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Morocco, the westernmost of the Arab countries, pretty much resembles a fairy tale from A thousand and one nights. Incredibly rich and wild nature of Southern Morocco served with sharp peaks of the young folded High Atlas, through which torrents have carved steep and precipitous dry valleys, cute oasis with date palms around the ancient Kasbahs – citadels with defensive towers built of mud –, mighty slopes of the volcanic and already very eroded Anti Atlas to the south and the dunes that right on the Algerian border climb almost to the sky. This will be your playground on our adventure cycling tour through southern Morocco.

A diverse mixture of peoples from Arabs and Berbers to the Touareg with the rich and varied facial features and clothing culture put an especially colourful mark on the land on the very northwest of Africa. Date palms plantations, brooks that get lost in the Sahara, forgotten villages under the snow-capped mountain peaks and vivid colours in a number of settlements ensure you that in addition to the unique cycling desert experience, you’ll also experience a real cultural change on your active holiday.

 

On this cycling adventure we cover a total distance of about 700 km, but the distances listed under the program of each day, as well as height differences, are only indicative. The program is adapted every time to the desires and abilities of the group, as well as to the increasing number of asphalt roads in Morocco, which we naturally try to avoid. The only exceptions are those routes that would be a pity to skip from the tourism/landsccape point of view despite the fact that the paths are paved.

 

 

DAY-BY-DAY PROGRAMME

 

Day 1 YOUR DEPARTURE POINT – MARRAKESH

Jamaa el Fna night 2

To start your cycling holidays, please arrive at Marrakesh, a charming oriental city on the northern slopes of the High Atlas, where your bicycle will be waiting for you. Our services start with an afternoon walk through the city’s busy medina. We recommend an evening stroll to the main city square Jamaa el-Fna with the famous storytellers and snake charmers, stalls selling freshly-squeezed orange juice and meat skewers, and to see the adjacent minaret of the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque. Overnight at the Kech Hotel.

Day 2 TIZI N TICHKA – AIT-BENHADDOU

Ait Benhaddou

After the breakfast we’ll head south with our assistance vehicles up to the Tizi n Tichka pass in the High Atlas. At 2,260 m above sea level, we will unload the bikes and ride along a narrow and poorly-maintained asphalt road up to the first Kasbah - Moroccan fortresses -, to the mountain Kasbah Telouet that used to be a fortified nest of the local nobles, the Glaoui family. After a break when we will probably taste the delicious Moroccan tea with fresh mint for the first time, we’ll ride the still tarmac-covered path that will begin to descend towards the southern foothills of the highest mountain ranges of North Africa. The first Moroccan stage will be wrapped at the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, a filming set for a number of films, which is particularly charming at sunset. It is also inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Dinner and overnight in tha Kasbah Amridil in Skoura, that was turned into a charming hotel.

Distance: 70 km
Climbs: 630 m total (remarkable climbs: 85 and 90 m)
Surface: tarmac road in a bad state of preservation and gravel road

Day 3 SKOURA – KALAA MGOUNA

Day 3 channel bridge

After the breakfast, the second active day of your cycling holiday programme will take you to the next Kasbah in the valley of Dades. We'll transfer you and the bikes with our escort vehicles. There, we’ll start today's cycling stage taking us mostly on a dirt road at the foothills of the Atlas and along the river Dades to the small town of Kalaa Mgouna or Boumalne where the river comes out of the majestic canyon and continues down to the already known calmer flow between the High Atlas and Anti-Atlas ranges. We’ll have dinner and spend the night in a local hotel in the valley above the lively and pretty busy town of Boumalne at the junction of two valleys.

Distance: 70 km
Climbs: 640 m total (remarkable climbs: 120, 75 and 50 m)
Surface: gravel and river crossings


WHEN
16.2. - 1.3.2019
WHERE TO
Morocco
COST
1410 eur for a 9-day adventure,
1610 eur for the full 14-day tour.
+ 250 eur bicycle rental

 

 

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS



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Scheduled departures
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16th February - 1st March 2019

 

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