Marrakech was founded in the 11th century, and has always captured the imagination of Western travelers. Its rich history as a unique Imperial City is reflected in its various quarters. Within the ramparts are the souks where tribesmen in the south, and Berber villagers come to sell handicrafts and foodstuffs. Located in the fertile plain of Haouz. Furthermore the foot of the magnificent Atlas Mountains. This city is of incredible beauty, projecting its ochre walls and monuments to the rays of sunshine. From Marrakech then you can easily arrange Morocco excursions . Reaching up to Ourika Valley, Asni and d’Ouzoud Waterfalls. Ait Benhaddou and Essaouira Which are trips not to be missed.
Departure from your hotel / riad at 9:30am. A beautiful drive of 60km takes you to the foot of the Atlas at about 1,000m altitude. Then discover and explore the small villages, cafes and grocery shops. Small hotels clinging to the sides of the mountains, terraced agriculture. Clear fresh water from the Ourika river. Then you will visit a Berber house to experience their lifestyle, simplicity of equipment and the privacy of a Berber family. Then you will assist in the preparation of mint tea, and exchange cultures with the family.
Charming small town, Essaouira is the old Portuguese city of Mogador. It was fortified by a French architect, Theodore Cornut. These influences have given a beautiful and unique result. Today, the city is gradually becoming a city of artists.
Essaouira has a very favorable micro-climate that ensures a mild winter and cool summer. Its beautiful beach is protected by islands Purpuraires. Artisans of Essaouira are famous for inlay on root growth cedar. Then offer a wide range of items from the souvenir, to parts of furniture and works of art.
These waterfalls (110m high) are located in the Grand Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt. It is one of the most visited sites in the region. In the vicinity green valleys, mills, orchards. Then a superb circuit of the gorges of the Slaves’ Riverare can be found.
Ouzoud is the Berber word for “olive”, referring to the nearby olive trees. The bottom of the falls is accessible through a shaded path of olive trees. At the summit of the falls, there exist a dozen of old small mills that are still in use. In the twilight, one can observe whole troops of monkeys (beige-coated macaques with eyes outlined in black). Then one can also follow a narrow and difficult track leading to the road of Beni Malal. While descending the gorges of “Wadi el-Abid”, as part of Morocco excursions.
This day Morocco excursion will pass completely through the chain of the High Atlas by the route Tizi-n-Tichka Pass, the highest road in Africa. Admire mountains of beautiful and traditional Berber villages. Then you will notice the difference between the two sides of the chain, the North maintains a clear Mediterranean character. While the South is much more arid and Saharan. This is marked by the vegetation, but also in the mode of construction of traditional housing. That takes into account climatic conditions which are very different.
Excursion Todra Gorges: Departure in the morning to Todra Gorge through the magnificent Amerhidil kasbah in the extensive of Skoura Oasis. Set off to the Valley of Roses and El Kelàa M’Gouna and continue to Todra Gorges. Refresh yourself by the water of the river. In the evening drive back to Ouarzazate.
Ouarzazate is one of Morocco’s new Saharan towns located in the foot of the High Atlas Mountains. It was built in 1928 by French protectorate and used as a military garrison and administrative centre of the area. Since 1980s, Ouarzazate city inspires not only movie makers but also visitors seeking adventure trips and Sahara experiences in the deep south of the Draa valley, Dades and Merzouga dunes.
Ouarzazate highlights and attractions include: Cinemas studios and Kasbahs Tiffoultoute and Taourirt, both built in the 18th century and can be visited – the first one offers a great panoramic view of Ouarzazate River and the second was the residence of the former Pacha of Marrakech.
Weekly market: Saturday and Sunday only.