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Morocco Tour SPT14046

Monday, October 27, 2014 | Domenico Schiano Moriello | Africa

Day 1, Malaga - Ceuta

Welcome to Malaga, southern Spain, where another great Edelweiss tour is about to begin! We are heading south and we are going to explore Morocco, this country of western Africa  with a multiethnic society and a rich culture... and of course full of wonderful landscapes... desert, mountains, valleys and sea! As you can understand, we can't wait to be there!

After leaving Malaga to the south we followed the Andalusian coast, before we approached the British city of Gibraltar. To reach the old town, we had to cross the airport runway... and of course give way to the aircrafts! After a lunch break and a quick look at some shops, a cable car too us to the top of “Rock of Gibraltar", one of the Pillars of Hercules that in ancient times marked the limit to the known world. Nowadays, apart from the great view, one of the attractions of this place are the monkeys, being the only place in Europe where wild monkeys live! Then we continued to the port of Algeciras where we took the ferry to reach the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, on the African continent! Tomorrow we will finally enter Morocco!

Going up the Rock with the cable car

The first monkeys welcoming us


a view from the Rock...

anotherview from the Rock...

Boats in the strait of Gibraltar

the cable car

our brave riders, Art, Mathew, Diana, Laura, Jim and Judd

The lighthouse of Gibraltar, in its southernmost point.

The Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque of Gibraltar, the southernmost mosque in continental Europe and one of the largest in a non-Muslim country.


Diane, Jim, Mathew, Art and Judd

a walk by night in Ceuta


Day 3, Chefchaouen - Rabat

After our first night in Morocco we left Chefchaouen and continued through the beautiful Rif mountains. Reaching the Atlantic coast, we stopped in the small fishing village of Moulay Bousselham for lunch and then headed south until we approached the modern capital of Morocco – Rabat.

Picture stop in the twisty roads of the Rif mountains

The Atlantic Ocean!


Day 5, restday in Marrakech

Today we got to know the breathtaking Medina of Marrakech and of course took a guided tour also in the souk! There are various sections, textile markets, leather markets or carpet markets... and so on! Dinner was in the focal point of Marrakech, Djemaa el-Fna, a huge square in the old city. This is the place where everybody meets and where the jugglers exhibit their talent. What a lively place!

Day 6, Marrakech - Ait Ben Haddou

We left Marrakech climbing up on the spectacular pass road to the Tizi n Tichka, in the fantastic scenery of the Moroccan mountain world. On the southern side of the Atlas mountains the vegetation slowly changed and we could feel the nearness of the Sahara. Before reaching the hotel, we saw the ksar of Ait Ben Haddou, a Uneco World Heritage Site where several films have been shot including recently the "Gladiator" and "Alexander".

Climbing up...

Backroads near Telouet

our beautiful hotel

wiew of Ait Ben Haddou

Day 7,  Ait Ben Haddou - Boumalne Dades

Today, after a visit at the famous "Atlas Studios", where many movies were filmed, we road on the famous “Route of the Kasbahs”, once the caravan road between the desert and Marrakech, and then we reached the hotel where some of us decided to go for an extra loop in the beautiful Dades Gorges... despite threathening weather!

inside the Atlas studios

on the "Route of the Kasbahs"

The Dades Gorges

Day 8-9, Boumalne Dades - Erfoud 

We finally entered the desert! After a ride in the magnificent Gorges du Todra, we continue direction Tinejdad, where we left the main route, and through dry and stony plains we reach the caravan base Erfoud.

Once arrived there, we could go with some 4x4 cars deeper inside the desert for a overnight in the tends and, for the early birds, a ride on the camels the morning after to wait for the sunset in the dunes!


desert is starting!


sand dunes

sunset in the desert

our tends

sunrise in the desert

long shadows!

Day 10 Erfoud - Fes

Today it was our longest riding day. We continued our adventure along the beautiful Ziz valley, where we passed by many palm oases limited by the steeply rising mountains of the High Atlas. Then the road lead us through the mountains until we reached  Midelt for lunch. Since it had begun raining, we decided to skip the high road leading us through Ifrane and we took a road reaching a much lower altitude... but the road was not really in "very good conditions"!

The Ziz valley

Rain gear on!

Our group before reaching Midelt

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Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 09:31

Great trip! Thanks to both of you for all the great riding and wonderful experiences we will remember for ever.
I can't wait for our next Edelweiss trip!
Diana Fly
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 15:31

I also agree with Art!.... this Alibaba thing has gone to his head
Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 22:52

Judd and I agree with everything Art said... I am still laughing about "Alibabas lamp purchase!"
Today was the best day so far. Great weather, great rodes at a great pace, great scenery, people, food, etc. this will be hard to top! Thanks Domenico for keeping the blog going, even with the bad wifi we have had the last couple days. We look forward to riding with you tomorrow!
Cheers and good night!
Art Engel
Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 20:38

Today we left Marratach after a great rest day visiting the old city abd the souk. Our riding partner Jim bought way to many lamps to shipped back to San Diego . I think he trying to live up to his Moroccoan Name "alibaba" We rode the Atlas Mountains which I consider to be spectular. The red, desert mountains are a sight to see. The villages along the way are made from red clay and blend into the mountainsides.The roads were more fun than the Alps, the Dolamites or anything in the USA. Great trip!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 22:44

Wow, what a great post! I am happy to discover this blog and will now check it daily.
I can speak for all of us, we are really enjoying every day, every minute and every memory you are showing us! Every night I go to bed with excitement for the next day!
Keep it coming guys


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