Between steep mountains, golden deserts and lush oases, Morocco offers an incredible variety of landscapes. The warm welcome of its inhabitants makes it an iconic place for travelers looking for a change of scenery. Let yourself be carried away by the stories of the Berber road trip populations and treat yourself to an authentic Moroccan immersion . In this article, find out where to sleep, how long to leave and 3 iconic stages for a road trip in southern Morocco . Change of scenery guaranteed, without giving up ecological tourism ! We share with you all our advice for organizing a sustainable tourist stay in this fascinating Maghreb country .
Step 1: Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains
The souks of Marrakech , to awaken all your senses. Take the opportunity to support local crafts, marvel at the oriental scents of spices and admire the shimmering colors of the fabrics;
The Museum of Marrakesh . Learn about the city’s history in an architecturally stunning building;
Place Jemma el-Fna , to enjoy the lively and lively atmosphere of the city;
The iconic monuments of the city: Medina of Marrakech, Bahia Palace or Koutoubia Mosque;
Medersa Ben Youssef . The building, which historically housed a school of theology, is sumptuous and worth the detour.
Discover the Atlas Mountains
South of Marrakech are the High Atlas Mountains , with the highest peaks of the Maghreb chain that stretches from Morocco to Tunisia.
Take advantage of your visit to take a closer look at its highest point: Mount Toubkal , which rises to 4168 meters above sea level. To explore the region serenely, go to Imlil , a favorite place to find a guide to take you to discover the Atlas.
Where to sleep around Marrakech?
For this first part of your stay between Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains, we recommend that you stay at Tagadert Lodge . Located in Oumnas, halfway between the red city and the rugged peaks, the guest house offers you an ideal starting point to explore the region.
Stay in a traditional Berber house , where everything is thought out to offer you a relaxing holiday: from the flowery gardens to the pleasant swimming pool, via the tasty Moroccan table d’hôtes.
Step 2: The Draa Valley
After Ouarzazate, take the road towards Agdz and Zagora to sink into the Drâa Valley . It is here, in a hilly and desert environment, that the Biosphere Reserve of the Oasis of Southern Morocco is located , classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Discover Bab El Oued, an exceptional ecolodge that invites you to slow tourism and disconnect. Stay in one of the 7 chic and unusual lodges and enjoy the outdoor spaces: solar-heated swimming pool, oasis area of more than 2 hectares and panoramic terrace.
Enjoy tasty healthy and balanced meals, prepared from organic products grown on the estate.
Discover Kasbah Azul , a typically Berber ecolodge , which combines charm and comfort to perfection.
Nestled in the heart of a private oasis, the guest house promises you a relaxing and soothing stay . Take the time to appreciate the scents emanating from the garden, refresh yourself in the swimming pool and pamper yourself with the hammam or a massage.
An organic and local table d’hôtes of Franco-Moroccan inspiration awaits you for your meals at Kasbah Azul.
Stage 3: The Valley of Roses and the Dades Valley
The Valley of Roses , located around Kelâat M’Gouna, owes its name to the cultivation of the rose, which makes this region of Morocco prosperous.
The rose garden . Start your discovery there with an unforgettable walk at sunrise. Pretty colors and appeasement guaranteed!
Hike in the valley . Waterfalls and refreshing gorges await you there. Why not climb to the peaks to admire the panoramas of the surroundings?
The Dades Valley . With dwellings that blend into the rock, dizzying viewpoints and Grand Canyon airs, take your time as you wind your way through the Dades Gorge to fully enjoy the spectacle.
Where to sleep in the Valley of Roses?
For your stay between the Valley of Roses and the Dades Valley, stay at Maroc des Merveilles .
Enjoy the exceptional welcome of Abderrahman and his family in their traditional Berber mud house. Calm atmosphere, tasty cuisine and authentic homestay await you.
Abderrahman will be happy to help you discover the magnificent sites of the Valley of Roses between beautiful landscapes, century-old kasbahs and lush gardens. Let yourself be guided !