Desert and city tours from Marrakech
Desert and city tours from Marrakech
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With our desert and city tours from Marrakech, you will visit many of Morocco’s best landscapes and historical areas. Here, we give you an overview about some of them. Contact us for more information.
Ait Ben Haddou:
Aït Ben-Haddou is a ksar, a fortified pre-Saharan city, famous for the surrounding walls. It is in southern Morocco, on the route of the old caravan road, between the Sahara and Marrakech, along the Ouarzazate River.
Since 1978, the Ksar is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, presents magnificent examples of kasbahs. These large buildings built to defend the medinas and cities and were proof of the wealth of certain families.
Unfortunately, these kasbahs and the entire ksar, built of earth, are considerably damaged with each rainfall. Further, the site is still inhabited by about ten families. But, most of the inhabitants have moved to the other side of the river, to a more modern city.
Aït Ben-Haddou is very famous for films as a home to many popular producers:
Lawrence of Arabia by David Lean, The Last Temptation of Christ and Kundun by Martin Scorsese, A Tea in the Sahara by Bernardo Bertolucci, Gladiator by Ridley Scott or Alexander by Oliver Stone to name a few.
The Kasbah is the first destination you will visit with our desert and city tours from Marrakech to the south. Book a tour now!
Ouarzazate is at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, at 1160 meters above the sea level. In the valley where the rivers Draa and Dades meet. Not to mention, Ouarzazate is the gateway to the Sahara. It is the crossroads of the ways of the Sahara. The passage area of the caravans that transported the goods arriving from Sudan. Its varied landscapes are spectacular.
Ouarzazate is the second visited when starting desert and city tours from Marrakech to the south.
Today more than ever, it is an eminently touristic city, capital of the Souss-Massa-Drâa region, commercial and military center. The hospitality of its Berber population characterizes it and it has a rich and varied folklore.
The development of tourism is reflected in its leisure offer: large hotels, golf courses, horse riding centers, craft cooperatives, an airport, etc.. Its modern Conference Centre is capable of hosting large corporate events. The city has a magnificent offer of accommodation: hotels, charming houses, and campsites.
The city stretches along with the Avenue Mohamed V, with many stores, hotels, and restaurants. It is a city of pisé color, open and clean, whose center is the vast Al-Mouahidine square.
It is the ideal starting point to discover: the Dades and Toudra valleys, the road of the thousand kasbahs, the great Atlas, the Draa valley, and the Sahara.
In addition, sporting events such as the International Ultra Ouarzazate Marathon “Gateway to the Desert”, which takes place in the city and its surroundings, are organized there.
In the heart of the Todgha valley, between the High Atlas and the Jebel Saghro, stretches the magnificent palm grove of Tinghir. The city, a former French garrison, is built around a promontory dominated by the ruins of the former Glaoui Palace. When traveling in the Todgha region, stop absolutely in Tinghir and go for a walk through the flowery gardens, ksour, and kasbah.
From Tinghir, take the road to Er-Rachidia and then follow the track of the palm grove. After passing through a succession of hamlets and ksour, you will arrive at the village of El Hart, famous for the know-how of its potters who work the ochre earth of the valley. The site is absolutely charming, and you will find superb objects (crockery, decoration, etc.).
On a trip to Tinghir, it is absolutely necessary to visit the palm grove of Todra. Snaking along the wadi for 12 km to the source of the Sacred Fishes, with an international driving license, you can use a car, but walkers and sportsmen will be able to enjoy the gardens on foot. In the bed of the wadi, the landscape takes the form of a multicolored checkerboard, between fields of cereals, vegetables, palm, and olive trees. Moreover, you will be able to discover the small villages of the valley or simply enjoy the panorama. On foot, the walk lasts about 3 hours.
From the source of the Sacred Fish, you will be able to enter the Todgha Gorge. Where many excursions await you with Travelling In Morocco‘s Marrakech desert and city tours…
Are you planning a stay in Morocco? Are you looking for nature and a change of scenery? A search for breathtaking landscapes? Then do not hesitate anymore and leave to the discovery of the desert of Merzouga in Morocco, in the Erg Chebbi. This experience will exceed all your expectations.
The first steps in Merzouga are already intoxicating us with the scent of freedom. The endless road stops in the small village which, at first sight, is not very lively. But little by little, we discover its inhabitants, its small shops, its sand-colored houses, full of colors inside, and then all around… sand dunes as far as the eye can see. A sand desert, we call it an Erg, different from the rocky desert: the Erg. The dunes of Merzouga are called the Erg Chebbi.
They are among the most beautiful sand dunes of the Sahara, and surely the most beautiful dunes of Morocco! The Erg is 30 km long and 5 km wide. Even more, Nature is so surprising sometimes, to put here these dunes in the middle of nowhere! The highest dunes can reach 150 m high. Besides, you can rent skis or a snowboard to go down them.
How to get to the Merzouga desert?
As we are a travel agency, you can book a tour with us from Marrakech, Fes, Tangier, and Casablanca. Check our desert and city tours from Marrakech above. The desert of Merzouga is deserved! It is no less than 8 hours drive from Marrakech to get there by small winding mountain roads. However, the panoramas that this road offers us are in themselves a journey. We can surely speak of one of the most beautiful roads in Morocco. Between mountains, snowy passes, and desert roads, enough to make the dream more than one. Furthermore, we advise you to make the road two times and to make a stop in the small village of Aït Ben Haddou, 30 km before Ouarzazate, it is splendid! There is also the possibility of arriving by plane to Errachidia from Casablanca. Errachidia is a small town located at 2h from Merzouga, the access is easier, but not as nice.
Geographical location:From its real name Ourti (a garden in Amazigh), Ifrane is the capital of the province of Ifrane which is located in the heart of the Middle Atlas with an area of 3573 km2 and which, according to to the last administrative division, is part of the region of Meknes-Tafilalet.
Little Switzerland:It has a nickname that’s very specific thereto in Morocco: Little Switzerland. Better! In 2013 this settlement of 30,000 inhabitants, located within the High chain was ranked the second cleanest city in the world. Capital of the Province of Ifrane within the administrative region of Fez – Méknes. Its tourist potential is gigantic because the sites and other sublime places that surround the town are exceptional and of rare beauty. it absolutely was one of the favorite places of the late King Hassan II, who often came to vacation or to ski in his Royal Palace located on the heights of town, just before of the Prairie des Amours. it’s a pretty palace, stuffed with flowers and extremely large, but only a part of the roof of 1 of the buildings is visible. the sweetness of this region lies in its diversity of contrasting landscapes in an exceedingly calm atmosphere where the pure air with the scent of cedar and thuja essence perfumes the souls of holidaymakers. Given its geographical location, Ifrane has always been a summer center for summer camps and an area of change of scenery for visitors and this for an extended time.
The lion of Ifrane:It sits majestically in the city center and remains one of the emblems of the city. It is certainly one of the most photographed in the whole region. The author of this stone sculpture, which dates from the Second World War is attributed to a German prisoner or a Frenchman, the Gironde native Henri Moreau.
The Medina of Fes:The medina, the old town of Fez, is considered to be the largest and oldest in the country. It is one of Morocco’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is not missing on your trip! Here you can lose yourself in the narrow alleyways and let the medieval atmosphere work for you. Highlights:
- Relaxation on one of the many terraces with great views over Fez.
- Enjoy the tangible and authentic atmosphere in the middle of the narrow streets.
- Explore the main sights of the city.
Souks of the Medina:Towards noon, the commercial district comes alive and the medina becomes a huge market square. The various souks are separated by branches of commerce. There is one market for spices, another market for fresh fruit and vegetables, and a few streets further you will find craft goods, jewelry, and goldsmiths. Highlights:
- Admire the huge and varied offer
- Explore your own quarter and expand your culinary horizons
- Expert tip: Visit the Place Seffarine, where you can get an insight into the production of copper vessels!
Madrasa Bou Inania:This historic university in the old town of Fez was built during the reign of the Merinids. The building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was completely restored in the mid-1990s. Magnificent ornaments adorn the inner courtyard, which can also be visited by people, non-Muslims.
Chefchaouen is a small town in northern Morocco, about 40 kilometers south of the city of Tétouan. The city is also often called Chaouen (Spanish: Xau) and has about 45,000 inhabitants. Chefchaouen is located on the eastern slopes of the Rif Mountains and has pleasant temperatures even in the hottest summer. The name refers to the two mountain peaks “Die Hörner”, which can be seen from the town. Chefchaouen is also known for the many buildings painted in blue which you will visit with city and desert tours from Marrakech. In 2013, together with other Mediterranean regions, UNESCO recognized the city’s traditional cuisine as an intangible cultural heritage of mankind.
The city was founded in 1471 by Moulay Ali Ben Moussa Ben Rached El Alami (a descendant of Idris I). A small fortress that still exists today dates back to that time. The fortress was built as a bastion against the expansion of the Portuguese (15th century) in this area. Along with the tribes of the Ghomara in the region, many refugees from Andalusia (Spain), together with the also displaced Jews, settled there. The Arabs from Andalusia (Moors) fled during and after the Spanish Reconquista (Castilian: (reconquest) in the Middle Ages. The refugees then spread throughout North Africa.
The province of Chefchaouen still has considerable potential in terms of tourism to attract visitors to this beautiful area. At the moment, during warmer seasons, there is a type of daily tourism of visitors from Spain, including tourists planning a several-day tour of the north of Morocco with a visit to the city of Tangier. In the summer there are many locals who appreciate the cooler temperatures in this mountain area – 570 meters NN. The city itself has several historical buildings and outside the city, you will find extensive forests with a variety of fauna and flora.