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on 15 March 2009
Michelin 742 1:1m (2008)
I used 6 various Morocco maps in 2008 while research an overlanding guidebook. Michelin, the best map for Morocco, right? For regular touring it's fine but the thin paper Michelin uses does not lend itself to regular use, not helped by the fact that at over 1.5m wide the 742 is a big map. What's also missing is a Long/Lat grid; a possible explanation appears below*.
Rather than city insets you get five useful sub regions at 600k scale and even some useful climate stats. What I like most about this map is the intuitive 1:1m scale (a millimeter = a kilometre), the clear, functional Michelin design and the fact that it goes right down to Laayoune.
With the exception of a suspiciously straight piste heading west out of Taouz, roads and pistes wind around with believable intricacy (unlike the lazier RKH/Rough Guide). We get Michelin's well-known scenic `green road' feature (imitated on the GeoCentre and IGN country maps) which is pretty reliable but in places they go too far: if you're a woodpecker the forest cover is not to be relied on too closely unless for example the Taliouine region has experienced a recent epidemic of Dutch Elm disease. Depictions of dunes are the same and it's this sort of detail that you feel will never get updated.
As for the accuracy of secondary roads and pistes - a common failing on all Morocco maps - look carefully at the Key (in five languages including Arabic - nice touch). Unconventionally, uncoloured (white) roads with solid borders on both sides signify `Road surfaced' (route revêtue or `covered', as opposed to goudronée; tarred) but one dashed edge means an all-out piste. Surfaced with what you may wonder? It's a conveniently ambiguous way of saying they could be surfaced with asphalt, gravel, egg mayonnaise or rocks. Some of these solid-edged `white roads' are major double-width highways where the regular yellow colouring would be correct. As on other Morocco maps a few pistes and even white roads don't exist, while many more are missing. In places this data is up to eight years out of date but overall they don't get it as badly - or as conspicuously wrong as the RKH/Rough Guide.
Instead of banging out so-called `new editions' which often add up to no more than a new cover photo, Michelin should take a bold step forward and printed double-sided on plastic paper with grid lines; you could forgive the out of date detail because of the inherent good design. That is never going to happen so in my experience the 742 is not significantly better for back-country or piste driving than a more robust plastic and grided RKH/Rough Guide or IGN/Geo Centre.
* Try and draw on a grid and it soon becomes clear the map is tilted quite a few degrees east of north, probably because it's extracted from the top left of their `North and West Africa' 953 map which is north-centred on E16°. Without presumably expensive correction putting a grid over a 742 would expose this lean all the more clearly and might put customers off. Don't know what I'm on about? Don't worry it's not that important.
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on 4 August 2011
The Map provided is very high level, it only shows the major motorways with out any details on the junctions on the motorways. There are better maps on the internet so I found the document useless.
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on 30 December 2010
I am using this map for to prepare for a trip on a bicycle. I wish there were altitude lines, other than that I'm happy. The small towns on the map help give a general impression of the availability of accommodation and of the minimal distance I'd have to travel in one day to get to it.
The map shows which roads may (sometimes) be closed during which months in winter, due to winter weather.
I'm told a new edition of the map is in the making.
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on 7 May 2012
decent map for touring morocco,fairly accurate but a bit flimsy and easily damaged,but not too expensive I suppose. I used it on a 6 week overland trip, and it done the job but I dont think it would be up to another trip as it's already starting to look a bit threadbare
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on 23 February 2011
This map was a good companion in our trip in Morocco, some roads appear as 4x4 only but they can be driven with a normal car (as long as you are carefull) the desert area around merzouga is also a bit incomplete, but generally is a really good map
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on 2 February 2010
Quick delivery, good price and like all Michelin maps - this one is great as well. Recommended.
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on 2 February 2016
informative
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on 1 December 2009
We bought this map, because we thought it will help us, as we decided to drive from England to Morocco. Not much help at all. That is only good for your orientation, because the roads in Morocco are not numbered, so you have to rely on their road signs, which are not very good.
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on 16 February 2015
Accurate
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on 1 September 2008
Its a Map, it has roads and stuff on it ten out of ten. (handy back up to a sat nav)
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