Any tips for Morocco?
essuera has a really good fish market where they’ll cook it for you, marrakesh is fun but super hectic. Take a packet of cigarettes to offer police (smooths the journey), be prepared to haggle on everything. If you’re paying more than half the price you’d pay in the UK, you’re being ripped off.
Chefchuan and tagazout would probably be my highlights, but I recon they’re both a bit out of the way for youPosted 5 months agowelshfarmerSubscriber
I will write an extensive reply later. But. I would choose Fez over Marrakesh as an intro to Morrocan culture. What type of bike are you on? Can it/you handle gravel tracks? This will make a huge difference in recommendations of where you should go and where you won’t be able to 🙂Posted 5 months agofreeagentMember
I’ve done 2 ‘Landrover’ touring holidays in Morocco, and will be going back as soon as I can afford another 4×4.
Personally I enjoyed the area further south the best – Mhamid, Zagora, etc.
They are proper old fashioned desert towns.
However, try and go to Aït Benhaddou – just north of Ouarzazate.
There are loads of auberge type guest houses, but worth trying to do a nights wild camping if you can.
here is a couple of pics from our trips (2006 and 2009)
Dakar rally route near the Algerian border –
Salt lake in southern Morocco
I think this was in the Atlas mountains –
wild camping spot in southern Morocco
Road from Mhamid to ZagoraPosted 5 months ago
Make sure you make it clear that you want to stay where your bike will be stored inside a building. I struggle to think of many places in Marrakech’s medina that could do this but if you go to the hotels in the suburbs you will pay through the nose. I was in the Ourika valley earlier this year, that was pretty spectacular. I think more fun could be had in remoter areas than the usual tourist spots and be wary of riding at night as you get plenty of unlit donkey carts and animals running around. I’d be a bit cautious about camping rough, there’s some pretty exotic insects there that could f you up good and proper.Posted 5 months agomarcusMember
Are you sticking to tarmac ? If not have a look at Chris Scott’s book Morocco overland, which has some lovely routes in it.- Having said that, a few of them may be surfaced now.Posted 5 months ago
They are a bit further south than you are currently planning, but I would recommend Tafraoute and Taroudant are worth a look. Also Hotel Sahara Sky near Zagora and Hotel Bab RImal in Foum Zguid were very ‘sureal’howsyourdad1Subscriber
I went in 2001 when I was 19 so any advice is probably out of date, but it really is a wonderful place. However I still struggle to eat a tagine, it was all I ate for four weeks straight. The hash was superb 😀 and stick with the mint tea, it takes a few attempts to like it as its so sweet but its great for when after you have sweated balls all day. enjoy!Posted 5 months ago
Off to Morocco on Saturday for 6 days of touring on the motorbike. Planning a circular tour from Casablanca; I don’t want to spend all day on the bike so thinking 300km a day ish.
I’d like to get up into the mountains, to the Sahara if possible and and also the coast. Essaouira has been recommended and I’d like to at least pop in to Marrakesh.
Rough idea of route (but taking minor roads rather than the main roads that Google has plotted:
Planning on a mix of wild camping where I can get away with it with the odd night in hotels. Any recommendations of places not to miss or alternativelyPosted 5 months ago
avoid would be welcome.Rockape63Member
Been to Morocco twice in the past year, Marrakech and Agadir and I can confirm the mint tea is disgusting! They keep serving it and I did my best but could never finish it.
Don’t know enough about the country, but the west coast has some great beaches and some impressive views, so maybe Casablanca to Agadir would be a great route. Certainly sounds awesome!Posted 5 months agorickmeisterSubscriber
Zagora and Imlil would offer some great riding and big scenery. Zagora is on the edge of the desert too.
All the local villages we stayed in had simple accommodation, often with a small Hammam… Coastal route to Agadir and Essouira would be great. There is a lot of big open spaces of dry fields in the north.
Dates gorge and some of the Tizi named passes would also be ace and are well surfaced.Posted 5 months agowlMember
Fes is amazing. Skoura is well worth a visit and a night too – quite unlike anywhere I’ve been. Meknes is also smart, and the Atlas region too, obviously. Dades Gorge would be ace on a motorbike. Try to learn some basic Arabic (greetings, thanks etc). We found the the locals appreciate this more than speaking French. Mint tea? Not my cup of tea. I’ll get my coat…Posted 5 months agojambalayaSubscriber
Essaoura is interesting, fairly rough and ready fishing port famed for Orson Wells filming there, we stayed a bit up the coast in Riad Rebali. Pretty windy there well known for kite surf these days I think.
Mountains where the highlight for us, we went in Jan and had first snows. Marrakesh is an assault on the senses and patience. Try and find a chilled Riad to get away from it all for a bit (Riad Hikaya for us)Posted 5 months agoLittleNoseSubscriber
Only been to Marrakesh, everyone friendly, but everyone wants to sell you something.
In Marrakesh we found that our wallets were constantly worried about being assaulted by the friendly people… never once felt personally threatened.
I’d also second that the road signage can be confusing… when we came back to the city looking for the airport we had to follow the airport bus.
BTW I’m very jealous!Posted 5 months agoscudMember
I used to run 5 week trips round Morocco in an old converted truck, beautiful place and away from the salesmen, great people.
Avoid, Tangiers it’s where the drugs and money changing takes place and avoid Casablanca unless you’re over that way, it’s the bureaucratic centre and apart from the mosque, not a great deal else there..Also avoid Agadir, it’s where old French people get winter sun, bit like Moroccan Bournemouth.
As well as the places above i’d recommend Chefchaouen in the northern Rif mountains, great first place to get to if you are getting ferry across from Spain (Algercias to Ceuta best route), then from there, head down to Fez and Meknes, Fez is the largest ancient medina in the world, and worth getting a guide for.
If you head in to the Atlas Mountains at all, worth seeing the gorges at Todra and Dades and the waterfalls at Cascades D’Ouzoud. If you’re planning to see the Sahara, easiest and most well know entry point is at Erg Chebbi and great campsite on route as Meski (old Foreign Legion camp built round natural spring)
Second Essaoura as a great little town, different vibe to rest of Morocco and you may see the odd surfing arab with dreads.. some great restaurants too.
If i think of anything else while avoiding work i’ll let you know, but if you have questions email me, got loads of books and mapping here too (although 15 years old many of them), spent over 2 years there in total and loved itPosted 5 months agoRustyNissanPrairieMember
I lived there for 2 years whilst working on an engineering project.
Most things are covered above, but;
Don’t speed even on the empty autoroute upto Meknes/Fes – lots of cops have speed cameras.
Be aware of the local motorbike mounted guides as you approach Fes-harmless but will mither you (every single day whilst commuting between Meknes and Fes).
Sheraton Fes has a decent happy hour in the bar if you need to escape the mither
Be a bit switched on if your going through the Rif weed growing areas
Buy 200 Malboro’s before arriving to ease any officialdom
Don’t trust the hotel car park ‘guardians’ – had my local car damaged (broken window/rummaged interiors) a few times despite always tipping the guy (Casablanca)
Take plenty of pics and post them on here when you return!Posted 5 months agopaulxSubscriber
What bikes are those? Ténéré?
That is basically what I want to do, any feedback on the bikes?
This was back in 2002 on Honda XR400r s- they were bullet proof – not the most comfortable but oodles of fun. I se they are running KTM’s now,
We went with these guys Wilderness Wheels. I think they had just started back then. Peter is the guy to speak to to at WW.
The thread has got me thinking I should get the gang back together for a 15 year anniversary re-run of the tour. Might have trouble getting that past the good wife as I have explained many times that the MTB’s were to replace the dirt bikes…Posted 5 months ago
I’m back. Didn’t quite manage to share any pics during the trip, but made it safely home last Sunday.
It was an incredible week, such an amazing country. Everybody was so welcoming, the wild camping was fantastic and the trails amazing. I mainly stuck to the road, with the occasional bit of off road. Definitely want to return with more time and my own bike and explore some more pistes with less time pressure.
Route was basically Casablanca – Azrou – Erfoud – Merzouga – Ouarzazate – Aït Benhaddou – Telouet – Marrakesh – Essaouira – Casablanca
1650km in 7 days in the end, can’t wait to return.
A few photos:
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