Cultural Route 2: Marrakech – Erg Chebbi

MarrakechOuarzazateTazzarine – Erg Chebbi – Todra and Dades Gorges

Cross Morocco from West to East in a minimum of 7 days…
…with a few changes in this circuit

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During these 11 days around Morocco you will visit the south of the country and you will discover its geography and its people, from the High Atlas Mountains to the Sahara desert, with its incredible scenic and cultural contrasts. Getting to know a country and its people may need a whole life. With this route, we want you to taste the most genuine Morocco, with all its diversity and generosity.

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Day 1
The adventure begins: Marrakech

We start our journey in Marrakech, which original Berber name is Tamurt n Akkuc, Land of God. It’s one of the most prominent cities of Morocco, 466 m high at the foot of the Atlas mountain range. The city hosts numerous monuments listed as World Heritage, which makes it the most visited city in the country.

Day 2
Berber lands: Ouarzazate

We leave just for a few days this wonderful city, to start our long way to Ourzazate and cross the dream landscapes of the High Atlas.
 Ouarzazate owes its name to a Berber expression that means “noiseless” o “without confusion”. The city is known by its proximity to the Atlas Mountains, Jbel Saghrou and the river Draa valley.

Days 3 and 4
The kasbahs, architecture amongst palm trees: Tazzarine

We head towards Tazzarine and cross Âit-Saoun Mountain. Passing along the villages of Agdz and Transikht, we discover a landscape of palm groves and Berber villages. We take a well-deserved break in Tazzarine, a kasbahs village flanked by an astonishing narrow pass. If we have the time, we can visit Zagora, where we will look up the Draa Valley and the isolated sand dunes of Tinfou and Erg Chigaga.

Days 5, 6 and 7
The desert, our home: Hassi LabiedMerzouga

We restart our journey and we arrive to Hassi Labied, our home, a village 5 km from Merzouga, in front of Erg-Chebbi, a sea of mobile sand dunes. During our stay in Hassi-Labied, we may visit: Merzouga, Rissani market, the fossil quarry, Erg-Chebbi sand dunes and its nomad settlements, M’fis, Mharch, Taouz, the burial mounds, Khamilia -where we can listen to gnaoua music live-, or Sergi and Yasmina lakes.

Day 8
The thousand kasbahs valley: Todra Gorges – Boumalne Dades – Dades Gorges

We move forward on the road to Tinghir, to the Todra Gorges. From there, we head towards Boumalne Dades, at the foot of the south slope of Central Atlas. The views from the cliffs that overlook the city are outstanding, with the Dades River at the south and the ocher kasbahs changing hues under the sunlight. We leave the road to spend a night at the Dades Gorges and to admire its wonderful rocky formations and its karst reliefs.

Days 9, 10 and 11
The first imperial city: Ouarzazate – Marrakech

Next day we head to Ouarzazate and we cross the awesome Dades Valley, passing by M’Gouna and Skoura.

We leave Ouarzazate and go back to Marrakech, known as the red city, for the colour of its buildings. Founded in 1062 by Youssef Ibn Tachfin, it became one of the most prominent cities of medieval Islam and gave its name to the country of Morocco.

One of the most distinctive places in Marrakech is Jamaa el Fna square. This crowdy square has been listed as Oral World Heritage by UNESCO. Almost every house surrounding the square is a food outlet or a café, and they usually have terraces that provide an overview of the square.

Remember, we may customize cultural route 2 to your needs!