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Sports in Morocco

Golf Property In Morocco

Golf

This is very popular in Morocco and golf is the ideal pursuit for enjoying the country's endless sunshine and breathtaking scenery. Three 18-hole golf courses are centrally featured in the Saïdia Resort, spread over 210 hectares of greens surrounded by flourishing natural vegetation and magnificent views of the beach and sea.

Other well known golf courses in Morocco include the Royal Dar es Salaam Golf Club in Rabat, which has three courses and annually hosts the internationally renowned Hassan II Trophy.

Agadir has championship courses including the Agadir Royal Golf Club and the 5-star Golf du Soleil which is set around lakes, palm trees and eucalyptus.

The Marrakech Royal Golf Club is an 18-hole par 72 course located at the foot of the Atlas mountains. Marrakech has two other 18-hole courses: the Palmeraie Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones in a setting with views of the Atlas mountains; and the Amelkis Golf Club.

Hiking and trekking

With its four distinct mountain ranges - the Rif, the Middle Atlas, the High Atlas and the Anti-Atlas - Morocco offers outstanding opportunities for hiking and trekking including guided horse trekking in the mountains.

One of the most popular treks in the High Atlas is the ascent of Jebel Toubkal (4167m/6668ft), North Africa's highest peak. The Toubkal area is about a one hour drive from Marrakech and the usual starting point for this trek is the picturesque village of Imlil. Official mountain guides with mules are recommended for trips lasting longer than one day; guides are widely available in Imlil.

Accommodation is provided in refuges, gites (resting places) and small hotels along popular trails. Trekking is possible all year round, but the best time is from April to October.

Watersports

Sandy beaches offer safe swimming, Mohammedia, Agadir, El Jadida, Oualidia, Safi and Essaouira are all good bathing resorts. The Mediterranean coast in the north, opposite Spain, is being developed, and resorts such as Saïdia offer superb swimming and diving. Other dive sites can be found at Agadir and Essaouira.

Sailing, yachting, windsurfing, surfing are popular and accommodated in the resorts.

The rivers in the High and Middle Atlas ranges, particularly the Oum-er-Rbia, offer whitewater rafting throughout the year.

Several ports are equipped for deep-sea fishing, such as Dakhla in the Sahara and Mohammedia near Casablanca.

Skiing

Ifrane in the Middle Atlas and Oukaïden in the High Atlas (70km/44 miles from Marrakech) offer skiing facilities. Other ski resorts include Mischliffen in the Middle Atlas, on the doorstep of Fès and Meknes. Mount Tidiquin in the Ketama district and Djebel Bou Volane in the Middle Atlas are popular areas for expedition-type skiing and walking trips.

Riding

There are horse riding clubs in all major towns, notably Agadir, Casablanca, Fès, Marrakech and Rabat. Several clubs organise pony treks in the Middle Atlas.

Camel riding (méharrées) is available, both in the Atlas mountains and around the Sahara Desert area in the southwest.

4 Wheel Driving

Available throughout Morocco are 4-wheel-drives, incorporating visits to natural and cultural sights such as the 300m (984ft) deep Gorge of Todra, the massive sand dunes of Merzouga and the Berber region of Ouarzazate. Most of these tours feature typical Moroccan feasts and barbecues. The famous Paris-Dakar motor rally passes through Morocco every year.