The Toughest Footrace
Rafting and Kayaking
SkiingWarm up on the beginner slope, where J-bar surface lifts haul you up the hill old-school style. Once you've got your ski legs, pop your bindings and head for the donkeys at the base of the slopes to hitch a ride to the chairlift. There are two resorts: one near Fès, and another near Marrakesh. The one in Fes is little more than a sledding hill, with unreliable snow coverage and two surface lifts. While the one near Marrakesh is Morocco's only true ski resort and has super-steeps, a whopping 1000 m vertical drop, and has North Africa's highest lift to reach the summit.
SurfingHaven for surfers of all levels and blessed with year round swells and great beaches, the Taghazout region, 22km north of Agadir, is the perfect surfing spot for everyone from beginnersto advanced surfers. The area is dotted with surfing instructors and schools so if you’re new to surfing this isa great place to start. Along with Taghazout, Essaouira is one of Morocco’s most popular surf spots. Wave amplitude varies throughout the year, but generally winter and fall are the best times for surfing.
HikingMorocco has some of the world’s best walks, hikes and treks, ranging from famous mountain hiking and trekking trails in the Atlas and the Rif Mountains. Hiking is popular in Morocco, and you can stay overnight in huts (refuges), rural homes (and even castles), or camp. Walking, hiking and trekking tours and holidays in Morocco are so varied that everyone’s taste and energy levels can be met.
The Toughest FootraceKnown as Marathon des Sables, this footrace takes places through one of the most grueling environments, the Sahara. Training for survival during this footrace starts months in advance. This 80km adventure over a span of 7 days certainly is a must do if adventure sports and challenges are your calling.
Rafting and KayakingMelted water from the Atlas Mountains in the spring makes for the best time to try white water rafting and kayaking in the Ahansal, N’Fiss or Ourika River. An hour or two from Marrakech are these best rafting rivers. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a pro, these rivers offer a great variety of rapids to suit your abilities. A kayaking trip down one of the several rivers in Morocco calls for some of the most picturesque topography underneath the always prevalent Moroccan sunshine.
Mountain BikingRide through sleepy Berber villages via quiet tracks where you may pass a donkey or two. You can find yourself enroute ‘The Valley of the Roses’, world renown for growing the fabulously scented Damascus rose and a classified UNESCO site or to Ouarzazate and the heart of the south. Pass through a deserted valley, following the Oued (river) and end the day in ‘ The Gardens of Ouarzazate’, the lush green sanctuary of a vast plantation of palm trees. Ridingthrough the M’Goun Valley,one of the most beautiful valleys in Morocco, you head towards the mythic gorges of the Dades, a must see before you leave the place.
Camel TrekkingHave you seen those scenic pictures of scarf covered people riding camels against an occur-blue background? Camel trekking is the most common and sought after activity in Morocco. One of the best ways of getting around a dessert and with the recent opening of the Algerian border, roaming around in that area adds a brand new angle to camel trekking, away from the everyday camel trekking. How many people can say that they rode a camel from Morocco into another country?