Ferry crossing from Algecerias to Tangier Med


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By Neil

Arrived In Algecerias and parked up at Lidl. Loads of motorhomes here and mostly french registered. Did a shop here to stock up for Morroco.

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5 mins walk away is the office the french use called Viajes Normandie and the owner is called Carlos. There was quite a queue of people there, all of them french which turned out to be a great opportunity for me to practice my spoken french.

They ONLY accept payment in cash here. They were very nice in the office and you get a free bag of goodies to take away. The only paperwork you need to take with you is your V5C or carte gris as it is in french and cash, they will do the rest.

We bought an open return ticket which is valid for 90 days. When we meet up with Jen in Marrakech and are then 5 people in a motorhome seemingly it is possible to add on a person at the port of departure.

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The only other thing to fill in is the entry forms for each passenger. 2 people with motorhome cost 200 euros and with 4 people 270 euros. You also get a free map of Morocco and directions to the port.

There is also a bank machine just round the corner from the Carlos office.

We’re booked with Acciona.  There is a new ferry operator called Nough, Ferrynough !!

You can choose your time of sailing – 8am,11am,2pm,5pm or 9pm. We chose the 11am sailing. In fact it doesn’t matter which day you go either.

Parked up and slept in Lidl carpark overnight to catch ferry in the morning.

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We set off at 9.15 to find the port. It was very easy to find and only took us 15 mins. There are various passport and ticket checks on the way but all went smoothly. Just make sure you end up in the correct boarding lane as there are a few different ferries leaving the same port.

Drove and parked on ferry and ventured upstairs to the lounge area for a coffee. Very comfy seats,a cafe and great views.

On the ferry you have to take your passport and entry form for Morocco to the police desk on board to have it checked.

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Katie and I had already taken our travel sickness sweet for the voyage which helped a great deal. The crossing took an hour and a half and was a bit choppy but not bad. Unfortunately Adam was a bit worse for wear but not sick.

Passed the rock of Gibralter on the way, bien sure.

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Sailing into port at Tangier Med.

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Drove off the ferry and joined the queues for passport and customs.

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It took us 90 mins to get through here but I thought  it was fascinating to watch, great entertainment in the sunshine. We were practically last to get out which I couldn’t understand as when we arrived in the queue we were already well ahead.

Made it through the queues and into Morocco. Bye bye passport control we’ll miss you.

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The first filling station we came across was about 40km from port where we were able to fill up and withdraw Moroccan dirham. Diesel is about 90p a litre.

Simples!

Remember this from Toto, a classic from the 80’s.

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