Cycle Morocco in 14 days, small group holiday

“A two week guided, small group cycling holiday starting and ending in Marrakech, taking in mountains and desert. ”

Highlights

Marrakech | Sleeper train journey | Tangier | Chefchaouen | Fes | Cycling in the Rif Mountains | Ifrane | Cycling in the Middle Atlas Mountains | Midelt kasbah town | Merzouga | Todra Gorge | Dades Gorge | Cycling in High Atlas Mountains | Ouarzazate | Ait Benhaddou | Tizi n'Tichka Pass

Description of Cycle Morocco in 14 days, small group holiday

This two week cycling holiday in Morocco covers a wonderful circuit that takes in the Rif Mountains, Middle Atlas and High Atlas Mountains, as well as some time spent in the desert. Morocco is an extraordinary country to cycle in, starting in Marrakech where we not only have time to absorb the famous fiesta mood that is omnipresent in its legendary Djemaa el-Fna Square but also cycle in and around the city.

From Marrakech we take an overnight train to Tangier, where we cycle around this historic port city on the shores of the Atlantic, with its eclectic mix of North African, Spanish, French and Portuguese influences. After a cycle along the coast, we head up into the Rif Mountains to the ‘Blue City’ of Chefchaouen, using a mix of pedal power and support vehicle for the more steep mountain routes, as we do at various stages along the way.

We move from mountains to medieval on our next stage of the journey, in Fes, an innately elegant town with beautiful ancient Islamic heritage and where we take time off our bikes to explore the city on foot. We then move up a gear, or down perhaps, as we head into the Middle Atlas Mountains, cycling to the town of Ifrane which was built by the French and has slightly incongruous chalet style houses. And after that, another complete change as we descend to the Sahara Desert to Merzouga, where giant dunes and arid landscapes mean that we swap our bikes for camels, heading off to a Bedouin style camp for the night.

Less well known, but often the highlight of this trip for many is Todra and Dades Gorges where we cycle along the valley floors for yet another Moroccan landscape spectacle, with the added bonus of a night in a kasbah in the former, and some superb hairpin bend cycling in the latter. Every day is definitely different on this cycling holiday where we ride between 15-50km a day, often starting early in order to avoid the hottest time of the day, but with some traditional 'hammams' along the way to soothe those well worked muscles. And always superb food to fill those hollow legs.

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Responsible tourism: Cycle Morocco in 14 days, small group holiday

Environment

Animal welfare in Africa can often be a challenge which is why we partner with the SPANA animal hospital in Marrakech to care for the health and welfare of donkeys, dogs and cats.
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a cycling trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. We do believe in leaving more than just tyre tracks; this cycling tour actively encourages guests to chat with local people, visit local cafes and bars, purchase local produce, gifts and crafts and discover what life is really like across Morocco.
As part of our commitment to the environment we deliberately step away from the traditional tourist accommodation and spend a night sleeping under the stars at a desert camp run by Berber nomads – this is the ultimate exercise in sustainability with no electricity, running water or permanent structures – it is just you and nature. We even eschew vehicles and travel there by camel!

Community

Travelling with respect in Morocco starts at the very first group meeting where our local Moroccan group leaders discuss how to behave respectfully in a Muslim country and break down the cultural barriers we often face.
In Morocco we have built strong links with local communities, craftspeople, animal hospitals, artists, and the handicapped - all of which directly rely on the assistance of donations and products purchased by our travellers and other visitors. Project Handicapped Horizon, who have so far assisted with the rehabilitation, health and empowerment of more than 3,000 disabled people; and Kasbah Myriam, a carpet and embroidery workshop run by Franciscan nuns with the aim of providing sustainable employment and healthcare to local Berber women are both great examples of this.
We offer travellers an opportunity to interact with locals, to value their activities and crafts and help towards sustaining their livelihoods.
Travellers on this trip have the opportunity to stay in local guest house in remote M’goun valley in the High Atlas mountains. Far from the typical tourist hotel, this accommodation is run by a local family and other members of the community in the area hence encouraging genuine local interaction and an insight the real daily life of people. Our travellers are always welcome to go a bit further and actively assist the family in their daily life by helping out with the cooking or any other activities. As well as mutual interaction there is a genuine economic benefit to the local community as they are brought in to assist the programs and provide local produce for meals.
We make time to stop by a traditional Berber nomad family for tea. Nomads usually move around so we usually meet different families throughout the year instead of one, helping to spread both the financial and interaction benefit to these people that often live on the fringes of modern society.

As part of our commitment to responsible travel a portion of your trip cost is donated to Bicycles for Humanity – a not-for-profit, volunteer run, grass roots charity organisation focused on the alleviation of poverty through sustainable transport, in the form of a bicycle.

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