ATLAS MOUNTAINS – WHY GO?
Stretching across the shoulder of North Africa, the snow-peaked Atlas Mountains can be clearly seen from Marrakech. Almond blossom and fresh mint tea from remote Berber villages sweeten the air in springtime, and stunning scenery ideal for trekking makes the ranges a year-round destination.
MUST SEE, MUST DO
Only 90 minutes from Marrakech, the stunning scenery and surprising abundance of wildlife in the High Atlas Mountains can be explored in myriad of ways; on foot, by donkey, horse or camel, or even by bike and 4WD. Serious trekkers should head for Jbel Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak.
Situated in verdant green valleys in the Grand Atlas range, this magnificent three-step waterfall is surrounded by the olive (ouzoud) trees that give the famous falls their name and can be explored on a day-trip with visits to nearby gorges and orchards.
Visit on a Thursday, when Berber families flock to the village souk on donkeys, and then head out on a day walk into the Tassa Ouirgane National Park, or travel through the spectacular Tiz n Test Pass to see the Tinmal Mosque.
The most accessible valley in the High Atlas is less than an hour’s drive from Marrakech and is a beautiful combination of rolling green foothills, waterfalls and rocky mountains in the distance. Azzaden Valley is a quieter valley with red-earth Berber villages surrounded by walnut groves.
MAKE A DATE
Head to the village of Imilchil for the annual Berber wedding festival.
ATLAS MOUNTAINS ROMANCE
Share a sunset camel ride to a remote Berber village for a meal of couscous and tagine.
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