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Places in the Region

Taroudant

An authentic Berber market town little frequented by tourists with a backdrop of the High Atlas Mountains and complete town walls.

Talaouine

A village near spectacular mountains, famous for production of saffron.

Tata

A thriving oasis town at the foot of a huge escarpment and surrounded by palms, on the Timbuktu caravan route.

Tissint

A small village east of Tata, known for its picturesque gorge and beautiful rocky desert scenery.

Icht

An ancient village at the foot of a huge escarpment, near interesting rock formations and archaelogical sites.

Tafraoute

A peaceful town in the beautiful Ameln Valley, a great base for exploring the Ait Mansour gorges.

07 Secrets of the South

Rugged Landscapes and Beautiful Rolling Mountains

The south and south west of Morocco is little visited by tourists due to the often harshness of the environment and sometimes significant distances to travel, but it is all the more fascinating for that fact.

This interesting circuit takes in coastal, desert, mountain and towns in an area of some outstanding scenery and experiences. Travel via the fertile Souss Valley and through the Anti-Atlas mountains to the northern fringe of the Sahara, staying at accommodation in Taroudant, Tissint, Tata, Tafraoute and Tizourgane in a region that enjoys a moderate climate.

The circuit was reviewed by Condé Nast Traveller (download their article - Secrets of the South).

We also offer our highly acclaimed flexible orientation programme in Taroudant, the 'Real Morocco' - a wide choice of authentic cultural experiences and outings.

 

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Overview

Our recommendations

Season: September - June. This area’s climate is less extreme than the classic desert routes further east.

Length: 7 - 21 nights. Whilst the itinerary is possible in 7 nights, it is advisable to extend your stay if possible.

Flights: Agadir (50 minute transfer), Marrakech possible (3.5 hour transfer).

Pricing: See Details tab - from £565 pp for 7 nights based on 2 sharing (B&B and half board in places), excl. flights. Price varies by room, season and exchange rate.

Transport options:

The base price above is for a self drive Supermini (excluding fuel) based on 2 people sharing.

A car with driver can be quoted for and prices will vary for various sizes of group.

Extension options: West to the Atlantic coast at Mirleft, Massa and Agadir; east to the High Atlas; south or east to see more of the Sahara desert; north to Essaouira and/ or Marrakech.

Activity options: A range of day excursions and experiences from Taroudant are available from our 'Real Morocco' programme; trekking and mountain biking in the Tafraoute region.

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

 

Details

Our Secrets of the South Holiday Suggestion

We recommend 7 nights minimum, see the example below (more nights makes the trip more relaxing):

Prices from £565 per person (7 nights) excluding flights*

Day Nights' Stay Typical itinerary for illustration
1 2 Transfer from Agadir to Taroudant (50 minutes). Option of flying to Marrakech with transfer via Tiz n'Test pass or motorway through mountains (3.5 hours). Option of guided trip around the town by horse drawn taxi.**
2   Options from our 'Real Morocco' programme including cookery lesson, to have a massage, visit a hammam or markets, to learn a craft or to trek in the High Atlas Mountains
3 1 Travel through spectacular scenery en route via Talaouine, the saffron capital of Morocco, to a comfortable desert camp in a remarkable canyon near Tissint (3.5 hours) renowned for its beautiful waterfalls – a surprise in the desert.
4 1 Transfer to Tata (1 hour). Afternoon gentle walk exploring the caves, ancient irrigation systems and an ancient village where henna is cultivated nearby.
5 1 Transfer to desert camp/guest house at Icht (3.5 hours) via the Akka region to see remarkable Neolithic rock engravings. Afternoon option of 4x4 trip to the dunes.
6 1 Transfer to Tafraoute (3.5 hours). Option to visit a spectacular ‘agadir’ (a “Berber Castle”) at Amtoudi. Visit the incredible Blue Rocks (boulders), just 4 km from Tafraoute, created by Jean Veran a Belgian painter with the help of local firemen and 18 tons of paint, and see the fantastic rock formations such as the Lion’s Head and Napoleon’s Hat.
7 1 Visit some of the 26 pretty villages in the Ameln valley, including a fascinating tiny museum of rural life or drive south to the breathtaking Ait Mansour Gorges for a walk in the palmerie. Transfer to Tizourgane (45 minutes from Tafraoute) to stay in an authentic Kasbah, or to the coast at Mirleft (3 hours).
8   Transfer to Agadir (2 hours) for flight home.

Pricing: * Based on 2 persons sharing (B&B for 3 nights, Half Board for 4 nights), including return transfers to Agadir airport, excl. flights, staying at Palais Oumensour (Taroudant) , Dar Infiane (Tata), comfortable desert camps at Tissint and Icht, a small hotel near Tafraoute and a simple auberge at Tizourgane - budget accommodation; Naturally Morocco can offer alternatives if required. Price varies by room, season and exchange rate. Days 3-8 are priced for self drive Supermini, excluding fuel.

Location

Places in the Region

This suggestion takes you through the lesser explored southern Morocco, an area of vast landscapes, semi desert and rolling moutains.

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.

Talaouine

On the edge of the spectacular Jbel Sirwa mountains, this village lies midway between Taroudant and Ouarzazate, not long before the road branches off to Zagora. Famous for production of saffron, the most expensive spice in the world, Talaouine has a cooperative where you may buy this miraculous spice at bargain rates and learn about its cultivation. It also has a large crumbling kasbah.

Tata

Now a thriving market town, Tata was formerly an important caravan stop for camel trains travelling from Timbuktu to Taroudan. It lies 3.5 hours’ scenic drive south of Taroudant at the foot of the huge escarpment, Jbel Bani, and is surrounded by 900,000 palms, making it the largest oasis between the Atlantic and Zagora.

Tissint

A small village an hour’s drive east of Tata, Tissint is known for its picturesque waterfalls and gorge as well as beautiful rocky desert scenery. It is possible to drive via a scenic route north to Igherm and thence either north east to Talaouine or west to Taroudant and Agadir.

Icht

Like Tata, this ancient village (partially below ground level) also lies at the foot of the huge escarpment, Jbel Bani. It is an ideal point from which to visit the region to the south including various rock formations, archaelogical sites including rock engravings and the sand dunes of Tanzida.

Tafraoute

This peaceful town roughly 3 hours' drive from Agadir along winding mountain roads, is an ideal base for exploring the Ameln Valley and the Ait Mansour gorges as well as seeing the spectacular pink rock formations, the Blue Rocks and rock engravings in the region.

Duration
7 Nights / 8 Days