All of our daytrips are planned specifically around your interests, level of fitness and how much travelling you want to do. Two of our most popular trips are:
After driving out of Marrakech and through some truly stunning scenery in the Atlas foothills, you will visit the village of Imlil which sits in the shadow of Mt Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. This tiny village is almost at the end of the road and it is a great starting point for some beautiful walks to local Berber villages where you can get a taste for Moroccan mountain life and have some stunning views of the Mountains. Your guide will explain to you about the local culture as well as point out historic points of interest and answer any questions you might have. Lunch is also included at a lovely little house in a tiny village just above Imlil. From here there are two options for your route back to Marrakech. You can either return the way you came on the road through the beautiful Ouirgan valley via Asni, or take the slightly more adventurous off road track that takes you down through some lovely villages where you will see more of the local culture. A lot of tours are available to Imlil but this has been put together by us and, particularly if you opt for the off-road option, will take you far from the madding crowd.
Known locally as the stony desert, this is another magnificent setting for an unforgettable experience. Where the atlas impresses with towering landscapes that vary from harsh to lush, the Agafy is mostly made up of rolling dunes of what one might assume to be totally unproductive terrain. Incredibly, this has been tamed in parts and, if the weather has been kind to them, local farmers can take useful crops from this most inhospitable of lands. Again we will organise a driver and a guide for this trip and you will be taken out into the foothills of the atlas where you have some incredible views over the Lake Lalla Takerkoust before driving into the desert for lunch in a beautiful Oasis. There is the opportunity to walk through a dried up river bed to a Berber village where the guide can explain to you all about the local culture and possibly stop for a mint tea with a local family.
A whole additional dimension can be added to this trip by arriving or leaving the lunch stop by camel. Forget about the usual tourist trips around a car park in order to have your photo taken, this is the real deal and not necessarily for the faint of heart.
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You will be collected from the riad by your driver who will take you to Essouria where you will be met by a local guide who will be able to show you around this beautiful old fishing town, take you to the best of the seafront restaurants for some delicious fresh fish for lunch and guide you through the medina. On the way back you can stop at the Women’s Argan Oil Co-Operative to see how this increasingly popular oil is produced and learn about some of the health benefits associated with it. Essaouira, is quite different to Marrakech, calmer and more of a fishing port. It is three hours by car, so you may want to consider an overnight stop, in which case we can book a variety of places for you.
The Val d’Argan is a beautiful area planted with rose bushes, pomegranate trees, olive-trees and Argan trees located just a few kilometres from Essaouira. Backing into the desert the Val d’Argan estate is the first and only Moroccan vineyard exclusively dedicated to grape varieties from the Rhone valley.
After visiting the vineyards and the olive and Argan groves whose fruit is grown for the production of organic oils you will be invited to taste the produce whilst overlooking the estate and having a delicious lunch. After lunch you will visit the women’s cooperative where you can see how the Argan oil is produced before your final stop at the best point to view the whole of Essaouira. Please also see our comments above with regard to Essaouira.