3 days in Morocco- your perfect itinerary
to the south.
Pamper yourself with this unique 4 days trip to the Moroccan Desert and gain insight into Morocco’s different touristic and cultural aspects.
Starting and finishing point: Your Riad or Hotel.
Middle Atlas Mountains: is the second highest mountain chain in the Atlas, comprising provinces of khenifra, Imouzzer, Ifran, Azrou, Boulemane, Sefrou and some parts of Beni Mellal each with their own character and appeal, this significant regional and cultural diversity along with the wide variety of fauna and flora makes of this mountainous range a must-see destination.
Ait ben Haddou : is an unraveling example of traditional southern Moroccan architecture, a number of buildings some are like small castles; surrounded by fortified walls gathered together in a hill creating a breathtaking view of traditional pre-Saharan habitat. Some of the buildings date back to the seventeenth century
At the foot of the hill flows the wadi Maleh, which means “salt river”.
Tinghir : settles in the center of one of the most beautiful oases in southern Morocco with a lush palm grove that extends for about 30km following the Wadi Todgha.
Merzouga Desert : Quite, warm and intriguing, this small village in the southeastern part of Morocco, may seem to have a strong competition in the south, but luckily has a few tricks up its sleeve that set it apart from the neighbors, being uniquely the home of the largest natural underground body of water in Morocco, close to the magical Erg Echebbi, and includes many attractive sights and places in the way to our next main destination like Todra Gorges, Dades Valley, Kelaat Mgouna, Skoura, this one, definitely, can’t be skipped during your journey!
Join your driver in the early morning in Fez and hit the road to the Middle atlas mountains, first enjoy the idyllic atmosphere of Ifrane, a small city characterized with a unique European style and boasts an alpine climate, then on to Middelt, being a commercial center of the hinterland in the surrounding, this city is a great place to have lunch and get fueled before leaving the cold of the atlas mountains to the warmth of Merzouga.
The arrival to Merzouga will often be by night, so you probably will have time to only discover the accommodation place, before having dinner and going to bed.
Your first day in Merzouga starts with a hearty breakfast right before mounting your camel and head to the camp in a one-life ride whereby you can appreciate an amazing view of sand dunes, wondrous oasis and watch wildlife at play.
PS: Make sure to get packed properly, bringing comfortable boots or sneakers, long pants when riding a camel, as well as a light jacket because of the cold weather at night, and a scarf of course against the blowing sand and sun.
When arriving at the camp there are many activities to have for yourself like sandboarding, or simply chill out outside the camp and appreciate the mesmerizing views around you.
At night join the party around the fire and have a blast dancing on some nomadic music performed by the inhabitants and enjoy your time under the splendid sky and the crystal-clear stars.
Cherish a nomadic breakfast at the camp before getting back to your hotel, pack your luggage and drive toward Todgha Gorges, Todgha Gorges is a terrific mountain cleft up to 300 meters high with green oasis and palm trees on its mouth, the destination is very popular among climbers for its challenging rocks’ shape and form.
Make your way through the narrow canyon enjoying the beautiful scenery of the gigantic limestone walls around you that dominates the landscape, or simply grab a steaming Moroccan cup of tea at the top of the gorge and soak away the world’s troubles in a never-ending moment of serenity.
About 48 minutes away from Todgha another worth visiting place is located, the land of a Thousand Kasbahs or Dades Gorges.
Dades Valley or gorges has many features that set it apart from Todgha Gorges, it is believed to be once submerged into a deep-sea which left incredible geological formations and plenty of remnants and fossils that date back to hundreds of millions of years ago.
Over time the river created a great canyon reaching up to 500 meters (1600 feet), with incredible vistas and breathtaking views, here you can have unique moments appreciating a scenic blend of charm, cultural heritage and fossils.
Enjoy a journey of discovery, chilling and meditation before heading to Ouarzazate, if time allows; if not we stay the night at one of the cozy Dades Valley’s inns and drive for Ouarzazate on the next morning.
If you are in to movies, Hollywood filmmaking locations, and mesmerizing Kasbahs, then today is definitely yours, since you will have the chance to visit some of the film studios of Ouarzazate where many mega movies were shot, and then head to the surprisingly stand still Kasbah of Taourirt, which was once owned by the famous Lglaoui the former pasha of Marrakech, and which was uniquely built of rammed earth and mud-brick forming an impressive structure that has greatly been able to bear the weight of time and the harsh climate change.
Our drive includes also a stop by the UNESCO world heritage of Ait Ben Heddou village, a great Ksar or mansion housing a big number of buildings all made of clay bricks and ornately decorated with southern motifs and symbols, the structure comprise huge walls and towers that still bear witness the powerful side of this area back then, and set a great sample of Moroccan earthen clay architecture.
So far, our journey has a lot to tell and plenty more to show, technically, the trip has come to an end since there is only one destination left in our itinerary, which is Marrakesh, but the twisted Tizi n’Tichka mountain pass makes our drive to the red city quite mesmerizing, and a challenging experience itself, so make sure to stay awake and pamper yourself with the magical moments of scenic views, and breathtaking landscapes of peaceful and rugged beauty, before reaching Marrakech with a great collection of eternal souvenirs and ever after memories.