Marrakech has long been the main tourist entry point to Morocco. After the visit of the city which requires at least two full days, several options are possible for those who want to see other facets of the country and have a vehicle more than about 10 to 15 days for a good ride.
In broad outline …
Those in search of nature and large spaces of mountain or desert will leave in direction of Ouarzazate with stop at the inescapable ksar of Aït Ben Haddou.
From Ouarzazate, you can choose between the Valley of the Roses, the Dades Gorge, the Todra Gorge, the Draa Valley, or the oasis road to Guelmim, or the road to Taroudant, or even a trip that includes the Toubkal National Park. In short, there are many choices to be made, but in any case, you can be sure of a complete change of scenery.
As for those who would like to privilege the sea or relaxation, a loop passing by Essaouira and Agadir should satisfy them.
And for a mix of genres, why not consider a trip from Marrakech passing through Ouarzazate (or the Toubkal Park) and Agadir?
The surroundings of Marrakech
These are about 200 km to do over six days. This circuit of few kilometers does not necessarily require its vehicle and can be done by public transport.
Highlights: Marrakech and its surroundings to alternate the wealth of the first tourist city and the most beautiful park in the country, namely the Toubkal.
Route : Marrakech > Toubkal Region (Toubkal National Park, Ourika and Oukaïmeden Valley, Lalla-Takerkoust Lake) > Marrakech.
Marrakech, the High Atlas and the Route of the 1000 Kasbahs
This is a 1,500 km journey over a dozen days to be done almost obligatorily with one’s vehicle for more ease and freedom.
Highlights : Here is a tour that combines Marrakech, the High Atlas and the desert with the discovery of the main natural wealth of this part of the country via the “Road of 1,000 kasbahs.
Route : Marrakech > Route du Tizi-n-Tichka > Aït Ben Haddou > Ouarzazate > Skoura > Vallée des Roses > Boumalne Dadès > Gorges du Dadès > Gorges du Todgha > Tinerhir > Merzouga > Zagora > Vallée du Drâa > Ouarzazate > Marrakech.
South of Marrakech
It is roughly 1 300 km over 10-12 days to be done almost necessarily with his vehicle for more ease and freedom.
Strong points : A trip to discover the city of Marrakech, the High Atlas and the desert with the Draa Valley to M’Hamid and its opportunities for hiking of all kinds.
Route : Marrakech > Route du Tizi-n-Tichka > Aït Ben Haddou > Ouarzazate > Drâa Valley > M’Hamid > Taroudant > Route du Tizi-n-Test > Toubkal National Park > Marrakech.
Marrakech – Agadir – Essaouira
This is 750 km over ten days. Even if it is always better to have your own vehicle, this itinerary can also be done by public transport.
Highlights : This small tour allows you to discover three of the main cities of Morocco, with the bonus of a mix of genres with the sea, the mountains, nature and cultural discoveries at the appointment.
Route : Marrakech > Toubkal National Park > Tizi-n-Test Road > Taroudant > Agadir > Essaouira to Agadir Road > Essaouira > Marrakech.
Marrakech – Casablanca and the visit of the imperial cities
1,300 km to be done over a fortnight to take your time in visiting the cities. This trip can easily be done by train and bus.
Highlights : Marrakech, the Atlantic coast and the Atlas Mountains in one trip for a mix of cities, culture, nature and relaxation.
Route : Marrakech > El Jadida > Casablanca > Rabat-Salé > Meknes, Volubilis, Fez > Ifrane and Ifrane National Park > Khénifra National Park > Beni Mella > Cascades of Ouzoud > Aït Bougmez Valley > Marrakech
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