Marrakech discovery

Visit the most beautiful palaces and monuments in Marrakech including Bahia Palace: Built in the late 19th century, the name literally means 'brilliance' and was intended to be the greatest Palace of its time. You will also visit the Saadian tombs, only recently discovered in 1917 and restored. The tombs have, because of the beauty of their decoration, been a major attraction. Stroll through the labyrinth of narrow streets in the Medina and visit the famous Souks, selling everything from leather to clothing to spices. Witness the astonishing spectacle of Djemaa El Fna Square. Used equally by locals and tourists, you will find juice stalls, water sellers and snake charmers by day and dancing boys, storytellers and magicians by night. As darkness descends, the square fills with food stalls. for visitors of Marrakech

Menara gardens

The hidden sides of Marrakech

Walk to the Koutobia Mosque, the most famous landmark in Marrakech. From there, drive to one of the historical gates of the Medina, then walk to the fountain of ( Chrob O Chof ) recently restored and classified as a historical monument. After a stroll through the labyrinthine streets, visit the Almoravides Quobba, a remarkable piece of architecture dating back to the early days of Marrakech. This is a part of the water system that included a reservoir, fountains, latrines, and a magnificent ablution room. Head to the Medersa Ben Youssef, the largest theological college in the Maghreb and an outstanding achievement of the Moorish archiecture which served as students’ hope until 1959. The museum of Marrakech was the palace of the Moroccan defense minister in the 19th century, where the carved stucco are among the most intricate in the palaces of Marrakech. Stoll through the alleys of the Medina and visit the most interesting handicrafts quarters such as the leather auction, tinsmiths, coppersmiths……

Ben Youssef Medersa, Marrakech

Historical tour of Marrakech

Most of the city architectural attractions are inside the Medina, the old walled section of the town. Built in the 12th century, the Koutoubia Minaret is the most perfect Islamic religious structure in North Africa.
The famous landmark dominates the skyline  and can easily spotted from all Marrakech. Hidden away behind high walls are the Saadian Tombs. The Mausoleum displays a very high level of decoration, using traditional stucco and Granadastyle carving, typical of classical Moroccan buildings. The Bahia Palace is a masterpiece of domestic architecture which gives a good idea of how the privileged lived in the 19th century in the Imperial city. The use of marble, stucco and mosaics predominates in the apartments, opening onto courtyards filled with fountains and plant life……

Koutobia menaret

Handicrafts and Souks

Discover the secrets of the labyrinthine Souks of the old town. This is a maze of colourful alleys and small squares which are home to a bewildering array of stalls and ateliers, devoted to specific crafts where one can watch part of the production process. These spectacular souks possess an animation and vitality that set them apart from all others in Morocco. As evening approaches, head to Jamaa El Fna, the city’s main square. No one really knows how it came into being, but over the years it has become the beating heart of Marrakech. Here, fire eaters, mime artists, snake charmers and street musicians perform at every turn.

Morocco slippers, babouches

Ourika valley

This trip takes you to a lush green valley situated about 60 Km from Marrakech. It is a pleasant prelude to the impressive Atlas Mountains and a fine escape from busy Marrakech. Along the road through this unspoilt and charming valley, scattered at intervals are series of tiny hamlets, interspersed by a few summer homes. The valley is Berber populated and feels quiet different from the country’s urban life. The souk of Ourika is a small road side village which hosts a weekly Berber market on Mondays. This area is famed for it’s pottery and it’s varied samples of minerals and crystals.

Ourika valley

Imlil and the national park of Toubkal

Enjoy a scenic drive up into the high Atlas mountains, make a few stops along the way for the stunning panoramic views before you reach the village of Imlil, the center of a beautiful valley dominated the highest peak in North Africa Toubkal, risins up to nearly 14000 ft above sea level. Take a short walk around the valley before lunch or ride a mule to ascend to the village of Armed at more than 600 ft for more complete discovery of the national park.

Imlil and the national park of Toubkal

Enchanting Essaouira

Day trip to the old fortified fishing port of Essaouira on the atlantic coas. Founded in the 16th. Century by the Portuguese and occupied by them until the mid 18th. Century when the trans-saharan trade routes fell apart. The present town dates to the 18th. Century .
See the impressive town fortifications consisting of an amazing miwture of Portuguese and Berber architechture. Explore the Souks and the carpentry workshops devoted to cedar and Thuya wood carving. See Art galleries which are dotted in the city, and visit the fortified harbour with it’s stalls of freshly caught grilled fish.


The berber trails

This is the best day trip to discover and explore the deep berber country and enjoy the breathtaking sceneries of valleys, villagesand open landscapes. The drive takes you first to the region of Lalla Takerkoust where you will make your first stop on the hills overlooking the lake. From here you will start an adventure on dirt tracks rarely frequented by tourists and climb up to the Kik area where you will drive from village to village meeting locals, visiting berber homes and sampling their traditional mint tea and cookies. After lunch, you will continue on different itineraries to enjoy the immensity of the landscapes before you return to the plains of Marrakech.

The berber trails, Marrakech

Ouarzazate and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou

On this day trip to Ouarzazate you will visit the former residence of the last sultan of Atlas and visit the Heritage listed village of Ait Ben Haddou a medieval red-earth village. This area is also famous for being the setting of many major motion pictures. Cross the Atlas mountains through the Tichka gorge by way of one of Morocco's most winding and breath-taking roads. Visit the Taouirt Kasbah, former residence of the Glaoui, the last sultan of the Atlas before stopping for lunch in Ouarzazate. On the return journey you will stop for photo opportunities at one of the most beautiful ksours (fortified villages) of the Moroccan South. Ait Ben Haddou has been restored by UNESCO and is on the World Heritage List, a red-earth medieval village which appears to be lost in time. The desert of Ouarzazate has appeared in many feature films including Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and Babel.

Ouarzazate and Kasbah Ait Ben Haddou

Fantasia Dinner

Originated from the Rif, the fantasia is a war ceremony which consist of opposing different groups of horsemen, each represents the best rides of its tribe. Each group quivers away in a glaring light, all its members point their rifles to the sky and shoot at the same time leaving behind them a tumult burst and shouts. Enjoy a typical Moroccan dinner which mainly includes Harira, Mechoui and couscous under caidal "tents". A traditional event including an opportunity to see the Berber folklore, the jugglers performance, the flying carpet, the belly dancing and finally the fantasia show.

chez Ali Dinner show, Marrakech

Hot Air Ballooning Marrakech

Early pick up frpm your hotel and depart by a 4*4 vehicle to the take off pad near the palmeraie north of Marrakech. During one hour of scenic flight, you will have superb panoramic views over small villages, the immense palm grove extending as far as the Tensift River, and the backdrop of the Atlas mountains. The flight is followed by a 4*4 mini circuit, ending in a typical tiny halmet where you will enjoy Mint tea and moroccan pastry prepared by the local villagers. Return to the hotel around midday, after crossing the Tensift river and the palmeraie.
Hot Air Ballooning Marrakech

Marrakech gardens and museums

This is a half day tour to complete the discovery of Marrakech city by visiting the private collection of Mr. Bert Flint, a Dutch anthropologist who studied the Berber cultural heritage, representing the Berber and subsaharian artistic culture, the private museum of Mr. Yves Saint Laurent offering one of the most interesting collections of antiques from the Islamic art as well as the Majorelle gardens, designed in the 20’s by the famous french artist Jacques Majorelle, and the historical park of la Menara with it’s royal pavillon.

Majorelle gardens

Evening at yacout

Take cocktails on the roof top terrace overlooking the medina before enjoying a gala dinner in the sumptuous interior of an ancient Moroccan Palace and one of North Africa's most revered restaurants. Splendid rooms decorated with antique chandeliers, fireplaces and stunning mosaics offer an intimate atmosphere whilst ornate crystal, fine china and white table linen strewn with rose petals complement a beautifully presented traditional Moroccan feast.

Restaurant Yacout, Marrakech

Camel trekking in the palmeraie

Everyday you can discover a cultural exchange and take the time machine to the past where camels were the main way of transport. You will be transferred from your hotel or riad to north of Marrakech. During 1h 30 min you can enjoy the camel ride through miles of magnificent date palms and surroundings. In addition you can taste a mint tea and crepes with honey in a Kasbah with an amazing panoramic view.

Camel trekking in the palmeraie, Marrakech

Horse riding

Enjoy apleasant and peaceful ride either in la Palmeraie ( about 20 minutes drive from downtown ) where stables of the equestrian center are set amongst palms and gardens or for nature lovers go further about 45 minutes to the village of Ait Imour where the Atlas ranch is located. Here all the horses are Arab-Bard stallions and the adventure takes you through magnificent landscapes with the impressive Atlas mountains as a backdrop.

Horse riding in Marrakech
Quad biking

During either the morning or the afternoon, you will be transferred to north of Marrakech aiming to reach Kasbah le Mirage. The first 20 min you will have a small initiation then you will discover a 50 km ( about 2 hours ) circuit through the tracks of the palm grove corossing rivers, Jbilat and Berber villages where you will be enjoying tea in a local house. You will enjoy a beautiful sight assisted by professional monitors.

Quad biking, Marrakech
Bird watching

Morocco is a land of great contrasts, from wide sandy Atlantic beaches to snow-capped mountains over 13,000 feet high, to sand and stone deserts. The birds are equally diverse, from rare and highly endangered species like Northern Bald Ibis to enigmatic and difficult species like Desert Sparrow.

Bird watching, Morocco

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