Visible from the city of Marrakech and reached within an easy hours drive the question really is why wouldn’t you visit the Atlas Mountains?
Wonderful mountain scenery, traditional Berber villages and a host of relaxing or more energetic activities are on offer.
About The Atlas Mountains
The Atlas are the most northerly of Africa's Mountains, extending in a broken chain for over a thousand miles across Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. The High Atlas are home to some of the highest peaks in North Africa, a dozen of them over 13,000 feet, they form a complex of jagged ridges and deep narrow valleys running 250 miles across Morocco. Northward the mountains drop steeply, while southward they slope gradually into the hot, dry Sahara, which stretches for over a thousand miles.
From the ancient city of Marrakech, the Atlas skyline stretches across the horizon, creating a backdrop of inspiring beauty. Toubkal, North Africa's highest mountain, is only 50 miles south of Marrakech.
The High Atlas has been inhabited for thousands of years by a pastoral people known as the Berbers. They live in small villages of flat-roofed sun-baked mud houses, usually situated atop steep mountain slopes. Speaking Berber, Arabic, and French, they are as interesting and welcoming as they are knowledgeable of the mountains.
- Do some trekking, from a simple walk to a Berber Village to summiting Mount Toubkal
- Load your mule up with scrumptious food and head into the mountains for a picnic with a view
- Stay in the lap of luxury at Kasbah Tamadot or a more traditional Berber run option at Kasbah du Toubkal, both with amazing panoramic views
- Go skiing!
- Drift over the mountains in a hot air balloon
Beyond the obvious
Visit the Monday Berber Market in Tnine Ourika and some of the local farms in the valley where herbs and flowers are grown.