Mountains, Kasbahs & Oases
From Marrakech we head straight into the High Atlas mountains. From the Tizi n' Tichka pass we pass the crumbled ruins of Telouet kasbah before taking to mules to explore the dramatic scenery arriving eventually at our remote gite in Tourza. We hike the following morning along a rugged valley carved deep into the mountains before continuing south through palm-fringed oases to Ait Ben Haddou. Here we find Morocco's most famous kasbah used in films including Gladiator and Lawrence of Arabia.
On the Edge of the Great Sahara
Our next form of transport is bike and we pedal ever south towards the edge of the desert at Ouarzazate. Here we tour the Atlas Film Studios before heading down the Draa Valley to Tamnougalt where we stay overnight at a traditional kasbah set among the lush palms of a village oasis. We discover the desert settlement and sacred Zaouia at Tamegroute and head into the Sahara for a camel ride and a night Bedouin-style under the huge African sky.
Souks of Marrakech
We return to Marrakech via Ouarzazate where we have a full afternoon to discover the souks and winding alleys of this exotic city. You can explore, haggle and chat to the locals and will probably want to return in the evening to the famous Djemma el Fna central square - considered the 'Heart of Morocco', the square comes alive with acrobats, snake-charmers, drummers, fortune-tellers, jewellers and food sellers in the biggest (an noisiest) feast of colour you'll ever see!
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