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    Ways to do some great walks or hikes in Morocco

    by angiebabe Updated Apr 30, 2014

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    Ramblers in the UK do nice walking tours as well as do well known tour agencies such as Intrepid and Exodus.

    Or you could just do your own independent travel and do guided walks/join groups at locations around Morocco - the Lonely Planet Guidebook has a section with some trekking route recommendations and the guidebook written by Alan Palmer called Trekking Morocco has some good walks outlined from throughout his 25 years of experience around the Atlas mountains.
    He also has a trekking company www.trekinMorocco.co.uk

    Hamish Brown is a Scotsman who has made beautiful photo books with info of his treks around interesting places around Morocco's mountains as well.

    Several places where you could do your own independent walks that come to mind eg Imlil which is the base for overnight trekking to North Africa's highest mountain, Jebel Toubkal and also lots of other lovely and less demanding walks around the area - it is therefore a base for professional mountain and trekking guides so turning up here there will be no problems with finding suitable walks - I also met and made friends with some good guides and places to stay when I was there February and March 2010,

    also Zagora - see my tips for Riad Malal who are also excellent people for guiding and tours to rockdrawings and oases from their riad accommodation and also visits to the sahara dunes near Mhamid or overnight bivouacs out further at Erg Chigaga,

    Also the desert around Merzouga and Erg Chebbi.

    Same with walks from a good place Id recommmend up the Dades Gorge, and also walks from Telouet - beautifully spoilt for choice here! - I know 2 excellent places/management to stay and organise walks from Telouet to villages in the area such as Tasgha or from Anmiter up to for example the Tamda Lakes via Tigzha

    Last September stayed at a gite 2 km out of town near Imilchil and the owner there is also a professional guide - there are lovely areas around there that you could be taken to walk...take photos....enjoy the remoteness!

    I also know good guides and 4x4 agency from Tafraoute where there are some lovely routes and places to trek - the Ameln valley, Ait Mansour, the area out around the painted rocks....

    Telouet, Anmiter, Tigzha and Tasgha are great bases for walks in the High Atlas behind the TiznTichka area - theres a great all day walk up to the Tamda lakes from Anmiter or Tigzha.

    And also Ait Bougoumez is a huge valley with a drive to get there that looks like youre in the Himalayas! I have excellent contacts there in my accommodation tip on a family who own a gite near Tabant who are professional trekking and mountain guides....there are walks around Mgoun and further up to 20 days - Moha and Houssine can also accompany you to the desert and take you trekking there too.

    So much choice in Morocco!

    mountain guides Hassan and Lahcen of Imlil Anmiter - mountain&lakes or thru to Ait Benhaddou views from Tigzha above Anmiter behind Tizn Test Housine&Abdel good guides at Riad Mallal,nr Zagora professional guide Houssine's gite at Imilchil
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    Gardens

    by solopes Updated Apr 24, 2014

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    Travelling along Morocco, you may find a "oasis" in its dry and arid landscape: in the road between Rabat and Kenitra, a luxurious garden is a man made miracle.

    It was a relaxing stop to cool a bit in a colorful spot.

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    the Dades Gorge

    by angiebabe Updated Feb 18, 2014

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    About an hour from the turnoff near the town of Boumalne along the Dades Valley road between Ouarzazate and Er Rachidia or Rich are the passageways and narrowing in the mountains that the Dades Gorges Road passes through and known as the Dades Gorges.

    The road takes you up through a variety of scenery and twists and inclines as it makes its way up into these mountains much as the road to the Todra Gorge does - but this road and these gorges in my opinion are the best choice of the two - see both routes if you can or if you have a 4 four wheel drive vehicle then you can connect the roads to make a circular route - but if you only have time for one then I think the Dades Gorges trip is the better.

    Been up so many times now - the latest were in September 2012 when it was raining all up through the gorge to Msemrir after a particularly boiling hot time at Merzouga and Er Rachidia, and April 2013 when came back for the Apple blossoms at Ousikiss, which is a large valley of many many apple trees in behind Msemrir.

    There is a good choice of accommodations up here too if youd like to stay the night - which Id recommend - such as Kasbah la Vallee or Auberge Tissoudrine in the Dades and Auberge Baddou at Tamtatouche (which I have tips about) unless you are fitting to a tight schedule and hoping to make it on to Rissani or the desert of Merzouga or the other direction to Ouarzazate, Telouet or Marrakech as many are. This way you get to see the difference the morning and afternoon light makes around the gorges and area.

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    Walk up the big dune at Merzouga for sunset

    by angiebabe Updated Feb 18, 2014

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    Erg is the word for dune - and Erg Chebbi is the highest dune which is up near Hassi Labied, about half way along the stretch of dunes that run for about 20 km between Yasmina auberge and Merzouga town - but some people also refer to Erg Chebbi as meaning the dunes and desert area around Merzouga to make the distinction from the dunes and desert area known as Erg Chigaga south of Zagora.

    Merzouga also has an impressive solo dune that is also popular for seeing the sunsets and sunrises from - it takes a while to get up it to the top so bear this in mind to allow enough time but also take care too that the sun does go down pretty quickly after the sunset and the place is in darkness by approximately half an hour.

    Last visit here was April 2013

    YOu will get views in all directions up there so take your camera and make the most of it! Its a beautiful view as also the smaller dunes below indulate nicely and create photogenic shapes and landscape in the terrain.

    There are also camel trips available here too - along with quad bikes - just as the auberges all along the Erg Chebbi stretch of dunes provide sunrise and sunset camel trips they are a tourist attraction here,

    But with lots of crests and waves in the dunes there are lots of nice places to sit and soak up the sun and atmosphere and most of all the changing colours of the setting sun on the sands.

    theyre going to make it to the top! impressive dunes at Merzouga sit and watch the sun go down with your friends see the colours change at sunset by camel beautiful views and sunset!
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    Drive up to Todra Gorge

    by angiebabe Updated Feb 18, 2014

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    There are a number of hotels along the road that goes on up from Boumalne to the Gorges du Todra, at the main gorge point and also on further at the village of Tamtatouche, but if you are wanting to stay at an amazing hotel and feel like a Moroccan prince or princess then you might want to stay at a converted kasbah/palace which is now Hotel Xaluca on the hill overlooking Boumalne - and then travel on up the Todra gorges road prior or the next day.

    The hotels addresses are usually given as kilometre points away from Boumalne/the turn off from the main road - and the whole distance is only 14 km to the main gorges. - the scenery does continue on to the village of Tamtatouche which is 18 km from the Todra gorge main point with its hotels across the small river walkway. Its also a lovely drive through to the berber area and village of Imilchil - with its new road over the mountains its a joy to drive and much more accessible than before - though in winter it is prone to receive snow falls.

    This drive up to Todra gorge, along with the neigbouring Dades gorge, is one of the famed sights on the tourist or must-see circuit in Morocco or South Morocco - beautiful gorges that close in with road and river running through it - the colours of the rocks change colour in the morning or evening sunlight and are quite beautiful to see.

    The route itself is also beautiful with an obviously very fertile and lush valley with palmeraie and villages following the river that comes down through the gorges.

    You will definitely get to see a good glimpse of the locals going about their daily lives here - along the roads or down in the valleys - especially if you are driving early morning or near the end of the day.

    Theres a couple of look out points enroute - both places you are bound to be approached by touts trying to sell camel rides, tours, guided walks in the palmeraies, hotel stays or Moroccan wares such as scarves - but you can say no pleasantly and firmly and they will generally get the message - or you look and haggle and you might get a good bargain.

    The area is a popular area for activities or visits for hiking - through the gorges or in the palmeraies, and also rockclimbing.

    Came back through here in 2011 and 2012 visiting the Marriage festival at Imilchil 2 years running.

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    Gnaoua music at the village of Khamlia

    by angiebabe Updated Feb 18, 2014

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    A few kms south of Merzouga is the 'black' village of Khamlia - because the people who live there were originally from the sub-sahara, and are black - there is no racial discrimination in this and you will learn that special thing about Morocco people from all colours and backgrounds live in this country like a big melting pot of history and connections and none is thought about differences in skin colour - colour will just be mentioned as a way of identifying whos being spoken about.

    This is a popular place to visit to hear the Gnaoua Music Association present their gnaoua music - they will perform for tour groups - maybe not if you are on your own and you might be required to wait until more people turn up but it is worth hearing them dance, sing and play their instruments. CDs of their music is available for purchase and there is no problem with taking photos.

    Gnaoua music association of Khamlia gardens in the desert behind the village
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    Places as bases for walking in Morocco

    by angiebabe Updated Feb 18, 2014

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    Morocco is a great place for doing walking tours. The actual Lonely Planet guidebook is very good for suggestions and routes so worth grabbing the latest edition which is not long out.

    Fab places for walking I would recommmend are: around Tafraoute - and in Jan-Feb the almond blossoms will be out (though cold at night) and in the higher places such as up Jebel Kest above Anergui, other flowers and colours start appearing in various places through to about June - then it becomes particularly hot (esp July and August). I have a few accommodation tips in my Tafraoute page. and I have good connections there who can guide you if needed.

    Another great place as a base for walks is Telouet - there are lovely walks around the nearby valleys eg through to Tasgha, and also from Anmiter 11km down the road up to Tiigzha and the Tamda lakes. or even a 2 or 3 day walk through to Ait Benhaddou - there are a couple of gites along the way to stay at with a good place at Anmiter to start off with. I have a few tips for accommodation in my Telouet and Anmiter pages.

    Another lovely place is at Tabant in the Ait Bougoumez valley. a particularly good place to stay and base with lovely people who are also professional guides is at Chez Moha - i have the info in a tip in my Morocco page. Walks of several day durations can be arranged with them to do Mgouna walks.

    On the way to Ait Bougoumez nearby at Cascade Douzoud is a lovely base for some walks with the lovely waterfall as the main focus.

    Another great place for walks of course is up the Dades gorge and also up the Todra Gorge - for the Todra gorge I would probably more so recommend Tamtatouche. On further from there up around Imilchil is very nice - the marriage festival in September can be a good reason to aim for that time of year. For the Dades gorge, the village of Ousikiss out from Msemrir is a great place for walks - and in April the many apple trees in the area are flowering making that a beautiful time to be there....though the weather can still be quite changeable and cold enough to have snow falls still.

    Even walking the Draa valley would be nice - i have good contacts at Riad Mallal in my Zagora page but walking down from Agdz to Zagora would be rather lovely - there is a road that follows the river on the opposite to the main bitumen road that runs on down to Zagora which takes you through small villages, particularly ksar villages and kasbahs.

    and of course walking around Rissani with the circuit touristique with its kasbahs and intersting villages and Erfoud with its villages in amongst the date palms and the nearby desert area of Merzouga down to Khamlia and Taouz.
    All good/recommended auberges have people or contacts who act as good guides - go with recommendations though.

    Imlil is of course one of the top bases for walks being the base village for treks up to the Jebel Toubkal the highest mountain in Morocco - the village is full of professional mountain and walking guides and i have a couple of good connections there. There are lovely walks around the lower hills and up to the kasbah in the centre of the valley without having to do the endurance test of a walk right up Toubkal - and often March is still too early anyway with too much snow or ice to make safe walking up at heights but plenty enough around the lower parts - and March the area is starting to green up and almond blossoms and irises are in flower.

    So you have plenty of choice!

    Ounila valley between Telouet and Ait Benhaddou
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    Headed for 12 century fortress mosque of Tin Mal

    by angiebabe Updated Feb 7, 2014

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    Ive always enjoyed being back along this road - not only is it great to do the always beautiful drive from Marrakech to Tizn Test: and there are lovely looks for each season - autumn glory with lovely oranges and yellows in amongst the green foliage in the valleys that the road takes you along plus snow already heavily showing on the Atlas mountain tops - Spring time in early March the picturesque valleys are blooming with almond and cherry trees in blossom...in places en masse with blossoms

    but excellent to visit the interesting and famed 12th century fortress mosque of Tin Mal which has been receiving some assistance from Unesco...the guardian is always nearby so if you arrive and it appears locked look like you want to see it and someone will come along eventually to let you or let the guardian know you are here.

    The previous hill before Tin Mal coming from Ijoukak you will see an impressive kasbah up on the hill quite high above - its been undergoing renovation but whether its open or not its worth a visit - and the views are great from up there too.....just as the views are great from Ijoukak with this kasbah in the distance

    This photo is taken heading south towards Tin Mal and Tizn Test just before the village of Ijoukak which is a large village before the village of Tin Mal - and has a weekly souk with a reputation for being excellent and we have found an excellent place to eat in the town a few weeks ago - the tagines and bread were just excellent and low priced...info in the coming tip with photos

    Tin Mal is about 120 km from Marrakech, about 40 km from Taroudant over the winding Tizn Test road

    valley of Tin Mal in the far background fortress mosque Tin Mal secluded by steep hills up on a perch Tin Mal impressive from all directions Village of Tin Mal & the old castle on the hill
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    Scenic road between Alnif and Tinerhr

    by angiebabe Updated Feb 6, 2014

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    this is an excellent road that is now bitumen all the way that heads north from Alnif up to near Tinerhr - so it connects you from the road running East and West from Erfoud going to Agdz with the Dades VAlley road which is the main road that runs right across Southern Morocco, sort of running East and West along from Marrakech, Ouarzazate, Boumalne, Tinerhr to Er Rachidia.

    Its a scenic road and I was finally able to do as part of my drive back ffrom the desert (Merzouga/Erg Chebbi) to Ait Benhaddou where we were stopping for budget accommodation on our way to Essaouira.

    It takes about an hour and half.....

    nice scenery along the way turning off at Alfnif and heading north arriving at the Dades Valley road nr Tinerhr
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    Rabat

    by solopes Updated Dec 16, 2013

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    Modern city with character, Rabat, the capital, deserves to be visited. The main attraction is the complex of Mohamed V tomg near Hassan tower, but the whole city is nice, with a few palaces in evidence.

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    Tangier

    by solopes Updated Dec 16, 2013

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    For those wanting a quick visit to Morocco, Tangier and Tetouan are near the border, and may be visited in a single day. Coming from the south, it's impossible not to notice the European influences in their life styles.

    I visited Tangier very quickly, feeling that it had not much to add to the strong impressions caught further south.

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    Struggle for water

    by solopes Updated Dec 16, 2013

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    Olive trees are generalized in Mediterranean area, and Morocco is no exception. Being a resistant tree, it needs not too much water to survive, but... it needs some. That's why we may see in Morocco the trees lined along trenches, trying to retain the few water from raining.

    Without the exuberance shown by the vineyards of Porto, if composes an interesting perspective of the struggle against the advance of the desert.

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    what to see Fez to Marrakech by public transport

    by angiebabe Updated Sep 9, 2013

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    If you need to budget your time then Fez, Marrakecha and the desert are excellent variety and highlights and of course the scenery enroute in between these places and leave Essaouira for another time - I probably need to go back and give Meknes another chance but each visit Ive had there I still dont have any liking for the place - and there is enough in Fes and Marrakech to see examples of them being imperial cities with grandeur and also antiquity and culture.
    Would be great if you could get to Volubilis - which Id almost say if you had the energy and opportunity to go just have half or 3/4 of a day in Fes and go to Moulay Idriss to stay the night so you can see Volubilis then itd be worth doing that as a good option for accommodation as well

    you could have a day in Fez, a day shared between Volubilis, Moulay Idriss and Meknes, a day getting to the desert, a day at the desert and Rissani,two days getting to Marrakech - as you could have a stop at Boumalne and go up the Dades gorge road or stop at Tinerhr and go up the Todra gorges road, or stop at Ouarzazate and Ait Benhaddou,
    and then have 2 days in Marrakech

    I would not really use night services unless you really have to as the journeys in between make up an important part of seeing what makes Morocco - the towns, villages and architecture and locals out and about, the diverse and beautiful landscapes along these routes....

    Driving around with your own rental car is easy enough - if you don't want to drive and prefer to use public transport grande taxis tend to be much faster than bus - you can also enhance your viewing and comfort by buying the front two seats - helps the grande taxi get away faster too as they leave as soon as its 6 seats (2 in the front) 4 in the back are sold

    Marrakech with snowy Atlas mountains
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    Djamma El Fna Square

    by Africancrab Written Dec 31, 2012

    While in Marrakech, do take time to visit the Djama El Fna city square, this is where all the Souks (open markets), food stalls, snake charmers, tattoo artists, henna artists, dancers, monkey handlers, traditional water sellers and all the entertainment is. If you are a food lover, there is nothing like sampling the variety of foods being sold openly. You will of course find some of the food bizarre, but then again, that is the adventure of experiencing foreign cultures.

    The evening is much more exciting and intriguing, the smells of the night, the sounds, the music in the air, the call to prayer, the smell of mint and grills sizzling, vendors calling out to buyers etc. It is all much too exciting to miss out.

    The square dates back to the 1070's when Marrakech was founded by the Almoravids. Much of the city was then destroyed when it fell to the Almohads in 1147 and Djemaa el Fna was restored along with the city in the years up to 1158. It has since become the beating heart of Morocco itself.

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    Medina of Marrakech

    by Africancrab Written Dec 31, 2012

    The Medina of Marrakesh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the boundary of the medina inscribed on the World Heritage List is defined by the ramparts, the Koutoubia Mosque, the Kasbah, the Saâdians tombs, the ruins of Badiâ Palace, Menara water feature and pavilion, are the monuments that make it worth protecting as a heritage. Founded in 1070–72 by the Almoravids, Marrakesh remained a political, economic and cultural center for a long period. Its influence was felt throughout the western Muslim world, from North Africa to all of Andalusia.

    The ramparts are cut through by 18 gates, most of them fairly unadorned and some simply gaps in the wall. Bab Doukala gate, seen in my main photo, is fairly plain, but on the south side we saw Bab Ksiba gate which has some more intriguing ornate decoration. But the Bab Agnaou is the most decorative of them all.

    Shopping is one of the best things to do; bargaining for literally everything you buy makes the purchase sweeter. The food stalls are amazing, for a food lover like me, sampling all that is considered bizarre by foreigner was exciting.

    Some of the more exciting activities include watching the vendors at play; the monkey handlers, the food vendors, the artists (tattoos & henna). There are several stalls and carts selling colorful knitted or crotched skullcaps or the Taquiyah. They come in all shapes and designs and seem to be popular with the men of Morocco. Buy one as a souvenir, get your feet or hands colored, sample the foods and experience the culture.

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