The best of Morocco in a week - an imperial city, the Atlas Mountains and Atlantic Coast
The 'Pink City' of Marrakech sits just north of the High Atlas Mountains which provide a magnificent backdrop to this exotic city. We explore the medina, the palace walls, museums and gardens as well as wandering through the busy souks. A night time visit to the colourful Djemaa el Fna is not to be missed. Leisurely walks in the High Atlas Mountains offer the opportunity to visit Berber villages and gain an understanding of the life of these hospitable mountain people.
We complete the week in style with charming Essaouira, where we stay in a traditional Riad. Here, we discover the fascinating medina and enjoy free time for lunch at the fish stalls by the harbour and take a walk (or a camel ride!) along the long sandy beach.
This trip offers a wonderful insight into three very different aspects of this vibrant and colourful country.
What makes this trip responsible?
We stay in a traditional base in the High Atlas Mountains with a family who not only use local produce for all meals but also they are now able to support their own livelihood with regular visitors. Our haven in
Tamatert is a unique house completely looked after by the community so bread is bought from the neighbour, linen is washed at another house further up and a vegetable garden provides as much food for guests as possible. Local people are all employed at Douar Samra and visitors are welcomed into this lovingly decorated house as part of the community. This trip includes some visits to local cooperatives to help keep local agriculture alive and with regular training between UK leaders and local staff, we can ensure our responsible tourism practices are passed onto local leaders.
Menara Gardens, Marrakech, Atlas Mountains behind