Road trip to the Algerian border
Trip Start Oct 01, 2004
121Trip End Ongoing
Just East of Nador is a small village called Karait Arkmane. The village is set on a lagoon and is surrounded by salt marshes. If you are a bird lover you will want to get off the beaten track and head east. The lagoon attracts various sea birds including greater flamingos. The drive to Karait is wonderful to say the very least. The road is nestled in the Rif Mountains and surrounded by ruel life. It is not uncommon to see a herd's man herding his sheep or a donkey plowing the fields.
Further along the road is a wonderful beach town called Ras el-Mar
As you continue your drive towards Oujda you leave the coast and head north through the Beni-Snassen Mountains. This entire area is known for its oranges and tangerines. Along the highway you can see orchards of rip Oranges growing on the trees. If you are interested in a taste make sure to stop and pay for your treats. Muslim countries frown upon thieves and they will think nothing of beating you in the street for your sins (No pun intended).