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Top 5: Excursions from Marrakesh, Morocco

by Allie Moore

Feb 4, 2019

Royal Palace, Fes, Morocco © Hel080808 | Dreamstime.com

Top 5 / Africa

The activities that can be found in thrilling and electric Marrakesh, Morocco, could fill any traveler’s itinerary for weeks on end, but for those who want to seek a world outside the city, which can often be oversaturated with tourists, there are countless ways to wander beyond Morocco’s most-visited city. Here are some of the top ways to get out of Marrakesh to see what the rest of Morocco has to offer.

 

Atlas Mountains

Escape to the three valleys of the Atlas Mountains where you can get in touch with local life by visiting traditional Berber homes. The village of Ait Souka offers a look into local life while the neighboring valleys of Imlil and Asni complement a daytrip with stunning views and culture.

 

Erg Chebbi and Merzouga

Situated on the border of the Sahara Desert is the tiny village of Merzouga from where camel and camping treks depart. The nearby dunes of Erg Chebbi create the perfect backdrop for a camel ride into the sunset.

 

Ouarzazate

Located in the southern Atlas Mountains is this ancient Berber town full of traditional kasbahs, also known as the “Hollywood of Africa” because it served as the settings of films such as Gladiator and Prince of Persia, among others. Just outside the town is the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou. a fortified village.

 

Essaouira

Head three hours west to the Atlantic coast for a day on the beach. Shoppers can peruse the town’s stalls while gourmands can sample succulent seafood at the copious restaurants along the coast.

 

Ouzoud Falls

Visit North Africa’s highest waterfalls for a side of Morocco that few see … or know about. Miles away from the bustling souks and crowded medinas are these peaceful waterfalls stretching 330 feet high.

 

 

 

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