Atlas to the Atlantic
This new cycle route from the Moroccan High Atlas to the Atlantic Coast passing through the less visited parts of Morocco. Starting at the foot of Mt Toubkal North Africa’s highest mountain and finishing in the stunning Atlantic Coastal town of Essaouira. Atlas to the Atlantic ride requires no previous cycling experience just an appetite for adventure, with great mix of panoramic views, some great hill sections and plenty of mint tea in local tea houses, it makes for a truly Moroccan experience not to be forgotten.
Atlas to Atlantic Cycling Information
Support vehicles are with the group at all times. your luggage and bike spares will be carried in the support vehicle and will be on hand to help with any mechanical problems. The cycling is mainly undulating over rolling country, distances are fairly long, averaging approx 55 miles per day.
Testimonial – I under estimated how hard cycling in the mountains could be, but the locals were very welcoming even in Bizbad, the town were most men arrived by donkey in their Djellabas & the policeman tempted us with wrong directions. Amazing what you see when you travel slowly & locals were amused by our humble bikes. Bob Minns.
Included in the price of the trip is
3 nights’ accommodation
3 night’s camping
All meals excluding Marrakech & Essaouira
Not included in the price of the trip
Flights to and from Morocco
Additional drinks and snacks
Meals in Marrakech & Essaouira
Bike Hire (£150.00)
How to book your challenge
The easiest way to book your trip is online via the Adventurous Ewe website at simply click Dates and Availability. You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £140.00 at the time of booking. It is possible to reserve a place on this ride by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, however you will need to pay your deposit of £140.00 to confirm your place on this ride together with completing a booking form.
The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure.
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Arrive Marrakech and spend time exploring this amazing city and have lunch before our 1.5hr transfer by minibus to the Berber mountain village of Tamertet (1850m) which is at the base of Mt Toubkal North Africa’s highest mountain and the start point for our Atlas to Atlantic ride. Overnight Guest house.
Today we hit the road, descending 17km to the municipal town of Asni, stopping for a short break before continuing through the Toubkal National Park and onto our first big hill climb of approximately 4km ! As we slowly climb onto the plateau we pass through small Berber villages, once on the plateau summit we will be rewarded to stunning views across the Marrakech plain and the High Atlas behind.What goes up must come down with brilliant long descent to the town of Amzimiz. Overnight Camp. Approx 65km
Leaving the small village of Amizmiz on the foothills of the High Atlas we make our way through a mainly agricultural area riding through small farming villages, with plenty of opportunities to stop of a mint tea and enjoy some Moroccan hospitality. We overnight with Mohamed and his family in the small Berber village of Sidi Moumene, where you have the unique opportunity to learn how to cook a traditional Moroccan Tajine, make mint tea and relax in the Hamman and experience the day in the life of a traditional Berber. Overnight Guest house. Approx 75km
Our route today takes us through the mountains that separate the Marrakech Plain and the Atlantic Coast, the route is undulating on good sealed roads with one big hill climb before lunch. This area see’s very little tourism and offers some great bike exploring. Tonight we will camp near the grounds of an old Kasbah which offer stunning views of our route. Overnight Camp. Approx 75km
Today begins with a long and fast 7km descent into the valley floor, where we begin our biggest hill climb of the ride! (The Beast) 450m of ascent over 6km. Finally reaching the top we’re rewarded with views of our end goal the Atlantic Coast. The final 18km of the ride takes a long the stunning Atlantic Coast road and finally into the relaxed surf village of Sidi Kaouki with a huge beach and a few scattered cafes to sit and relax watching the sunset over Atlantic the perfect way to end the day. Overnight Camping. Approx 65km
Our final day is a short ride taking past Cap Sim and huge sand dunes to the village of Diabat before crossing Oued Ksob River to Essaouira. We arrive in Essaouira for lunch, then spend your afternoon relaxing on the beach, exploring the souks or just watching the world go by in one of the many coffee shops. Taking time out to enjoy the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean from the fort walls is must. Overnight Traditional Riad. Approx 30km
Depending on our return flight times, we will have to explore Essaouria and have lunch in the local fish market. Transfer to Marrakech.