Route 15 days
Start in Málaga in Spain (6 additional days prior to and 1 additional day after the regular, 8-days Atlas & Desert allroad raid)
Fez – Fez is a raid and does not have many moments of rest. This extra week is specifically meant for a true vacation. Freedom and happiness and doing what you enjoy. Of course we daily offer a beautiful motor tour and besides the beach we visit the Sierra Nevada. During these rides the sweeper car is stand-by and we transport your luggage from hotel to hotel. Our supervision for this week is included, however not the costs for hotels.
In case you choose the 15-day trip, we expect you on Sunday the 2nd of April in Málaga and you can fly back home Sunday the 16th of April.
Day 1 (15-days): Málaga is easy to fly to, we welcome you in this bubbly port in a lovely hotel at one of the best beaches of Spain where you can also go snorkelling.
Day 2 (15-days): Lucky Luke and the amazing Sierra Nevada. While creating my routes, I often feel like Lucky Luke. Most of the time I have actually no idea which route I’ll ride the next day and I’m just guided by nature and fantastic motor roads. The journey starts at the beach and along the winding tracks through motor paradise you reach 2.000 Metres height in no time in these throughout all seasons beloved mountains of Andalusia. Walkers, bikers, horseback riders and mountain climbers are all in love with this area and during wintertime it’s also a popular winter sports destination. A gravel path makes you truly experience the Sierra Nevada. We spend the night in Granada.
Day 3 (15-days): I love Spain and the Spanish kitchen. Today we enjoy beautiful Spain in a relaxed way, first we go to the top of the Sierra Nevada, which is the highest mountain of the Spanish continent, the Mulhacen, at 3.481 metres height. Afterwards, there’s the opportunity to visit one of the most famous sights of Spain, the middle-aged palace Alhambra. The road trip continues through the endless olive tree plants towards a typical Spanish hotel where we spend the night. Taking a nice swim and having a delightful glass of Spanish wine with a good meal is what follows next. Cheers!
Day 4 (15-days): The route to port Algeciras is just like the route through the Sierra Nevada a must for motorbike riders. It’s a joy to ride the low traffic winding roads that find their way through the rough Spanish surroundings. We spend the night in a good hotel in Algeciras.
Day 5 (15-days): We cross over to Morocco with the boat at 10.00 o’clock. The boat trip takes a little more than an hour and makes you realise you’re travelling. Customs takes another hour, you can get money from the banking machine, 1 Euro is about 10 Dirham. Pay attention, Euro cards are of no use because you’re in Africa, Visa or Master work fine. After the Moroccan Customs we ride along a country road where you easily get used to a fabulous country you must have been to. We spend the night in the holy town Chefchaouen, which I personally prefer because it is beautiful and more quiet than Fez or Marrakech. Chefchaouen is situated in the Rif-mountains and is also called the blue village, which needs no explanation while walking through the streets of this pittoresque and photogenic town. It’s lovely to walk through the fabulous Medina. You notice the remarkably relaxed lifestyle, which might be caused by the weed production in this town.
Day 6 (15-days): Chefchaouen – Fez The chosen route through the Rif Mountains is fantastic to ride and we have plenty of time to enjoy the sights and to experience it, because that is what (also) makes motorbike riding great. You literally breath in the country with all its sights and beautiful nature. Eventually we ride through Fez and finish in a peaceful oasis.
Day 7 (15-days): Today is about sightseeing in Fez or a roundtrip by motorbike if desired. The participants of the 8-day raid arrive at the hotel today. Fez is one of the most well-known imperial cities of Morocco. You must have seen it once, in particular Fes el Bali (ancient city). This part with the ancient medina (the old, original part) is at the UNESCO world heritage list. Cobalt blue pottery, impressive mosques, majestic palaces and of course… souks (Moroccan marketplace)!
Day 8 (15-days): Through a quiet dual road we leave Fez. Soon we bend off, and the enjoyment begins. Perfect asphalt brings you to a ski area, you can zip up your jacket because it’s not warm at all. It’s delightful to ride, what a country, it’s like you’re in the Belgian Ardennes. Through a gravel road we enter the unmeasurable cedar woods where the trees have the circumference of my Defender. When you watch closely, you might see monkeys. These cedar woods are the habitat of the tailless Magot monkeys, the only monkey species that lives the free life.
The middle Atlas is in the eastern part of Morocco and exists out of limestone and sandstone mountains, which offers the most wonderful colour patterns. The mountaintops reach over 3.000 metres. We spend the night at a delightful mountain lake, the meadows are full with flowers and the rose garden of our hotel is blooming.
Day 9 (15-days):Via small asphalt and winding roads we ride through the Middle Atlas. Instead of lots of traffic you meet lots of donkeys, another means of transportation. It’s so quiet and a beautiful nature! Our unpaved route climbs over a mountain, no speed, just easy riding through a deserted world. Sometimes you pass some kind of settlement where people truly welcome you. Then there’s asphalt again and the woods are left behind. The Atlas Mountains are also called Adrad en Dren which means something like ‘the mountain of mountains’. We enter the high Atlas Mountains, it’s an area you must have seen, it can really compete with the States. The mountaintops reach more than 4 kilometres and the views are stunning. We spend the night in a nice hotel which we also use during our offroad rally raid.
Day 10 (15-days): We stay at the same hotel and make a roundtrip through the famous canyons Gorges du Todrha and Gorges du Dadès. The unpaved mountain pass brings you 3.000 metres high and is well to ride. The intense colours and remarkable shapes of the gaps and limestone cliffs will sweep you off your feet. It’s a day in the beautiful word of the high Atlas Mountains you must have experienced.
Day 11 (15-days): We leave the Atlas Mountains and enter the largest sand desert on earth, the Sahara, to visit the orange sand dunes of Erg Chebbi. We advise a two-hour ride by quad to explore the sand dunes that can reach heights of 150 metres, another option is to go by camel of by foot. We spend the night in a fabulous kasbah. Be sure you go outside to take a look at the starry night!
Day 12 (15-days): By now you’ve found out if you enjoy riding the stages. Today we offer a real Dakar-experience for those who fancy it. Of course you can choose for the asphalt road, which is also beautiful. We have breakfast in the desert while watching the sunrise, which is amazing. It’s still cold when we hit the road to ride the challenging but well-passable stages. We quickly leave the tourists behind and disappear into no man’s land. You can’t get lost because, you ride on track. If it makes you feel saver, of course you could rent a Spot personal tracker at: www.satcomm.nl
Day 13 (15-days): Slowly but surely we leave the desert behind and find our way on nice small asphalt roads through the Middle Atlas back to Fez.
Day 14 (15-days): Through the Rif mountains we ride towards Málaga in Spain. For a moment you think you’re in Portugal, later we pass large weed plants and cross the Rif mountains with its pure nature. The coast road along the Mediterranean is one of the most beautiful ones in your life. More than 100km of coast roads, just amazing. We take the boat back to Spain at 18.00 o’clock. After 150km of highway we arrive at the airport hotel in Málaga around midnight.
Day 15 (15-days): Sunday the 16th of April we take the flight back home after a fantastic experience.