Original Travels | 2024
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Seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn | Days: 8 | Level: easy
Spring and autumn are the ideal times for this getaway, with monthly averages ranging between 17 and 25 ° C and fewer tourists than in high season. Summer is hot in the desert of Agafay and the alleys of Marrakech, with highs of 37 ° C, but the hikes in the foothills of the Atlas are all the more refreshing. A real breath of fresh air! Winter promises to be very chilly in the mountains, although the views of the snow-capped peaks are worth the trip.
Upon arrival in Marrakech, settle into your riad and take some time to unwind. You'll have a free afternoon to explore the enchanting, winding streets of this magical city. Marrakech is surrounded by striking red and ochre walls and offers a truly unique living spectacle where local folklore and people are staged in a medieval setting. The city is home to an exceptional cultural heritage, with monuments of great wealth and refined architecture waiting to be discovered.
The medina of Marrakech is a cherished UNESCO World Heritage Site, safeguarded by a 9 km wall that boasts a beautiful ochre hue. It is a melting pot of cultural diversity that is unrivaled. Take a leisurely walk through the narrow, winding streets and marvel at the splendid Palais de Bahia, the opulent Saadian tombs, and the alluring scents of the souks. During your free time in the afternoon, you can bargain with the vendors or explore Djemaa el-Fna square, an energetic open-air theatre of food stalls, snake charmers, storytellers, and merchants. This exceptional location, acclaimed by UNESCO as the city's Intangible Cultural Heritage, will transport you to a world of enchantment, reminiscent of the tales from 1,001 nights, where numerous food stalls offer delectable Couscous dishes and Tagine.
Goodbye to the waves of tourists and the petarades of the mopeds of Marrakech, hello to the serenity and greenery of the High Atlas. It is on its foothills, at almost 1,000 meters above sea level, that your lodge is located. The welcome is warm, Berber hospitality obliges, the garden is embellished with olive trees and roses and the views of the mountains are most pleasant.
It is on foot that the Ouirgane region is best appreciated. Many hiking trails lead through Berber villages, terraced crops, and exceptional natural spaces. Toubkal National Park is particularly popular with walkers for its variety of climates and therefore vegetation, as well as for its rich fauna. The king of animals is the mouflon (Barbary Sheep)! You can also simply walk on the shores of Lake Ouirgane, between holm oaks and junipers.
Experience the contrasting beauty of Agafay desert, where the Atlas Mountains provide a stunning backdrop. An oasis in the midst of this rocky desert offers accommodation in traditional tents where you can sleep under the stars. Explore the diverse landscape of Agafay on a half-day guided walk, passing through rocky terrain, brush, and gentle hills that resemble dunes. Enjoy the tranquility and silence of the desert, and return by camelback, the preferred means of transportation for Berbers. Discover the history and culture of the desert and the Berber people through this unique experience.
Enjoy a comfortable private transfer from Agafay to Essaouira, which takes about three hours. After settling into your accommodation in Essaouira, spend some time exploring this quaint city, which offers a peaceful contrast to frenetic Marrakech. Peruse the medina and shop for traditional products in the souks, relax in central Moulay El Hassan Square, watch fishermen at work at the city's historic port, explore the Rabbi Haim Pinto Synagogue and Jewish Quarter, or soak up the sun at Essaouira Beach—the choice is yours.
Essaouira, also known as the "well-designed" city, sits on the Atlantic Ocean and has a rich history dating back to Antiquity. Its ancient medina covers 30 hectares and was built on a rocky peninsula with a succession of islets scattered on the coast. The city is famous for its windsurfing and kitesurfing, annual kitesurf world cup, and cedar wood craftsmanship. The fish market and spices are also important. Optional activities include kitesurfing, horse riding, and ATV adventures.
As your unforgettable adventure in Morocco comes to a close, we will provide a comfortable and convenient transfer to Marrakech airport for your departure flight. We hope you have enjoyed your time exploring the rich culture, breathtaking landscapes, and delicious cuisine of this enchanting country. We wish you safe travels and hope you carry many cherished memories of Morocco with you.