And beyond … off the beaten track in Morocco
We can help you find accommodation off the beaten track in Morocco, and help you plan how to get there and what to see through our sister site, Concierge Morocco.
On the coast: Ask us about accommodation in Al Hoceima, Tangier, Larache, Rabat, Casablanca, El Jadida, Oualidia, Essaouira and Sidi Kaouki, all the way south to Sidi Ifni. Taghazout has become a surfing mecca and often hosts surf/yoga retreats.
In the desert: there are small hotels in places like Merzouga and Zagora, as well as romantic tented camps in the dunes in the Erg Chigaga and Erg Chebbi regions of the Sahara. These offer various activities such as camel treks, shorter camel rides, quad-biking and sandboarding. If you haven’t got time to reach the Sahara itself, the Agafay stony desert near Marrakech offers similar activities.
East of the High Atlas Mountains: explore the Valley of a Thousand Kasbahs, the Valley of the Roses and the magnificent palm groves of these small pisé towns and villages, such as Skoura, Boumalne du Dades, El Kelaa M’Gouna and Tinghrir.
In the High Atlas Mountains: trekking here is legendary. Don’t miss a visit to the kasbah of Ait Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s well restored and has been used in countless movies from Sheltering Sky to the latest Game of Thrones. There are some wonderful kasbah-style hotels to stay in in this region.
Between Marrakech and the High Atlas lie the verdant valleys of Ouirgane and Ourika, famous for their organic produce. We can help you find accommodation here or spend a day learning Moroccan cuisine.
In the Middle Atlas Mountains explore Berber towns such as Azrou with its lively Tuesday souk (market), the cedar forests of the Ifrane National Park, the remote Tazekka National Park with its caves and cedar forests, the curious village of Bhalil where some people have caves incorporated into their homes, the town of Sefrou with its rich Jewish heritage. The remote village of Guigou has a fascinating souk on Sundays where people congregate to buy and sell produce and textiles. Go trekking in the mountains, birdwatching for Dupont’s Lark near Midelt or learn to make your own couscous from scratch with village women.
Rif Mountains: walks and longer treks cover the Talassemtane National Park around Chefchaouen and the Bouhachem National Park that stretches into the Mediterranean. Other than Chefchaouen, the main town here is Tetouan, little visited, but worth it for its unique Spanish flavour and beautiful setting.
God’s Bridge at Akchour