The Berbers are outnumbered by the Arab population that originally brought Islam to the region over 1400 years ago. The Arab population resides in the bustling cities and towns where Morocco’s rich history is evident in architecture, religion and traditions. In ancient cities such as Marrakech you can take leave from your bike and wander through a maze of narrow alleys, step back in time as you explore the old quarter, listen to the call to prayer reverberating through the streets, haggle over excellent handicraft souvenirs or colourful carpets in the souks. In Fes you can observe (and smell!) the process of making leather which hasn’t changed in centuries.
Morocco’s landscapes are as diverse as its people, with Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines, the towering Atlas and Rif Mountains and the rolling dunes of the Sahara. Ride your bike through palm-fringed gorges, across desert plateaux, past fortified kasbahs to cool desert oases. The High Atlas Range gives way to the Jebel Sahro Range then on to the Sahara. You can spend the night under desert skies in a nomad desert camp for an Arabian night experience.
The mild climate for cycling from October to May is perfectly suited as an escape from our colder months. At higher altitudes in the mountains you need to wait for the snow on the high passes to melt and ride between May and September.