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Two-wheeled happiness

travel on a bicycle

Arrive to Casablanca not needing additional recommendations, sit down on a bicycle and - go where want: in orange groves, in date oases, on a visit to berberam, to Sahara, to ancient Marrakesh... Travel across Morocco on a bicycle is only sounds extremely, and actually to twist pedals on Al - to Maghrib very pleasantly and completely not hard. Only an excellent adventure.

two-wheeled travel are so popular that for them even have thought up the special name - travel without luggage. You roll on a bicycle, and the luggage follows separately. You come to hotel, and suitcases already in number. By the same principle travel across Morocco is constructed.

how many you can pass kilometres a day basically not important. But as travel all - taki on bicycles it is necessary to have certain physical preparation. The American company Butterfield and Robinson has some variants veloturov on Al - to Maghrib. The idle time - to roll on 40 - 48 km a day on equal roads. Hardly more a challenge - the same 40 - 48 km, but on hilly district. Hardy bicyclists are offered to pass daily from 48 to 72 km. An extreme variant - 70 - 120 km a day. You receive a bicycle and all necessary equipment on a place. The guide - too on a bicycle will accompany you.

usually travel is calculated not less than for nine days. The route is made in advance, depending on your sports preparation and cultural wishes. One of variants of nine-day bicycle race looks as follows. From Casablanca you fly on the south, to the city of Kuarzazat, from here, actually, and the bicycle campaign begins. Having spent the night in hotel, early in the morning sit down on it is great and go through a valley of Derba and a date oasis in berbersky the city of Zagora. It practically at the border with Sahara. Here to you will suggest to drive on a camel on desert and to visit berberskuju night - such special representation for tourists, with national dances, songs and an entertainment. On this piece of a way organizers take away four days.

further - mountains the Atlas. Two days you should travel about on mountain roads and valleys. For whom it is tiresome, it is offered to change on a jeep. The seventh day - the West of Morocco, Atlantic. Here there will be many excursions and rest to coast. Last two days are devoted Marrakesh. There you will arrive besides on a bicycle. In Marrakesh Alfred Hitchcock shot the film the Person who laughs and Joseph Fon Shternberg - Morocco from Marlene Dietrich. In 1943, after conference in Casablanca, Franklin Roosevelt has persuaded Winston Churchill to call in to Marrakesh. this most beautiful place on the earth - the English prime minister spoke then. And Yves Saint Laurent so has fallen in love with Marrakesh that has constructed to itself here the house.

if there are forces, travel can to continue - be reached to the ancient Romance city of Volubilis and to Fes where Magomed from Mecca ran. In Fes the mosque of IX century - Mulaj - Idris has remained, nemusulmanam even it is forbidden to come nearer to it. Here too there is one of the best thermal resorts of kingdom and one of the oldest in the world of universities.

at any moment it is possible to descend from a distance - to be late in any of the attracted cities or at all to change a route. Besides, always there is a possibility to change from a bicycle on the car. The price of nine-day travel includes bicycle and equipment hire, planned excursions, services of the guide - accompanying, transportation of luggage and residing in hotels with breakfasts and suppers. Total - from $4475, for three days in Volubilise and Fes - $575 more.

During travel you will live in the best hotels of kingdom. In Kuarzazate is Berber Palace, in Zagore - Hotel Riad Salam, in mountains - Residence de la Roserair, at coast - Sofitel Magador Hotel, in Marrakesh - well-known La Mamunia. Winston Churchill lived in La Mamunia.

the Hotel has been constructed in 1922 among ancient gardens Arset El Mamoun. Arset El Mamoun represent the classical sample of Mauritian park art. Tone is set by traditional Moroccan plants: orange and lemon trees, palm trees, roses, mimosas. For two centuries gardens have expanded in huge park in seven hectares. Now the park is looked after by 34 gardeners, annually they land about 140 thousand new annual plants and daily manually them water. Four months in a year in a garden collect oranges and lemons and submit to visitors of hotel to a table. From October till December there comes time of gathering of olives. Walk in gardens lodgers La Mamounia can only.

Elena ANOSOV

Butterfield and Robinson (1 8006 781 174