- Venture off the beaten track as you drive from the beaches of the Atlantic to the Berber villages of the Anti-Atlas
- Immerse yourself in rugged beauty and rich culture
- Explore the ornithological reserve of Souss-Massa with a naturalist guide
- See a different side of Morocco, where the traditional way of life has remained largely unchanged for centuries, staying in charming ksours, kasbahs and French forts en route
- Visit desert oases where palm trees grow amid the arid landscape
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FLIGHT TO AGADIR
Head to the airport today ready for your three-hour-and-50-minute direct flight to Morocco. After being whisked through airport check-in and security, enjoy some refreshments in the airport lounge before boarding your flight. When you land, pick up your rental car, take the road south and drive an hour to your first hotel in the Souss-Massa National Park, on Sidi Rbat Beach, where you will be spending the first two nights of your trip. Freshen up after your journey and perhaps head to the spa for a pampering wellness treatment before dinner and bed, ready for the first full day of your holiday tomorrow.
BIRD-WATCHING WALK WITH A NATURALIST GUIDE
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be met by a naturalist guide for a bird-watching walk in the Wadi Massa, an ornithological reserve which is home to a variety of bird species including flamingos, storks, cranes, spoonbill and purple heron, plus various duck species such as the protected marbled marmaronette, tiger duck, morillon duck, and more. The park also hosts the last wild population of bald ibis, a species worshipped by the ancient Egyptians who believed the birds were an incarnation of the god Thoth. The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy at leisure.
DRIVE TO GUELMIM VIA CHARMING TIZNIT
Hop in the car for the next leg of your road trip through stunning south Morocco. The drive to Guelmim takes around two-and-a-half-hours, depending on the direction you decide to take. We recommend stopping en route at charming Tiznit. This walled town is a secret spot waiting to be explored. Founded in 1882 by Sultan Hassan 1st, it offers a glimpse into the country’s rich history and culture, with ancient ramparts, bustling souqs and traditional crafts. Don’t miss the chance to wander through its narrow streets and discover its hidden treasures. Around ten miles (20 minutes) west of Tiznit you’ll find the small fishing village of Aglou, and the stunning beach of Legzira which has a mammoth stone arch over the clear blue waters. Afterwards, enjoy a relaxing evening and overnight stay in Guelmim. The rooms in your small fort-style hotel are cool and well-appointed with rustic stone walls. Perhaps take a refreshing dip in the pool or order an aperitif at the bar before dinner – a delicious Moroccan Berber-style meal, served either in the dining room or on the terrace.
TAFNIDILT VIA ID AISSA OASIS AND AUTHENTIC AMTOUDI
Enjoy the scenic one-hour-and-40-minute drive from Guelmim to Tafnidilt via Id Aïssa oasis and the beautiful village of Amtoudi. The road, framed by dramatic purple-hued cliffs, winds through picturesque valleys and over rolling hills, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Id Aissa offers a glimpse into Morocco’s rich cultural heritage, with its traditional architecture, bustling markets and surrounding desert landscapes. In the heart of the oasis, Amtoudi is known for its ancient granaries, which are carved into the cliffs above the village. Stretch your legs with a short hike up to the top and take in the stunning views of the Atlas Mountains and valleys. On reaching Tafnidilt, enjoy an overnight stay in a dreamy ksar-style hotel, where you can finish your day with a hearty Moroccan meal served in a spacious dining room overlooking the majestic landscape that extends beyond the gardens.
HIT THE COAST AT MIRLEFT
Today’s three-and-a-half-hour drive is along some of the region’s most beautiful roads, via rugged hills and the occasional empty cove. Your destination is Mirleft, a laidback coastal commune with a burgeoning surf scene and lots of cosy cafes which draw in surfers, hikers and beachcombers alike. Overlooking the town and the ocean, your home for the night is an old fort turned luxury hotel. Enjoy drinks on the terrace, a dip in the pool and dinner in the restaurant.
SCENIC DRIVE TO TAFRAOUT
Another day, another dreamy drive. Around two-and-a-half hours from Mirleft, the village of Tafraout is enclosed by the magnificent Ameln Valley. Set amid argan and almond trees, you’ll stay in a traditional kasbah blessed with shady, beautiful spaces. After checking in, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Relax at the hotel and enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool or alternatively, a 30-minute drive south of Tafraout, you’ll find Aït Mansour – a natural gorge famous for its stunning views and unique geological formations. Around 20 miles from Tafraout, Douar Gdourt is particularly pleasant and a popular spot for hiking and trekking. Back at the hotel, enjoy a traditional Moroccan dinner and, in the morning, coffee and msemen (pancakes) by the pool. Top Tip: If this leg of your trip falls mid-week, don’t miss the slipper market at Tafraout. Taking place every Wednesday, it’s a bustling hive of activity with vendors selling a variety of goods including pairs of babouches (slippers), which come in myriad shades and styles.
CHILL IN TAROUDANT
The two-and-a-half-hour drive from Tafraout to Taroudant winds through dramatic mountain passes and picturesque Berber villages, offering stunning views of the Atlas Mountains and surrounding landscapes. Check in for two nights at a charming accommodation set in beautiful gardens and olive groves. This place is a pleasure for the senses, as sweet, heady scents accompany walks and swims, while the high-quality fusion cuisine will delight even the most discerning of palates. Your hotel blends modern international style with Moroccan tradition, creating a comfortable and soothing atmosphere. The rooms are perfect places to rest, ably aided by the pampering spa and heavenly hammam.
CULTURE AND HISTORY IN TAROUDANT
Today is all about discovering Taroudant. Known for its imposing ramparts, which tell the story of the city’s rich history, Tardouant is sometimes called ‘Little Marrakesh’. Jacques Becker shot Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves here in 1954. Nowadays, it’s a popular destination for travellers looking to experience authentic Moroccan culture, with ancient walls, bustling souqs and traditional architecture. Slightly further afield, a pleasant 40-minute drive southeast of Taroudant, the picturesque hilltop oasis of Tiout is a worthwhile daytrip promising lush palm groves, Berber buildings and a peek into the southern way of life.
A FINAL CULTURE FIX BEFORE FLYING HOME
After a hearty breakfast, you’ve time for a final culture fix ahead of your flight home. Our top tip? Just six miles north of Taroudant, Palais Claudio Bravo houses a collection of the Chilean artist’s work as well as artifacts and objects from his personal collection and pieces by friends like Picasso. Bravo lived in Morocco for many years and the building itself is a beautiful example of traditional local architecture, with intricate tilework and a central courtyard. It’s a fitting final stop just over an hour from Agadir Airport, where you’ll return the rental car before flying home.
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