Travel deep into the Atlas Mountains on remote trails known only to our local, experienced mountain bike leaders. Stunning singletrack, challenging terrain, beautiful scenery and seldom-visited villages, that’s what this holiday is all about. You’ll also spend each night in a comfortable hotel or delightful French-Moroccan guesthouse, sampling wonderful food and enjoying the very best Moroccan hospitality. This is Moroccan "All mountain" biking at its very best.
Our Moroccan MTB Partnership
Every CycleActive tour is led by an MBLA qualified, highly experienced CycleActive guide from the UK. For this tour, we have teamed up with the most experienced mountain bike guides in Morocco, with 20 years experience in the Atlas Mountains. This combination gives us great flexibility and unprecedented access to secret trails. Their skills as leaders, mechanics and instructors will make sure your rides run smoothly and safely.
Please Note: This is a sample itinerary only as the guides will select the best rides for each day, depending on the group, the weather and other factors.
Our destination is the Medina, or old walled city, where you can head into the narrow alleys known as souks. This covered labyrinth contains stalls that sell just about everything, and it’s a great place to test your haggling skills if you want to buy something. As evening comes it's great to explore the main square, Djemaa el Fna. There is no place on earth like it, with its snake charmers, musicians, acrobats and entertainers. From here we head on to a great French/Moroccan restaurant for dinner, followed by a good rest before the first day of biking.
Our destination is the remarkable farm land foot hills just outside the town of Talbanine (760m), a beautiful yet crumbling place which is surrounded by fertile, rolling countryside still tended by the local villagers in a traditional way. This morning we ride 26km of undulating rock track, which is a great way to acclimatise to the varied technical trail conditions for the week ahead. This flowing singletrack takes us into the back streets of Touama, where we twist and turn through the hustle and bustle of market town life. This is followed by a superb traditional lunch in the heart of town.
The afternoon has a full 24km of flowing, scenic and sometimes technically challenging riding. With craggy mountains looming over lush green rivers, villages appear out of nowhere, disguised by their simple construction using the soil and rock of the surrounding mountains. We ride through one of these villages, Douar Ifghan Negra, before making our way down to our hotel close by.
Lunch is at the panoramic view point Pre de Tiglatine, which overlooks our afternoon ride. We may have left the mornings steep slopes behind, but the rocks are still plentiful. With some punchy climbs in the mix after lunch we get to enjoy a great rollercoaster of an afternoon, still predominantly downhill, and giving a grand total of 2060m of descent on the day. We finish back at Auberge Le Maquis for another night.
The afternoon is "all down" and requires lots of concentration, with some impressive drops to our left hand side we pilot our bikes on this fast cambered descent.
Another great alternative for those who want a rest from the bike but a chance to experience another side of Morocco, is to take a short taxi ride to Setti Fatma, the village at the end of the valley. The Ourika Valley is a national park and has plenty of beautiful sites to see, Setti Fatma is just one in this tranquil region. Being a dead-end valley there is little traffic along here, making it a great place to enjoy a lazy lunch and a splash in the river.
The whole of this ride is a scenic, biking extravaganza but the final 16km singletrack section is a real highlight of the trip, with possibly some of the best mountain biking you’ll ever do. It gets call the magic carpet ride, due to is flowing undulating nature. Here you can pedal or pump your bike for speed, ride the small ridges and flow in between. This is the ultimate mix of four-cross bmx all mountain flowing freeride as we pump, jump and float our way down these remarkable trails.
After lunch we start our drive back to Marrakech, which takes 1.5hrs. This gives us a little time to pack bikes and freshen up before heading out for a last night's meal together.