Cycling Morocco

A cyclist inside Essaouira's medinaMorocco is an increasingly popular destination for cyclists.

Perched at the western tip of North Africa, it’s a breeze to reach with a ferry or low-cost flight. The tourist industry is well developed so cyclists will find an extensive network of campgrounds and budget hotels along with restored riads and five-star luxury accommodation in cities. At the same time, it’s no problem to wild camp in rural areas, tucked away in a dip between mountains, under a palm tree or beside nomads in the desert scenery of the south. The Arab tradition of hospitality towards travellers reigns in Morocco so don’t be surprised when you’re invited into a family home to share a meal or spend the night.

A comprehensive two-wheeled tour of Morocco will run to about 3,000km but 10-14 days will be enough to give you a good taste of the country. Top destinations include the magical cities of Marrakech and Fes, the desert around Zagora or Merzouga and the seaside town of Essaouira. Tafraoute is famous for the mountains that tower over the town and the whole area is filled with almond trees which burst into bloom in February. Despite the famous movie Casablanca, it’s best to skip the grubby and industrial modern city. Aside from a small souk and the world’s second biggest mosque there’s little reason to stop.

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2 Responses to “Cycling Morocco”

  1. Conrad says:

    I would disagree with your view on Casablanca being best skipped. In my view it is an interesting city and well worth a visit to gain an appreciation of modern morocco.

  2. Sarah says:

    Hi love your blog, quick question though – is there a repair shop in Fes? My folding bike was severely damaged during the flight and I need a new 20″ wheel rim.

    Not sure where to look. Thanks!

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