A tour for all the family.
About the tour.
This tour will take into deep into the real Morocco of the south west region. This area is blessed with a variety of landscapes from the fertile Souss plain dotted with oases, the extensive stony desert bordered by the rugged mountains of the anti-Atlas which form the final barrier before the Sahara.
After breakfast you will be be met by your guide and driver to start your tour. Our destination today is the city of Agdaz. We will cross the high Atlas Mountains via the Tizi-n-Tichka pass, which at 2260m is the highest road in Morocco . We will continue on driving through the Ounila valley which offer a variety of colorful landscapes. Our first stop will be to visit the beautiful ruins of Telouet Kasbah the favorite Kasbah of Thami Elglaoui better known as the Lord of The Atlas. Continuing on through the valley until we arrive at Ait Ben Haddou the oldest village in Southern Morocco and a World Heritage Site. It is also the setting for many movies such as Gladiator and Jewel of the Nile. Ouarzazate will be our next stop before we continue on to Agdaz where we will stop for first night at the amazing Kasbah Azoul surrounded by palm groves.
Today we drive through one of the largest valleys in Morocco – the Draa. Stretching for 1200k it is one of the oldest caravan routes between Timbuktu in Mali and Marrakech. It follows a string of oases and villages have cropped up around the old Kasbahs and palm groves. We continue along this route until we arrive at the city of Zagora, a convenient base for exploring the region. A sign saying, Timbuktu 52 days By Camel, evokes the great age of the Trans-Saharian Caravans. Continuing on through the village of Tamegroute , which historically was the hub of learning and religion , to Ouled Driss village where we stop for lunch. After lunch we move on to our final destination for the day , Chegaga Dunes, where you have the option to sleep in a berber nomad tent or under the stars.
After an early breakfast , we will watch the sunrise as it casts a golden glow over the desert then depart for the city of Tata. Today we will be driving on very different terrain from pistes to stony deserts of black stone and crossing the dry Iriki lake before arriving at the small center of Foum Zguid. From here we take the road to Tata, crossing the isolated stony desert and the Tata wadi which irrigates the groves. Just before Tata we will stop for the night at a Berber family where you will learn about traditional Moroccan cuisine
After breakfast we will continue crossing the anti-Atlas towards the town of Tafraoute via Akka. North of the town is a beautiful palm grove village of Ait Antar with date, pomegranate, fig and peach trees. We then travel on to Igherm village, home of the Ida Oukenouse tribe, where the houses are made from pink stone. We will have an opportunity for a cup of tea with locals before continuing on to the pretty town of Tafraoute located between two beautiful valleys, Ameln and Ait Mnsour
Today is a relaxing and easy day with two options to choose from. Either a visit to Ameln Valley carpeted with orchards of olive and almond trees and home to 26 villages perched on the surrounding mountains. Or you can visit the Oases of Ait Mansour located 30k south of Tafraoute and a cluster of strangely shaped rocks known as Napoleon’s hat. On the return from the oases we can stop at the painted rocks which were in 1984 by Belgian artist Jean Verame as a tribute to his late wife.
The journey continues to Mirleft on the Atlantic coast via Tiznit, famous for its artisans of silver craft. Craftsman still work the silver here as the Jews once did , making chunky Berber jewellery , daggers and sabres with intricately laid designs on the handles. In Tiznit you can feel the proximity of the desert and the Atlantic. But from here on we leave the desert well behind as we head for the coast. Our next stop is Aglou Beach our first sight of the Atlantic ocean. Here we will stop for lunch then continue on to Mirleft
Today we take an excursion to the stunning Legzira beach. Often cited as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world with soaring cliffs and rock arch. You can walk along the beach exploring, swim or just sit and relax at one of the cafes along the foreshore. You will also have an opportunity to partake in beach sports if you wish. When you are ready we will continue on to the fishing port of Sid Ifni. A Spanish enclave until 1969, Sid Ifni has some fine Spanish art- deco architecture. Fishing is still the main industry and you will get a chance to enjoy the fresh seafood
Leaving for Paradise Valley today, we once more pass through Tiznit on the way to Souss Massa National Park. Created in 1991 it extends along th banks of the Wadi massa which irrigates a large palm grove before making its way to the Atlantic . This nature reserve, where the river and sea meet with the ebb and flow of the tides attracts the migratory birds in winter . We will pass through Agadir city, the capital of south west Morocco . Agadir was completely rebuilt after it was destroyed by a devastating earthquake in 1960. After Agadir we will back track a little to drive to Imouzar village of white houses and famous for it’s waterfalls. Imouzar is the starting point for many excursions on foot or by donkey
After breakfast we leave the picturesque Paradise Valley for Essaouira via Tmanar , a regional administrative centre and capital of the argan oil industry. Here we will visit a womens co-operative that extract the oil and make oil products such as soap, skincare and also cooking oil. Argan crops are exclusive to this area. Our final destination is Essaouira, a stunning historical fortress town with a small medina that is very easy to explore. The site dates back to the 1st century BC when the berber king, Juba II made it the centre for the manufacturing of purple dye. In the 15th century it was occupied by the Portuguese as a trading and military fort. The city was not built until the 18th century by Alouit sultan , Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdeallah.
This morning will be your free time to explore the medina and port before we return to Marrakech and the end of our tour after 10 days exploring the south west and little known parts of Morocco. With colorful landscapes, over mountains, through valleys and meeting the berber people , welcoming you with love and peace , sharing moments and creating beautiful memories