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From Ouirgane to Marrakech: A Gravel Bike Odyssey in the Atlas Mountains

Here's a 4-day gravel bike riding itinerary in Morocco, including detailed information for riders:

Day 1: Marrakech to Ourika Valley

  • Distance: Approximately 40-50 km
  • Terrain: Gravel roads, some climbs
  • Highlights: Ride from Marrakech to the stunning Ourika Valley, regarded as a small town and rural commune in Al Haouz Province of the Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz region of Morocco. At the time of the 2004 census, the commune had a total population of 26,990 people living in 4,777 households, and its  known for its picturesque landscapes and traditional Berber villages.
  • Depart from Marrakech which is the fourth largest city in Morocco. It is one of the four Imperial cities of Morocco and the capital of the Marrakesh-Safi region in the morning, heading southeast towards the Atlas Mountains.
  • Ride through scenic countryside, passing small villages and enjoying views of the

surrounding mountains. The region is primarily inhabited by Berber people, an indigenous group in North Africa. The valley provides an opportunity to experience the local Berber culture, traditions, and way of life. You can visit Berber villages, interact with the friendly locals, and explore their handicrafts and traditional products. The Ourika Valley is also famous for its saffron production. Saffron is cultivated in the terraced fields, and you can learn about the cultivation process and even purchase saffron products in the local markets.

  • Stop for a lunch break in a local café or picnic along the way.
  • Arrive in the Ourika Valley in the afternoon and check into your accommodation.
  • Optional: Explore the local village, visit a traditional market, or hike to the Setti Fatma waterfalls.
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner featuring traditional Moroccan cuisine.
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Day 2: Ourika Valley to Ouirgane

  • Distance: Approximately 60-70 km
  • Terrain: Gravel and dirt roads, moderate climbs
  • Highlights: Journey from the Ourika Valley to the beautiful Ouirgane Valley, experiencing diverse landscapes and charming Berber villages.

Depart from the Ourika Valley and continue your ride towards Ouirgan which considered a small town and rural commune in Al Haouz Province of the Marrakesh-Tensift-El Haouz region of Morocco. At the time of the 2004 census, the commune had a total population of 6916 people living in 1281 households. It is a Berber village.also The Ouirgane Valley is known for its picturesque landscapes, fertile green valleys, and traditional Berber villages. It offers a peaceful and scenic retreat away from the bustling city. The valley is surrounded by mountains, including Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa.

Visitors to the Ouirgane Valley can enjoy activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and exploring the local culture. The area is also home to various guesthouses and eco-lodges, providing accommodation options for those wishing to stay and explore the natural beauty of the region.

Overall, the Ouirgane Valley in Morocco offers an opportunity to experience the tranquility and beauty of the High Atlas Mountains, along with the rich Berber heritage of the region.

  • Enjoy the scenic beauty of the High Atlas Mountains and ride through terraced fields and traditional Berber villages.
  • Stop for lunch in a local restaurant or have a picnic in a picturesque spot.
  • Arrive in Ouirgane in the afternoon and settle into your accommodation.
  • Take some time to relax and explore the surroundings, or visit a nearby lake for a refreshing swim.
  • Dinner will be served at your accommodation, featuring local flavors.
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Day 3: Ouirgane to Takerkoust

  • Distance: Approximately 50-60 km
  • Terrain: Gravel and dirt roads, some challenging climbs and descents
  • Highlights: Ride from Ouirgane to the Takerkoust Dam, enjoying breathtaking views of the lake and the Atlas Mountains.
  • Depart from Ouirgane and continue your journey towards Takerkoust which is Lalla Takerkoust is a town in Al Haouz Province, Marrakesh-Safi, Morocco. According to the 2004 census it has a population of 3,348.and Takarkoust is known for its scenic location, nestled near the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. The town is situated on the banks of Lake Lalla Takerkoust, which is a man-made reservoir created by the construction of the Lalla Takerkoust Dam. The lake and its surroundings offer beautiful views and opportunities for outdoor activities.
  • Ride along the scenic countryside, passing through remote areas and enjoying the tranquility of nature of Kik plateaux that is also regarded as high plain or a tableland, is an area of a highland consisting of flat terrain that is raised sharply above the surrounding area on at least one side.
  • Stop for breaks to rest, hydrate, and take in the stunning views.
  • Reach the Takerkoust Dam in the afternoon and check into your accommodation.
  • Relax by the lake, take a refreshing swim, or simply enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
  • Dinner will be served at your accommodation, offering a taste of local cuisine.

Day 4: Takerkoust to Marrakech

  • Distance: Approximately 40-50 km
  • Terrain: Gravel and paved roads, moderate climbs and descents
  • Highlights: Complete your gravel bike adventure with a ride back to Marrakech, passing through traditional villages and ending in the vibrant city.
  • Depart from Takerkoust and start your final day of riding towards Marrakech.
  • Ride through the countryside, passing by traditional Berber villages and enjoying the scenic beauty of the surroundings and passing over Agafay desert which is located thirty kilometers in the South of Marrakech and extends over several hundred acres. This rocky desert, can be likened to a sand desert. Indeed, its white dunes stand and landscape are similar to the Sahara
  • Stop for a lunch break in the heart of Agafay desert dunes .
  • Continue your ride towards Marrakech, entering the bustling city in the afternoon.
  • Arrive at your accommodation in Marrakech, where you can relax and celebrate the completion of your bike tour.

Enjoy a farewell dinner in a local restaurant, savoring the flavors of Moroccan cuisine.

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