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Direct flights from Paris and Brussels to the Bedouin Camp near Laayoune

December 2010. My sister Paule inaugurates a smart and totally unknown flight plan to fly directly to the desert and especially our Bedouin Camp. Whether from Paris or Brussels, the Royal Air Morocco company operates regular flights to Casablanca (check on the web which other main European cities are operated by RAM). After her flight Brussels - Casablanca, Paule found a flight Casablanca - Laayoune with a stopover in Casablanca lasting just 40 minutes. 6 hours 30 minutes after leaving Belgium she landed in this quiet airport of Laayoune, located 40 km away from the Bedouin Camp. Half an hour later, she could contemplate the salt lake and sand dunes of the Western Sahara.

Landing directly in the desert is only possible in the Western Sahara and not near both classic and more touristic deserts of Erg Chebbi near Merzouga and Erg Chegaga near Mhamid. That saves valuable time! Indeed, the distance from major Moroccan airports to those three deserts is similar at least in time: as it takes a very long driving day each way, you lose some precious vacation days and have to bear exhausting journeys.

It is obvious that the price of the plane ticket will be more expensive if you fly directly to the desert. However, my sister managed to find a return ticket Brussels - Laayoune (via Casa)  for 350 € (off-season  : in mid-December. But, just compare this formula with a ticket from a low cost airline flying to Marrakech or Agadir, then add the likely night in Marrakech or Agadir, trips forth and back to the desert and the costs of any intermediary stop. I'm not sure if you save money! Not to mention the huge waste of time and energy…

For the return, Paule could not find a short stop in Casa and had to spend the night in that city. If this problem occurs also in your case, the alternative solution  is to go directly to Laayoune like Paule did and to return from Agadir with a low cost flight. You first discover the Western Sahara and in the end you allocate one to three days to go back quietly to Agadir by road. Three options are available to you for the return journey, in my opinion:

- Driving in one shot from Laayoune to Agadir is quite feasible (good and quite fast road). This is especially recommended if your return flight from Agadir is scheduled in the evening.

- Allocate two days to drive to Agadir in order to visit along the way. Depending on the time of your flight, you can stop at Ksar Tafnidilt near Tan Tan, Fort Bou Jerif near Guelmim,  the 3 Chameaux in Mirleft or Riad Janoub in Tiznit. You can also consider organizing (with us ?) wild camping on the White Beach halfway!

- Driving three days with two stops: you can then have more time to visit the northern part of Western Sahara as the gueltas of Kwaoui Nam, the dunes of the White Beach, the arches in Legzira, etc. Our Hors Circuit agency and our Camp Bedouin can organize a fully customized trip for you !