More Places to See In Morocco | Part II

Hello again, I mentioned several top spots to see in Morocco previously now I shall add a few more! Of course as everyone’s interest varies I will try to cover a diverse group of things to do.

The beach, who does not love the beach?

Well Morocco has many beautiful beaches, from wide long sand beaches to rocky waved crashing ones. With its coastline stretching from the Mediterranean to where the Sahara meets the Atlantic, Morocco offers beaches for every taste. Some are perfect for family fun and are preferred by Morocco tour operators, others wait and hope development will happen, and many are untrodden apart from the odd surfer and migratory bird. With its savage rocks, Marabout’s Beach is the most dramatic of Mirleft’s half-dozen Atlantic beaches. Agadir is a concrete grid, but its long, curving beach, clean and well-lit at night, will have families scrambling for buckets and spades. The dramatic beaches of Al-Hoceima National Park can be reached by walking from the former fishing village, now resort, of Cala Iris, which is also flanked by attractive strips of sand. Escape Tangier on a day trip to Plage Robinson, at the northwestern extremity of Africa’s Atlantic Coast, or Ksar es-Seghir on the Strait of Gibraltar. There are good beaches around the capital Rabat also.

One of the most popular day or overnight trips from Marrakech is the beach of Essouira. Long, clean, sandy and beautiful as the tide goes out and the sun sets turning the beach into many football fields for local children. The surrounding area is home to the famous Argan trees and many cooperatives producing the wonderful Argan oil for cosmetic or cooking use.  The ancient Portuguese ramparts and walls surround winding cobbled streets with beautiful blue doorways. The fish and seafood is fresh and can be cooked for you right after purchase.  A three hour drive from Marrakech makes this a favorite destination for visitors on their Morocco itinerary.

The Atlas Mountains, the backbone of Morocco, are a fantastic site for walking and discovering the soul of the country. One of Morocco destinations for climbers and hikers the world over.

The Middle and Anti Atlas Mountains:

Located to the north of the country , the Middle Atlas Mountains are great for lovers of forest walks. As the height difference is relatively small, you can walk or ride a horse or mountain bike easily. Interesting sites, the Ifrane National park, the Virgin waterfalls and the Ain Leuh cedar forest with its Barbary apes are worth special mention.

The Anti-Atlas range extends to the south as far as the Tafroute region. Walking, hiking and rock climbing is very popular on the beautiful pink quartz and sand ridges, peaks and cliffs that surround the town of the same name. 

The High Atlas Mountains:

Azilal is an ideal base camp to fan out in all directions. All forms of hiking, riding, mountain-biking etc. are enjoyed. White-water sports (canyoning, rafting, kayaking, etc.) are also promoted in the Ahansal wadi and the Assif Melloul. There are numerous sites of interest. On the north side: the Aït Bouguemez valley, the Ouzoud waterfalls, the Imi-n-Ifri bridge. On the south side: the valley and gorges of Mgoun, the geological heritage, the Todra and Dadès gorges. Amazing Berber hospitality and cuisine is a given in this area. The Mount M’Goun can be climbed in six days (4068m). Finally, from these mountains rises Mount Toubkal which, with its 4167m, is the second highest peak in Africa after Kilimanjaro). Allow two and a half days to reach its summit leaving from the village of Imlil.

Well there, we have gone from the beaches to the mountains. Two extremes in a country of amazing contrast and diversity that I hope you will be tempted to come and explore.

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