Excursion from Agadir to Marrakech Posted November 15, 2015

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Day 1 : Agadir – Taroudant

From Agadir we drive make a drive for about 75 kms to Taroudant, built by the Saadi Dynasty, and also know as “Little Marrakech” because of its red walls and narrow streets or even “Grandmother of Marrakech” as it is much smaller and life is slower . The main income is argan oil from the argan trees which are found in this area. Also jewelry and carpets are a speciality to this town. We visit the Kasbah and the walls, making a stroll through the souks and the medina and visit one of the tanneries before lunch on the central square. In the afternoon we take a ride around the ramparts which are about 6 kms long. We have dinner out of town and stay in a hostel.

Day 2 : Taroudant – Gorges du Dades

After breakfast we depart for Talouine known for its saffron. We visit one of the cooperatives. Then we drive through Taznakht to Ouarzazate where just outside town we visit the Kasbah of Ait Ben Haddou, Morocco’s largest Kasbah. This is now a historic site, protected by UNESCO. We have lunch near the Kasbah and then drive to Ouarzazate, the Hollywood of Africa. This city has several movie studios and many films were recorded in the region. Some examples : Gladiator, Jewel of the Nile, Lawrence of Arabia and Kundun. We visit one of the studios. We continue along the road of Thousand Kasbah’s. In Skoura we visit the Kasbah of Amredhyle. A little further starts the Valley of the Roses, and we have a stop in the capital Kelaa M’Gouna, known for its annual festival “Le Moussem des Roses”. We visit a Berber souk and continue our way through beautiful landscapes and panoramic views over the valleys to finally arrive in the Dadès Gorge where we have dinner and sleep in a hotel.

Day 3 : Gorges du Dades – Tamsahelte

After breakfast we return to the Valley of the Dades and drive over Boulmane and Tinghir to the Gorges du Todra. We walk into the canyon to admire this wonder of nature and drive back to Tinghir where we continue by 4×4. A spectacular journey of 100 km takes us through the Jebel Saghro. The first part leads us through the “Valley of the birds” where various species can be found. Then we start the climb to the top. Jebel Saghro is characterized by steep slopes and cliffs and black needle-like volcanic rock formations. The track ends in N’Kob where we continue to Tamsahelte to stay in an authentic Riad.

Day 4: Tamsahelte – Marrakech

The road leads through the mountains and through the valley of the Draa with it’s thousands of palmtrees. We choose the direction Agdz. A couple of kilometers before Agdz we visit the famous Kasbah of Tamnougalt. This was the former capital of the region Mezguita. After Agdz we leave the green valley behind us and drive over the Tizi n’Tifft to Ouarzazate where we have lunch. The road continuous through valleys, Berber villages and Kasbahs to finally start the climb of the Tizi n’Tichka, the highest pass of Morocco. The summit is 2300 meters. After the summit the road winds further down. We have a brief stop for an orange juice and a panoramic view over the valleys and mountains. Late in the evening we arrive in Marrakech

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