I was quite nervous about the trip as travelling on my own for the first time & unsure about my level of cycling fitness. I’m a fit 51 year old but more of an ‘about town’ cyclist with a few extra laps of Richmond Park & its hills put in the the month before departure. But with a determined attitude I managed all of the challenging ascents.
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Most Amazing Places to Explore when Cycling Morocco
Foothills of Mount Toubkal: Known locally as Jebel Toubkal, Mount Toubkal is the highest and one of the most iconic peaks in North Africa, standing at over 4,000 metres in Morocco’s High Atlas mountain range. There’s no greater feeling than cycling along the foothills of these mighty mountains where huge peaks loom above you, passing through scenic valleys awash with fruit trees and wildflowers. Begin this incredible journey at Tadmamt and follow tracks that gently rise and fall before descending into the Asni Valley. A small Berber village lies in the valley and from here you’ll enjoy extraordinary views.
Anti Atlas Mountains: Standing majestically over southern Morocco, the Anti Atlas Mountains are among the lesser visited yet most wildly beautiful of all the country’s mountainscapes. Much of the landscape is made up of barren desert which creates a stark contrast to the fertile plains of the Sousse Valley. Cycle through the rural countryside where argan oil is produced and pass by almond trees, traditional working farms and Berber villages. As you ascend further up into the Anti Atlas Mountains, you’ll arrive at Tizi Mlil, a high mountain pass, then ride downhill through the lunar-like landscape where the famous painted blue rocks can be found.
Paradise Valley: Whilst its name hints at its natural beauty, Paradise Valley has to be seen to be believed. This stunning landscape of valleys, deep emerald pools and unusual rock formations lies inside Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains, approximately 20km north of Agadir. Cycling along the palm-fringed gorge to the mountain town of Imouzzer is a dramatic ride where you’ll witness an unexpected tropical landscape unfold. Take in the idyllic scenes of frothing waterfalls as they tumble down limestone ravines or stop off for a refreshing dip in one of the hidden rock pools.
Essaouira: Filled with historical charm, Essaouira is a 15th-century fishing port where a pretty promenade runs along a sandy beach and narrow streets are lined with white shuttered houses. It’s a great place for taking some time out and enjoying the slower pace of a more relaxed Moroccan town. While away the hours ambling along the beach, wandering through the medina or watching the sun set over the harbour. One of the best things about Essaouira medina is the lack of traffic and its laid-back vibe which sets it apart from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Formerly known as Mogador, the medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 18th-century and is home to authentic souks and pavement cafes.
High Atlas Mountains: Set off from the Berber village of Tiqqi to begin a thrilling cycling adventure in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. This epic mountain range is the highest in North Africa, standing between the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea, and provides a magnificent backdrop for cycling. As you ride through ancient pine forests that cling to the slopes, you’ll come across several mountain villages where you can learn about the customs of the local Berber people.
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