Anyone taken a bike across the Straits of Gibraltar?

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Anyone taken a bike across the Straits of Gibraltar?

Tarifa, Algericas or Gib to Tanger - anyone done it?

Any admin or beaurocracy? Do I need any specific documents?

I wasn't planning on more than a day-trip, don't have the time. Depending on progress, I might not even get that far. Any tips (pre-book the ferry/don't pre-book, that sort of thing)?

Guess where I'm going end of May

i stayed in gib a couple of years ago, i had a mate who was stationed there, rode down through spain from santander.While there we took an organised day trip across to tanger, no point taking the bike for a few hours. Just booked it the day before in one of the many agencies in gib, cost about £30 total, ferry there and back (catermaran white knuckle ride, 35 knots zig zaggin across the straits), chicken couscous and sweet green tea for lunch in a cool hotel restaurant,(with a band) then a tour of the market and stores, i even bought a bedouin birthin rug, its hard to say no, these guys are good.we always planned to take the bikes across one day and ride down to marrakesh, need abit longer than a day tho, anyway, if you have the time nip along to tarifa, brilliant beach, loads of kite surfin dudes and good campsites.smells like Victory....layin it down..

I have to take the bike over, I want to tick the Africa box on my list of places to take the bike to. I won't have time to get to Marrakesh, which is a shame, thought I'd just blat into the Er Rif mountains & see what's there, then turn round & catch the ferry back.All this is dependant on me getting to Gib in 5 days or quicker, so if the weather's bad or the roads in Spain are too good then I won't make it at all. :burnout:

the road from peurto banus (check out the marina) to ronda (check out the gorge) is an absolute blast, then on to algodonales.fantastic road, you wont be dissappointed. you could always carry on along to jerez, past the circuito de jerez.ive spent alot of time down in andalusia, its the best, gonna be back there myself soon, my bro,s got a house there. enjoy...

Hi Crossing to Morocco is easy the hassle comes getting the bike into the country. Dont be put off there is just alot of form filling insurance checking and stamping. There is an easy route find an older looking tout givr him 10 euro and let him do it it should take 20 mins or so its alot longer on your own. Be prpare dto art with an other 5 euro on completion. If you need insurance it is available at the kiosk through the gates on the right. It is not cheap at about £40 for a month or so. Now get the hell out of Tangier as it is a nasty place, try to arrive in the mornming and ride down south about 30 km to Ashila which is lovely mellow and much more real Morocco.PM if you need any advice.Good books are the Shara Overland Book by Chris Scott get the later version and Lonely Planet for Morocco.Dont miss Marekesh or essouaria if you can help it.CharliePic from our last tripgroups.msn.com/UKTenereOwners/charliesaharatrip.msnw?Page=1

How about the ferry to Ceuta (still Spain, innit? - and they have the nerve to bitch about us keeping Gib) and getting in that way. Less touristy, less beaurocracy, fewer officials to bribe maybe?

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Tarifa, Algericas or Gib to Tanger - anyone done it?Any admin or beaurocracy? Do I need any specific documents?I wasn't planning on more than a day-trip, don't have the time. Depending on progress, I might not even get that far. Any tips (pre-book the ferry/don't pre-book, that sort of thing)?

Uh-huh, I did that a couple of year ago; flew into Malaga , met up with a mate, and we went all round Morocco for two weeks in his Range Rover (No, I know it's not a bike, but the principle's the same WRT crossing, AFAIK.)Excellent, excellent place - highly recommended.Rabat and Casablanca are a bit dull though IMHO, with the exception on the Mosque (Hassan III? ) in Casa which is very impressive.If you've got time on your side, the towns along the coast are just superb for chillin'.We went in via Ceuta and left by Tangier; I'm glad we did it that way round - Tangier is a PITA - you get touted to death for forms which are free from the windows But no, I think we just bought a ferry ticket when we wanted to go, and took all the usual docs; nothing major AFAIK.Lonely Planet's a /big/ help BTW.HTH

Looks like Ceuta's the way to go then. I was reading some reviews on the web (not bike-related, just general Morocco stuff) & they said pretty much the same about the touts pretending to be guides. One guy was followed round by one all day in spite of telling him to get lost. They never spoke to him or even made eye-contact but when they got back to the ferry after walking round Tangiers, the 'shadow' demanded ‚¬20 Another guided his party into the Kasbah, strolled around until they were well & truly disorientated & then demanded another ‚¬20 to guide 'em back out Best I stay on the bike & pretend I only speak Welsh.

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