Without renting an apartment in Milan, without packing our staff in the boxes in Nuremberg, just before we move from Germany to Italy we decided to take the opportunity to make a holiday between our ex-job and the new one. We made a bike tour for three weeks in Morocco. We chose Morocco for the holiday because of the good experiences Pinar made on her visit in 2002, the well known hospitality of Moroccan people, the suitable weather and the famous Atlas Mountains.
On the 14th of April 2008, we landed in Agadir early in the morning. As we waited for our luggage, we have seen that our panniers were there but the bicycles were not there. We registered our bikes as missed items and got a phone number to ask for further information. The person on the line was not speaking English and our French was not good enough for a proper phone call. There was only one choice left for us, and that was to go to Agadir, which we wanted to avoid as we planed our holiday. We took a taxi, only possible way to reach the city- with 11 panniers. The taxi driver charged money for the luggage!
Agadir was completely destroyed in 1960 through an earthquake and was rebuild in a very short time and not very regardful. So there were neither historical monuments nor old palaces to visit. We spent Monday afternoon, whole Tuesday and Wednesday calling Agadir airport and the customer service of Condor Airlines in Germany.
We got our bikes after 3 days. We cycled to the east and than started climbing to Atlas Mountains to the noth, arrived to the Pass Tizi-n Test, 2160mt. We have enjoyed the beautiful scenery down toMarrakesh. We decided to stay and get to know this mystic city. Seen the snake dancers during the day and tasted the spicy morrocan food during the evening in the market place, Jemaa el Fnaaa.
We headed to the southwest and passed over the Atlas Mountains again. This time we have seen the Pass Tizi-n Tichka, 2260mt. We took an alternative route to the main road, recommended by the guide book. That gravel road brought us to Quarzazate. We stayed in the beautiful camping in Quarzazate and met a french family cycling with their 2 years old daughter. We stayed in Agdz, on the way to Zagora. We experienced a strong sand storm on the way to the desert.
We took a bus from Zagora to Agadir and spent 3 more days enjoying the ocean in Taghazout.