Exploring Marrakech, Atlas Hiking & the Coast in 5 Days Morocco itenerary | Exploring Marrakech | Atlas Hiking & the Essaouira Coast
A great stabiity of the Moroccan culture, and adventures and enjoying, this amazing 5-day Morocco itinerary from marrakech features the high spot of the imperial red city of Marrakech, trekking in the foothills of the top of Atlas Mountains and spend a great time in the beach coastal city of Essaouira. You will visit the exotic souks in the ancient medina, share food with local Berber families, and explore the centuries-old fortifications facing the sea.
- See dancers, henna artists and acrobats in the lively Jemaa el-Fna square
- Hike the foothills of the High Atlas in the majestic beauty of the Amizmiz Valley
- Eat bread with a Berber family and experience local traditions and hospitality
- Climb up the city walls to overlook the Atlantic Ocean and taste fresh seafood in the leisurely Essaouira
|Arrival & Exploring Marrakech||Marrakech|
Day 2 Amizmiz and the High Atlas mountains
|Day 3 Back from the Atlas to Marrakech||Marrakech|
|Day 4 Seaside ramparts, kitesurfing, and fresh seafood in Essaouira||Essaouira|
|Day 5 : Back to Marrakech; Depart||airport|
Day 1 Arrival & Exploring Marrakech
Welcome to Marrakech. Marrakech was once an important trading capital of the Atlas hill tribes, and it is still an exciting former imperial city. Marrakech is located north of the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and is home to the busiest square in Africa, Jemaa el-Fna. Start exploring the ancient medina (Old Town) of Marrakech from the Koutoubia Mosque and Gardens. Although non-Muslims cannot enter the mosque, it is worth seeing its 12th-century foundation and 253-foot minaret. Visit the fountain and pool in the adjacent garden.
Enjoy your senses as you explore the complex open-air market (market) hidden behind ordinary restaurants and shops. Check out Souk el Attarin, Souk Chouari and Souk Smata for various spices, wood products and babouche (traditional Moroccan slippers). Visit the Souk des Teinturiers or the souk of the dyers to learn how to dye fabrics and yarns using traditional methods. Next, admire the example of Moroccan Islamic architecture in the 16th-century Koranic school Ben Youssef Madrasa, and pay attention to the ornate details of its interior: carved cedar ceiling, carved plaster and zellij tiles.
When the sun begins to set, return to Jemaa el-Fna and enjoy the performance, because the square is full of musicians, dancers and snake charmers. Explore many stalls and vendors to find something to eat. Or, for a more relaxing experience, look for one of the many cafes located above the square and enjoy the food that people watch before they retire in the evening.
Day 2 Amizmiz and the High Atlas mountains
Not far south of Marrakech is the small town of Amizmiz at the foot of the High Atlas Mountains. Before meeting your mountain guide, explore the humble market in the old town, and then start hiking along quiet narrow roads and mule paths. Due to the remoteness of the area, you are unlikely to encounter other tourists. Therefore, you will enjoy hiking between traditional Berber villages that embrace the hillside, the daily life of local farmers and shepherds.
Explore the terraced fields built by local farmers and turn the mountainside into land suitable for farming. Before continuing the hike, visit with the local family to see how they live and enjoy a traditional lunch with them. Meet another local Berber family, relax like guests in their home, enjoy a warm meal and their company.
Day 3 Back from the Atlas to Marrakech
Have breakfast with your host, then bid farewell and head to the trail. Before returning to Marrakech, continue to explore the local scenery and other nearby towns. Upon arrival in Marrakech, explore the kasbah (fortress or fortification) area south of Jemaa el-Fna, visit the Saadien tomb, and explore the 500-year-old craftsmanship in its construction. As you walk through the Mellah (Jewish Quarter) and the 19th-century Bahia Palace, you can visit the sunken gardens of the 17th-century El Badi Palace. If you have time, you may wish to visit the Dar Di Said Museum (also known as the Moroccan Art Museum) to see the exhibits, including clothing, antiques, jewelry, and beautifully carved Spanish-Moorish ornaments carved from cedar wood.
Day 4 Seaside ramparts, kitesurfing, and fresh seafood in Essaouira
After breakfast, head west to the sea-coast and therefore the leisurely seaside town of Essaouira. The route along the way will take you thru vast rolling plains and unique argan forests. If you’re lucky, you would possibly see goats eating argan on the tree, which may be a sight to work out when the pasture is proscribed or unavailable.
Arrive within the charming port city of Essaouira, in stark contrast to the frenetic Marrakech, and spend the remainder of the day in keeping with your choice. Peruse the UNESCO-protected Medina, ride a horse while surfing, take a kite surfing lesson, or stroll along the coast Skala de la Kasbah (18th-century seaside city wall). Designed by European engineers, old brass cannons line the walls and supply a viewing channel of the Atlantic. Fans of Hendrix might want to require a brief taxi to Diabat at the top of Essaouira Beach, where he reportedly spent your time there. Walk back to Essaouira and revel in a meal of freshly caught seafood.
Day 5 : Back to Marrakech; Depart
Farewell to the windy city and back to Marrakech. you’ll favor to stop at the argan oil cooperatives along the thanks to see how the valuable argan oil is extracted from the nuts.
After returning to Marrakech, if time permits, explore the sole surviving Almoravid monument, the 12th century Almoravid Koubba, before visiting the Marrakech Museum. Located within the Dar Mnebbi Palace within the 19th century, the museum is home to large exhibitions of recent and traditional art, including Berber and Moroccan artifacts of Jewish and Islamic culture.
- include Private tour
- Daily breakfast Hotel accommodation and all transportation in Marrakech
- Airport Full transportation with air-conditioning,
- crossing the hight Atlas Mountains of Morocco
- gas and driver English speaking guide and driver Overnight in Amzmiz, Essaouira & Marrakech
- including breakfast
- Daily including breakfast, free time to explore scenic spots, take photos, etc.
- Customized and flexible stops
- Travel insurance
- Entrance tickets to monuments
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