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Our guided mountain bike tour in Morocco is probably the best on the market in the country that pretty much resembles a fairy tale from A thousand and one nights. With its incredibly diverse and wild nature is the ideal setting for your cycling holiday. Our guided cycling tour takes you through charming date palms oases surrounding ancient kasbahs – citadels with defensive towers, built of mud. You'll pedal along the slopes of Anti-Atlas to the south and reach the sky-high dunes right on the Algerian border. 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 put an especially colourful mark on the land on the very northwest of Africa. Date-palm plantations, brooks which get lost in the Sahara, forgotten villages under the snow-capped mountain peaks and vivid colours in numerous 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 MTB tour we cover a total distance of about 700 km, but the distances listed under the cycling itinerary of each day, as well as height gains, are only indicative. Our cycling program is tailored during each tour to the desires and abilities of the group and to the increasing number of sealed roads in Morocco, which we naturally try to avoid. The only exceptions are those segments that clearly add value from the tourism/landsccape point of view despite the fact that the tracks are paved.

 

 

DAY-BY-DAY PROGRAMME

 

Day 1 YOUR DEPARTURE POINT – MARRAKESH

Jamaa el Fna night 2

To start your guided cycling tour, please arrive at Marrakesh, a charming oriental city on the northern slopes of the High Atlas, where your bicycle will be waiting for you and your active holiday. 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 and stalls selling freshly-squeezed orange juice and meat skewers. Neither should you miss the adjacent minaret of the magnificent Koutoubia Mosque. Overnight at the 4**** Kech Hotel.

Day 2 TIZI N TICHKA – AIT-BENHADDOU

Ait Benhaddou

After the breakfast, the first cycling day will be ahead of us. First, we’ll head south with our assistance vehicle up to the Tizi n Tichka pass in the High Atlas. At 2,260 m above sea level, we will unload the bicycles and pedal along a narrow and poorly maintained asphalt road up to the first Kasbah (Moroccan fortress): to the mountain Kasbah Telouet that used to be a fortified nest of the local nobles, the Glaoui family. After a break from cycling to taste the delicious Moroccan tea with fresh mint for the first time and to have a snack, we’ll pedal along the sealed road descending towards the southern foothills of the highest mountain ranges of North Africa. The first Moroccan mountain bike stage will be wrapped at the Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, a filming set for a number of films that is particularly charming at sunset. It is also listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Dinner and overnight in the Kasbah Amridil in Skoura. This ancient fortress built of adobe was turned into a charming hotel that will host us this night.

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 will take us to the next Kasbah, this time in the valley of Dades. First, we'll drive you and the bikes with our escort vehicle a short distance where we’ll start today's cycling activity. It will be the most technical stage on the whole tour, forcing us to cross the river several times, leading us up and down steep hills and next to irrigation channels through lush oases. During the entire day cycling, we will have covered only 35 km, but we'll finish the day pleasantly tired. We’ll have dinner and spend the night in a local hotel in the majestic valley of the river Dades.

Distance: 35 km
Climbs: 640 m total (remarkable climbs: 120, 75 and 50 m)
Surface: gravel and river crossings


WHEN
8. - 19.2.2020
WHERE TO
Morocco
COST
1610 eur
+ 250 eur bicycle rental

 

 

 

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