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Ouirgane

A Berber village in a valley in the High Atlas Mountains. It is a beautiful and peaceful place and a popular base for walks into the Tassa Ouirgane National Park and to Jbel Toubkal.

Taroudant

An authentic Berber market town little frequented by tourists with a backdrop of the High Atlas Mountains and complete town walls. A place to see the real Morocco.

Marrakech

Marrakech is the gateway to Morocco for most visitors. One of the four imperial cities, it is a lively city with a true Moroccan soul and culture and a feast for the senses that caters well for visitors.

05 Marrakech, High Atlas Mts and Taroudant

Berber Culture

This holiday idea takes you south from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, through the stunning scenery of the High Atlas down into the fertile Souss Valley, Berber culture and the walled market town of Taroudant, in a region little visited by tourists.

The suggested route takes you over the breath taking Tiz’ n'Test pass and offers you the opportunity to have excursions and experiences in from our Real Morocco Programme in Taroudant.

 

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Overview

Our recommendations

Season: all year round.

Length: 10 nights although a shorter trip can be arranged.

Flights: Marrakech (1 hour transfer)

Pricing: See Details tab - from £575 pp for 10 nights based on 2 persons sharing (B&B), excl. flights. Price varies by room, season and exchange rate.

Transport options: Car (self-drive or with driver); coach from Taroudant to Marrakech possible. All travel times are approximate.

Extension options: Imlil in the High Atlas, and/ or Essaouira, or Tafraoute and Mirleft.

Activity options: *The timings of these excursions and activities may vary.

A range of additional day excursions and experiences from Taroudant are also available from our Real Morocco Programme. Trekking on foot, horse, camel or mountain bike is available in the High Atlas, and day excursions from Marrakech.

Weather: Please have a look at our 'Weather' page with further details and an average temperature guideline in various locations throughout the year.

Details

Marrakech, High Atlas and taroudant Holiday

A lovely varied holiday idea, best done at a relaxed pace to take advantage of all that is on offer so we suggest 10 nights, for example:

Prices from £575 per person (10 nights) excluding flights*

Day Nights' Stay Typical itinerary for illustration
1 2 Fly to Marrakech & taxi transfer to the Ouirgane Valley in the High Atlas (1hr).
2   Take an optional day trek into the surrounding High Atlas hills and valleys of Ouirgane or the nearby reservoir or relax and enjoy the peace and beauty around you.
3 5 Taxi transfer (4hrs) across the Tiz n'Test, a spectacular mountain pass in the High Atlas, stop off at the Tin Mal (1153-54) - a traditional twelfth century Almohad mosque before descending into the Souss Valley and the walled town of Taroudant.
4   Visit the two local souks, the Arab craft market and the Berber market, among the best in Morocco, climb the ramparts, take a caleche ride around the city walls or hire some bikes to explore the town.**
5   Day trip to Berber villages of the High Atlas. The excursion takes in 3 villages each of which depends for its livelihood on 3 different products: honey, pottery and olive oil. It includes opportunities to visit local people’s homes to see bread making, their livestock, their lifestyle and to eat a delicious vegetarian tagine, scooped up by freshly baked bread.**
6   Day trip to Tioute Oasis and Anti-atlas Mountains. This excursion takes you through savannah-like and irrigated landscapes on the edge of the Souss Valley to an oasis on the northern edge of the Anti Atlas mountains. During the trip you are likely to see the strange sight of goats grazing in the native argan trees. Visit a women’s cooperative where there is a chance to purchase high quality organic products including argan oil which is unique to this region.**
7   Visit to the Taroudant souk. Have a cookery lesson and/or language lesson, or alternatively visit the Palais Salam to swim or take an additional excursion**
8 3 Taxi transfer to Marrakech (3.5hrs), afternoon visit to the souks and evening visit to the main Place Jemma de Fna.
9   Visit the historic sites Saadian Tombs, Badii Palace, Bahia Palace and museums Maison Tiskiwine and Musee de Marrakech, take lunch in the main square (a guide can be arranged).
10   Visit the Agdal Gardens and Yves St Laurents Majorelle Gardens (via Caleche optional) and shop for Moroccan handicrafts at one of the Centre Artisanal's (A guide can be arranged).
11   Depending on flight times visit the Mellah and the tanneries (a guide can be arranged) and taxi transfer to airport.

Pricing: * Based on 2 persons sharing (B&B), excl. flights, staying at Chez Momo (Ouirgane), La Maison Anglaise Guest House (Taroudant), and Riad El Borj, (Marrakech) - budget accommodation; Naturally Morocco can offer a range of alternatives if required. Price varies by room, season and exchange rate.

Location

Ouirgane

A Berber village situated in a scenic bowl-shaped valley in the High Atlas Mountains some 90 minutes south west of Marrakech, Ouirgane buzzes with activity on Thursdays when Berber families flock down from the mountains by donkey for the weekly souk. It has become a very popular base for day walks into the Tassa Ouirgane National Park and longer treks to Jbel Toubkal and Amizmiz areas.

Taroudant

Taroudant is a “Little Marrakech” due to the backdrop of the High Atlas Mountains and its red town walls, which are more complete than those of any other Moroccan town. This Berber market town is little frequented by tourists,  providing an authentic experience of everyday life and is an ideal base from which to explore Berber countryside.

Marrakech

Marrakech is the gateway to Morocco for most visitors, and understandably so.  One of the four imperial cities, it is a lively city with a true Moroccan soul and culture, a feast for the senses that caters well for visitors.  From the atmospheric souks of the medina, to the villages of the High Atlas Mountains a short drive away, Marrakech offers a vast range of options for the visitor either on a short trip or as part of a longer adventure.

Duration
10 -14 Nights