13-day round trip to the most diverse and safest country in North Africa - the Kingdom of Morocco! To the "blue city" Chefchaouen, over the Rif Montains, the Middle Atlas and the gorges of Oued Ziz through the oasis cities Errachidia and Erfoud in the Saharavillage Merzouga. Later to the canyons of the High Atlas. In the royal city of Marrakech with sightseeing. To the Capital Rabat, the Atlantic fortress Tangier and then to the ferry from Tangier Med to Spain.
First a short flight from Frankfurt (or other destination for additional cost) to Malaga in Andalusia Spain, our motorcycle transporter has just arrived. The next morning, trip to Algeciras and the crossing from the bay of Gibraltar to Tangier Med in Africa. The immigration formalities we can already start on board. Via Tétouan we reach the "blue city" Chefchaouen and in the evening we look at the maze of tiny streets and souks - pure fascination! The next day we cross the 2000 meter high plateaus of the Middle Atlas, then one step deeper into the wide landscape around Midelt where we spend the night. Through the gorges of the Oued Ziz we cross Errachidia, our first real desert town with its palms oases and continue towards the Sahara: The village of Merzouga is our destination, located directly on the high sand dunes of the Erg Chebbi.
On the following day there is the possibility for the enduro riders to go on a desert tour with some gravel and sand passages around the dunes of Erg Chebbi. Optional camel, jeep or quad safaris can be booked or simply relaxed by the pool - a real Saharan day!
A short desert stage on beautifully curved country roads leads us to the edge of the High Atlas with its deep ravines between peaks up to 4000 meters high. The next morning we start to the gorges Todra and Dades. Enduro riders can explore the connection of the two gorges on an 80 km long gravel road at almost 3000 meters altitude.
The World Heritage Site Ait Ben Haddou is located on the route to another highlight: Marrakech, a city like 1001 Nights. The next day we have time to explore this fascinating royal city. In the evening, the Djemaa el Fnaa, the place of the hanged man, awaits us with its incredible hustle and bustle on monkey and snakebearers, countless food stalls, orange juice presses, music tale tellers and jugglers. Next morning a ride to Rabat, the kingdoms capital at the Atlantic coast.
At our last morrocan day we follow the coast road to Tangier.
Only 60 kilometers to the ferry port Tanger Med on the Strait of Gibraltar. Another short ferry crossing to Algeciras and back to our hotel in Malaga. On board of the ferry we have opportunity to review all the incredible impressions of this trip.
Morocco is a country between the Middle Ages and the Modern. Somewhere in the middle of nowhere two Berber people in traditional Djellabas riding on their completely overloaded donkey through the desert - just like in the time of Jesus 2000 years ago, and then one of them pulls out his smartphone and films us passing motorcycle riders.
Otherwise: The hotels are clean and have almost some wine and beer for us tourists. The food is very wholesome and varied. There are enough gas stations, even for smaller tanks. The roads are well developed and paved. The people are extremely polite and helpful. Police checks are common, ensuring our safety without stopping us.
FIRST DAY: Flight to Malaga
DAY 2: Drive to Algeciras, ferry passage to Tangier Med and on to Chefchaouen
Driving distance approx. 270 km
DAY 3: Drive through the Middle Atlas to Midelt
Driving distance about 400 km
DAY 4: Drive through the valley of the Oued Ziz and through the first oasis towns to the Sahara village of Merzouga
Driving distance about 270 km
DAY 5: Desert enduro tour. Or optionally different safaris (jeep, quad, camel)
DAY 6: Drive to Boumalne Dades on the High Atlas
Driving distance approx. 250 km
DAY 7: Tour through the famous Dades and Todra Gorges
DAY 8: Drive via Ait Ben Haddou and over the 2260 m high Atlas pass Tizi N'Tichka to Marrakech
Driving distance approx. 350 km
DAY 9: city tour in Marrakech.
DAY 10: From Marrakech to Rabat at the Atlantic coast
Driving distance approx. 350 km
DAY 11: Transfer route from Rabat to Tangier
Driving distance about 250 km
DAY 12: Drive to Tangier Med and ferry passage to Algeciras, drive to Malaga
Driving distance about 180 km
DAY 13: Return flight to Germany (or to other countries)
Total distance motorcycle 2500 km
> Flight from Frankfurt (or other destinations) to Malaga/Spain*
> Transport of the motorcycle from Germany (Stuttgart region) to Algeciras an back
> Ferry passages Algeciras / Tangier Med / Algeciras
> 12 nights in beautiful, comfortable hotels
> 12 times menu or typical buffet in the evening
> 12 times breakfast buffet
> Fuel costs in Morocco
> Toll on Moroccan highways
> Luggage transport in our support van
>>> Minimum number of participants 8 persons <<<
* People coming from other countries as Gemany can also fly directly to Spain an get a rent bike. Ask us for the special conditions.
This first Morocco trip in the 2005 was a pure private tour with three good friends of mine. In November 2011, it was almost the route same that we still take today. After returning, I wrote a travel blog in Getjealous. If you are interested, you can read it in german language or watch 100 photos.
It is the diversity of landscapes that makes up Morocco's special attraction. The Mediterranean coast is reminiscent of southern Spain, the north is green, in the mountains we drive through fir forests as in the Black Forest - well, except for the monkeys that jump around there. Then follow the 2000 meter high plateau of the Middle Atlas - cool, bare with wide views to the four-thousand meter high Atlas mountains far in the west. Then, one level down to about 1000 meters, the steppes around Midelt. Then the canyons of the Oued Ziz and finally the first palm oases and the sand dunes of the Sahara. In the High Atlas we drive through verygrandiose canyons and in the high mountains to nearly 3000 meters. And then the cities: Chefchaouen in the north, the "blue city", is worth a visit alone. Narrow alleys, stairs - all painted blue and as good as car-free. You do not forget these impressions your whole life. Marrakech is 1001 nights pure, the Jemaa el Fna, the place of the hanged at night - jugglers, storytellers, snake and monkey tamers, orange juice presses, food stalls, the souks, the mosques, small streets ...
On the Atlantic Ocean, the fortress town of Essaouira with its interesting fishing port lies on a wave-shaped rock.
Some people still think with horror of previous trips to North Africa - on each sleeve hung a palaver seller ... Whatever - THAT IS REALLY FINAL. All Moroccans, including the police, are extremely polite and absolutely helpful.
We also should not forget that we drive around in their beautiful country for our pleasure, while they have to deny their existence there.
So we should treat them to a shop from time to time, buy some souvenirs, give a tip ... do not hand out alms but do normal business, share in our prosperity and just be as respectful and nice as they are themselves.