Road To Sahara Desert
Morocco, a kingdom of rich heritage, wonders and mystery, mountain ranges, golden beaches and venture to the south you’ll find Morocco’s most famous natural wonder… the spectacular Sahara Desert. Morocco is truly a kingdom that rewards the curious and on the way you’ll discover lush oases, cascading river gorges, rich groves of figs, olives and flora and palmeraie.
MTB Morocco Tours offer a unique opportunity for a once in a lifetime cycling experience through this mystical land of North Africa to one of the great natural wonders of the world. This five day cycling adventure will transport you back to a land and culture unspoiled and untouched of modernity, you will go on your own spellbinding adventure of discovery of this extraordinary land on two wheels from the bustling bazaars of Marrakesh, over the the ancient Atlas mountains, through desert towns of Merzouga and Ouarzazate (Hollywood’s destination of choice when it comes to filming desert epics) to the towering dunes of the mighty Sahara… there is no other bike ride quite like it anywhere in the world!
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Chamharouch : The king of jinns
Sidi (Saint) Chamharouch is a name of the sultan of the jinns (King of Devils). It is located at 2350m altitude halfway on the trail of Imlil to Refuge Toubkal. It is a group of small shops (boutiques, Maurs cafés, rooms,...) that surround a big white stone (painted white) under which it was built a sort of mausoleum with a so-called tomb of the King of jinns (Chamharouch).
It is a well known place and frequented by Moroccan people and tourists. Superstitious and uncultivated families bring their patients suffering from mental diseases (crises epileptics, hysterical, crisis of nerves,...) and slaughter a sheep, a goat or a chicken as an offering that depends on the degree of the disease with a prejudice that the patient is haunted by Devils “that forces them” come to make the pilgrimage to their King with the aim to be released and cured.
Hikers resort there in order to take a rest and drink the Berber tea or hang out in the handicrafts shops before continuing their ascent of the jbel Toubkal at 4167m of altitude, the culmination of Toubkal National Park as well as the North Africa.
Bike tour for 8 days of adventure in the heart of Morocco, this tour for explore, discover the Berber culture and traditions, our destination just to show you how is Morocco, how the berbers lives in the Moutains and why they live there, join to challenge and get knowldg.
ATLAS GRAND TOUR - MOROCCO
Our tour of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco has always been popular with those seeking a little adventure from their cycling holidays. This year we have extended the tour to 8 days, from Saturday 14th to Saturday 21st March 2021.
Starting from Marrakesh we will take you up into the High Atlas Mountains, stopping at Imlil Village (base camp for much of the High Atlas Trekking and Climbing); and at a remote hotel on the top of Tizi n' Test (one of the most famous passes over the High Atlas). Whilst in the High Atlas you will be living & cycling at altitudes over 2200 meters.
You will then descend the other side of the Atlas Mountains to the Souss Plains along the edge of the Sahara Desert. Passing through Taliouine (famous for its saffron - the world's most expensive spice), we will traverse the Souss-Massa with its Mars-like landscape before heading back into the High Atlas Mountains. This time we will use the infamous Tizi n' Tichka pass to bring us back over the mountains to complete our journey back to Marrakesh.
Our tour of the Atlas Mountains is all-inclusive and fully supported. You will have two guides cycling along with you and a support van following behind. Our local Berber support crews will keep you supplied with freshly brewed mint tea and a fantastic array of fesh local food throughout the day.
We are now taking bookings for the Atlas Grand Tour 2021.
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Atlas Grand Tour 2019:
My partner and I visited Morocco for a road cycling tour, booked via Just Events Ltd. Lahcen and his team organised the trip locally, making sure that all the logistics were sorted and catering for our every need. This meant that bags were in the right place at the right time, all meals were provided in a timely fashion, and that a van was never far away if the hills became too steep. Overall, the service was A+++; I cannot fault the service and i would not hesitate to return. We had a wonderful week's cycling!
To cycle in Morocco is not only to discover the mountainous artery through this magnificent country, the Atlas Range, but also some of the culturally important hubs along the way. These may be great historic cities like Marrakech or Fes, or smaller but no less significant Berber villages and desert oases. Morocco’s beauty is like a multi-tiered cake, in fact. With the snowy mountains on top, the Sahara in the middle and the Atlantic coast forming another fabulous, frothy flavour. Sprinkled all over with multi-cultural influences and natural wonders from giant sand dunes to canyons such as Todra or Dades.
The history of cycling infrastructure starts from shortly after the bike boom of the 1880s when the first short stretches of dedicated bicycle infrastructure were built, through to the rise of the automobile from the mid-20th century onward and the concomitant decline of cycling as a means of transport, to cycling's comeback from the 1970s onward.
There have been a lot of studies on the safety of all types of bikeways. Proponents say that segregation of cyclists from fast or frequent motorized traffic is necessary to provide a safe and welcoming cycling environment. Opponents point out the increased risk from various types of infrastructure including shared use paths.
This article is an outline of the activity of cycling. For an outline about bicycles themselves, see the outline of bicycles.
The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to cycling:
Cycling, also called bicycling or biking, is the use of bicycles for transport, recreation, or for sport. Persons engaged in cycling are cyclists or bicyclists. Apart from ordinary two-wheeled bicycles, cycling also includes riding unicycles, tricycles, quadricycles, and other similar human-powered vehicles (HPVs).
Cycling infrastructure being placed in Chicago, Illinois.
Signposted green way, bordering on a Gracchus in Northern, Germany
Cyclists use a segregated cut through of a busy interchange in London at rush hour.
Cycling infrastructure refers to all infrastructure which may be used by cyclists. This includes the same network of roads and streets used by motorists, except those roads from which cyclists have been banned (e.g., many freeways/motorways), plus additional bike ways that are not available to motor vehicles, such as bike paths, bike lanes, cycle tracks and, where permitted, sidewalks, plus amenities like bike racks for parking and specialized traffic signs and signals. Cycling modal share is strongly associated with the size of local cycling infrastructure.
This Fietspad or Bicycle Path is in the Netherlands safely linking housing with decent street lights.
The manner in which the public road network is designed, built and managed can have a significant effect on the utility and safety of cycling. The cycling network may be able to provide the users with direct, convenient routes minimizing unnecessary delay and effort in reaching their destinations. Settlements with a dense road network of interconnected streets tend to be viable utility cycling environments.