Biking from Essaouira to the Atlas Mountains
Biking from Essaouira to the Atlas Mountains :
This tour runs in the south-west of Morocco, from Marrakech, Essaouira, Agadir and back to Marrakech. It crosses a varied topography: rocky coasts, desert plains and a high mountain pass. It’s an opportunity to experience the traditional local lifestyle of the villages and witness the real hospitality of their inhabitants.
Day 01: Marrakech – Essaouira
After breakfast, we will dedicate some time to fitting bikes and safety procedures in Marrakech before heading to Essaouira. Arrival to Essaouira & chech-in. Time for sightseeing of the ancient ramparts of this Portuguese fortified harbor city. Dinner will be taken at the famous fishermen stalls, serving fresh seafood bought from the local market. Return to the hotel for the overnight.
Day 02: Essaouria – Imsouane
Today’s biking adventure will lead us to the coastal town of Imsouane. After arrival & relaxing, we will dedicate the rest of the afternoon to visit this charming locality. Dinner by the sea side. Overnight in a small hotel situated on a peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic.
Day 03: Tachedirt – Imsker – Tiziane
A hearty breakfast and stock of energy bars will see us through the next piece of mind blowing singletrack! From Imi orlad we head through the Tiziatin Forest and Gorge. The scenery is amazing if you can take your eyes off the trail! After lunch head of towards Tizi n’Test (2092m). A steady climb on singletrack and dirt track for about an hour then another night in a Gite with dinner cooked, as always, by Our Berber chef. (32 km day’s journey)
Day 04: Tiziane – Ouirgane – Amizmiz Valley
Another hearty breakfast and stock of energy bars mixed with singletrack and piste takes us towards to Ouirgane. Again, the scenery, views and villages you pass through on this stretch are breathtaking.
After lunch we leave Ouirgane one more singletrack which will take us to Amizmiz where we stay in a comfortable hotel for the night. 32 km day’s journey
Day 05: Amizmiz – Wadakar
From here we head up the Oued Amizmiz Valley to Azeghour, steady piste riding and stunning scenery. At Azeghour we head towards Toulkine on the other side of the river on singletrack all the way to Adghous. From here the trail becomes more technical (loose and rocky) until we reach Tiqlit and pick up a short dirt track to Wadakar. The majority of this day is on more technical singletrack so even though it’s only about 30km,
Day 06: Wadakar – Imlil
By now you’ll be pretty tired! So after breakfast we head back towards Imlil one more twisting singletrack. Less technical and faster than yesterday, this is real grin factor stuff! Total ride time today is about three hours but still worth every minute. If we have time and the legs for it there is an option for another big singletrack descent into Imlil, but the climb to the top pass at 2200m will test your legs. 35 km day’s journey
Day 07: Imlil – Marrakech
Pack up the bikes after breakfast, load the 4×4 and off to the hotel in Marrakech for the day and night. Explore the city and if your up for it, a Hammam to help refresh aching limbs!
Day 08: Marrakech – Airport
Transfer to the Airport