As Harry and Meghan discovered on their recent visit, Morocco has a proud reputation of being a kingdom of horse lovers, and offers you some amazing opportunities for riding, either as a one-day excursion or for your whole holiday.
Moroccan horses are some of the finest in the world, and the ones you’ll ride here are almost always going to be Barb or Arabian horses – strong, sure-footed and reliable breeds, perfectly suited to their environment. Most companies that organise riding holidays use English saddles and snaffle bits, so you’ll instantly find things familiar.
Morocco’s long Atlantic coastline provides ample opportunity for horse trekking. Miles of sandy beaches, interspersed with palm trees, dunes and small fishing villages provide some captivating scenery to ride through – if you’ve ever pictured yourself galloping through the surf as the sun dips below the horizon, this is the place to do it!
A different environment awaits you in the High Atlas mountains. Rocky paths, lush valleys and spectacular views, along with rarefied mountain air and a sense of peace will be yours when you ride here. There are many different trails to take – some routes suit a day’s ride whilst others will take you deep into the mountains, past old kasbahs and adobe villages for a truly authentic experience of Moroccan life.
Many people come to Morocco for the express purpose of riding in the Sahara desert. It’s an experience unlike any other, and the environment changes constantly – as well as the famous orange sands, you will ride between groves of palm trees, across arid rocky plateaus, through river valleys and into traditional Berber camps. It’s an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.
Morocco also holds many national and international horse competitions throughout the year, which are always a joy to attend as a spectator. One such event is the Salon Du Cheval d’El Jadida, which takes place between the 15-20 October 2019. Here you can enjoy watching dozens of displays, attend workshops led by horsecare experts and see the International Jumping Competition which takes place over the last three days.
The best way to book a riding holiday in Morocco is through a specialist travel company. They will be able to organise everything for you from flights and itineraries to accommodation at riads designed for horse riding groups. Many will also arrange horses to match your riding experience and style, so all you have to concentrate on is enjoying your Moroccan holiday.