Our day trips from Marrakech to the Atlas foothills offer some truly stunning scenery. You will visit the village of Imlil which sits in the shadow of Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. This tiny village is almost at the end of the road. Yet still, it is a great starting point for some beautiful walks to local Berber villages where you can get a taste for Moroccan mountain life.
Your guide will explain the local culture, point out historic points of interest, and answer any questions you might have. Lunch is also included at a lovely little house in a tiny village just above Imlil. From here, there are two options for your route back to Marrakech.
You can return the way you came on the road through the beautiful Ouirgan Valley via Asni. Conversely, you can take the slightly more adventurous off-road track that takes you down through some lovely villages where you will see more of the local culture. A lot of tours are available to Imlil but this has been put together by us. If you opt for the off-road option, will take you far from the madding crowd.
Known locally as the stony desert, this is another magnificent setting for an unforgettable experience. Where the Atlas impresses with towering landscapes that vary from harsh to lush, the Agafy is mostly made up of rolling dunes of what one might assume to be totally unproductive terrain. Incredibly, this has been tamed in parts and, if the weather has been kind to them, local farmers can take useful crops from this most inhospitable of lands.
We organize drivers and guides for your journey into the foothills of the Atlas. You will see some incredible views over the Lake Lalla Takerkoust before driving into the desert for lunch in a beautiful Oasis. You’ll have the chance to walk through a dried up river bed to a Berber village, where the guide can explain to you all about the local culture. As a treat, you might possibly stop for a mint tea with a local family.
A whole additional dimension is added to day trips from Marrakech by arriving to or leaving the lunch stop by camel. Forget about the usual tourist trips around a car park in order to have your photo taken, this is the real deal and not necessarily for the faint of heart.
You will be collected from the riad by your driver who will take you on one of our great day trips from Marrakech to Essouria. Upon arrival, you will be met by a local guide who will show you around this beautiful old fishing town. You will get to visit the best seafront restaurants for a delicious fresh fish lunch and a guide will take you through the medina.
On the way back, you can stop at the Women’s Argan Oil Co-Operative to see how this increasingly popular oil is produced and learn about some of its health benefits. Essaouira is quite different from Marrakech – it is calmer and more of a fishing port. Day trips from Marrakech to Essaouira are three hours by car. Therefore, you may want to consider an overnight stop, in which case we can book accommodations for you.
The Val d’Argan is a beautiful area planted with rose bushes, pomegranate trees, olive-trees, and Argan trees located just a few kilometres from Essaouira. Backing into the desert, the Val d’Argan estate is the first and only Moroccan vineyard exclusively dedicated to grape varieties from the Rhone valley.
You will visit the vineyards, along with the olive and Argan groves whose fruit is grown for the production of organic oils. You will be invited to taste the produce whilst overlooking the estate and having a delicious lunch. After lunch, you will visit the women’s cooperative where you can see how the Argan oil is produced before your final stop at the best point to view the whole of Essaouira. Please also see our comments above with regard to day trips from Marrakech to Essaouira.