Where to Visit on an Adventure Holiday in Morocco
Morocco’s existence of over 300 000 years and several civilizations make it a melting pot of history, cultures and religions. Its physical diversities are extreme as well with soaring rugged Atlas ranges, lengthy coastline along the Atlantic and Mediterranean, the dunes in the Sahara desert and colorful cities integrating the old and the new. It calls for adventure at every turn.
Located in the south of Morocco, near the town of Merzouga, Chebbi dunes offer the best tourist destination for adventure seekers. The Erg Chebbi dunes are Morocco’s largest and they evoke the classic images of the Sahara Desert. You can have a taste of the Bedouin lifestyle by trekking on a camel’s back through the huge golden sandy dunes and camp in the desert, the perfect activity on an adventure tour.
Todra gorge is a canyon in the eastern part of the High Atlas close to the town of Tinerhir with impressive hiking terrain. Walking through the canyon leads through impressive vertical mountain walls with amazing rock formations, the last 700 meters of the canyon become extremely narrow.
The Dades Valley runs between the High Atlas to the north and the Jebel Sarho to the south. It is also known as the ‘Valley of the Kasbahs’ and offers some of Morocco’s most spectacular sceneries. Ancient Kasbahs litter the floor of the valley serving as a constant reminder of the civilizations that flourished here. It is the most barren of the Southern Valleys, which makes lush palm-strewn oases such as Skoura, appear more beautiful amidst all the dramatic red cliffs. Those who love hiking will find this place irresistible.
If you have ever wondered where Hollywood gets its perfect desert sceneries from, well then wonder no more. Ouarzazate is home to the largest Hollywood studios in the world and it is here that movies such as Gladiator, Lawrence of Arabia and The Mummy were shot on location. Berbers are the major inhabitants in the town and they built many of the Kasbahs synonymous with this area. Beyond the town, you can explore the biblical landscape of the Draa valley.
Oualidia is a stretch of azure Atlantic waters, golden beaches and rugged caramel cliffs between Casablanca and Safi. A refreshing haven for wildlife, surfers and birds punctuates the wilderness. A Saadian Kasbah stands magnificently over the ethereal beauty of a crescent shaped inland lagoon; however, what make the town famous is its oysters. You can try a plate of oysters straight from the water after trying to catch the biggest of the waves.
An adventure holiday in Morocco is never complete without a tour of the bustling red city of Marrakech. This imperial city lies at the foot of the Atlas Mountains and aside from being the starting point of most adventurous tours to the Atlas and its environs; it is a city rich in history and culture. Its major highlights include the vibrant Djemma El Fna square, Majorelle Gardens and the bustling souks.
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