The Atlas Mountains and Marrakesh in Morocco were both places I had always dreamed of visiting. Something about Marrakesh when you see it on the TV or in magazines just seems so appealing, with its bustling markets for miles selling trinkets and handcrafted goods, the smells and spices and all the bright colours just look so beautiful.
I turned 30 recently and my husband wanted to take me away somewhere to celebrate on a city break, when he asked me where I would like to go to I knew straight away I wanted to go to Marrakesh. So we booked some cheap flights through Ryanair from London Stansted Airport which were about £100 return.
The Atlas Mountains has been on my bucket list for a while, so we decided to book a tour on the day of my actual birthday to visit them. We booked a full day tour with Morocco Attractive Tours via Viator although you can also book direct through their website too.
The tour was amazing it was one of my favourite parts of our whole trip while in Marrakesh, we did so much in one day. The Atlas Mountains are breathtaking and the locals that live in and around the mountains are so welcoming and friendly.
This tour included so much and stoped in so many places such as Ourika Valley and it’s waterfalls, which a local mountain guide escorted us up to the waterfalls, which took about an hour and a half to walk to the falls and back. We also got to stop off at an argan oil workshop and watch local Berber women extracting and creating argan oil which was really interesting and with no pressure to purchase any of the products.
We also drove through Oukaimeden Valley on a quiet mountain road which stands 1800 meters above sea level to reach the third valley of our tour which was Sidi Fares Valley, and passed through many traditional Berber villages and got to see lots of local life.
We stopped for lunch in a small village in the mountains and had lunch cooked for us by some local Berber ladies which was all cooked and presented beautifully, and with a gorgeous view of the valley and mountains. We were served a Moroccan salad, Berber tagine, moroccan couscous, dessert and finished off with some traditional tea.
We really enjoyed lunch and they even surprised me with a birthday cake, as our guide secretly called ahead when he found out it was my birthday, and the ladies prepared me a huge yummy cake which was a lovely surprise.
After lunch we headed to the fourth valley of Asni which is famous for its fruit trees, and also home to the highest peak in North Africa – Toubkal Mount.
We opted for the extended tour and spent an extra hour exploring the Kik Plateau which is a level limestone outcropping that offers wonderful views of the valleys below. We finally finished our tour off at Takerkoust Lake which is a serene artificial lake which attracts many locals and has pool clubs and bars over looking the lake. After Takerkoust Lake we headed back to Marrakesh.
The day out to the Atlas Mountains was my favourite day while in Marrakesh, I loved seeing all the natural beauty the mountains had to offer and loved meeting all of the friendly locals. I really can’t recommend this tour enough, our guide was also brilliant and really knowledgeable.
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