Morocco cycling holidays travel guide


Cycling enthusiasts know that the Grand Tour refers to the three seriously sweaty, muscle marauding road races that take over France, Spain and Italy. This Morocco cycling holidays travel guide is our version of the Tour de Maroc. Except that cycling holidays here are about culture as much as they are about conquering cols. There are different stages, but ones where the prize is a great ancient city such as Essaouira or Chefchaouen, the Tizi n'Tichka Pass in the High Atlas or a desert Kasbah such as the great Ait Benhaddou. You do need to be fit to cycle in Morocco, but not ‘bath full of ice at the end of the day’ sort of fit. More a ‘traditional hammam in the High Atlas Mountains’ sort of fit. And you won’t find time trials here. But you will find the most perfect ‘breakaway.’

Is a Morocco cycling holiday for you?

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Go on a Morocco cycling holiday if…

… you want to experience a completely different culture while cycling. Morocco is definitely the closest country to Europe for that.
… mountain biking and tricky terrain is a challenge you enjoy. Welcome to the Atlas and Rif Mountains.
… you want a special holiday with your teenagers before they fly the nest. Although most holidays are for over 16s, they are worth the wait.
… you want serenity. These holidays really do take you off Morocco’s tourist trail. Many also include a night in a Sahara Bedouin camp. Albeit swapping cycling for camel-ing for a day.

Don’t go on a Morocco cycling holiday if...

… road cycling is your thing. They do exist, but most cycling holidays in Morocco are about mountains and canyons. So think MTB rather than TDF.
… you don’t like sweating. Even though you may be cycling through the Atlas Mountains which are snow peaked, winter day temperatures can hit the 20s. Although night times can be freezing.
… you don’t do groups. Most cycling holidays in Morocco are small group tours, but there is always plenty of free time built in for you to do things at your own pace.
… you don’t have some level of fitness. You don’t need to be Wiggo, but cycling up to 50km every day isn’t just like riding a bike.
If you'd like to chat about Morocco cycling or need help finding a holiday to suit you we're very happy to help.
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Best time to go on a Morocco cycling holiday


The best time to go on a cycling holiday in Morocco is when the temperatures are not so relentlessly hot, which is why most trips don’t run in Jul-Aug. So, Mar-Jun or Sep-Nov are best. Snow falls in the High Atlas in the height of winter, so not great for cycling either. You will also get some rain in the winter months along the Atlantic coast. May is spectacular in the Dades Valley, when the roses start to blossom. Some people resist travelling during Ramadan, but evenings are lively during this time and witnessing it feels like an honour.
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Written by Catherine Mack
Cycling holiday in Morocco

Cycling holiday in Morocco

Take in the sites of Morocco by bike

From £1131 8 Days inc UK flights
Cycle Morocco in 14 days, small group holiday

Cycle Morocco in 14 days, small group holiday

Discover the rich and varied terrain of fascinating Morocco

From £1360 14 Days ex flights
Atlas Mountains mountain biking holiday

Atlas Mountains mountain biking holiday

Cycle through Berber villages and wild scenery

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Morocco cycling holiday

Morocco cycling holiday

Golden kasbahs, impressive gorges and long sandy beaches

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