Today you will get to Ouarzazate, which was built as a military base, and administrative center by the French. In the present times, the place is the Hollywood of the Kingdom, the center of the country’s film industry. You will pass through the incredible Tizi N’Tichka Pass and the splendid High Atlas Mountains. Make a stop at Kasbah Ait Benhaddou, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The place has been a background for various international movies, like, Babel, Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, Gladiator, Jesus of Nazareth, and many others. After this, you can have an optional lunch at a local restaurant, followed by a visit to Ouarzazate city center, where you can explore, Kasbah Taourirt, a historic landmark, which was built by the great Glaoui family. If there is still some time left, you can get to visit the Atlas Studios. On the return to Marrakech, you will get to enjoy the spectacular sceneries of the Atlas Mountains.
The trip will help you to explore Marrakech on foot. Explore the Secret Garden, Le Jardin Secret, which was created more than 400 years ago during the Saadian dynasty. The garden was rebuilt in the mid-19th century and since then some of the prominent political personalities of Morocco and Marrakesh have lived there. The garden has a tower on it, from where you can have a splendid sight of the nearby medina and the spire of the Koutoubia Mosque. Explore the communal oven, where you can learn about the wood-fired bakery. Explore Souks (markets) and Souk Semmarine, which are full of the biggest collection of jewelry shops, rugs, and leather goods. You also get to visit the spices market from where you can buy several spices with sweet-smelling essences. Visit Jemaa EL Fna Square, which is the heart of the city and a Unesco World Heritage site. Here, you can find many henna artists, snake charmers, jugglers, street entertainers, and much more. Get some dry fruits or juice from the stalls, enjoy some music, and site in a rooftop cafe to get a beautiful scenic view of the square. After this, visit the workshops with Marrakchi maalems (local craftsmen), where you will get to know how to make leather slippers or see people engaged in basketry, pottery, and much more.
This trip is perfect to reconnoitre Berber villages and get the most of the beautiful landscapes. During the trip, you will get to drive through the wonderful valleys of Asni and Tahnaoute. Ouirgane is situated in the Atlas Mountains, in the heart of Toubkal National Park. The place is 65 kilometers from Marrakesh and you have to take the road to Tizi N’ Tast to reach there. The road to the valley is extremely beautiful and you can take a walk enjoying the spectacular views as you pass by them. The village is situated on the banks of the Ouirgane River. The village is filled with rich olive and fig trees. You can have your lunch at a Berber home, and then move your way towards the other side of the Valley. Afterward, by making your way through orchards, vineyards, and other villages, you can get back to Marrakech.
Due to its several waterfalls and delightful nature, Ourika valley one of the most popular travel destinations located very close to Marrakech. The place spreads between the first foothills of the Atlas Mountains and is an extremely beautiful place. Even after being so close to Marrakech, Berber inhabitants are not influenced by the city and are still following a traditional lifestyle.
On your way to the valley, you can make a quick stop at the house of a Berber family and enjoy some welcome tea with traditional bread. This way you cannot only experience the warm hospitality of the people but also enjoy the serenity of the place. The majority of the Berber families are extremely friendly and happily welcome visitors to their homes. A local guide will help you with hiking around the place. The journey will be easy; however, you will have to climb a few rocks to reach the seven waterfalls of Setti Fatma. To get from one side of the valley to the other, you will be required to cross several Berber bridges; however, the view that you will get to see will be worth it! After the hike, you can take some rest and have lunch in a lovely restaurant in the mountains.
Essaouira or Mogador is an old fort and fishing harbor located near Marrakech. It is one of the most well-known attractions near Marrakech. People love this place for its quiet, artistic, and bohemian feel. The town has been influenced by Carthaginian, Berber, Portuguese, Arabs, and various other cultures. Before reaching Essaouira, you can visit an Argan Oil cooperative, where you will find women extracting Argan Oil. The Argan Tree is a type of flowering plant, which only grows in southern Morocco. The oil from this tree, due to its aesthetic and cooking benefits is in huge demand all over the World. While having a city tour, you will visit the fishing port, where you will find the local fishermen returning to their homes after a hectic day. You will also get to visit Skala Kasbah, which was built in 1765, as a defense against attacks from the sea. While the tour, you will also be free to have a seafood lunch at any local restaurant of your choice. After lunch, you can have a walk on the golden beach and enjoy the serenity of the place. You will also get an opportunity to explore some of the most stunning art galleries of Medina. You can easily explore the whole place on foot and even do some shopping before returning to Marrakech.
People who cannot experience the sand dunes in the farthest desert can experience the Agafay desert. Situated thirty kilometers to the South of Marrakech, the Agafay Desert covers quite a few hundred acres. This stony desert is similar to Sahara dunes due to its white dunes and scenery. In the middle of the desert, there is an unexpected oasis known as the enchanted oasis. This is an oasis of harmony and serenity, which is full of various kinds of plants and wildlife. Here, you can find turtles and frogs, surrounded by water and rocks. You can also find some Berber villages, which are present in this stony yet wonderful place. You can take a camel ride in the desert while enjoying the silence of the surroundings. You also get to relish a Berber lunch under a tent. You are also free to get into the buggies for an adventure in the desert, which will last for about 1-2 hours.
Morocco’s Atlas Mountains has three distinct ranges, which are the High Atlas, the Middle Atlas, and the Anti-Atlas. These ranges provide a great hiking experience for adventure lovers of all skill levels. Jbel Toubkal is the highest mountain in the country, which is situated in the High Atlas Mountains in the Imlil region and can be easily reached from Marrakesh. The giant mountain ranges charm several outdoor lovers all through the year. In this day trip, you will get the opportunity to have a view of the High Atlas Mountains, discover the Berber village Asni, and appreciate the captivating sights and sceneries that you pass through. You will also get an opportunity to have a mule ride from Imlil village to the neighboring villages where you will be welcomed at a local Berber house with a mint tea and tasty Berber meal.