The splendid landscapes of Morocco provide an excellent opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. There is no better way to dive into the crystal blue ocean waters than grabbing a surfboard and catching a wave in Essaouirra or Agadir. For those that like a bit of a challenge, Morocco offers up vast mountain ranges like the High and Middle Atlas Mountains, which are perfect for a day or multi-day hike outing. If you’re more of a spectator, then there is a world of motor sport racing.

A little known fact about Morocco is that the region ranks among some of the world’s hotspots in terms of surfing. Weather conditions allow for virtually year round surfing in morocco, in numerous destinations. The optimal times are between late autumn and March. Another attractive point to surfing in Morocco is the availability of un-crowded wave attention. Even during peak surfing season, one can still find a secluded spot to enjoy a wave or two without having to wait in line. Some of these surfing hotspots include Agadir and Anchor Point. Here, waves traditionally break at a kilometer offshore.

To truly soak in and enjoy the scenic countryside, embark on a Morocco hiking or trekking adventure through the mountains. Enjoy the year round snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains or look out over the mountains at Le Deren. Feel free to go at it alone or sign up for a guided tour. Either way, the adventure will take you through some of the most breathtaking scenery you’ll encounter worldwide. One does not have to be an athlete to traverse the mountain trails, however. Some trails offer the chance to cover the terrain with a pack of mules or cross-country mountain bikes, or simply get away from the High or Middle Atlas Mountains and get on a bike and cycle in morocco on along the Dades Valley or Sahara Desert.

After a day or multi-day trekking or hiking in the High Atlas Mountains or riding waves, a perfect slow-paced sporting adventure to embark on would be motor sport racing. Each year, Morocco is home to the Paris Dakar and Atlas Rallies. These are two of the best sporting events in the world of motor racing. Each offer up non-stop action involving small quad bikes all the way to long chassis four-wheel drive vehicles. These vessels race across the Moroccan terrain traveling thousands of kilometers in the process to provide endless excitement for sports enthusiasts.

If you’re in need of a scaled-down version, you’ll be sure to enjoy the Friendship Raid event. Covering terrain between Tangiers and Rabat–courtesy of the High Atlas Mountains and Sahara Desert–this is an un-timed race. There are no pre-qualifications for this event. It is open to anyone with a motorbike or four-wheel drive vehicle.

With so much to see and do in Morocco, there has never been a better time to get outdoors and start enjoying the action!

by Sam Mitchell