day 3- visit of Asilah and take the ferry back to Spain in the evening. 

      If you decide to stay one more night you can spend 2 nights in Tangier and one night in Chefchaouen and on the 4th day in the morning or afternoon take the ferry back to Malaga. This way you have some free time to explore by yourself too.

      Let me know if this sounds like a nice plan and I will check the availability and send you an itinerary with the price. 

      Warm regards,

  2. Manisha says:

    Hi Loved your post
    Would it be easy to go from Malaga or Seville. Also what about the other cities in Morocco is it easy to travel and can we rent cars

    • Mahsa says:

      Thanks a lot Manish. You can take the train or a private transfer with us. Also, renting a car i Morocco is very easy. There are lots of International and local car rentals. Let me know if you need anythings else.

      Have a great trip!

    • Mahsa says:

      Hi Daniela,

      Thanks for getting in touch. There are many ways to reach Tangier or Chefchaouen from different cities. We usually operate from Seville and Tarifa but it can be also done from Malaga and Granada for example. The easiest way for us in terms of logistics is from Tarifa and Seville.
      Let me know if you have any other questions. 


    • Mahsa says:

      Thanks a lot John. Very glad you enjoyed our post. Let me know if you have any questions or need any other information or reuqire help with your hopefully future trip to this magical country.


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