Magical Morocco: 15 Spectacular Adventures

We have dedicated much of our lives to the beauty of Morocco and only promote travel that positively impacts both travellers and local communities. To this end, these are some of our favourite adventures that showcase the true Morocco.

#1 Get lost in the medina of Tetouan

Get lost in the medina of Tetouan

The medina of Tetouan, a UNESCO World heritage site, is one of the most untouched medinas of Morocco. Surrounded by 5km of historic walls its alleys preserve centuries of history of Andalusian and Moroccan cultures, largely present today in its layout and architecture. Enjoy getting lost and travelling back in time while visiting its many different artisan and commercial quarters and talking with the locals.

#2 Discover the source of “tagine” plates in Fran Ali

Discover the source of “tagine” plates in Fran Ali

Not many people know about Fran Ali, a very little hamlet hidden in the middle of the Rif mountains, North of Morocco, accessible only by 4×4 tracks. However, this is the main production centre of clay cookware in the entire North. The main reason for this is the quality of their soil, which has exceptional properties making the clay production the main industry of this area for centuries.

#3 Aquatic trekking to the God’s Bridge in Akchour

Aquatic trekking to the God’s Bridge in Akchour

If you are around Chefchaouen, forget about shopping in the souks and head to the stunning Akchour! These waterfalls and the God’s Bridge, a rocky formation connecting the two sides of an impressive gorge, are a hidden adventure gem in the middle of the Rif mountains. To get to the God’s Bridge you will definitely get wet, so bring your flip flops and swimming costume! This is better done during the summer as the water gets really cold and you will have to swim in some sections, not accessible on foot.

#4 Rafting down the Ahansal river

Rafting down the Ahansal river

There’s a small window for rafting in Morocco at the beginning of the spring, just when the snow starts melting in the Atlas mountains and the rivers flood down fully loaded of water. The Ahansal river, in the Middle Atlas, offers some good steep and technical rapids. You can paddle down the river during two days, spending the night in-between camping by the shore and telling stories around a bonfire!

#5 Trek up the sources of Oum Er-Rbia river

Trek up the sources of Oum Er-Rbia river

The second longest river of Morocco (555km long) is very popular among locals for the bustling and refreshing settlement at the beginning of the route up the sources. You can find dozens of terraces just next to the water where you can enjoy a mint tea or a delicious tagine before or after climbing up the river to reach the stunning waterfalls at the sources. Don’t forget to bring swimming clothes in case you want to jump in the water, but watch out as the currents are extremely strong!

#6 Descend in Mountain Bike down the Draa valley

Traverse the forbidden route of the Ounila Valley.

The Draa valley is the closest idea of a real paradise on Earth: A sequence of countless palm trees along the longest river of Morocco, surrounded by the dry land preceding Sahara desert and its abandoned kasbahs. The contrast between the shiny green of the palm groves and the red and ochre tones of the rocks and sands around it composes an almost unreal scenario. The best way to explore it is by riding a mountain bike down the river during one or two weeks. You can spend the nights sharing the life of local families by the little settlements and villages along the valley.

#7 Explore the Aguelmane Azigza lake

Explore the Aguelmane Azigza lake

The dark and deep Aguelmane Azigza lake has an amazing wildlife. You can easily encounter flocks of diving ducks and troops of cheeky barbary apes, a kind of macaque specific to the Middle Atlas forests. Birdlife is also particularly interesting. Although some locals visit the lake and swim there during the summer, the area is quite isolated and is home mainly of a group of shepherd families. We call this area the Moroccan Mongolia for its high altitude pastures and the picturesque image of the shepherds and their cattle.

#8 Meet Gouraud, the millennial cedar tree

Meet Gouraud, the millennial cedar tree

Named after the World War I Colonel Gouraud, this cedar tree is considered the oldest tree in Morocco with more than 800 years and 40 metres of height. It’s not the only interesting attraction but also its companions, other huge cedar trees of the same calibre, will make you feel quite far from the typical landscapes that come to your mind when you think of Morocco. Enjoy hiking around this forest, close to the village of Azrou in the Middle Atlas mountains.

#9 Climb to the top of La Cathédrale

Climb to the top of La Cathédrale

When you see this impressive rock formation standing magnificent in the middle of a green valley, you quickly understand where its name came from. The ascent has a few technical parts and is a bit challenging in some sections but it’s overall doable for the average hiker. Don’t forget to take some snack with you to eat on the peak while enjoying the views of the Ahansal river and the valley!

#10 Drive along the route of 1,000 kasbahs

Drive along the route of 1,000 kasbahs

Perhaps one of the most overwhelming roads of Morocco, the road that follows along the Dades valley will transport you back in time. The name of the route is given by the countless abandoned kasbahs that you find on the way, fortified settlements scattered along the fertile river plain. At one point the road abandons the gorge and starts climbing in a surrealist zigzag. Mind the curves and don’t forget to stop on top to look back and take some pictures!

#11 Cross the Atlas by the Tizzi’n Test pass

Cross the Atlas by the Tizzi’n Test pass

There’re not many ways to go across the Atlas range when you want to travel South of Morocco from Marrakech. The popular Tizzi’n Tichka became the preferred route since the French military built a road in 1936 following the pass of Tichka as a replacement of the old route by the Ounila valley. However the Tizzi’n Test (pass of Test) offers a more dramatic and breathtaking option, through a scary narrow road no wider than a car in places. The route is in dreadful condition and should not be attempted by novice drivers as it’s challenging to negotiate. But if weather allows and you are a confident driver you can enjoy one of the most spectacular roads of Morocco, with fabulous views of the region and the Anti-Atlas range.

#12 Discover the abandoned kasbah-village of Tamnougalt

Discover the abandoned kasbah-village of Tamnougalt

If you travel along the oases of the Draa valley, don’t forget to stop in the remote village of Tamnougalt on the other side of the road. The semi-abandoned kasbah at Tamnougalt was a few years ago home of thousands of jews and muslim families who cohabitated together. Nowadays, only around 35 families remain. The kasbah has been the filming location of a number of movies, which eventually helped in its restoration. The Sheltering Sky (1990), The English Patient (1996) or Prince of Persia (2009) are some of the films that used the picturesque and narrow streets of Tamnougalt as a stage that can transport you 1,000 years back in time. Get in lost and explore its multiple rooms, terraces and dark galleries!

#13 Climb Jebel MGoun at 4,071m

Climb Jebel MGoun at 4,071m

Trekking is one of the most attractive activities in Morocco among mountaineers. Jebel Toubkal, the highest peak in Northern Africa at 4,167m is the most popular destination with many options to undertake the ascent and a number of well-used tracks. However if you want to try a less touristic climb, you could choose any of the other 4,000ers in the Atlas. Jebel MGoun at 4,071m is a beautiful massif with one of the best hikes in the High Atlas climbing along remote Berber villages and passing by impressive gorges and numerous nomad settlements. Being this a less known region for the tourist, you will enjoy more if you use the help of a guide or tour operator to assist you with the arrangements of your trip and interface with the local communities.

#14 Traverse the forbidden route of the Ounila Valley

Descend in Mountain Bike down the Draa valley

For centuries the route of the Telouet and the Ounila Valley was the natural path of the trans-Saharan caravans travelling from the north of Africa to Timbuktu and Ethiopia. The kasbah of Telouet sits in the middle of the route and it’s today an emblematic but controversial place. The kasbah was historically the feudal base of the Berber tribe Glaoui who ruled over the region until the second half of the 20th Century. Its leader was an ally of the French protectorate in Morocco and conspired with them in the overthrow of Sultan Mohammed V. For this reason the route was forbidden and abandoned for years and Moroccans are still very reluctant to travel around the area. However, and perhaps as a result of this isolation, it’s one of the most beautiful and impressive routes of Morocco, with numerous abandoned kasbahs and small farming villages on the way. Some of them only reachable walking down the gorge from the road. An spectacular contrast of reds and greens on your way to the popular Ait Ben Haddou.

#15 Immerse yourself in the desert from M’Hamid to Iriki Lake

Immerse yourself in the desert from M’Hamid to Iriki Lake

There are many desert options around the Sahara and in Morocco. The dunes at Merzouga are a popular destination full of high luxurious hotels in front of the dunes and one day camel treks in the outskirts of the area. However if you really want to go on a proper desert adventure and experience how’s like the life in the dessert you better head to M’Hamid. This is literally the last village South of Morocco, just a few kilometers with the Algerian border and with a road ending straight into the dunes. Don’t venture in the desert without a confident guide or tour operator as it can be dangerous: navigation is not easy and high temperatures and sand storms are quite frequent. The ideal way of travelling in the desert is with a combination of 4×4 and camel-trek. You can reach the dry Iriki lake and the fascinating Erg Chigaga dunes from M’Hamid and spend a few days to finally reach Foum Zguid in the North. Camping in the dunes under an overwhelming sky full of stars is a unique once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Hopefully these ideas have inspired you to visit Morocco and enjoy it’s unique beauty. Please do leave any comments you might have below or ask questions in our dedicated forum here. And of course if you would like to join one of our authentic tours or book a bespoke package, please visit our main site.

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