Draa Valley, Southern Morocco

Southern Morocco

A visit to Southern Morocco will take you into the heart of the Berber peoples land and some of the country’s most dramatic landscapes.

The north and the south of Morocco are separated by the Atlas Mountains. Whereas in the north you will find the whitewashed Imperial city of Fez and landscapes of olive trees and rolling countryside, as you progress southwards across the snow-capped mountains the scenery changes from cedar forests to dusty pink Berber villages, palmeraies, imposing Kasbahs and the beginning of the Sahara.

Taroudant, Morocco
Taroudant, Morocco

Escape the crowds

Located in southern Morocco are the oasis towns of Ouarzazate and Skoura, both of which offer a nice base from which to explore the area including Todra gorge and the Draa and Dades Valleys.

Also, Taroudant often referred to as the Marrakech of 50 years ago, this traditional Berber market town offers a much less visited and more laid back option than some of the other cities. With its majestic gold, pink and orange-tinted circuit of high walls, Taroudant is half citadel and half oasis.


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Ait Ben Haddou, Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Atlas Film Studios

Visit Atlas film studios in Ouarzazate, famed with producing a host of Hollywood films including Gladiator and Laurence of Arabia to name a few.

Spices, Marrakech, Morocco

Souqs of Taroudant

Explore the souqs of Taroudant, with a strong tradition of local craft.

Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Discover the mountain scenery

Cross high passes travelling through spectacular mountain scenery.

Kasbah village, Atlas Mountains, Morocco


Explore the many Kasbahs dotting the landscape, some crumbling and some renovated and some the backdrop for numerous famous films!

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Les Jardins de Skoura £££££

  • Morocco
  • Boutique

Les Jardins de Skoura is a charming hotel located in the heart of the Skoura palm plantation. The French owner has created a comfortable hotel in a tranquil setting with heaps of rustic charm.

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Dar Ahlam £££££

  • Morocco
  • Boutique

Dar Ahlam is a beautiful 19th Century Kasbah. The land surrounding the Kasbah was once the private hunting grounds of a Sultan and has been landscaped to include a heated, T-shaped swimming pool, surrounded by date palms and olive trees.

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Dar Zitoune £££££

  • Morocco
  • Boutique

Riad Dar Zitoune “house of the olives”, is located in the heart of the region of Souss, in the south of Morocco, just a few miles away from the city of Taroudant. Relax on the locally made Berber furniture, enjoy doing nothing in the beautiful gardens, shaded by olive and citrus trees, or swim in the pool, designed in the shape of a Moorish gate. .

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