Cycle Guide Morocco

I think a lot of people agree with me if I say that Morocco is a paradise for cyclers. And then I’m talking about the real Morocco, not the crowded touristic places. Come in touch with the incredible hospitable local people, who easily share their food with you. Having a huge diversity in landscapes, a cycle trip can be adjusted to any wishes. The outstanding Atlas ranges are the pearl, while the remote and dull Sahara has its charm.

Visa

Morocco is visa free for 3 months, how awesome!

Border crossings

Spain

There are several ferries departing and arriving to different places. I took a ferry from Tarfaya to Tanger.

Mauritania

Warning: Between Morocco and Mauritania is a no mans land, claimed by Polisario. Between the 2 borders, you shouldn’t go off the gravel road. The gravel road itself is no problem, as many cars and people pass it.

Guerguerat (OSM)

Quick facts

 

Language French, Arabic, local languages 
Currency Dirham (2019: €1 = MAD 10) 
Religion Islam
Climate Sahelian
SIM card Maroc Telecom
GDP-rank #128 (of 192 countries)

 

See & Do

There are plenty of things to do in amazing Morocco. Here I just sum my three best experiences.

The Atlas Ranges

This is not one activity, but can easily be marked as an entire trip. Get lost in the beautiful mountains. There are hundreds of roads, but where ever you go you will find beauty. Tizi-n-Test (OSM) was the absolute highlight, if you’re seeking for a single spot. 

Cities

There are plenty of cities drenched in culture to be found, but Marrakesh, Fes and Chefchaouen are probably one of the ones worth a visit the most. 

Sahara

Cycling in the Sahara can be dull, boring, though and mind killing, but it truly is an awesome experience to cover the largest desert on earth by bicycle. There is a road along the coast which mostly has a strong wind that goes from North to South. Along the coast you can find hundreds of soldier posts, which are great spots for camping as the soldiers like some companion and even share their delicious food. 

Sleeping

Wild camping

Quite easy, although especially in the North there are many people everywhere, so it might be difficult to find a spot without being seen. 

Formal Camping

A great way of meeting locals and sleeping in your own comfortable bed. Ask anyone in a village and they will search a spot for you.

Ho(s)tels

There are many paid accommodations, offering real hostel experiences for a good price.

WS / CS

WS is not very common, in the big cities you can find CS hosts. 

Other

Bike shops

 Unknown, but the best chances are in the big cities.

Food & Drinks
  • Onroad: Bread with tuna 
  • Local food: Tajine, harira, kebab, couscous
  • Local drink: Tea (liquid sugar…)
Safety

Generally safe to cycle, be cautious in big cities.

Routes
  • North to South (gpx)

Video

Blog

#08 – Amazing end in Morocco

Not sitting still Due to a broken airbed I haven’t cycled for a whole week now, as I’m waiting for a new one. It gave me some time to work on my video and to work out a very ambitious social project: clean the Moroccan Sahara from trash and to […]

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#07 – Sand, straight roads and nothingness in the Sahara

Cycling as meditation I left my camping spot and turned back on the road. My navigation told me it was another 120 km till the next roundabout. Normally I cut the day in smaller pieces by passing some checkpoints as villages, mountain passes or rivers, but today I had to […]

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#06 – Reaching heaven

No money… As good as new I started the day after an amazing breakfast at the hotel. The six French persons and the two Moroccan hosts treated me like I was family. And so I happen to stumble upon great surprises almost every day. This is partially caused by not […]

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#05 – Cycling the Middle Atlas Range

Fes Moroccan food is amazing. You see harcha and msemen everywhere. Harcha is some kind of corn bread, often sliced into cubes, and msemen looks like a sweet pancake. It goes well together with any jam combined with a soft goat cheese. They sell it on the corner of every […]

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#04 – A dive into Morocco’s culture

While reading a book on my e-reader, a car stops near my tent and horns. Would it be for me, or not? It horns again, so I get out of the tent. A police car. A man steps outside his car and walks towards me. “Passport please”, asks the man […]

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